Spartacus Teaser Tip Nipple Clamps

Up until now I haven’t really ventured into the more kinky S&M side of adult toys on my blog, but as it’s a new year I figured why not try something different. I saw a pair of these nipple clamps on sale recently and decided to give them a shot; get the low down after the jump!

The Spartacus Teaser Tip are quite a simple set of nipple clamps, and a rather cheap and cheerful introduction to the world of nipple torture. The product is comprised of two clamps connected to each other by a 11 3/4″ black leather tether. The clamps are made from standard spring-loaded metal crocodile clips, and aren’t adjustable. The clips have the word “Spartacus” etched onto the side, and black rubber tips placed securely over the jaws. The rubber tips can be easily removed revealing that the jaws of the clips still have rows of teeth, which came as something of a surprise to me. The teeth are quite sharp and go so far as to slightly poke their way through the rather thin rubber in places, which isn’t ideal. Another rubber tip is placed over the hinge end of the clip, to increase comfort when opening and closing the jaws.
The clamps are quite simple to use; the packaging places them at the lowest point on a scale of 1-3 for intensity, though the spring inside them feels notably stiff and they do require firm pressure to open the jaws. The jaws open up to a maximum width of 7mm, which is enough to fit comfortably over the end of a male nipple. At first the clamps don’t feel too bad when they’ve been put in place; there’s the sensation of a firm pressure accompanied by a light sting, but then the stinging sensation starts to build, and occasionally there’s an associated throbbing. They feel painful, but it’s a tolerable amount of pain; I can write this paragraph whilst wearing them and not be overly distracted, but the sensation is still there occupying part of my mind and I can’t ignore it. As someone who’s never used nipple clamps before I’d say that it’s quite a good level; it’s enough that I can handle it and try to become accustomed to it, all while still feeling in pain, but it’s not so much as to overwhelm me and make me want to take them off in seconds. Any more pain than this and I probably wouldn’t want to wear them for long at all, but actually the thing which most makes me want to remove them is a slight paranoia over watching my nipples turn white as they become crushed between the jaws. If you can keep them on for a while you’ll notice that the pain almost gets a second wind. At some point you’ll feel as though the pain is subsiding because you’re getting used to it, but suddenly it just ramps back up again and that discomfort rushes to the forefront of your mind. Surprisingly one of the most unpleasant parts is actually removing the clamps, because the skin of the nipple sticks to the rubber tips, and as you release the pressure the skin gets tugged as it peels away. You’ll want to take them off slowly to minimise the last minute torture. The clamps can be applied to other places if you desire, such as the scrotum, the foreskin, and the frenulum, but be aware that the thinner the skin the more painful the pinch, and the rubber tips will stick to the skin in these places too. The leather tether running between the clamps has a few uses of its own, aside from merely being aesthetic. The first is that it can be used like a leash, so a partner could potentially grab it and drag you around by your nipples. The other is that you can suspend weights from it, provided you have something that would be appropriate.
The clamps come packaged in a pretty nice cardboard box which is fit for recycling. It has a good amount of information printed on the front and back of it, stating various things about the product including their pain level. Despite the quality of the packaging it’s really not worth keeping, given the relatively large size of the box compared to the small size of the clamps.
Overall I’d say that if like me you’re looking for your first foray into the world of nipple clamps, and you don’t want to spend a lot, then these are a great choice. They allow you to get a really good idea of whether or not you’re going to like this type of play, without breaking the bank. The only thing I don’t like about them are the teeth on the clips, and the rubber that the covers are made of, but this can be easily remedied with a couple of modifications. If you’re a bit more into your nipple play and you really know what you like, then I’d probably suggest spending a little extra on something more advanced.
You can buy the Spartacus Teaser Tip nipple clamps from Lovehoney and EdenFantasys.

Metal Worx Curve

Ever since I reviewed the Metal Worx Teazer this summer I’ve been dying to try out some more pieces from this range, and my new friends over at Simply Pleasure were generous enough to send me a Metal Worx Curve to test out. Find out how I got on with it after the jump!

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.

The Curve is a toy which fits into the category of a “wand”, much like the Pure Wand or Fun Wand by njoy, as it doesn’t quite fit the parameters of a traditional dildo. It’s very much a toy of two halves, fused together in an “S” shape, with each performing very different functions. The first end is not dissimilar to anal beads, comprised of 4 bulges gradually increasing in size, and curling up like the segmented tail of a scorpion. The second end, which following on I will designate as the “head” is much more simplistic, and features a strongly curved shaft with a large sphere on the end.

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.

You can’t review a Metal Worx toy without talking about the packaging. The Curve comes in a heavy duty case, the style of which you might expect to see bands taking their expensive electronic equipment on tour inside. The corners are all constructed from a lightweight metal, while the side panels are made from a textured black plastic which almost resembles carbon fibre. The lid is hinged on the back and has a firm clasp on the front. Inside the case is foam padding, with a groove cut out into which the Curve fits. I have to say that the Curve doesn’t stay in place quite as snugly as my Teazer does, and I can hear it fall out of place when I turn the case upside, but it’s not a huge concern for me. The case definitely does help to give the Curve the appearance of being precious and expensive, as well as being a great place to securely store it when not in use. The only downside is that the case is a little bulky if you’re short on space, measuring 11 1/4″ x 4″ x 3 1/4″.
The Curve is very easy to clean as metal is a highly durable and non-porous material which is able to be sterilised. You can wash it with antibacterial soap and hot water, wipe it down with a 10% bleach solution, or boil it in water for a couple of minutes. Just be sure to dry it thoroughly when you’re done as it’s not stainless steel, so there is the potential for rusting if you’re not careful. One other thing is that metal does show up fingerprints, so depending on how fussy you are you may find yourself polishing it before putting it away.
Overall I would highly recommend the Curve to anyone looking for a great prostate toy. Don’t be fooled by the unorthodox design, when it comes to anal stimulation the Curve really couldn’t do a better job, and is truly worthy of the investment.
You can buy the Metal Worx Curve from the fine folks at Simply Pleasure.
Simply Pleasure

njoy Pure Plug 2.0

Ever since I bought the Metal Worx Teazer I’ve been eager to try out another metal toy, and this time I decided to sample something from njoy, and picked the lovely Pure Plug 2.0. Read the review after the jump!

