Last October I reviewed my first ever paddle, the Wham Bam, and then over Christmas Tantus kindly decided to send me another one, the all new Plunge Paddle, so it’s time to take a look and see how the two compare.
So onto the use, and I’ll start first by considering how it performs its primary function, i.e. as a paddle. Paddles are all about inflicting pain, and as the red marks currently adorning my buttocks can attest to, it certainly fulfils that remit. I found that the Plunge was a little easier to control than the Wham Bam due to its increased rigidity, and without that extra level of floppiness you get a perfect spank every time. Whereas the Wham Bam requires more of a whipping action to land the perfect blow, the Plunge needs no more than a simple flick of the wrist. Because of the broad surface of the paddle it’s more akin to smack with an open palm, and you still get a real sting across the flesh when it makes impact. I’d say that for most levels of use you can inflict the same amount of pain with the Plunge as with the Wham Bam, and it’s only when it comes to real skin-blistering punishment that you’d need to go for the Wham Bam instead. The upside is that you’re less likely to inflict too much pain with the Plunge than you are with the Wham Bam. The Plunge has a wide surface area, so the pain it causes tends to be proportionate to the force used, whereas with the Wham Bam all the force tends to be concentrated in a smaller area, and a slightly over-enthusiastic and well-timed whipping action can significantly ramp up the level of pain more than you might have been expecting. For low levels of pain the Plunge works very nicely as well, so you can start out slowly with a few gentle taps and steadily ramp it up to whatever best suits you or your partner. Although paddles are typically thought of as equipment for use on the buttocks, you can do a little more with the Plunge, such as using it to gently strike the penis, and deliver that stinging sensation to the underside of the head. In this regard it’s not quite as versatile as the Wham Bam, but it’s still worth experimenting with.
In terms of insertion the paddle works well enough, but I wasn’t blown away. Because the handle isn’t too thick it’s relatively easy to insert, even with the slightly bulbous tip, so it’s perfectly suited to someone with little to no prior anal experience. The silicone is quite firm in the paddle, more so than the standard variety that Tantus uses for its dildos and butt plugs, so there’s not really any perceptible give in the material to cushion the insertion. Nevertheless, due to the size of the handle it’s still very comfortable to insert, and the seams that I mentioned at the start of the review can’t be felt at all, but it’s worth taking it slowly the first few times if you’re not familiar with firmer materials. Because of the overall design of the handle it’s not really something which you’d thrust with like a normal dildo – at least I found it ineffective in this manner because I typically prefer something thicker – but rather it’s better suited to being used to massage the prostate by angling the bulbous tip into the gland, in the manner of the Metal Worx Curve or similar. In this regard it is fairly effective and feels quite pleasurable but it can be somewhat awkward to manage it by yourself. I imagine that you’d have far more success when using it with a partner. The surface of the silicone has a little drag to it due to the matte finish, but when it’s sufficiently lubed up you don’t really notice this aspect and it glides back and forth through the sphincter quite smoothly. One aspect of the handle is that it does have a hole right through the end, and while this doesn’t have any impact on how it feels or performs, it does tend to fill up with fluids when you remove it, so you’ll want to pay extra attention to this area when cleaning it afterwards.
So it’s October and the month of Halloween is upon us! I have a few very fitting items lined up to review in the next couple of weeks, but I thought I’d start off with something that just touches on the Trick or Treat theme, spanking! After all, what combines pleasure and pain better than a swift smack across a fleshy posterior?
I have to say that this is largely new territory for me. It’s not that I haven’t been interested in S&M up to this point, but rather that I’ve always considered it an activity for two (or indeed more), and as such I was never in any great rush to go out and buy a suitcase full of equipment. Leave it to Tantus to change all that; as soon as I heard that one of my favourite companies had come out with a new line of silicone paddles I felt absolutely compelled to go out and buy one to try for myself.