Fleshjack Sword

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll probably have gathered by now that I’m a big fan of my Fleshjacks, so much so that I already have three of them (an Ice, a Vortex, and a Flight). You’d be forgiven for thinking then “why does he need another?” It’s a legitimate question, and in fact it took something special to make me want to expand my collection further. With the celebrity-endorsed Fleshjack Boys models, and downsized Jack’s Soda products aside, the Sword (and it’s anatomically female counterpart the Blade) is the first real major design variation to the tried and tested Fleshjack product, and naturally this piqued my reviewer’s curiosity.

In many ways the Sword is like your standard Fleshjack product, featuring a patented SuperSkin sleeve with an orifice at one end, a textured canal running through the middle, and all housed within a separate outer case. What makes the Sword different though is actually largely down to the case, so I can’t think of a better place to start.
The case for the Sword measures 8″ in total while the cap is on, making it significantly shorter than a traditional Fleshjack. The design of the case is modelled on the hilt of a Japanese katana, and it’s constructed from a soft blue plastic which can easily be squashed and bent about, thereby giving the Sword its unique feature. At the large end is a cap which pops off rather than unscrewing, and its shape is similar to that of a cricketer’s box, or athletic cup. At the opposite end of the case is no cap, but instead a simple plug to allow for drainage, and 4 small ventilation holes which wheeze like a dog’s chew toy when the Sword is squeezed. The Sword can be stood upright on this end, though it is slightly unstable and prone to wobble around a little. The body of the Sword isn’t cylindrical, with a cross section closer to triangular, and the body is also quite narrow, measuring only 2 1/2″ across in one direction, and 3″ in the other. The shape and size combined make the case of the Sword quite easy to hold onto, while the textured detailing adds a nice amount of grip. On the whole the Sword looks rather attractive to behold, and quite distinctive, marking a departure from the discreet torch-like appearance of the traditional models.
When you pop the cap off you’re greeted by your first glimpse of the Superskin sleeve which comes in the traditional pink. Like most Fleshjacks the Sword features a larger quantity of material around the opening, and this gradually slims down along the length. The Sword features an anal opening moulded into an egg-shaped section of material. Either side of the orifice is raised to mirror the edges of the buttocks, then in a valley in the centre is some realistic creasing to denote the wrinkling around a tightly-puckered anus. The access to the interior of the sleeve takes the form of a narrow vertical slit, rather than the small round hole which is usually found on the anal models. Just below the opening is a nice piece of extra detailing, in the form of a slightly raised line of material which depicts the raphe along the male perineum. It makes for quite an attractive and inviting orifice, even with the unusual egg-shape of the material.
The Sword comes with its own unique texture not found in any other Fleshjack model, and that sounds pretty exciting, right? Well, unfortunately it didn’t quite work out that way, at least not for me. If you look at the image I’ve included then it certainly seems like pretty interesting design, which lots of ridges in various shapes, sizes, and spacings, but when it comes to actually using it none of that really seems to matter. The interior of the Sword feels incredibly nondescript; with the Vortex you can feel the raised spirals gliding over the head of the penis, with the Flight you can feel the narrow portions of the canal which divide the different chambers, and the nodules which massage the frenulum, but with the Sword it’s very difficult to actually identify any area specifically during use. I’ve sat there with the cross section of the texture on the screen in front of me, whilst sliding my penis slowly back and forth through the Sword, and asking myself the question “was it that bit that I felt just then?” The answer typically was one of great uncertainty. Unfortunately the texture just doesn’t stand out in any way, and this is especially apparent if you’ve previously experienced something as fantastically stimulating as the Flight. In a way it even feels less intense than the Original texture, because rather than the ridges adding tightness, the recesses add more of a feeling of looseness. So far this is coming off as a fairly negative assessment, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit disappointed by what I felt, but I’m going to throw a curve ball here and say that I actually still like the Sword. Despite everything I’ve said, the bottom line is that the texture does feel good, and it’s still a pleasure to use in spite of any shortcomings. Frankly when it comes to Fleshjack products you’re not going to find one which isn’t pleasurable, but when you’ve reviewed a few you start to build up preferences and certain expectations, and the texture of the Sword didn’t quite mesh with those. The one thing which does appeal to me about the texture of the Sword is that’s it’s great for edging. With some of the other textures they’ll drive you wild and push you into climax much sooner than you intended, but with the Sword you can ride the wave for much longer and reach orgasm more on your own terms. I found it especially enjoyable to really prolong the experience and extend the satisfaction for a greater period.

