Review: House of Eros Dark Red Dagger Strap

As the winter nights draw in, my darker side seems to comes out. When it’s cold outside, maybe even raining, hailing or snowing too, many people gather inside to get warm. Some of those people might be snuggling under a blanket with a hot chocolate in one hand and a book in the other whilst others finally get around to sorting out that boring junk drawer they’ve been meaning to clear out for months. Me on the other hand, I’ll probably be found sleeping or engaging in some aspect of kink. If you’ve played around with bondage before then you’ll know that taking part in scenes can heat things up in more terms than just temperature. It’s certainly my favourite way to regulate body heat so what better time than the festive season to introduce a new tool to my box?

House of Eros Red Dagger StrapWhen I was asked what I’d like to review all I could think about was something I could hit with or be hit with. So that was exactly what I got. Bondage Bunnies selected the House of Eros Dark Red Dagger Strap for me and I was very pleased with their choice.

This is the type of implement that I would have chosen for myself and I’ve been meaning to try out this highly rated brand for a while now so first impressions contained lots of excitement. The packaging was minimal, just a plastic pouch with a brand tag attached. It doesn’t really need anything extra or fancy but it may be nice to see safety information included for buyers who are new to bondage tools.

One of the first things I noticed about the Red Dagger Strap was the smell. It is made entirely from leather and the smell of that is rather prominent. Have you ever been to a bike shop that was filled with vintage leathers? It was kind of like that but kinkier. Leather is a premium material and that means the majority of products made with it are high quality. I would say that this piece was rather well-made and smooth to the touch but the edges hadn’t been finished as evenly as the rest of the strap. This wasn’t much of an inconvenience or disappointment to me but it may bother some people.

Blindfolded with my wrists in chains, I could feel the suspense running through my veins. I lay on my stomach and waited for the hits but first my partner decided to do some sensory bits. This is important when engaging in a scene as it helps set the mood but also ready the skin. He started off with a soft feather tickler, moving it in circles on my back slowly then quicker. He traced each bare part of skin he could see before switching to a pinwheel that gently pricked me. The idea behind all of this softer play is drawing the blood to the surface, making the nerve endings stand up and prepare for further contact whilst building up the anticipation in the receivers (my) mind.

House of Eros Red Dagger StrapFrom here, the warm-up is complete and it’s time to hand over all control to him. He sometimes likes to start with a couple of harsh slaps then move into alternating gentle taps but other times that routine will be reversed. It always progresses to increased amounts of pressure with the later swings and this is usually what feels best for me. I enjoy the intense sensations that a hard slap will bring which for this particular strap is a very tingly sting. Impact tools are generally either thuddy or stingy and this one is definitely the latter in our experience.

The hits from this implement are more precise than I expected so I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner or those who’ve not yet progressed past dual-sided paddle slaps. It has a long frame with not much width which explains why it gives the feelings that it gives. The smaller the surface area is, the sharper the sting seems to be. Each time this strap makes contact with the body it leaves a reminder in the form of red marks. It hasn’t made me bruise or left with cuts that don’t fade after a couple of days, which makes me think this would be an ideal choice for intermediate players or people who can’t have long-lasting markings.

House of Eros Red Dagger Strap

Overall, I think this strap felt brilliant every time its cold leather surface made contact with my skin. It makes threatening sounds with each movement, regardless of how aggressively it is used and I think I made an equal amount of sound. The only thing that I would change about this item would be the edges. If they were slightly smoother then I think this spanker would have been positively perfect. For the price, I would still highly recommend this to intermediate players and people who like precise pain.

You can purchase the House of Eros Red Dagger Strap (£20.99) from Bondage Bunnies.

We received this product free of charge in exchange for our honest review. This in no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. No affiliate links have been used within this post.

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Review: Fifty Shades Darker No Bounds Collection Riding Crop

Fifty Shades of Grey No Bounds Riding CropWhether you are a fan of the Fifty Shades series or not, you have to admit that the products Lovehoney have designed alongside them so far have been quite good. I haven’t had the best of luck with the vibrators, but the bondage items have impressed me thus far, so I decided I had to try something from the limited edition No Bounds collection. I honestly could have purchased everything minus the ball gag (hard limit) but I eventually decided to just settle on one piece I knew we’d get a ton of use from.

It was presented nicely upon arrival, stored within a branded navy storage pouch. It has been sized to fit the crop perfectly and has been made from a luxurious soft velvet, which adds to the high-quality feel of this range. Storing a spanking implement has never been easier, as it even comes with a small ribbon loop that can be hooked onto something for added convenience. It also comes with some attached branded tags, one of which thankfully mentions the importance of having a safe word.

