Once you have the Mr Smooth inside the body you have the option of using it the way in which one typically might with a dildo, or alternatively leaving it in place like a butt plug. As a butt plug it does fulfil this mandate to a certain degree, but it’s not best suited to it, and not designed with that in mind. The sphincter comes to rest around the narrow neck-like portion of the dildo, just prior to the ball on the end which functions as both a handle and an anal-safe base, but because of the overall length of the dildo the neck and the ball extend out of the body more than would be considered ideal. It’s perhaps not an issue for just use in the bedroom, but you certainly couldn’t sit down with the ball there, and it will create a visible lump in the back of any underwear or tight trousers worn over it. The shape also isn’t best suited to walking around while wearing it, as it will gradually work its way out under its own weight, due to the direction of the taper. It’s not going to suddenly drop out unexpectedly, because the whole length of it has to pass out of the body before the widest point can exit, and that acts almost as an anchor giving you plenty of time to make adjustments. Constantly adjusting something worn anally, however, is less than ideal. Really, in terms of a plug, I’d suggest the Teazer far more.
The Metal Worx Curve is one of those toys which I really enjoy writing the review for, simply because it surprised me. I’ll be honest when I say that despite how much I like the design of it, initially I was sceptical about how effective it would be during use, and without spoiling the review let’s just say that it does the job.
In total the Curve measures around 11 1/4″ from end to end when you factor in the curvature. The ball at the head end has a circumference of 4 1/8″, and at the tail they increase from 2 5/8″, to 3 1/8″, then 3 3/8″, and finally 3 5/8″. The shaft of the Curve is quite slender, and while it does vary in thickness slightly it has an average circumference of 2″.
The Curve is made entirely from highly polished steel which gives it a rather stunning appearance, as well as making it quite a heavy and sturdy toy. Unlike some products, such as my njoy Pure Plug 2.0, it’s not made from a stainless steel, and you can actually tell this from a slight difference in the colour. This doesn’t alter its properties in any significant way, except perhaps when it comes to caring for the toy, and I’ll mention that briefly later. One of the best features about metal is how well it conducts heat, which naturally makes it perfect for temperature play. In this regard it is many times better than glass, which is another popular material for this. When you pick the Curve up at room temperature you get the impression that it’s already cold, which is handy if you enjoy low temperatures as it reduces the need to wait while it chills in the fridge. If cold isn’t your thing then simply holding the Curve in your hands for a few seconds will be enough to bring it up to a more comfortable temperature. Personally I don’t consider the Curve to the the type of toy you’d want to use for temperate play as it’s more of an interactive toy, and therefore different to how you might slip a cold plug into your body and leave it there, but this might just be an individual preference so it’s great that you have the option. Because the Curve has quite a slender design it does change temperature more quickly, so it will suck heat out of the body and warm up rapidly during use. If you really want to keep it cold then it’s handy to have a bucket of ice water nearby, as a quick dunk in there will have it back down to frigid temperatures in no time. Similarly if you like your temperature play at the other end of the spectrum, a dip in a basin of hot water will also do the trick.
When it comes to using the Curve the two different ends serve quite separate purposes, at least as far as I’m concerned. The tail end is what I think of as the warm up end. It has a narrow tapered tip which slips very easily into the body, and the individual bulges act like anal beads as you gently pop them in and out of the sphincter and enjoy that sensation. The first three are very easy to insert, but I found the fourth to be a little more tricky, due to the combination of the curve in the shaft and the rigidity of the material. If and when you do put the fourth inside I’d suggest exercising a little caution, as when the muscle slips over the widest point you will feel the Curve being sucked into the body, and if you don’t have it positioned quite right then that sucking action can pull the hard metal tip into your soft delicate insides quite forcefully and cause discomfort. The tail is definitely more the foreplay side of the Curve, as using it largely just teases the anus and helps it to relax and loosen up, but it doesn’t really provide and stimulation deeper inside the rectum. Once you’re done and you decide to flip the toy around you’ll soon discover that the head side is the main event. The ball on the end slides into the body very easily, especially if you’ve already warmed up with the other side. Despite it being a hard and rigid toy it still feels very comfortable during insertion, but it’s also important to know how to relax. With the ball inside it seems to almost immediately find the prostate, and because the prostate is situated in quite a shallow location adjacent to the rectum you won’t need to insert much of the shaft in order to stimulate it. The shape of the toy causes it to curve upwards between the legs into a very accessible position, so you can grip onto the tail section like a handle without having to reach that far to grab anything. As soon as you begin even the slightest of thrusting with the Curve you’ll notice immediate and unmistakable prostate stimulation, and it really took me by surprise. As you thrust the curve of the shaft directs the steel ball on the end firmly into the prostate, and it gently rubs back and forth across the surface of it, mimicking the motion you might use when trying to stimulate the prostate with fingers, only it’s more effective because of the large surface area of the ball. I really wasn’t expecting it to be so effective; most toys seem to only produce incidental prostate stimulation, or at least they require a fair amount of experimentation to get the knack of using them in that way, but with the Curve it was instant. Because of the position of the prostate you really only need shallow thrusts to target it, and this allows you to move from a slow motion to quite a fast one, depending on which suits you best. If you want to feel a firmer pressure on the prostate then it couldn’t be simpler than just pulling the Curve upwards and towards you while thrusting. One sure fire way to tell that the Curve is doing its job is from the spontaneous erection which suddenly pops up after a couple of strokes back and forth across the sweet spot. I’m really not exaggerating when I say quite unequivocally that the Curve is the single most effective non-powered toy that I’ve ever used for prostate stimulation. It’s almost impossible to go wrong when using it as it hits the right spot every time, and avoids frustrating time wasted as you try to figure out where it is and how to stimulate it with other toys, so it’s especially worthwhile for the less experienced in this field. Using the Curve has to be the closest I’ve come to achieving a prostate orgasm yet, and that’s really saying something as my prostate is pretty stubborn. I’m fairly certain that with perseverance I’m going to be able to achieve it with this toy.