Texture aside, how does the Sword perform in all as a unit, with the case and insert coming together? Applying lube to the Sword is a relatively painless process, simply squirting a bottle over the opening will cause it all to run into the centre and drip through the slit to coat the inside, then you can begin to use it. Sliding the penis into the Sword is pretty trouble free, and despite the anal opening being tight there’s relatively little resistance from it as the material expands. The first thing I began to notice as I entered the Sword was that the soft case actually began to bulge out at the sides in order to accommodate the penis within it. This didn’t strike me as especially problematic, though I was fairly certain that the case was soft so that it could be squeezed rather than stretched. I have quite a good girth, which could be a contributing factor, but it’s nothing extra ordinary, so at this point I would just offer a word of caution to those men with exceptionally thick members. Once inside the Sword it feels comfortable, it’s not excessively tight or anything and the natural inclination is the start squeezing the case to see how much pressure can be applied. The insertable length of the canal is around 7 1/2″, so a little longer than the Flight. This is a size which should suit the majority of men, but if you’re longer and you like to go as deep as possible into a toy, then the Sword might not be your best choice. A useful thing to do at this point is to pop out the stopper at the end of the toy and squirt in some more lube from the other side, it also gives you a good chance to judge how near you are to the end. If you spot the end of your penis peering at you from the edge of the sleeve then you might want to slide it back a little to make more room for the lube before replacing the cap. Once you get thrusting with the toy you notice that unfortunately there’s no suction, as the 4 air holes in the base completely ruin this, and this does rather add to the feeling of ‘looseness’ which I was describing earlier. These ventilation holes also make the toy the most noisy Fleshjack yet, so you will need privacy to use it in. Trying to cover up the air holes with a hand is very awkward, but if you do manage it then the sucking sensation can feel rather nice, though the soft case does collapse in on itself during the out-stroke. If you really love a lot of suction in your Fleshjack then this probably isn’t the one for you. While thrusting you can start to test out what difference it makes being able to squeeze the case, and it’s actually less than you might imagine. Because the case is larger than your hand, when you squeeze pressure seems to mainly come from two sides, rather than equally around the penis, and the SuperSkin largely absorbs the pressure anyway. It’s different enough to be of interest, and slightly novel compared to a regular Fleshjack experience, but it doesn’t especially make the Sword feel any tighter, nor does it improve the sensations from the texture. It’s not like squeezing your penis with a bare hand, or through the surface of a thin cheap masturbator; you don’t experience that level of feedback. As thrusting became more vigorous with the Sword it did highlight one flaw with the design, and that’s that the sleeve does not stay inside the case that well. A few strokes into some more energetic usage and I noticed that the material at the pointed side had popped out of the front of the case, so I had to stop and stuff it back it. When this happened it didn’t really affect the performance, it just looked strange, and unfortunately I had to keep doing it. The design of the case just doesn’t seem to have enough of a lip at the top to really anchor the sleeve within it. Aside from this the performance of the toy was otherwise good and satisfactory.

In the past I’ve written a guide to Fleshjack Maintenance, so I won’t repeat myself, but I will mention a few peculiarities to the Sword. The first point is that the Sword is messy; usually with Fleshjacks a simple rinse of the inner canal will flush out any bodily fluids, but when I removed the sleeve from the Sword I found that there was quite a lot of mess coating the inside of the case and the exterior of the sleeve. This means you’ll probably want to wash it as soon as you’re done, instead of the lazy approach of standing in on its end to drain and then washing it later. The second point is that the sleeve is very hard to get back into the case when you’re done. Something about the shape of it, the material of the case, the lack of a cap on the other end, all just means that the sleeve doesn’t slip straight back in. It takes a lot of pushing, prodding, shaking, and jiggling to get things back to how they should be. Even though it’s a pink sleeve a coating of corn flour will definitely help in this instance.

Overall the Fleshjack Sword is a really hard product to sum up, because it makes changes to a tried and tested design which don’t improve it at all, but I don’t hate it. Aesthetically it’s really attractive, but it’s harder to clean, it lacks suction, and the texture is nothing special, yet a part of me still likes it, maybe the part of me which likes things which are new and different. It’s a Fleshjack which is definitely worth trying, I’m glad that I did to satisfy my curiosity at least, but if you had to pick one Fleshjack, and only one, to have, then this wouldn’t be it.
If you want to give the Sword a whirl then you can grab it straight from Fleshjack.

