I’ll start by noting I know many people do not approve of the Fifty Shades books and how they portray BDSM and whilst I mostly agree with this, I am thankful that these books made bondage more acceptable, accessible and spoken of. Bondage is perfectly healthy and can be great fun as long as there’s consent and proper precautions are taken. I’ve found the Fifty Shades range to be rather nice, not so much the vibrators, but the bondage equipment/essentials I’ve tried have been good quality and not overly intimidating. This range is perfect for newbies to the sex toy scene.
I received the Twitchy Palm Spanking Paddle for free with some other purchases during one of Lovehoney’s wonderful offers. We got this right at the beginning of our sex toy journey, with it being one of the first pieces of bondage equipment in our toybox. It’s also the first paddle that we ever experimented with. We had been wondering how to venture into bondage, but aside from a couple of pairs of handcuffs and a basic tickler, we had no idea where to start. I jumped at the chance to try out this paddle free of charge, at least this way, we wouldn’t be loosing out if we decided paddles weren’t for us.
It arrived quickly & discreetly as always and I couldn’t wait to rip the box open. My other half was visiting after a couple of weeks apart, so we wanted to waste no time in testing it out. The paddle was presented in a plain, plastic packet and had a small instruction leaflet attached to some elastic. I didn’t realize at the time this was supposed to be a wrist loop and I’d cut it off with the leaflet. (D’oh!) I can’t remember much about the leaflet as it has been a while since I first got this, but I think safety advice should feature on any bondage product, especially those that are marketed towards beginners.
This paddle is dual sided, one side is a silver, smooth satin with a cushion of neoprene underneath and the other side is black, faux leather. It’s put together nicely, although over time some of the stitching has come loose. There’s a fifty shades of grey tag on one side of the handle. I don’t have the wrist loop anymore, but it’s easy enough to maintain grip of when in use. It does get slightly uncomfortable for my partner to hold if used for long periods of time, but we tend to use this as more of a warm up now, so it doesn’t often get to that stage.
The satin side is great for teasing, tracing it across the skin slowly is not only highly relaxing but it also makes the skin more sensitive for what’s coming next. Spanks from the satin side don’t cause pain but spanks from the faux leather side can provide a subtle sting if swung with enough force and pressure. It’s not the most hardcore spanking I’ve ever received, but as a first paddle and warm-up, it’s great.
Overall, I would recommend the Twitchy Palm Paddle to those looking to progress from a hand or those who’ve never been spanked at all before. If you’re used to harsher spankings, you may not get much from this. If you’re looking for something harsher but want to stick to the Fifty Shades of Grey range, I would highly recommend trying the spanking ruler.
You can purchase the Fifty Shades Twitchy Palm Spanking Paddle at Lovehoney for £24.99.