In terms of aesthetics and quality, I couldn’t have asked for better. It was immaculate. I found no flaws whatsoever with the overall design, stitching or way it had been put together. It was just exquisite. It features a stunning, braided, faux-leather handle that feels desirable to the touch and it contrasts wonderfully with the supple, smooth feel of the gorgeous leather tip. I usually find myself wanting one material or the other, but the combination of the two materials worked well for me.

Fifty Shades of Grey No Bounds Riding CropIt felt extremely sturdy and rigid within the stem and handle, but the tip had a small amount of flexibility to it, which gave the impression that some spine-trembling spanks would be coming my way. I was right, but I made sure my partner was confident with it first. It is the biggest implement we currently have in our collection at 26 inches, so test runs on a pile of stacked pillows was something I insisted on. I wanted to be certain that it was comfortable for him to hold, easy for him to use and suitable for him to control as he’s the one who’s going to be in charge of it the most.

Once he’d got the hang of it, I was ordered to lay face down and wait. I have often encountered my partners hesitation with spanking at the start of a session (he’s a gentle soul), but he seemed to be so excited to try this product that he just couldn’t wait to use it on me. I had no warm-ups from other implements beforehand, as I usually would with something new, because we were both growing impatient. It seemed to take forever for those first signs of contact, but in reality, it was just a matter of moments. My partner wanted to build the tension up just enough to drive me crazy and insist on starting, with him looking to oblige the second I opened my mouth to speak.

After a few gentle, stinging swats, I was ready for more. During these sessions I like to feel as though my partner is pushing me to my limits, especially if we’re engaging in a punishment or role-play scenario, and my partner was happy to up the ante to do this. I quickly realised that this crop could be evil, probably even more so than I had anticipated. It may look luxurious and innocent from the outside aesthetics, but this is how it tricks you. It hides its dark, stingy secrets well. You honestly don’t need much force behind it to deliver some nail-biting, eye-watering stings to the backside.

It is not very forgiving and it canFifty Shades of Grey No Bounds Riding Crop leave marks that last a few days, depending on the force it has been used with. I refer to these red marks as fond memories because I’m reminded of a session every time I sit down over that few day period. It hasn’t broken the skin or caused any marks that lasted longer than a week, even with full-throttle use, so it’s not quite on the same level as a cane, which might mean masochists don’t get anything from this. I personally require a small amount of aftercare following use, which usually involves a hand rub over the affected areas and a spot of after spanking cream.

To clean this crop, the instructions advise using a specialist leather cleaner on the tip and mild soap and water on the faux leather elements. I have only washed it once, just to see how the condition would maintain and it seems to still be perfect. It needs to be left to dry naturally following each clean and put away safely to keep it in tip-top shape.

Overall, I think this is definitely worth the price. It might be steep in comparison to the other options Lovehoney stock, but it’s a worthwhile investment in my opinion. I feel that it will last a long time with care, attention and proper storage. I treasure the sensations that it offers me and the confidence boost it gives to my partner. I love the delightful swooshing sound it makes as it is aimed and even when it doesn’t make contact, it’s enough to make me flinch. If you are looking for a crop that doesn’t look cruel, but sounds and feels it, then I think you just found it.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Darker No Bounds Collection Riding Crop (£49.99) from Lovehoney, but hurry, stock is limited! Affiliate links have been used in this post.

Review: Tantus Snap Strap

Tantus Snap StrapI had been longing after a Tantus paddle for the longest time, but they’re very difficult to find in my neck of the woods, so I gave up looking. I was browsing Coco de Mer a few weeks later and noticed they were discontinuing it from their stock, so it was on sale. I’d already broke the bank that month, but I was not going to miss out! I purchased it alongside the Teach Me a Lesson Ruler, which I’ll be reviewing soon, and both arrived quickly and discreetly as promised.

The Snap Strap is made from Tantus’s unique formula of 100% ultra-premium silicone. This formula is completely body-safe and free from latex and phthalates. It’s eco-friendly, non-toxic, non-porous and hypoallergenic, as-well as being bleachable, boilable and even dishwasher-safe. I generally stick to antibacterial toy cleaner and water for everyday cleaning, but I have placed several Tantus toys in the dishwasher when I’ve wanted a thorough clean and they’ve come out as good as new. I would recommend doing this regularly if you’re using this toy on different partners.

This paddle has a length of 17.75 inches and 2″ inches of width, which makes it quite lengthy, but fairly slimline for an impact toy. It has the same width as the Wham Bam paddle, but this one has a couple of extra inches of length. I would recommend that beginners stay away from a product such as this because it’s not designed for first-time spankers. Thin, long objects can leave a much bigger impact on the body than a hand or rounded paddle, so I’d advise to try those tools and master them first. Silicone is also one of the harshest spanking materials alongside wood, so it would be too intense for someone who has never been spanked before.