Tenga Lovers Egg

Steve and Roxy over at the wonderful DIY Orgasms sent me a Tenga Lovers Egg as a gift over Easter, and much to my chagrin I’ve only just got around to reviewing it.

The “Egg” is a wonderful new concept in the world of male masturbators, from the Japanese manufacturer Tenga. Unlike other products which are bulky and attempt to imitate anatomical orifices, the Tenga Eggs focus instead on being compact and versatile.
The Tenga Eggs come in a hard plastic outer shell which pops open at the centre, a bit like the toy in the middle of a Kinder Surprise. Most of Eggs have a white shell, but the limited-edition varieties such as the Lovers Egg come in black. The shells themselves are plain, but all the information is printed on plastic shrink wrap which keeps the toy hygienically sealed. Inside the shell is the toy itself which sits on a special plastic insert to help hold its shape, and in the middle of the hollow insert is a sachet of water-based lube, providing everything you need in one convenient package.
The Egg itself is about 2″ in diameter and made from a lovely soft stretchy type of TPE, which feels a lot like the material used inside the Tenga Flip Hole. At the base of the Egg is a 1/2″ wide opening which easily expands to accept the girth of even the thickest penis, and gives a nice snug fit around the shaft. The Egg is around 2 1/2″ in length, so once you’re inside it it completely covers the head of the penis as well as all the sensitive areas of the inner foreskin, such as the frenulum, before you’ve even begun to stretch it. The material is able to stretch up to an impressive 12″ in length, allowing you to stimulate the whole shaft with what appears to be quite a small toy, though I’ve never tested it to quite that extreme. The texture inside the Lovers Egg is a selection of quite closely-spaced heart-shaped nubs, both large and small. These are moulded nicely into the surface and are very distinct and pronounced.
The Egg has a wonderful feeling during use; I’d describe it as being almost like a second foreskin. The way it glides over the head of the penis, and the ability to apply pressure from the outside, gives a truly natural feeling, only with the added element of the internal texture to provide extra stimulation. All the little nubs along the inside of the Egg are wonderful at tickling and teasing the head of the penis, the only slight downside is that the more you stretch it the less you feel of the texture, as the raised areas simply move further apart and you’re left rubbing against the smooth material in between. For this reason I don’t like to do big long strokes with the Egg, and instead I make shorter motions to essentially massage the head of the penis, which is very satisfying. The Egg offers a lot of control over how you use it, both in the ability to choose how much to stretch it, and how much pressure to apply, so for this reason I think it would be a great toy to use with a partner as well as solo, as it’s the perfect way to spice up the humble hand-job.
The Tenga Eggs are advertised as being single use product due to the delicate nature of the material, but really they needn’t be. If you’re careful when using them and not overly aggressive then the product should stay intact and be able to be reused. This is a definite plus, because for the price it’s going to be a relatively expensive masturbation session if you only use it once. It’s important when re-using the toy to only use water-based lube to protect the material. I’ve used mine half a dozen times and it’s showing no visible signs of wear and tear yet.
Obviously if you’re intending to reuse the Tenga Egg then you’ll want to wash it, and luckily this is a breeze. Thanks to the super-stretchy material you can simply turn the Egg inside out, then hold it under a tap to rinse away any lube and bodily fluids. I’d avoid the use of any soaps, just because the material is delicate and they may reduce the life of the product. The best way I’ve found to dry it is just to pop the protective plastic insert  back into the Egg while it’s inside out, which enables you to leave it standing up somewhere until all the moisture evaporates. Afterwards you just need to return the Egg to its normal configuration and store it inside the shell.
I would happily recommend the Tenga Eggs to anyone; I think they’re a fantastic product, and great to throw in the suitcase when you’re going away.
The Tenga Lovers Egg is available from these fine retailers:

UK & Europe: SexToys.co.uk, and Lovehoney UK.

North America: Lovehoney USA and  Babeland

Tenga Flip Hole Red

This month the kind folks over at Lovehoney sent me the Tenga Flip Hole Red to try out. I was very excited by the prospect of this, because as a big Fleshjack fan I’ve been eager to try out a Tenga product by way of comparison, and also because it does look undeniably stunning in my favourite sex toy colour, red.

