Archive for January, 2013

Review: Kinklab Leather Vampire Gloves

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

We purchased the Kinklab Leather Vampire Gloves in April 2012, and with it being January 2013 now, I’ve taken a while to get to reviewing them! This long-overdue post is in part because of some minor issues developing with them, but more because we spend a lot of time at parties showing them to people and finding new converts wherever we take them! 
The gloves are made from a soft, thin leather which flexes well with movement, the fingers adorned with prickly metal spikes. At first glance, they could seem like a scary prospect, however they really have a multitude of uses. More on that in a moment. 
They’re manufactured in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL, however the only UK stockist I know of (and the retailler we purchased the gloves from) offers them in XS, M and XL. We have the XL size, and both Master and I have large hands and find that while they are snug, they do fit. With that in mind, I would caution that if you have significantly larger-than-average hands you may struggle to fit into these.
Used gently, they make for excellent sensation play. Love the feeling of being scratched lightly (or not so lightly) with nails? You’ll likely adore these. Nothing creates shivers down the spine like these gloves. If you want a more intense experience, they can provide a rougher scratch or if the user grips their subject while wearing the gloves, they offer a truly stinging sensation. If you’re really itching for some more extreme sadomasochistic action, spanking with the Vampire Gloves is a one-of-a-kind experience. Having received such spankings on several occasions, I can say they’re high impact and hurt. They will also make you bleed. The subsequent dotty markings you’re left with can take up to several weeks to fully disappear (but if you’re a hard to mark sub who loves being marked – like me – that can be fantastic!)
Blood is an issue that needs raising with this particular bit of kit. In scratchy play, you run a risk of drawing blood with these, and spanking with them you’re almost guaranteed to do so. With that in mind, if you’re bothered by blood I’d advise against these gloves (or suggest exercising restraint with pressure in use), and it’s worth remembering that blood borne disease is a risk if you opt to use them with multiple partners. 
If you play at home you’re free to make your own choices about blood and your comfort with it, but do be aware that fetish clubs usually have rules in place, and many of them have a “no blood drawn” policy. If in doubt, I’d advocate checking with the club owners or the Dungeon Master present.
Now, as we’ve owned them for 9 months at this stage, we’ve noticed some wear/issues cropping up. Firstly, some of the spikes have bent over in play. This may be attributable to them having been used to administer spankings. Secondly, some of the spikes have retracted into the glove and Master has to push them back through when he puts them on. The picture below should hopefully illustrate my points.
If you look carefully at the bottom of the pictured finger, the set of four spikes has retracted into the glove. Further up, a spike is bent flat. 
Currently (and as far back as when we purchased them), the Kinklab Leather Vampire Gloves retail for £29.95 at Even with the faults we’re starting to notice, we still feel this is decent value, as they’re one of our favourite items in Master’s kit. He really enjoys using them, and they’re both adored and feared by me! 
If you want your very own set of Vampire Gloves, they’re available here for £29.95 (price correct at time of writing) 
NK x

Review: Jack Boot Print Wooden Spanking Paddle

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

We’d been eyeing the Jack Boot Print Wooden Spanking Paddle for a while when we saw that Lovehoney had included it in their post-Christmas sale. When we spotted that they also intended to discontinue the paddle (at least at Lovehoney), we had to have it.

Made by Icon Brands under the Raging Stallion 

The Jack Boot paddle certainly isn’t a beginner friendly bit of kit; measuring just short of 19″ and bearing a UK size 12 boot sole in thick rubber (so yes, it does smell of rubber, a little like a shoe shop), and hitting just short of a freight train. But more on that later. The rubber sole is mounted on a fairly standard, if large, wooden paddle (so easily doubles up for standard paddle usage), and as such should be noted, this has pretty much no give.

For the sake of truly understanding what those dimentions will mean in your hand, I took a comparitive picture with a Sky+ remote:

As for your testers, Master and I have been into kink for quite a while, and Master’s toy bag is overflowing. As such, we’ve reached a point where we only really want to add different items to the bag. A standard flogger, cane or paddle doesn’t hold much appeal when we already have such a wide variety of toys. This is not your standard paddle. I mentioned the dimensions above, and while it does feel lighter than expected given the sheer size of the monster, it’s a paddle I could imagine a smaller Dom struggling to wield with adequate control.

Speaking as the submissive on the receiving end of the Jack Boot paddle, I can safely say in play it truly is like no other. Paddles of different materials always feel different, but the addition of a rubber boot sole with a deep tread, makes for an utterly unique sensation. Part of this may be that my Master is rather sadistic and hits like a truck anyway, but this is by far the most painful paddle I have experienced.

I am generally a fan of thuddy pain, and tolerate stingy pain much less well. My relationship with this paddle is, as such, slightly confused. It does hit much thuddier than other paddles I’ve known, but on top of that there is a white-hot sting that tears the breath from me.

So far, the hits I’ve received haven’t left a lasting imprint of a boot on my behind, but then I am very hard to mark. As such, I intend to update this review once we’ve been able to try it on a friend who marks much more easily than I do.

Master really enjoyed using this on me, and as much as it hurts like hell, I enjoyed receiving it. The construction seems fantastic, everything is very secure and nothing seems frayed or poorly attached so I’m fairly confident this will remain part of our kit for many years to come, taking the wind from subs wherever it may strike!

I would recommend the Jack Boot paddle to experienced players who want something new and different to add to their kit, but would advise caution to those who are less experienced. Old hat or fresh meat though, I’d advise this is a one to know your own strength on, get a feel for how it hits, and use accordingly!

It’s disappointing to see Lovehoney won’t be stocking it anymore, though I can imagine it being intimidating to fetish-newbies, so perhaps that has affected sales. However, a number of other stockists do still offer the Jack Boot such as SexShop365.

Overall, we love this!

NK x