Last year Keep Burning sent me their beautiful and unique Cock Skull
dildo to review, and ever since then I’ve been a big fan of the brand, and eager to try out another of their offerings. I’ve had my eye on the Worker
dildo for a while, both because of its lovely shape and unusual “zebra” texture, and also because it’s a bit more of an everyday dildo compared the huge Cock Skull which requires a little working up to.
I was lucky when last month Keep Burning contacted me again and offered to send out a Worker for me to try, and they even generously threw in their new Plumber dildo too, so expect another review in the near future. For now you can get the low down on this one after the jump!
If you’re unfamiliar with Keep Burning
then they’re a little company based in Luxembourg which handmakes a good selection of high quality dildos and plugs in Belgium, all from 100% silicone, so instantly they tick all my boxes for the sort of company I like to get involved with.
The Worker is a good above-average sized dildo, aimed at someone with a bit of experience with larger toys, but who isn’t looking to be stretched out too much. It measures 8 3/8″ from base to tip, and once you exclude the balls you have around 6 1/2″ – 7″ of insertable length, which should be plenty for most people. The average circumference is 5 5/8″ around the shaft, broadening to 6″ at the widest point of the head, and it feels like a nice meaty salami when you wrap both hands around the length of it. To put the girth in perspective it’s about a 1/2″ less than something like the Dolph Lambert
dildo, which seems a little surprising until you put them side by side, because the Worker is quite imposing, but largely that’s down to the length.
The design of the Worker strongly phallic, with a degree of realistic details, but not quite approaching the same level as with the Plumber. It starts with a nice big bulbous head which is clearly-defined atop the shaft with its flared corona – and due to the lack of any foreskin detail below it – and it provides a prominent ridge around 1 1/2″ from the tip. The shaft itself is probably the most interesting part of the dildo, due to the unique “zebra” texture that’s embedded into it. The manifests itself as a series of shallow horizontal grooves all along the length of the shaft at random intervals, almost like the stripes of a zebra if you’re to hold the dildo sideways, but when upright it reminds me more of the bark of a silver birch tree. However you interpret it it’s quite an attractive design feature, and certainly unique, so I appreciate it from a visual perspective immediately. The dildo finishes off with a decent-sized pair of balls, which I like to think of as being in that Goldilocks zone; they’re not so big as to be obtrusive, but neither are they too small and therefore ridiculous-looking. They’re fairly plain, yet attractive, and they provide both a good sturdy base for the dildo, and a great place to grab onto when using it. They also hold another secret, because flip the dildo over and there’s a hole in the base into which a suction cup attaches, and this comes included too.
The dildo is constructed to a very high standard; it’s all made in one solid piece, with no moulding lines to be found anywhere, and no pits, bubbles, or other defects in the surface. It’s quite clearly been made with a lot of care and attention, and as such it’s a quality product that you receive.
As you might have guessed already, the dildo is made from 100% platinum silicone, like all products from Keep Burning
, and it’s one of my favourite materials. It’s completely odourless, non-porous, and bodysafe – all the things you want to have in a high quality toy. It’s ever so slightly softer than the standard Tantus silicone in my estimation, so it’s got a little bit of give when you squeeze it, and a nice amount of flexibility to bend it around. The finish is not entirely matte, but not a high gloss shine either, so it’s this interesting middle ground where it’s faintly textured but smooth in between, similar to the leather look I described in the Cock Skull
. The only thing I don’t like about the silicone in this instance is that it has a weird stickiness to it which I find really confusing, and not only does it attract dust, but it still feels sticky even whilst dusty. It doesn’t really affect the use of it once you’ve rinsed it off and covered it with lube, but it’s not ideal, and I still find it puzzling, so I’m going to talk about my analysis of it a little more in a subsequent paragraph.
What I find so strange about the stickiness is that I only recall noticing it after I’d used both the Worker and the Plumber for the first time and then washed them off – which isn’t to say that it wasn’t there before, as I unpacked them and tried them out pretty quickly, meaning I could potentially have missed it – but instinctively I feel that it would have been one of the things I’d have taken note of immediately had it been present. The other thing is that my Cock Skull is not sticky, and it’s made of the same material, which almost suggests to me that something happened to create the stickiness. The lube I used with both the Worker and the Plumber was “Cum On Boy!“, a hybrid silicone/water lube which Keep Burning are currently giving away with all orders, and which says on the bottle that it’s safe for use with all toys. You’d assume that a company wouldn’t give away a lube that wasn’t safe for use with their toys, and in fact when I later patch tested the lube on the silicone suction cup that came with the dildos I didn’t get any reaction, rather suggesting that it’s not at fault. All of this means that it still remains a mystery why my dildos are so sticky, because I didn’t do anything different with them other than using the new lube. I’ve tried washing them with soap, using toy cleaner, boiling them, mildly bleaching them, all in an effort to get rid of the sticky feeling, but nothing has made a difference. I’ve even researched the issue online, but aside from the stickiness there are no other indicators to suggest a reaction with the lube; the surface is not gummy for example. I’m at a loss, but even though I have no real proof, I’d still suggest not using this lube with a silicone toy, just to be completely on the safe side.
