There's Not Enough Actual BDSM & Bondage Toys To Go Around

Fifty Shades of Grey popularity has resulted in the market being flooded with BDSM gear and bondage toys. Not that the market wasn't previously flooded with inexpensive and cheaply made gear and toys. It's just Fifty Shades of Grey caused manufacturers to jump on the money making bandwagon. The issue is just that - gear is being manufactured for profit over functionality and more importantly safety.

Quality gear is just as important for BDSM activates as it is for anything. Inadequate gear can and will result in personal injuries or even worse - can result in injuries occurring to the person(s) you are participating in BDSM activities with. And depending upon the law in your location - BDSM activities are likely illegal. The law won't always recognize consent to the activities; thus leaving you or your partner responsible for the bodily harm. Meaning criminal charges could be filed; assault and reckless endangerment just to name a few. Even quality gear can result in bodily harm if used incorrectly, but by using inadequate gear - the risk for injury is higher.

Purchasing quality gear can be rather expensive. You can purchase gear in kits, but most of the kits use plush cuffs and/or faux leather for the gear. Plush cuffs tear easily with suspension and struggling. Faux leather gets all sticky and gross after time. For a set of quality cuffs alone, you're looking at least $50. It's another $50+ for enough rope to serve its purpose. If you are on a budget, your purchasing options are even more limited and those inexpensive kits start to look more appealing. You do have options other than settling on gear that is inadequate.

There are many household items that you can find at the hardware store, which can make for decent bdsm and bondage gear. Electrical tape can be a great substitute for restraints and blindfolding. Pass on duct tape unless you don't mind the sticky residue after a brief, painful waxing. There will also be a various selection of rope; however, these tend to be rougher than cotton ropes sold by sex shops. Almost anything can be used for impact play; large spoons, rulers, rubber tubing - use your imagination. It's important to know your material information. A lot of the stuff you are going to purchase at a hardware store is made of porous materials that are softened with plasticizers such as phthalates. Porous materials like PVC, rubber, leather, and other soft materials can harbor bacteria and spread infection. Non-porous materials like silicone, some plastics, some furnished wood, and steel are ideal. Always remember to thoroughly clean your toys before and after each use.

You can opt to make your own gear; however, you really shouldn't consider this unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Making your own gear is a great way to save money and allows you to personalize your gear. Please, be careful when playing with homemade gear!

The point is there just isn't enough actual BDSM gear to go around. The selections are limited especially for those on a budget or just venturing into the world of BDSM.

It’s essential that there be information available for those just venturing into the world of BDSM. Research is your friend. Never jump into BDSM activities blindly.

Looking for an essentials list to get you started? No problem. Sex And Metal can supply you with most of the beginner essentials.

 

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1) Bondage Rope

You need at least 60- 90 ft. of rope in order to do most rope work. You can never have too much rope. It's probably the most essential item for BDSM activities.

 

 

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2) Cuffs

There are many cuff options available. Plush. Metal. Leather. The most important question you need to ask yourself is "what are you going to use the cuffs for?" Plush cuffs are fine for restraining, but not ideal for suspension. Quality leather cuffs will be the most comfortable for suspension. Metal cuffs can be rough, but they hold well to struggle, though, they can easily injure the wearer.

 

 

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3) Impact Toys

Paddles. Floggers. Canes. Crops. Belts. Silicone. Metal. Leather. Plastic. Wood. Any other materials they can be made of. Again, you need to ask yourself a question "what is my/partners limitation?" Firm materials make for more of an impact while soft materials are better for lighter impact, though, they are still can pack a punch.

 

 

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4) Sensation Play

Massage candles. Feather ticklers. Pinwheels. It's impossible to pick just one sensation, but you might consider pairing it with a blindfold.

 

 

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5) Mouth Gag

Ball gags. Candy gags. Breathable gags. Pony play gags. Just some of your options. Stay away from any of them made from rubber as they taste like chewing on a bouncy ball. Pay attention to the size of the gag itself. Know the wearers limitations. Pony play gags are great options for those with petite mouths.

 

 

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6) An Escape Method

Saftey shears. Spare keys. Safe words. Make sure you plan your exit strategy and have an emergency backup plan.

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun. Be safe. Communicate. Consent.

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This article was provided by kinky guest writer Beckandherkinks