Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ruff Doggie Styles Roses Flogger review: Art or Implement?

It was a typical day,lots of working interspersed with the occasional foray into Facebook land. I'd noticed the Eden Fantasys 14 days of Love contest and the question was actually something I knew the answer to. So I posted and a couple of days later got an email from Kristi Eden telling me I'd won. Won? Really? Squeak. And then my data connection (through my cell phone) died and I ended up sending my contact info via touch keyboard on my phone. Grr. But what a pay off.

So what did I win? Why something to make my happy little masochistic heart go pitter pat. The Ruff Doggie Styles Roses Flogger. Nope, it's not a dozen roses. It's nine. Even better, in my opinion. Not only won't these roses die, they'll provide many lovely memories. Made of leather with lovely delicate red leather roses, green leaves and black thorns, it's a work of art. No seriously. I'm stuck between wanting to hang it on the wall along with the rest of the art or keeping it handy for when the mood strikes.

This is well constructed flogger. The red braided leather handle isn't showing signs of loosening or unraveling. The black knobs at each end of the handle are covered with black leather in a tighter braid. did have some worry that the rose tips or leaves would not stand up to steady use. I'm pleased to find out that these roses are sewn on tightly with little chance of falling off. Same said for the leaves. A confusing aspect of the tails is that I keep thinking there are thorns on the tails but I think that the tails themselves represent the thorns.

The handle itself is about eight inches long with about a one inch knob at each end. One end then leads to the tails and the other end has a braided loop for extra security (so the flogger doesn't go flying if you suddenly lose your grip). Some might find the handle itself very light. I like it because swinging a flogger is an exercise in and of itself and keeping the handle lighter saves me some fatigue. Others might find it too light, but for me, it's a very good weight, especially considering the tails are heavier than expected given the extra leather constructing the roses, and leaves.

I mentioned that the tails are significantly heavier and somewhat longer than average. And when swung, the roses tend to land in a group. As such this makes for a very thuddy sensation. If you are someone who enjoys thud more than sting, you are really going to like this flogger. Please keep in mind that swinging this energetically will cause some initial welting which will color into some spectacular bruises. Again, keep in mind that I like seeing marks after the session is over, so this is not a problem for me. What makes this a good flogger for beginners as well as experienced players is the extra heft and length of the tails. It is an easy flogger to swing once you get an idea of swinging something this long and the thudding sensation is something that a novice or expert can enjoy. It is certainly a different sensation than, say, a rubber flogger. With work you can get sting out of this but most of the time it will be more in the thud category.

The tails themselves are quite long at about 24 inches. Added to the 8-10 inches of handle, this flogger is a full 36 inches (give or take a few inches). You're going to need some room to swing this. Sadly, my apartment doesn't quite have the room for a full swing. However we were able to find an accommodation.

I strongly suggest storing this somewhere where you can lay it flat or hang it up. I was only kind of joking about hanging this up on the wall as art. It's as good a way to store this as any other. I don't recommend this as a multiple-person use toy simply because I just adore the intense colors and don't want to jeopardize the color by using antibacterial cleaner. There is no reason not to use a regular leather cleaner and yes I can and have used sanitizing cleaner on other leather items. But they were usually black or dark brown and I honestly didn't worry about losing color. One of the things that I like so much about this flogger is the aesthetic appeal as well as its functionality and I am unwilling to take a chance. So yes I'm selfish and keeping this toy for me and my fluid-bonded partner.

Please note that I wrote this review simply because I wanted to and not because I was paid in any way for my opinion. Yes, I received this free of charge but as a prize in a random drawing contest from Eden Fantasys. Should you feel the urge, go and check them out (www.edenfantasys.com). They are an entire online community as well as a fully stocked internet store with brand new and BIGGER warehouse space in their new location in Atlanta. It's true that I love the site and have purchase a great many of my toys here, but I still will write an honest review.

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