I’ve greatly enjoyed dabbling into BDSM toy reviews, being honestly VERY skeptical of quality when it comes to purchasing such things from ‘mainstream’ sex retailers. Often I feel it is wiser and even cheaper in some cases to support local or non-commercial crafts people who do leather work. However, not everyone has that option, nor is it always necessary to go for super durable or heavy duty, particularly for novice or very casual players. If you’re in the market for a pair of non-locking, buckle closure, leather cuffs, you won’t be disappointed with Rascal Wear Leather Wrist & Ankle Cuffs.
Provided to me by Sensual Direct, these are actually some of the better ‘mass produced’ cuffs I’ve come across. Sturdy, durable, and adjustable, they each have one D-ring, opposite the buckle, for attaching to things. You know, like collars, or a post…
The particular cuffs are also somewhat padded inside, making them very comfortable for extended wear. While they don’t appear to be lockable, almost any set of buckling cuffs can be made to lock. Simply purchase small padlocks (I suggest purchasing a set of 4 or more which are all keyed the same, this makes it far easier to keep track of keys) that will fit through the buckle holes on these cuffs. Once you have your victim securely buckled into them, simply slip the lock through the first hole that protrudes out of the ‘back end’ of the buckle. The lock should make it impossible to pull the strap back through the buckle. While this isn’t important to most people, I figured it was worth mentioning.
The only negative remark I can make when it comes to these cuffs is that the metal backs of the rivets used will be against your skin while you wear these. For most people that is not a problem, but I know a few people who have sensitivities to metals such a nickel, and this could potentially irritate them. Fortunately that is easily remedied with a couple of strips of faux fur or some other fabric which you can use to line the cuffs, or just over the rivets themselves (think along the lines of covering them with small circles of something).
I like that these cuffs aren’t overtly intimidating for beginners, and yet sturdy enough for more experienced players. I keep them in my toy box as a pair of ‘extras’ for play parties or times when I don’t want to go to the hassle of wearing the set I had custom made some years ago (mine cannont be closed except with a padlock, which can be tedious and inconvenient at times, particularly for removal). They also come with a nice double-ended snap, of which you can never have too many.
To keep these clean between play, I suggest applying a very small amount of gentle soap, such as Dove, to a damp (but well wrung-out) soft cloth, and then wiping the insides of the cuffs well, particularly around the rivets, where sweat and skin oils can collect. Wipe again with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue, and then dry thoroughly with another clean, soft cloth.
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