26 Oct

Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop

I dunno about you, but I associate nubuck with my teen years, and that means the nineties (yes I am that old).  The Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop however is truly a fine piece of kit that my teen self would have had absolutely no clue over what it was.  We possess several crops already, but when sextoys.co.uk offered me this to review, I jumped at the chance.

 

My package from sextoys.co.uk arrived safely, discreetly and quickly.  I had to take my machete-like utility knife to get into the well-sealed bag, but when I finally did get through the packaging, I set eyes on the goodies within and immediately asked M to invoke the spank test.

 

“Tomorrow”, she said.

 

So when tomorrow came, and the kids were safely asleep in bed I whipped out the crop. “spanky spanky” I said.

 

“oh not tonight – tomorrow”, she said.

 

So, whilst I’m waiting I might as well tell you about the Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop.

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patterned leather tip

I’ll start at the top.  The hitty part of the crop is, yes you guessed it, heart shaped.  This heart shape offers something different to every other crop we own though.  That difference is that it has two different textures.  It should come as no surprise that one side is indeed nubuck leather.  The nubuck is a luscious mid-brown colour; not dissimilar to a very strong coffee (sorry – couldn’t think of anything that brown that goes on pizza.  I know, I’ve failed, sorry).  It is padded yet firm; the padding presumably to offer a softer sensation.

The reverse side though is a textured black leather heart.  No padding here; more of a regulation crop feature, albeit with texture.  Both sides of the heart feature some very tidy stitching.

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nubuck padded heart tip

 

The heart shaped tip is bound to the shaft of the crop by what I think is basically a nylon bandage.  It’s much more stylish and professional than that description implies, but hopefully you get the idea.

This bandage hides the join of the crop shaft to the tip – but there is no disguising the fact that this is the thickest part of the crop, and will be felt during spanking.  I’m both excited and nervous about this crop.  I’m excited to experience the different sensation that the two sides of the Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop offer, but nervous that this join may be entirely unforgiving.

 

The shaft itself is again different from any other crop we own.  Most crops seems to have a cane or plastic shaft, and I suspect this does too.  What is unique though is that it is covered in a material similar to the nylon binding.  I think what really makes this crop stand out from the kinky crowd is that attention to detail.

It’s not a case of “oooh lets make a crop” – real thought has gone into the design and manufacture of the Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop.

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OK, so I’ve teased you enough with descriptions of the crop – you wanna know what it’s like.

 

Fortunately the spank test did eventually arrive, and just to ensure I know what I’m talking about, as I sit here and type this I have a tingley bottom.

 

In short, it’s just as special at spanking as the detail to which it has been designed.  The shaft is stiff with just the right amount of flexibility.  Swinging through the air it is true to your aim, and transfers very well the energy from spanker to spankee.

 

That transfer of energy is really rather awesome.  I think the secret that the Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop holds is in that heart shaped tip.  Most similar crops we own tend to have a more flexible tip, which gives a more whipping sensation.  This though, that tip is pretty solid, especially when brand new – there’s very little flex, and that means the whole of the energy transfers into the area being spanked immediately.  The sensations from the spanking with this build up quickly and soon reach a very intense level.

 

Within a couple of strikes I had learned that this crop is not to be underestimated.  Nubuck may well be a soft leather, but the stiffness of this crop makes it the most like a cane of any crop we’ve tried.  There is also those 2 different sides of the heart to consider.  This is where it all gets a bit confusing.

 

Which side do you think will cause most pain?  The padded (albeit firmly) nubuck side, or the flat firm patterned side?  The former, right?  Well, in a mind-fuck of mega proportion, it’s actually the padded nubuck side.  Whuuuuut!?

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the shaft of the crop is covered

It comes down to flexibility; the firm patterned leather side of the Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop has more give on its join to the shaft on the crop I was sent, whereas the nubuck side is much firmer.  So, it bends one way and not the other.  It’s a small nuanced difference, and M did have to hit me several times – with quite a bit of force – for me to decide which was more painful.

 

What this means though is that the nubuck side soon develops a crease mark where it bends over on itself upon impact of the patterned side.  Fear not, though.  Whilst a crease does soon develop, the crop itself maintains its integrity – there’s no doubt that the Bound Nubuck Leather Heart Shaped Crop is as well made as it is well designed.

 

My initial fears about the raised area where the tip is bound to the shaft were unfounded – it sure hurts when you’re struck with this crop, but not to the extent that the lump in the shaft is causing a problem

 

 

Subs spanking scale scoreboard

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Noise score: 6 – I was noisier than the sound of the crop itself, an ideal toy for us really – quiet enough that the strikes, even when very hard didn’t wake the children, but the score is 6 since for those that want the sound, you’ll need something broader.

 

Tingle score: 9 – Wow!  Never had tingle so quickly from a crop before, and it’s pretty long lasting too.

 

Pain score: 8 – A decent level of sensation without too much effort – there are ways to create even more pain with the same amount of effort, but we were very impressed.

 

Redness: 7 – Some decent firm strikes will produce nice little red hearts on the spankee – scope for humiliation play if you’re so inclined.   Produces a nice cumulative redness when used in intermediate strikes

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Comfort: 8 – The handle is quite thin, but is so well designed and manufactured that it’s really easy to hold, and to use with dexterity – an ideal handle for M, but for my man-hands, would perhaps prefer it slightly thicker

 

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