The Pure Plug 2.0 is easily one of the most beautiful toys in my entire collection. There’s something incredibly sculptural about the form of the whole design, and it looks as though it belongs in a display case where all can gaze upon it, rather than remaining hidden from sight inside its box.
The Pure Plugs are available in 4 sizes, with the 2.0 being the largest. From end to end the whole thing measures 5″ in length, with 3 3/4″ being insertable, which may seem a little on the short side. Around the middle the widest point has a 5 3/4″ circumference, which makes it suited to the more advanced anal toy user.
The design of the 2.0 has an interesting shape to it, with the bulb portion almost being like a strawberry. Interestingly the cross-section of it isn’t circular, with the diameter measuring 2″ across one axis and 1 3/4″ along the other. This actually aids insertion because the narrower width will slide more readily between the buttocks. One noticeable difference between the 2.0 and the other Pure Plugs is that the 2.0 has 4 depressions in its surface. Presumably these exist to reduce the amount of material in the plug, both helping to reduce the weight of it and the cost. Because of these it almost looks like one of those implements you might use in the kitchen to juice a lemon. Attached to the bulb is a good length neck, which quickly narrows by a significant amount. The neck features a strong curve to it, which really angles the bulb upwards relative to the handle which sits at the end. The handle is a simple oval-shaped loop attached to the neck, and which can easily accommodate two fingers being slipped through it during use.
The Pure Plug 2.0 is made from high quality stainless steel, which means that it’ll never tarnish, rust, nor corrode in any other way. The quality of construction is absolutely impeccable, without a seam or defect in sight. The whole surface has a polished mirror-like finish which glints in the light, and which is completely free from scratches. As it is metal the plug is expectedly heavy, and feels almost like a small shot-put resting in the palm of your hand. Because metal is such an excellent conductor of heat the plug naturally feels cold, even at room temperature. If you prefer a warmer plug then you need only leave it in a basin of hot water for a few seconds and it’ll instantly suck up the heat. If you enjoy the coldness then plunging it into a bucket of ice water, or leaving it in the freezer, will chill it to perfection.
Using the plug is a fantastically enjoyable experience. Because the end is fairly blunt, and quickly tapers up to its maximum size, you may want to use another toy to warm up first, but it is possible to insert it alone if you’re patient. The plug feels very comfortable sliding in, despite its size and firm material, and the polished surface really aids this by eliminating any friction. The depressions on the surface don’t feel at all apparent, and once you push the plug past the widest point you can suddenly feel it being sucked inside and coming to rest. The size of the plug feels satisfyingly filling, and I would definitely suggest it to anyone who’s used to a plug of this size in other materials. Had I gone for a smaller Pure Plug then I’m certain I would have felt some disappointment. When the plug is inside it sits right up against the prostate in the ideal position, thanks both to the length of it and the curvature in the neck. The slimline handle fits comfortably and discreetly between the buttocks, and feels completely unobtrusive, all while acting to prevent the plug from disappearing into the body entirely. Because the handle doesn’t protrude too far it’s actually possible to sit down while wearing the plug, just so long as it’s on a cushioned surface such as a bed or soft armchair. Interestingly while the plug is very heavy its weight is barely noticeable when it’s inside the body. The plug also stays in place extremely well thanks to the size difference between the narrow neck and the wide bulb. There’s absolutely no sensation that the plug is trying to slip out under its own weight, so you can walk around while wearing it, and go about your business, with no need to constantly clench the sphincter to hold it in place. The handle makes it really easy to gently thrust with the plug and use it to massage the prostate, and also to pull the plug out of the body and get a satisfying pop. It’s also ideal if you want to use it on a partner, or vice versa. The metal of the plug holds temperature really well, so you can get a delightful chill from inserting it into the body when it’s cold, but then it rapidly absorbs body heat and warms up to a point where it feels really natural inside the body. It’s definitely one of the enjoyable plugs that I’ve had the pleasure of using.
The plug comes packaged inside a lovely presentation box which really gives at an air of luxury. There’s a thin white cardboard sleeve around the box to protect it from scuffs, and the box itself is an elegant plain black, with a bevelled edge, and the njoy logo embossed into one corner in metal leaf. The box is hinged at one side and opens up to reveal the plug sitting nestled amongst folds of a raspberry satin. It’s extremely decadent, and treats the plug almost like a piece of exquisite jewellery.
To care for the plug you simply need to wash it with soap and water after use, though as it’s metal you can sterilise it by either boiling it for a couple of minutes in a pan of water, or by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution. Whatever you do, never use an abrasive cleaner on it as you risk doing permanent damage to the finish. Simply polish it with a very soft cloth once it’s dry to keep it’s pristine appearance.
Overall I’m absolutely delighted with the Pure Plug 2.0 and would recommend it to everyone. If you think it might be too large for your needs then consider trying one of the smaller models, as everyone needs a Pure Plug in their life.
The Pure Plug 2.0 is available in the UK & Europe from Lovehoney UK.