The Flip Hole is the top of the line masturbator offered by Japanese manufacturer Tenga. It’s intended to be a durable multi-use product, and rival to the American-made Fleshjack. What’s interesting about the Tenga Flip Hole masturbators is that the colour of the case isn’t simply a matter of aesthetics, each one in fact has its own completely unique texture inside.

The Flip Hole is quite compact, standing at 7″ in total, and with a 9″ circumference, so it’s easy to grip onto and feels nice to hold in the hand. It’s made of two separate pieces, the major of which is the main body of the toy. The body is made from solid plastic, with an oval-shaped viewing window cut out of each side. These windows allow you to see and feel the soft clear material which the interior of the masturbator is made from. The problem I found with this is that the material is very sticky in nature, and I wasn’t too keen on having to touch this during use. The simple solution to remove the stickiness is to dust the area with a thin coating of corn flour, much like you might with a Fleshjack, but it’s an inconvenience. (Update: this stickiness was not present in the later White Flip Hole that I reviewed, and I believe it may have been a result of the way the product was treated before I was sent it to review, as I received it sans packaging and it may well have been exposed to a cleaning solution.) Inside the material on either side is embedded a thin sheet of white plastic, which protrudes from the surface in the form of six buttons. These “buttons” can be squeezed during use to apply pressure. The other piece of the Flip Hole is the end cap, which serves a number of functions. When the Flip Hole is not being used the cap covers the soft orifice and protects it from damage and also dust, but when the Flip Hole is being used the cap fits onto the opposite end of the toy, and helps hold the two halves of it together.

Both the strengths and the weaknesses of the Flip Hole lie in its one key feature, the ability to completely open it up by unfolding it into halves along a hinge at one end. This seemingly clever adaptation unfortunately causes as many problems as it solves.The first issue surrounds the orifice of the toy. The opening is only 2cm in diameter, which isn’t incredibly wide, but this only extends into the toy for a depth of 2cm, before it is completely blocked off by a section of material which acts like a diaphragm. When you insert yourself into the toy, instead of the material stretching to accommodate the girth of the penis like it would with a Fleshjack, it stretches slightly and then the two halves split apart, with the material around the opening bursting outwards and down the shaft. This doesn’t affect performance, but it does look unusual, and like it’s not supposed to happen. The next issue is with the interior of the Flip Hole itself. Inside it has a good 6″ long cavity, but when using it you don’t get a sense of the penis being fully enveloped. There is sensation on the top of the penis, and on the bottom, but none along the sides. Due to the way the raised texture is laid out there’s no real canal moulded into the material, and combined with the propensity of the two halves to divide towards the edges, the overarching sensation is that of having your penis being sandwiched between two halves of something, rather that it being fully encompassed. The final drawback is that the toy leaks air all along the divide, reducing the sense of suction that you get when using it. The benefits of having the toy open up are obvious when it comes to applying lube; instead of having to squirt some through a tiny aperture, you can simply open the Flip Hole and spread lube copiously over the interior. Likewise when it comes time to remove any lube from the inside you can simply open the Flip Hole up and rinse any fluids from the inside under a tap, without the worry of submerging it. In this instance the end cap can also be used as a drying rack to balance the toy on.

The texture of the inside of the Flip Hole is very bumpy; the best way I can describe it is with an unconventional analogy. It’s a little like when you’re driving down the motorway, and you drift out of lane, and all of a sudden you feel a bumping rumbling sensation throughout the vehicle, as the tyres rapidly hit against the row of cat’s-eyes. This is immediately what I thought of when thrusting into the Flip Hole, and my penis travelled across the closely-ribbed interior surface. The material inside is lovely and soft, so even though it is very bumpy it never felt as though the sensation was too intense. I have to say that I wasn’t especially crazy about the texture. One of the selling points of the Flip Hole is that there’s a different texture on either side, so you can vary the experience depending on which way up you use it, but from my perspective the difference wasn’t that great, and it all felt like a variation on a theme – bumpy. I found long deep thrusting with the toy not to be satisfying; my best experiences came when I found an area of the texture that I liked best, and I just massaged the head of the penis with it in that region employing short strokes. Using the Flip Hole did feel nice, as using any such toy would, but it didn’t feel special or amazing. The texture didn’t tickle, tease, or titillate any part of my penis, in fact it wasn’t very memorable at all, and all the lumps and bumps just blended into one.
During use of the Flip Hole quite a surprising amount of the inner material does bulge out of the windows cut out of either side of the case. In this way the material displaces itself rather than stretching to make room for what’s inside. For this reason if you want to get a significantly tight sensation then you will need to squeeze the aforementioned “buttons” on either side. This works quite effectively, and the ability to adjust the pressure is an enjoyable feature compared to a standard hard-case Fleshjack. It does require a certain level of constant adjustment during thrusting though, as you endeavour to keep the balance of the pressure just right.
The Flip Hole isn’t a toy which pretends to offer any sense of realism, as should be apparent just from looking at the texture. The whole design is geared towards functionality, rather than replication, so it feels nothing like sex. It’s not even a case of whether it feels better or worse, it just feels very different, and ultimately it’s a personal preference whether one likes that difference or not.

