Posted on | May 14, 2011 | 5 Comments
To start this review off, I should probably state that I am a Canadian, and it always makes me happy to find wonderful products made by my fellow Canuks. Leatherbeaten is an Ontario based company that specializes in leather work and inventive ways to make the submissive in your life whimper and yelp. Be sure to check out their Penitent Series as well as their gorgeous line of floggers
The Spanker paddle measures 8 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide, with the handle measuring 5 inches long and about 1 1/4 inches wide. The paddle itself is made of two pieces of 1/8th inch harness leather which have been sewn together with the ‘raw’ sides facing each other on the inside. The stitching is heavy duty thread, and I have not had any issues with it coming lose or starting to fray. Because it is a hand sewn product, there was a small area when the lines of stitches wasn’t perfectly straight, but it’s such a small thing that it doesn’t bother me (or my OCD!), or effect the aesthetics and overall use of the toy. The handle has been reinforced with metal that protrudes a little bit past the handle for extra stabilization, because the last thing you want is a floppy paddle when you’re beating someone! I haven’t noticed the metal in the paddle itself during use, and it hasn’t bothered any of the play partners I’ve used this toy with either.
In use, this is a great toy. It produces wonderfully ‘thuddy’ sensations on your ass, with occasional bits of sting if you are struck on more sensitive areas (pussy, inner thighs, breasts). Even from a thorough beating, I never have had welts come up with this paddle, although my ass has been several brilliant shades of red and throwing off lots of heat. You would have to work hard at it or just mark up easily to leave bruises with this paddle. I would rate the intensity of this paddle as a 5 out of 10 when I am being struck with it as hard as my partner can swing it. Personally, I enjoy using the Spanker either after warming my partner up with my bare hands, or starting out using it lightly and slowly ramping up the intensity of my blows til they are nicely red and squirming.
To take care of your paddle, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth after use to remove and sweat/bodily fluids from the leather and allow it to dry thoroughly before storage. I have also cleaned my Leatherbeaten paddles with Saddle Soap on occasion for a more thorough cleaning without it doing them any harm that I have noticed. Disclaimer: Your mileage may vary! Please don’t come yell at me if Saddle Soap turns your leather green or makes your submissive’s butt fall off or something equally tragic. What works for me may not work for you or your toys, and while I am fairly well informed in leather care, I am not an expert. The Spanker paddle comes with a small hole in the end of the handle with a small loop for hanging it when not in use, but it can also be stored flat or in a toy bag. I would recommend keeping it away from sharper toys, as the finish on the leather can become scratched up or dented.
I purchased this paddle, as well as the ‘Imp’ through Leatherbeaten’s website, and the customer service was excellent. My first choice of colours for my Imp paddle wasn’t available, and the staff apologized and informed me of my other choices, and their replies to my emails were always quick and courteous. I was informed when my toys shipped, and was given a tracking number, as well as being thanked repeatedly for my purchase. Great customer service always equals me wanting to become a repeat customer!
I give this paddle 5 paws up out of 5! I know it’s going to be a well loved part of my toy bag for many years to come.
Unfortunately, EF isn’t carrying very many of Leatherbeaten’s products right now, so if you want a Spanker of your own, you can purchase it from the company via their website. It’s a reasonably priced $41.85 Canadian, and well worth it in my opinion.
This product was purchased by myself, and my opinions are my own. I don’t receive compensation for my reviews, unless you decide to buy something using an affiliate link.