Dragon Silk Ankle Restraints by Leatherbeaten

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This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to putting on the Dragon Silk Restraints, both the ankle and wrist cuffs. The process works for both, and though I am demonstrating with my wrists, these are actually the ankle cuffs. This cuff set by Leatherbeaten is absolutely beautiful, so I decided that to make your life easier (as many people had said things about them being confusing) by putting it in pictures and writing so that you can enjoy your set of cuffs to their absolute fullest. Have fun, and always enjoy!

First: Place your partner's wrists/ankles in the cuffs, holding both edges out.



Second: Take the cuff, with the side that has the leather strap, and wrap it around your partner. (Imagine your partner's wrist/ankle under the strap, not holding it as I am.)



Third: Now take the other side of the cuffs, the one with the buckle, and put it on top of the side with the strap. Adjust them around your partner, keeping them in this formation tightly. Keep them properly aligned on top of each other.



Fourth: Pull the buckle over, still keeping the cuffs tightly aligned.



Fifth: Finally, pull the strap over the cuffs and through the buckle, tightening and aligning to keep them nice and straight.



And Last: Now that you have put the cuffs on your partner, enjoy their beauty in these cuffs and have a good time with your Dragon Silk Restraints.




I do hope that this helped you, and allowed you to enjoy your cuffs more easily. They are very beautiful cuffs and worth taking some time to get to understand.

Comparing Kinklab's and Spartacus Enterprise's Bit Gags

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This is going to be a quick list so that you can see the difference between the two—each of their good and bad points. The pluses will be designated with a +, and the negatives will be designated with a -. Let's start of with Kinklab's Bit Gag, then we'll finish with Spartacus Enterprise's.

Bit Gag by Kinklab
+Considerably larger bit, length and girth wise (a little over 4" length, 2½" girth)
-Made of a horrible smelling rubber—I've had it for over a year, and it still smells just as bad as when I bought it
-Rubber cannot be sterilized
-Really up-raised seams
+Seams cannot be felt by wearer
+Has metal inserts in the bit where it meets the large cheek-rings
+Cheek rings have large diameter (3")
+Cheek rings are one-piece rings (no edges that might nick skin)
+Has a locking buckle
+7 adjustment holes, each one is perfectly shaped
+Leather straps are about ¾" in width
+Leather straps have lovely rounded edges
+Leather is fairly good quality, suede finish and soft outside
-Leather has no scent

Bit Gag by Spartacus Enterprise
-Much smaller bit (2½" girth, 3" in length)
+Made of silicone, which does have a slight smell to it oddly enough
+Seams are barely noticeable on the silicone
-No metal insert where it meets the rings—makes less noise, but I personally would prefer to have it there
-Cheek rings have small diameter (almost 2½", but not quite)
-Cheek rings are not one full piece; they have a space in them that might snag the skin if moved around
-Lacks a locking buckle
+11 adjustment holes
-Leather strap is 1" in width
+Leather strap has pointed-edge
-Leather has an odd scent
-Leather has a strange woven grain on the inside


Even though Kinklab's bit gag does have more positives than negatives as opposed to Spartacus Enterprise's, it truly is the worse of the two because of that horrid smell of the rubber. Nothing can make up for that (I should have put multiple negatives for that one). Though I like the design of Kinklab's better, the rubber is not something that can be gotten over. Perhaps if they redesigned it in silicone, that would be better—or even just a better smelling rubber.

They're both great gags to have and are definitely worth their prices, but I'm personally still very confused as to whether or not a company will get the design perfect in every aspect. For me, things could be taken from each of these to make a perfect bit gag: the silicone bit, same size as Kinklab's, the cheek rings that are smelted, high-quality leather, a locking buckle, etc.

Blind Jockey Blindfold by Leatherbeaten

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This is not a blindfold to be taken lightly; it's intimidating, hardcore, rough, and not "pretty" like many other blindfolds out there. It's definitely made to go in a dungeon. Even though it does have a plush inside for comfort, it blocks out all vision from the wearer. Leatherbeaten's Blind Jockey Blindfold is a great, well-made blindfold for people of any type, though I do recommended it to people who enjoy harder, rougher BDSM.

How it's used
Blindfolds block out a person's vision; that's what they're made to do. When one sense is taken away, all of the others are heightened, intensified, and made stronger. When wearing a blindfold, a person might have an increased sense of smell, or touch (generally, the sense of touch is the one that's most heightened).  Wearing blindfolds can be great for sensitivity play or teasing a partner.