The toy is perhaps a little more awkward to warm up than a Fleshjack, because the material inside is permanently attached to the hard outer case, so you need to submerge the whole thing in a basin of hot water. Personally I wouldn’t bother as they never seem to hold their heat for long, and it just creates more hassle and mess.

As was touched on earlier the Flip Hole is very easy to clean. You want to avoid using soaps with the delicate material, so a simple rinse under hot water will suffice. As the inside can be left open to the air any moisture can more readily evaporate, and it dries faster than a Fleshjack. There’s also no need to cover every inch in corn flour, which significantly reduces maintenance time.
I have to say that on the whole I’m rather disappointed with the Tenga Flip Hole. Being a fan of Fleshjacks, but hating having to clean them, I felt sure the Flip Hole would be the answer to my prayers, and that I’d love it, but sadly it wasn’t so. It’s a well-built quality product, but I just didn’t enjoy the texture at all, and some of the design features seemed to act like a double-edged sword, helping and hindering in equal measure. I wouldn’t write off the Flip Hole completely, however, as it may just be a case that I haven’t found my perfect match yet. In fact I’ve since reviewed the White and came to a much different conclusion.
The Tenga Flip Hole is available in red and other colours from Lovehoney UK and Lovehoney USA.

Flight: Pilot by Fleshjack

This March saw the debut of Fleshjack’s newest product, the Flight, and the people over at Lovehoney asked me if I would test it out for them, and of course I jumped at the chance! Having recently covered the Vortex, I’m dubbing this month Masturbator Madness, in honour of it all.

The Flight represents only the third major design variation in the Fleshjack case, following the Sex in a Can / Jack’s Soda and the Blade / Sword products. Aesthetically it’s a far more visually appealing product, resembling a designer Thermos or water carafe, as opposed to the standard torch appearance. The textured surface gives the plastic shell a more expensive carbon-fibre look, as well as providing grip when using the product. Dimensionally the Flight is a smaller product compared to the conventional Fleshjack, measuring in at a total height of only 8″ and 3″ wide, as opposed to 10″ x 4″. I found I preferred this more compact design, as it is less cumbersome, and also has a reduced weight. The base cap on the Flight is a little awkward as it is angled, meaning you can’t stand it upright on that end, so if you need to put it down at any point during use then you need to lie it on its side. As with other Fleshjacks, the base cap of the case can be loosened or tightened to adjust the level of suction inside the toy during use. Unfortunately as there’s no rubber seal around the cap, no matter how tightly you screw it down air will always leak in, and you won’t achieve a complete vacuum, but I found I experienced a stronger sucking sensation with the Flight than with other models.

The opening of the Flight closely resembles the design of the Pure, only with some grooves spiralling towards the centre, somewhat resembling the turbines of a jet engine. This has to be my favourite opening thus far; as it’s not as tight as the anal opening on the bottom models, it’s much easier to slip yourself inside without needing so much force. You gently glide in, as opposed to the pop you get with the bottom, which over all I found to be a more comfortable experience. As the opening is about half an inch wide, it’s very easy to apply lube to the inside of the Fleshjack , simply by squeezing a bottle or sachet over it. There’s no need to take any extra steps like you might with one of the tighter openings.