Moving beyond that issue, the dildo is actually a pure joy to use. It is rather blunt at the end, so you’ll want to go slowly with it at first, or even use a warm up toy with a bit of a taper just to start you off. As the head of the dildo goes in it all feels perfectly comfortable and gentle on the sphincter, and then you hit that ridge of the corona and feel a nice ‘pop’ as you pass over it and it disappears inside. The girth of the toy does feel pleasantly filling, especially as the thick head travels all the way up as far as you can manage, and while the shaft won’t stretch you out too much it feels quite satisfying to just squeeze it with the muscle and appreciate the size. The shaft is more or less straight, with only the slightest forward curve, meaning you can use it inserted facing whichever way you like. My initial suspicion had been that the strong ridge on the corona would be a real winner when it came to stimulating the prostate, but actually that isn’t so much the case in my experience. I found that while the dildo does work really well on the prostate, it doesn’t actually matter all that much which way around the Worker is facing, and in fact I found it a little bit more pleasurable when the ridge was on the side facing away from my prostate, and it was just the rounded face of the head that was continually rubbing back and forth firmly across the gland.
The dildo is really lovely for thrusting with, because you get a double whammy of stimulation all at once. Inside the body you feel that filling girth doing a number on the prostate as the bulbous head shoots past it like a piston, and then around the sphincter it’s all about that zebra texture. The dildo glides smoothly in and out of the body with minimal drag, but it’s the subtle texture that you feel the muscle gently rippling over, so you’ve got all these focus points of pleasurable things going on. It’s actually an advantage here that the dildo doesn’t stretch you too much, because sometimes with a very tense sphincter any degree of texture can cause unwelcome friction, but in this case it gets it just right and delivers sensations you can enjoy. I find it’s one of those dildos that it’s best to squat over and ride, rather than thrusting with manually, as it allows you to develop a better rhythm, and thanks to the length of it you can pretty much plop it down on any surface and use it without the need to elevate it. Of course you are free to use it however you please, and thanks to that suction cup I’m happy to say that I’ve also enjoyed it in the shower. Logistically that’s a little more difficult to manage, but once you’ve figured the right height for it, and position of your body, it’s a lot of fun there too. The only caution I will make about thrusting quickly with it is that the ridge of the corona really does tug on the sphincter as you withdraw it, so you don’t want to suddenly pop off the end of it as you’re bouncing around, as that can lead to a bit of discomfort. You want to thrust with the head safely left inside you, concentrating on feeling that texture in the shaft, and then remove the head slowly at the end.
As for the suction cup itself, many of the Keep Burning dildos incorporate it as a feature, and I’m a big fan of this as it adds some more flexibility to the toys. The suction cup comes in this wonderful bright neon yellow which contrasts beautifully against the jet black of the dildo, like the colours of a wasp. The suction cup is also made of silicone and easily locks into place below the dildo. It stays in place very firmly and takes quite a lot of tugging to get back out again, but without needing a ridiculous amount of force, so it strikes a good balance between being secure and user-friendly. The suction cup works against most flat surfaces and holds in place very well, whether you’re sticking it to a floor or table, or the tiles on a bathroom wall. Last time I tested the ability of it to hold the weight of the Cock Skull
to the tiles in my shower and everything stayed in place on the wall perfectly, so it’s a strong little thing. If you’re using it on the floor then you get two key benefits: the suction cup adds a little extra height, so when you’re squatting over it you don’t have to squat quite so low which increases comfort. The other factor is that the suction cup acts like a joint between the dildo and the floor, so when you’re down there and using it you can lean in any direction and the dildo will follow you, all the while staying anchored to the floor. The suction cup bends about giving you much more freedom of movement, and again this increases the comfort of the ride, allowing you to experiment with more positions.
The packaging for the dildo is quite simplistic; it comes with its suction cup attached, and all vacuum packed and heat sealed inside shrink wrap which bears the Keep Burning
branding and a notice which states “warranty void if packaging has been opened.” It also has a small hologram stuck to the base which bears a CE mark and the words “Council of European Adult Products Manufacturers.” This isn’t an organisation that I’d heard of before encountering this brand, but all the same it does seem reassuring. I quite like the packaging because it’s everything that you need really; the plastic keeps it away from dust and acts as a hygiene seal, it’s minimal so you don’t have a huge box to throw away, and it allows you to see and judge the size of the product without opening it, so provided you heed the words on the plastic you can return it if you don’t feel comfortable with the size.
On the whole I have to say that I really do like this toy. It’s a great size, a great shape, it’s well made, has a fun texture, it looks lovely, and mostly importantly it does deliver some really good prostate stimulation. The only thing I really don’t like is that infernal stickiness on the surface of the silicone, because it bugs my OCD, even while it doesn’t affect the use of the toy at all. I have to believe though that this is just a quirk of my particular toy, or a result of that lube I used, so I really wouldn’t put too much weight in that fact when deciding if the Worker is for you. I’m not going to let it affect my recommendation because it really is a wonderful toy that I get a lot of pleasure out of using, so if you like a filling above-average size dildo that can hit you right where you want it in the prostate, then the Worker is definitely worth getting.
You can buy the Worker
straight from Keep Burning, and thanks to them for sending it to me!