With the Blind Jockey Blindfold by Leatherbeaten, simply adjust the elastic band at a really loose point, making sure that it's loose enough to fit over your partner's head with a bit of space. Once it is placed on your partner, tighten the strap so that it's a snug fit.  Adjust the blindfold as you need to, making sure that they're comfortable.


Personally, my favorite thing to do with blindfolds is use floggers or ticklers (like my metal chain tickler, freshly taken out of freezing cold or boiling hot water) and lightly run them over my little girl's bum, back, or thighs. Whips work well for this too. There are many ways to tease and please a partner while they're wearing a blindfold, by either using implements or using your body. Add wrist and ankle cuffs, and you'll have a lovely time.

Design/Craftmanship/Material/Size/Fit
The Blind Jockey Blindfold by Leatherbeaten is a very straight-forward, no-games sort of blindfold.  Leatherbeaten has another blindfold design, a silk, less-intimidating, more pretty blindfold that's a complete contrast to this design.  The blindfold has a nice, soft, plush fleece inside with a high-quality, great smelling leather outside to give it a comfortable, but intimidating look.  It's extremely well-made, with only one personal aggravation making it a bit awkward.


One thing that many people will agree on is that the design of the over-the-nose arch in blindfolds is a must for any good blindfold, comfortable blindfold. The absence of one is something that many people don't like (unless it's a satin or silk blindfold—even then, though, it's preferred to have at least some sort of cut-out)—I personally don't at all.  This blindfold by Leatherbeaten does have that comforting cut-out piece, which makes this product a lot easier and comfortable to wear.

Each of the eye pieces are very popped-out and when worn come away from the face, making a sort of cone shape. Though this doesn't bother me personally (it's actually quite functional and makes it so that they do not irritate your eyes), it might be unattractive to some people. Also on the eye blinds are four seams, two on each eye. They are what make the cone shape. On the seams, the threading looks similar to a corseting style and is done very beautifully. What I don't like about the seams, however, is the overlap. On both the inside and outside of the blindfold, there is an overlap at the seams that can brush against the eyes and be uncomfortable when worn.


The Blind Jockey Blindfold is adjusted to fit by an elastic band. It accommodates a wide range of sizes, since the elastic not only can be adjusted, it's also very stretchy and gives a lot. At its smallest and biggest, it can fit sizes of about 17" to 25", not stretched. Since it is a very stretchy elastic, it's very comfortable on the head and movable, not creating any discomfort.

Care, maintenance, and how to store
If any sweat or fluids get on this blindfold, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth with maybe a bit of soap rubbed into it. Of course, this goes for both the fleece and leather sides. After wiping it down and drying it out completely with a towel, leave it out by either hanging it up or setting it down in the open.

Since it is made of leather, it needs breathing time. Let it out for a bit of air every now and then, especially before use, and do not keep it in damp places (like under a sink).

Packaging
The Blind Jockey Blindfold comes in a plastic packaging with a paper insert that says,
"INSPIRED BY JOCKEY MASKS, THIS GREAT LEATHER BLINDFOLD ACTUALLY STANDS OFF THE EYES, MAKING IT IDEAL FOR WEARERS OF CONTACT LENSES, AND EVERYONE ELSE!"
Under this is an Asian-inspired piece of art with a woman wearing the blindfold, laying on a horse, and a man making love to her doggy-style.


Extra comments and performance
The thing that I love most about this blindfold is how much it blocks out. You literally cannot see anything when you're wearing this! It's absolutely amazing. Though it's not pretty or cute, like some of the silk blindfolds that I linked earlier, it's definitely one to be used many times. It looks like something you'd see in a dungeon (my dungeon, in this case).

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Blindfold by Leatherbeaten
Material: Leather
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This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.

Leather Cuffs by Leatherbeaten

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Through Edenfantasys' sponsor program, Leatherbeaten sent me this wonderful pair of leather cuffs. I was so excited to receive them, simply because everything that I had gotten from them previously had been absolutely perfect in every way imaginable. These cuffs are very simple, very lovely, and truly just a great pair of cuffs. Since Edenfantasys is not carrying them, you can buy them at Leatherbeaten's site.

How they're used
If you've never used a pair of cuffs, then you'll see that they're probably one of the easiest and most simple pieces of bondage equipment to use. You can put them on a person's wrists or ankles, use them as suspension devices, and use them to keep your partner(s) in their rightful place. They're fun, can make sex interesting for every party involved, and are definitely a good addition to any toy box.