The official Fleshjack website states that the insertable length of the Flight is only 6″ long, which had me slightly concerned, but I measured it for myself and the internal length of the insert is in fact a mere shave under 7″, and statistically should therefore be suitable for 90% of the population. I found when using it that if I thrusted as deeply as possible, I could feel myself touching the end cap, but I wouldn’t describe it as problematic. There isn’t a lot of incentive to actually thrust that deeply, as the final inch of the canal is completely smooth, so you’re not missing out on anything if you don’t go all the way down there. The internal texture of the Flight has to be one of my favourites so far. Just inside the opening are some subtle bumps, followed by pronounced nodules, then the canal narrows to a tight point, which is followed by more nodules, and finally it finishes with a ribbed section. What impressed me is that you can actually feel each section individually, especially if you take it slowly to start with. The noduled sections are really good at stimulating all around the head of the penis, especially down the sensitive frenulum. As you move between the noduled areas you can feel the tight ring separating them, and a slight pop as you push past it. The way I would describe it is as an intimate massage for the whole penis; you really want to take long, slow, deep thrusts so that you feel each section, and get driven wild by the nodules tickling and teasing you all over. If you screw the cap down tightly then the individual sections become less obvious, but you get a deeper massaging feeling. The whole sensation feels so great that it’s almost a shame to reach orgasm, because the lead up to it becomes the best part, but when you finally do you’re guaranteed a strong climax. One concern I had was that because of the Flight’s smaller size, it might prove tighter than the other models, but gladly this wasn’t the case, and it can still happily accommodate a good girth inside.

As the inside is textured it does mean a larger surface area, which in turn means you’ll need slightly more lube to cover it all. What lube you use is going to be a big factor in how much you enjoy it; you want to use water-based only, to protect the material, and something long lasting, to avoid the need to apply more just as you’re about to climax, or worse, thrusting when its dried up, causing both chafing to yourself and fissures inside the sleeve. The experience is supposed to feel more realistic if you first heat up the insert to body temperature. The microwave is not suitable for this, and so it is recommended that you try submerging it in hot water. In my experience the insert did not absorb much heat from the water and it wasn’t worth the bother.

The Flight uses a clear “Ice” style insert, which I have to say I found to be a puzzling choice. I own both a  standard pink Fleshjack, and an Ice Jack, and the biggest difference between the two materials, is that the Ice material feels a little more delicate and becomes incredibly sticky when you wash it. The stickiness adds more maintenance time to the Ice Jack, but you tolerate it because the trade off is that you can see yourself inside it when using it. The Flight, however, has an opaque black case, which instantly cancels out the benefit of the material. The result is that you’re left with a product which unnecessarily requires you to invest more maintenance time. I will concede that the Flight does look good, with the frosted glass appearance of the Ice insert, contrasting against the sleek black case, but I really would have preferred that they had used a coloured insert instead. Maintenance is the number one complaint of every Fleshjack owner, so anything they could have done to reduce that would have been greatly appreciated.

On the subject of maintenance, the Flight doesn’t come packaged with a protective plastic rod in the middle, so when you first get it the inside has a thin coating of powder, which you really want to wash out before using it. If you don’t, then as soon as you squirt lube in there it’s just going to form into a paste, which will end up stuck to places you’d rather it not be. I won’t go over maintenance too much again, as I’ve already mentioned it in my reviews of the Vortex, Ice Jack, and my Zen and the Art of FleshJack Maintenance how to guide. One thing I noticed about the Flight is that it did require less time to air dry than my other two FleshJacks, presumably because of its smaller size.

With proper care, Fleshjacks are manufactured to be very durable. Unlike other cheap masturbators which split and degrade over time, my Fleshjacks have remained in virtually the same condition they were on the day I acquired them.

I would recommend the FleshJack Flight to anyone without hesitation. It’s compact, easy to store, it looks great, and most importantly it feels fantastic. If you’re looking for a premium quality masturbator, then this is the one to go for, and even better, it’s cheaper than the standard models, so you’re getting all the features for less money. This is now number three in my collection, but I would have been supremely happy had it been my first.

The Flight Can be bought from Lovehoney UK, and Lovehoney USA.

The Flight is also available internationally directly from Fleshjack.

Fleshjack Pink Bottom Vortex

This March the generous people at SexToys.co.uk were kind enough to send me a Fleshjack Vortex to review. This is now my second Fleshjack, so it presents an excellent opportunity to contrast and compare it with the Fleshjack Ice Bottom Original. I apologise in advance for any areas of slight repetition.