When I held the Snap Strap for the first time, I noticed that it was rather flexible, to the point where it would just flop over. It doesn’t stand upright without support, which was not what I was expecting. I have never really experienced a paddle that wasn’t rigid or almost rigid, so this was definitely a new experience for us. I would personally class this as a flogger because it moves in the same sort of way and isn’t as stable as the paddles I’m used to. It was essential for my partner to practice on a pile of stacked cushions beforehand, to work out exactly how to cause maximum sensation whilst remaining safe and managing to land it properly.

It took some time to perfect the technique, but I will tell you that it was worth the wait. There are two main types of sensations from impact tools and I think this one lands firmly in the stingy category. I am generally more of a thuddy type of girl and tend to keep stingy toys for warming but I may be converted to stinging solely because of the sensations of this one particular tool. They are sharp, intense and flinch-worthy. If you can’t handle the flogs from something like the Lelo Whip or Tease by Lovehoney Flogger, you definitely will not be able to handle the spanks from the Snap Strap.

You can purchase the Snap Strap ($49.57/£38.13) from Tantus.

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Review: Dominix Deluxe Braun Leather Slapper Paddle

Dominix Deluxe Braun Leather Slapper Paddle 1First of all, I’ll start by saying that I have a huge love for the Dominix Braun range. The chocolate-brown leather is a lovely change from all the black bondage gear that’s available. I’ve coveted the entire range for a while and once I noticed the blindfold was being discontinued, I knew I had to start buying the items I’ve been lusting after incase they disappeared too. I begun with the slapper paddle purely because it resembles my favourite spanking tool, which is the ruler, just with a completely different, luscious surface.

Upon removing it from the plain plastic packet that it arrived in, I noticed the immediate scent of leather fill the room, it was like being surrounded by vintage leathers in a bike shop. I am a sucker for the scent of real leather, although I like to go faux when I can. I can still pick up on the scent even a couple of months after purchasing and numerous uses. Leather is a premium material and this particular leather is of matching quality. The stitching is absolutely perfect and the wrist loop is long and wide enough to sit comfortably around any sized wrist. I thought it looked extremely well-made and definitely gives of a luxury vibe. It looks and feels more expensive than its price tag.

I couldn’t wait for my partners next visit so we could try this and when the chance finally arose, I was not disappointed. I was blindfolded and restrained, then forced onto my stomach whilst he ran the paddle against my bare skin. Whilst this paddle may not be soft and fluffy like a feather tickler, it can create the same reaction from my body when gently traced again the shoulders, arms, thighs or back. I become more sensitive with each stroke and can feel a tickling of blood as it rushes through my veins, making my nerve endings stand to attention. All of these physical reactions just build the mental anticipation for the main event.

He then began to move away from the teasing to the warm-up phase, which involves gentle taps to the backside and alternating between sides every few taps to spread out the sensation. It also includes some slaps to the backs of my thighs, which I never knew I’d like, but I do. He then increased the force he was using and became much more harsh. He knew he had a good weapon in hands when I found the sensations to be intense even at medium intensity. He liked this and played on this, aiming as hard as he possibly could, which had me screaming and writhing around in pleasurable pain. I bet the neighbours thought I was being murdered. Didn’t come to help though.

It felt brilliant every time the cold, smooth leather made contact with my skin and the sounds it made were even better. This is an incredibly threatening sounding instrument, as it creases a very loud slapping sound, even if the hit isn’t particularly aggressive. The noise level only increases as the hits get harder. Again the neighbours didn’t come to check that I wasn’t being bludgeoned. The sound a paddle makes is one of my biggest turn-ons as it leaves me anticipating where the next hit is coming from and how harsh it’s going to be.

The hits from this slapper are much more precise than those from other paddles I’ve tried, due to the slim size and long frame. The smaller the surface area, the sharper the sting. It creates a beautiful sensation with each blow and leaves a reminder in the form of red marks. These red marks do show up almost instantly when the paddle is aimed with force and by the end of the night, I could barely sit down. We’ve used this a couple of times now and each time I’ve been left sore and stained by red blotches. My partner was worried by this at first as he doesn’t like to hurt me, but my reactions told him that I was enjoying it and it was exciting for me, so he continued. He now really likes using this paddle almost as much as I like receiving from it.

Overall, I really like this slapper paddle. I find it is extremely effective and fit for purpose. It fills a hole that we had in our collection and I’m looking forward to trying out more paddles with this small surface area in the future. It provides amazing and intense sensations that are best during rougher sessions or when I’m craving something harsher than a dual-sided paddle can give. It’s not a piece of kit that I’d recommend to the faint-hearted, beginner or inexperienced, but if you can handle what it has to offer, you’re in for a good night.

You can purchase the Dominix Deluxe Braun Leather Slapper Paddle (£12.99) from Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used within this post.