These leather cuffs by Leatherbeaten are a buckle-style pair of cuffs that have ten different holes to adjust the size. Generally, the advice that I give to people new to cuff-use is: when putting them on your partner, make sure that they're comfortable, have good communication, and do not make them too tight. If you're experienced, you obviously already know what cuffs are for, and you sometimes don't want your partner(s) to be comfortable.

Since they are made of leather, you may want to think about how tight you make them. Even though they do not scratch the skin, they will definitely leave rug burn marks if the person wearing them is sweating. They also will become uncomfortable and sticky, and the suede side of the leather will need to be let out for air.

Design/Craftsmanship/Material
First, let's talk about the fact that Edenfantasys lists them as a pair of wrist and ankle cuffs. Though they don't come in a pack of both wrist and ankle cuffs, they certainly fit a wide enough range that they can be used for either body part. My personal belief is that these are only made to be used as wrist cuffs. They could barely fit my little girl's ankles, and she's fairly thin—I don't believe that they would fit bodies that are larger.

The cuffs' straps are made of a high-quality leather material that feels great when it's on and surprisingly doesn't itch or scratch when moved around. The suede side of the leather is very smooth, soft, comfortable, and is definitely a turn-on to leather enthusiasts. I certainly loved the smell (it's so intoxicating) and the feel of these cuffs. One thing that is a bit bothersome is the fact that the leather sheds so much. Personally, I don't care about that, but other people may find this to be aggravating.

With nickel-plated buckles and rivets, these cuffs are definitely firm and sturdy. Though they're not hypoallergenic, the metal has a nice weight and the buckles stay in place when moved around. You can struggle in them, squirm in them, try and resist them, and they still will not budge (unless you're Houdini...in that case, they might not). On the side of the cuffs are the d-rings, which have an odd, squared-off shape to them that's really interesting.


Leatherbeaten's cuffs do come with the added clasp. Some of the wrist/ankle cuffs that I've received have not, and it's bothered me a bit since that's the type of thing that I like to keep them together with. This pair does though, and it made me very pleased. It's actually an extremely big clasp, at 4½" in length. It's pretty nice, I've never had one that big.

Size/Fit
Leatherbeaten's leather cuffs have a total of ten adjustment holes that are neatly punched, smooth, and allow the cuffs to fit wrist/ankle sizes of 1½" to 3½" diameters (or 4½" to 9½" in circumference for those who do not know pi). As I said before, I don't believe that it's realistic to call these ankle cuffs, since they just barely fit my little girl's ankles. If you're thinner and smaller, they might just fit you (or a partner) perfectly.  Shown below are the smallest and largest sizes.  Pretty big difference, no?


Care, maintenance, and how to store
Leather can be cleaned by wiping it down with a damp towel and some soap. Though I wouldn't exactly wash the suede side, you can clean it with special suede cleaners that can be found in shoe stores or some department stores. Generally, to keep your leather cuffs clean, make sure that no strange substances get on it and if they do, keep it out to let it dry and get some air.

Keeping that in mind, do not keep your leather cuffs in damp places and always give them space time.

Packaging
As I've now noticed, Leatherbeaten's products don't come in any sort of special packaging. They're very no-hassle types of packaging, that sadly cannot really be saved. Of course, you can keep them for storage purposes, but they're nothing attractive that's really worth keeping. These cuffs came in a plastic package with a paper insert with some interesting comics drawn on it. Don't really know what the cat's there for, but hey, to each their own.

Extra comments and performance
Personally, I love everything made by Leatherbeaten. Their products are so high-quality and simple. Though I do wish that they would put their products in savable packaging that's as nice as their products, I've seen that it really doesn't matter. These cuffs are definitely my favorite pair of cuffs now. And I have quite a lot. So that's really saying something.

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Wrist and ankle cuffs by Leatherbeaten
Material: Metal / Leather
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This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.

The Diabolo Collar by Leatherbeaten

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This is the collar that I recently received from Edenfantasys through their sponsor program. It's constructed and built by Leatherbeaten, a company that specializes in all sorts of leather products: collars, floggers, harnesses, leashes, whips—you name it. They're absolutely wonderful, I love their products. Leatherbeaten uses high quality leather and has a good track record with customers. Here are a few photos of their Diabolo collar sitting on my pillow and my floor.





For the full review of this collar, do read my Edenfantays review.
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