There are countless combinations of FleshJacks to choose from, and as I’ve discovered, once you buy one you just want to try them all. For the purposes of this review I will be focussing on the original pink material, with the bottom opening, and the vortex internal texture.
Starting with the packaging, FleshJacks come in a nice metal tin, which can be kept and used as a place to store the item in. It helps to give the item a quality feeling, rather than just being presented inside a cardboard box.
The standard FleshJack has a black plastic case, which looks a little cheap compared to the clear case of the Ice Jack, but offers more discretion by hiding the pink insert inside. The outside of the case has some raised bands for the purpose of adding grip when using the product. The base cap of the case can be loosened or tightened to adjust the level of suction inside the toy during use. Unfortunately as there’s no rubber seal around the cap, no matter how tightly you screw it down air will always leak in, and you won’t achieve a complete vacuum, but if you are looking for a strong sucking sensation then it still delivers. The material of the insert feels wonderfully soft to the touch, and can be squeezed and stretched with ease, to the point that you’ll be eager to start using it as soon as you’ve felt it. Compared to the Ice Jack the material felt a little more robust, and less delicate, which I found reassuring. Unlike the Ice Jack you’re obviously unable to see what’s happening inside while you’re using it, but aside from a brief moment of curiosity, I found that I didn’t really miss that feature.
The bottom variant has an anal opening which is vaguely realistic in appearance. Around the small central hole the area is textured, to mimic the puckering of a real anus when closed. The detailing in this area is much less pronounced than in the Ice Jack, both visibly and to the touch. The bottom opening is the tightest, but it only lasts for the depth of about a centimetre before opening onto the inner texture. As it’s quite a narrow opening the most efficient way to apply lube to the inside of the insert is with a pump bottle or lubricant syringe. The best way to enjoy the tightness of the butt opening is to just pop the head of the penis in and out of it, as you really do feel it then, and along with the slight resistance it provides, it helps to imitate real anal sex. Because the material is so stretchy, once you’ve fully inserted yourself and are enjoying the FleshJack, you won’t really notice any extra tightness from the opening around the base of the shaft.

The vortex texture has a ridged central canal, with the raised areas following a spiral pattern down the length. Looking inside there is a visible seam running along the texture, but the material is so soft that its presence is irrelevant. Just slipping a finger inside allows you to get a feeling for the texture, and already you can tell that it’s going to be exciting. In terms of tightness, the internal diameter of the canal is narrower than the original texture where the raised ridged areas are, but it feels slightly wider in the grooves between the ridges. The result is that is pretty much balances out, and there isn’t a noticeable different in tightness between the two. The width of the canal is supposed to repeatedly shrink slightly and then expand again, down the length of it, but had I not read about it then I don’t believe I would have been aware of this. The changes are not dramatic enough to have an impact. When using the vortex it manages to simultaneously feel more stimulating than the original texture, but also less intense, which probably sounds like a confusing thing to say. Because the original texture was smooth, the whole surface of it applies equal pressure to the entire penis continually, during every thrust. This constant stimulation can be almost overwhelming, but with the vortex only the raised areas apply the most pressure, so at any one time only about 50% of the penis is experiencing the maximum amount of pressure, while the other 50% is getting some relief, so the cumulative effect is a less intense feeling. Where it feels more stimulating is that you really do notice the texture, I found certain areas of the penis were more aware of it than others, namely around the coronal ridge. Because of the slightly bumpy ride, you do experience a different sensation; the original texture would be like a straight line on a graph, with every thrust feeling uniform, whereas the vortex would have more peaks and troughs, with different areas of the penis being stimulated the most at different times. It was a really refreshing change to the original texture, which I had begun to grow bored of, and I definitely found it more enjoyable and pleasurable to use.