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.

Internationally from SheVibe and Lovehoney USA

Metal Worx Teazer

The Metal Worx Teazer is my first metal toy, and I’ll just come right out and say that I’m in love with it. Being a long time user of anal toys made from soft silicone, I’ll admit that I was a little apprehensive about trying a hard metal, but I’m so glad that I did.

You can’t review a Metal Worx toy without talking about the packaging. The Teazer comes in a heavy duty case, the style of which you might expect to see bands taking their expensive electronic equipment on tour inside. The corners are all constructed from a lightweight metal, while the side panels are made from a textured black plastic which resembles carbon fibre. The lid is hinged on the back and has a firm clasp on the front. Inside the case is foam padding, with a groove cut out into which the plug snugly fits. Not only does the case help give the Teazer the appearance of being precious and expensive, but it’s also a great place to securely store it when not in use. The only downside is that the case is a little bulky if you’re short on space, measuring 7 1/2″ x 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″.
The plug itself is an exquisite product. With its sleek appearance it doesn’t even look like a sex toy, instead bearing closer resemblance to the stopper for a fine crystal liquor decanter. The plug is made from polished steel to a very high standard. The surface is completely smooth and there are no blemishes or imperfections. The plug has a total length of 5 1/2″, with 4″ of that being insertable, and a 1 1/4″ diameter, making it a relatively small toy. The one area where the Teazer does feel big though is in terms of weight. Given the high density of metal it’s easily the heaviest toy in my collection, even at its small size.
The Teazer is wonderful to use; it has a long gentle gradient and a smooth surface which is compatible with any type of lube, that altogether helps it to slip inside the body like a charm. One of my favourite discoveries is using gravity alone to insert the plug. If you point your bum straight up at the sky, apply plenty of lube, and completely relax your anus, then you can hold the plug over it and it will gradually work its way in under its own weight, with no need to push. I find this quite an enjoyable alternative way to play with it on occasion. I was almost surprised by how comfortable the Teazer was to insert. Being a big fan of the cushioning nature of silicone, I was hesitant about how the hard metal would feel, but there wasn’t a problem nor a hint of pain at any point. Once inside the plug feels similarly good, with no sense of discomfort and just a pleasant feeling of pressure on the prostate from the firm tip. Naturally due to the size of the plug it doesn’t feel especially filling, but the weight of it does give it a unique presence inside the body. The Teazer has quite a narrow neck on it, allowing the sphincter to relax and close around it, instead of being kept permanently stretched open by any significant degree. The base of the plug is in fact a metal ball, which feels very comfortable between the buttocks due to the lack of any pointed edges that’s inherent with a sphere. The size of the ball is enough that it can be seen; you can’t simply squeeze your cheeks together and hide it like you can with the base of some plugs, but there is something almost attractive about seeing this shiny object shimmering back there. The downside is that you certainly can’t sit while wearing the plug, unless you have a very padded chair, or are on a mattress.
When walking around wearing the plug you can really feel the weight of it. There’s a strong pull against the sphincter as it tries to work its way out, constantly reminding you that it’s there. It’s actually quite an erotic sensation on the whole. In my experience it isn’t necessary to actively clench to hold it inside, just so long as you don’t mistakenly relax the muscle. I’d be wary about wearing it out in public just in case of accidental slippage, as this is more prone to happen than with other plugs. One thing you needn’t worry about though is removing the plug, as it comes out again just as easily as it went it, thanks to the design. A potential use for the Teazer could be to perform anal kegel exercises, by repeatedly allowing the plug to start to slip, and then strongly squeezing to hold it in place.
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. Just picking the plug up at room temperature will give the impression that it’s already cold, which is fantastic if you’re into 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 plug in your hands for a few seconds will be enough to bring it up to a more comfortable temperature. Personally I love the feeling of the cold plug as it slides into the body, and find the sensations nothing short of amazing. The only downside is that the cold feeling doesn’t last long, as the plug quickly sucks the heat out of the body and becomes quite hot to the touch. To deal with this it’s handy to have a bucket of ice water nearby, as a quick dunk in there will have the plug 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.
The plug is very easy to clean as metal is a highly durable and non-porous material which is able to be sterilised. You can wash it with antibacterial soap and hot water, wipe it down with a 10% bleach solution, or boil it in water for a couple of minutes. Just be sure to dry it thoroughly when you’re done, as the packaging only specifies that it’s steel, and not stainless steel, so there is the potential for rusting if you’re not careful. One other thing is that metal does show up fingerprints, so depending on how fussy you are you may find yourself polishing your butt plug before putting it away.
I really enjoy my Metal Worx Teazer and can fully recommend it; it may have been my first metal toy, but I know it won’t be my last. Edit: now check out my reviews of the Metal Worx Curve and Mr Smooth as well!
The Metal Worx Teazer is available from these fine retailers:

UK & Europe: SexToys.co.uk, Lovehoney UK, SexShop365, and Simply Pleasure,

North America: Lovehoney USA.