I’ve finally reached the bottom of my lovely box of new Tantus toys that I’ve been dutifully working my way through since August, and so I now present to you the Bound!
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The Bound is easily the most unique dildo I’ve encountered in all my time blogging, and too one of the most beautiful. Looking at it there’s just something incredibly sculptural about the whole piece and the way it’s put together which such attention to detail. I could easily imagine it being hewn from a solid block of marble and erected somewhere as an ancient symbol of fertility, or even carved from a single log of wood and placed in a forest clearing, and that’s not a feeling you get often in a market saturated by plasticy facsimiles of body parts which bear closer resemblance to chunks of melted wax. The whole premise of the design is reflected quite clearly in the name given to it, “Bound”, and it manages to transform that most traditional of dildo shapes – the penis – by artfully coupling it with bondage in the form of Shibari, or Japanese rope tying.
The construction quality of the Bound is generally good, but I’m afraid to say it does fall a little short of Tantus’s usual impeccable standards, and I did highlight a number of imperfections on mine. These included: several pinhole-sized surface air bubbles; thin pieces of loose silicone flaking away from grooved areas of detail; lumps of excess silicone in places where they didn’t belong, with a shiny surface as if someone had tried to partially remove them with a craft knife, including a piece almost entirely blocking the meatus; and also some areas where the detail seemed less pronounced than it should be when compared against photographs, due possibly to imprecise moulding. Now I’m not usually in the habit of making excuses for companies, but because I do like Tantus so much I feel a little more understanding about the situation. None of these problems really affect how the dildo will be used, and I can see how with such a massive amount of detail there are about a million extra things that could potentially go wrong in the manufacturing process, but with such a unique-looking dildo it is a shame for it not to be perfect. That said though I won’t be too critical here because I love what Tantus are trying to do, and I wouldn’t want to discourage them from another similar undertaking.
When it comes to using the dildo due to its size and shape it’s pretty easy to insert, even without a warm up toy. With a nice thick coating of lube that tapered head will glide gently into the body, and then after than you’re in for a bumpy ride. The texture on the shaft feels very pronounced, especially due to the firmness of the silicone, and you feel every part of it stimulating your sphincter as you slowly slide the whole thing in. Once the dildo is inserted it doesn’t feel overly filling due to its girth, but it does have satisfying presence and isn’t noticeably lacking. In terms of how it performs during thrusting this toy has the potential to be quite divisive, because it really does depend on how much you like texture, and I can’t stress that enough. As soon as you get a steady back and forth rhythm going every single feeling you felt when inserting the dildo slowly gets magnified by at least 20 times. It really is intense. Well, intense is one word, but uncomfortable is more realistic from where I’m sitting. That combination of high texture levels and firm silicone just did not work for me at all and was far too much. I found it difficult to sustain thrusting for any length of time, or even get up a good speed, because the surface of the shaft seemed to be scraping my sphincter like crazy. I couldn’t even ascertain if it had the potential to give good prostate stimulation because all of my attention was pulled back to the sphincter. It’s unfortunate really because I’m someone who does enjoy texture, such as with the veins on the Original, but not when it gets silly like with the Cyborg, and the texture on the Bound does get close to that. Suffice it to say that this isn’t a beginner toy, even with the size, because if this dildo feels this intense with a relaxed anus it’s going to do no favours for one that contracts involuntarily.
So what’s left to say about the Bound? Conceptually I love this piece; I love the look, the design, the artwork that goes with it, the whole damn idea. It’s brilliant as far as I’m concerned. The execution of it on the other hand I’m less crazy about. The construction of it wasn’t quite as perfect as I would have liked, and from my perspective, for my uses, the type of silicone just wasn’t right. As an anal toy I couldn’t recommend the Bound, and in its current form I think it’s one best left to the ladies to enjoy. If there’s ever a Supersoft version showing up in a grab bag somewhere then you can bet I’ll be jumping on it, because I still see potential in this great design. For now though, this little Bound is off to live on a shelf somewhere, as a piece of phallic art and potential talking-point for visitors to my bedroom.