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Quite a while ago I was in the Prowler Soho store in London and bought a good sized bright red dildo, with the intention of one day completing the set if I liked it.
I loved it and wanted to get the rest but … they stopped selling them! Now I must make a shout out to the ProwlerRED team on twitter when I asked if they have them instore and not online replied saying they didn’t sell them any longer.
But did tell me the name of the company that make them instead of trying to persuade me to buy one of their others.
And so I introduce you to the Stretch range of dildo’s and ass toys. But before I talk about them it is important to realise that not all sex toys are made equal. In fact they can be made from lots of things – wood and glass for example, and then the two most common are latex and vinyl (or plastic type products).
In recent years you will have seen talk about Silicone toys coming more popular. SquarePeg I believe launched the first range of silicone toys back in 2006! OxBalls I also remember as one of the early companies to offer silicone toys … but I don’t know when they started.
In recent years other names for big toys like Mr Hanky’s have come along and other established brands such as Crackstuffers have introduced silicone toys.
Simply put – silicone is safer. It’s non-porous – so it won’t absorb chemicals that it comes into contact with. Everything stays on the surface which means you can wash and sanitise them easily. And that safety is one of the most important benefits!
Other common materials like Latex have tiny pores that can trap bacteria, viruses and STD’s. Which is really an issue when playing with bigger toys that you can’t fit a condom or other barrier over. You can use water or oil based lubes with silicone toys, latex toys can of course be broken down by oil based products.
And they are odourless and tasteless. Actually, odour is a good topic here too as a quick aside.
Have you ever had a toy that has quite a strong plasticy smell? Or do any of your toys ‘sweat’ or get oily or greasy all by themselves? If so I would suggest you go and grab that toy and throw it out!
They aren’t some fancy self-lubricating toys … it’s actually the chemical degradation. And there is a strong possibility that the chemicals causing the smell or sweat are phthalates that are used to soften plastics.
Those chemicals are dangerous! They can cause irritation, rashes, blisters or a whole lot worse, just google them! So please check what your toys are made from and take appropriate steps – I’ve thrown out a load of my own collection already.
Some people say that Silicone Lubes can damage silicone toys, i’ve seen no evidence of this. But SquarePeg do point out on their website dissolving can occur when they come into contact with vinyl toys. Which is where the initial rumour may have started.
Ok, so moving back to toys
Whatever your experience, I have something to fit everyone, and will of course be adding more. The red dildos are part of the “Stretch” range, there are seven in the main collection and here you can see sizes 1 through 6.
Let’s start with Riker … or for non star trek nerds Number 1. This is about 15cm long with a width of 4cm. It’s a really nice size to work up to when starting out! A good toy to us to get used to an average cock fucking you.
They are all circumcised or foreskin pulled back depending on how you want to think about it.
This gives a nice head with a little bump to ride on the way in or further inside. Then the body is veiny for some texture and then some balls to make sure you can work it balls deep!
And they all have a suction base, and it really holds well! Particularly useful if you want to ride at home alone. If you have a smooth or tiled wall or floor stick it down and fuck yourself silly!
Silicone also has a nice feel about it, the temperature too. If you use a metal or glass toy for example it will feel cold when you first use it.
Two tips when shopping for toys. If you want to compare how a toys temperature will feel when inside just place them on the inside of your arm.
You’ll get the initial feel and then how long it will take to warm up to body temperature. And if looking at a vibrator in a store use the tip if your nose to feel how powerful it is.
So I said I have Stretch 1 through 6, this is the 6 and clearly for experienced and practiced holes. It’s 31cm in length and 7cm wide! As you can see more than just a handful!
In the coming months for you greedy boys and fist pigs I will be getting the Stretch 7, 5X and 5 Double X! The 5 Double X has a circumference of 28cm and is 9 cm across!!
Silicone toys can be made in a variety of firmness, if you look at toys from companies like Weredog for example you can choose the soft medium or firm toys. The Stretch range I would put as firm, they are very firm but you can squeeze them and they flex – they aren’t solid!
In the Stretch range there are some other options too, such as the Stretch Hole. It is a hollow plug – shaped with a taper for easy insertion, some bulges and base to keep it firmly held in pace and to keep your hole open.
Again like the stretch dildos made from premium silicone! The hole A is 11cm in length with a max width of 5cm The largest available is 16cm long and 8cm wide for a great stretch and gape! If you are familiar with the OxBalls pig hole these are firmer, the pig holes can collapse when using them.