As the inside is textured it does mean a larger surface area, which in turn means you’ll need slightly more lube to cover it all. What lube you use is going to be a big factor in how much you enjoy it; you want to use water-based only, to protect the material, and something long lasting, to avoid the need to apply more just as you’re about to climax, or worse, thrusting when its dried up, causing both chafing to yourself and fissures inside the sleeve. The experience is supposed to feel more realistic if you first heat up the insert to body temperature. The microwave is not suitable for this, and so it is recommended that you try submerging it in hot water. In my experience the insert did not absorb much heat from the water and it wasn’t worth the bother.
With proper care, FleshJacks are manufactured to be very durable. Unlike other cheap masturbators which split and degrade over time, my FleshJacks have remained in virtually the same condition they were on the day I acquired them.
The one thing that puts me off using any FleshJack as much as I might otherwise like to is the maintenance, but I don’t wish to repeat myself too much on this point, as I covered it quite in depth in my FleshJack Ice Bottom review, and again in Zen and the Art of FleshJack Maintenance. Something that pleasantly surprised me about the pink insert, is that they don’t get as sticky at the Ice ones do, after you wash them. The Ice inserts get ridiculously sticky, it’s a virtual necessity to cover them with corn flour after they’re dry, in order to get them back into the case. With the pink insert, the surface barely became tacky after it dried, and I didn’t even bother with the corn flour. I have to say, had I known about this difference I would have bought a pink one in the first place, instead of the ice, as the convenience far outweighs anything else. 
I would definitely recommend a FleshJack to anyone looking for a good quality masturbator, especially this model. It happened to be my second, but in my estimation it would also be perfect as the choice for anyone looking to invest in their first FleshJack.
 
Unfortunately SexToys.co.uk no longer sell the Vortex model of Fleshjack, but others are available.

The full FleshJack range products is available directly from the Fleshjack website, and they ship from locations in the US, Canada, Australia, and Spain:

Pearl Palm Pleasure

I was given the Pearl Palm Pleasure as a freebie to try out, and so far it’s the only toy I’ve sampled from the Loving Joy brand. Given the quality of it I’m somewhat reluctant to ever try any of their other wares. I wouldn’t normally want to spoil a review, but this is one toy to avoid.
Read the review after the jump!

My initial impression upon removing it from the packaging was that it was quite diminutive. It stands at 4 inches tall and is 5 inches in circumference, which interestingly as a fact makes it smaller than the statistical-average penis size in both regards.  
Appearance wise it’s fairly nondescript in design. The opening seems to depict a scaled-down vulva – which may or may not appeal to you – and the exterior features some shallow ringed depressions, presumably for grip. There are a lot of unintentional creases along the surface of the plastic, which appear to be a result of the moulding technique employed, and do detract somewhat from the overall look. The material is translucent in both colours, which means you can see five small pearl-like beads embedded in the plastic, from which the toy takes its name.
The product is described on its packaging as being made from a “jelly rubber”, which I couldn’t help but notice gave off rather a strong chemical odour, something I found reminiscent of an inflatable mattress, or pool toy, etc.
When it came to using it I found there was some difficulty; the opening is only 7mm wide, and even with liberal applications of lube it took quite a lot of pressure to force myself inside. I was actually a little surprised by how much the rubber finally stretched, and once it was on it felt O.K. There was quite a strong feeling of tightness whilst inside it, and consequently it had something of a reluctance to stay in place. I found I needed to hold it there with quite a firm hand, as the one time I did let go the whole thing shot off rather amusingly. When it came to establishing a rhythm with the toy, it failed to glide up and down the shaft very well due to how tight it was, and instead I ended up using short strokes to massage the head with it, which felt quite pleasant. The inside of the toy is very finely ribbed, which you can feel if you pop a finger in there, but I didn’t find them noticeable whilst using it on the penis, which I suspect is because they flatten out due to the expansion of the toy during use. I also didn’t notice the feeling of the “pearls” during usage, unless I really squeezed on them. They seemed to become displaced in the plastic, and formed protuberances in the surface of the product. After prolonged use of the toy I began to feel some discomfort; with the heighted sensitivity present during the approach to climax I found the tightness of the toy to be somewhat over stimulating. 
With regard to the durability of the product, it didn’t last longer than a couple of uses. After the first time I noticed two splits in the rubber right at the opening, and another split inside had allowed one of the “pearls” to drop out of its place and fall into the centre of the toy. These got worse with subsequent use.
Considering the low cost the Pearl Palm wasn’t a terrible disappointment. Looking at a comparable product in this price range would be one of the cheaper Tengas, which actually advertise themselves as being designed for single use, and are constructed quite differently. I ended up throwing mine in the bin, and couldn’t in good conscience recommend that anyone else buy one, even at this price. Spending that little more on a Fleshjack is well worth it in the long run.
If you’re really curious, then you can buy one from SexToys.co.uk.