And finally there is one question everyone has about toys … price. The entire range I think is excellent value for money. The Stretch 1 is just £13.85 and the Stretch 6 is £31.20 with the most expensive being the 5 Double X at £46.20!
So if you are interested in any of the Stretch toys and range you can find them on their website skyhi.me.uk. You can also find the amazing K-Lube range of lubes! It is nice to see them back on the market, and they offer free postage on orders over £35!
Leatherman stock a variety of products from companies like Square Peg, Hanky Toys, Ox Balls, Wesco and Alpha Industries. But they also make a load of their own products, both bondage and clothing! And their leather clothing is amazing, and there is one thing that makes this store so special to visit. Their sizing!
This is something that I have complained about before about so many fetish companies, here you can buy a variety of sizes in their shirts and jeans / breeches. After spending a small fortune at Langlitz Leathers and Wesco (blog post coming in the next few days about that), I wasn’t planning on buying anything here. But that plan didn’t last very long – I’m in a store full of Leather and the smell is quite intoxicating.
I’ve been thinking of buying a new waistcoat / vest for a while, something plain and simple. A thumb through the racks and there are plenty of designs and importantly sizes of vests! And the prices are all super reasonable for the quality of the products.
No sooner had I picked one up to try out one of the excellent staff came over to assist and make sure I was ok and could find what I was looking for. And gave advice and feedback on the products – did they look right, was it the right length and size. They wanted to help me find something that fit! And that is how I ended up walking out with a gorgeous 44″ chest new waistcoat (with several larger sizes and styles available) – I couldn’t wait to wear it, and Flaming Saddles was the perfect place to go that evening in it!
For comparison on the sizing issue that most companies don’t address in Regulation and Mister B for example I couldn’t even squeeze into their largest size of waistcoat in the store.
The store has most clothing upstairs, and down a snug spiral staircase, is the large selection of quality toys and bondage kit! And the workshop where much of their amazing products are made and adjusted.
A great store, great service and well worth a visit!
Mike McNamee, probably not a name you are familiar with. But one that the Leather community the world over will know the influence of. Mike was the founder and original owner of a store many have visited or certainly heard of – Stompers Boots in San Francisco.
I was saddened to read this morning of the death of Mike, someone I had the pleasure of meeting twice. And both times boots where of course involved! The first was a to the store back in around September 2011, when I ordered one pair of boots, and bought another. Both I still have with me and wear regularly … remember good boots are built to last.
This wasn’t my first visit to SF or indeed to Stompers, but it was to be the first two pairs of boots I bought! Only one of them was planned. I’d finally have an opportunity to order my first pair of Wesco boots – 11″ Harness boots.
When investing in custom fit gear you want to make sure you have your measurements correct. You can’t return them! So having someone experienced do the order is beneficial, and Stompers offered a discount by ordering through them.
Mike was of course excellent in taking the measurements, and making advice on the style, finish and fitting. Fitting and chatting done, time to pay … but then something caught my eye. Of course every wall of the store was covered boots, the store room floor to ceiling packed with boxes! But there was something I noticed, it was actually one of the most popular boots Mike sold I believe. They are Corcoran 985 10″ Black Leather Side Zip Boots.
Some companies just know how to make great toys! For your ass, your cock, your balls or all of the above in one glorious silicone rubbery bundle of joy. And Ox Balls have been one of the leaders of this for many years, 10 infact!
You will find several of their cock and ball toys in my dungeon, and i’m always thinking of adding more. Clonezone have been stockists for a while now so you can see them in store’s up and down the country (Birmingham of course being my nearest).
Clonezone are also supporting the biggest Leather fetish club in the world at the moment! BLUF (Breeches Leather Uniform Fetish) is a strict-dresscode website and network of like minded filthy fuckers and leather fantatics. Completely run by volunteers it has regular events all over the world, but the website has costs and is funded by donations. So CloneZone is helping encourage some donations … make a £5 donation and you could win £250 of Oxballs gear!
So get over to the BLUF Fundraiser and help this website keep going, and keep the spirit of the Leatherman in your hearts – we are a community who helps each other.
Day 21: Favourite BDSM related book (fiction or non-fiction)
I don’t really read that much fiction (kink or not), I get too easily distracted.
But I do love to read things to educate and extend my knowledge, and am building up quite a nice library of kink related books / magazines.
Notable titles that I have enjoyed include (in no particular order):
I also have a collection of some great photography books: