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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Bondage Cuffs

Bondage Cuffs
A Bondage Cuff is a piece of equipment used to restrain a person's wrists and ankles for the purpose of sexual bondage.  A bondage cuff is usually made from Leather with a padding or fake fur lining to be easy on the skin of the person being restrained.   Bondage cuffs are used to secure wrists and ankles to other things such as a bed post, a St. Andrews cross or the wrists and ankles to each other.  They are usually equipped with a  D-ring or buckles to fit nylon webbing for easy attachment to what ever you want to attach them too.  

Bondage cuffs are sold in pairs or groups of four to correspond to the number or wrists and/or ankles a person has.    Bondage cuffs are often used to attach wrists and/or ankles together or wrists to ankles.  They are a very convenient way to create a hogtie, or using just the ankle cuffs in conjunction with straps around a person's legs a frog tie can also be easily achieved.  

The ankle cuff's make it very easy to attach a spread bar to a person's ankle's.  

The two main benefits Bondage cuff's have over regular hand or ankle cuffs are comfort and safety.  The use of handcuffs even with padding can lead to quite serious damage to a person's Blood vessels, extremities and nerves.  Bondage cuffs are designed for comfort and safety, where as hand cuffs are designed for immobilization and prevention of escape. 

Bondage cuffs are not designed to carry the weight of a person during suspension.  A special cuff known as a Suspension cuff should be used instead, for it is designed to carry the weight of a person. 

Variations -Materials and Colours
As with all things, there is lots of variety available. The practical side is, you need to stay on the subs wrists and ankles and they should come off and be easy to get on again.

Metal
My favorite cuffs are stainless steel. Super solid, sexy, and elegant. And no issues with any liquids.  They seem like a luxury item...and they are.  These stainless steel ankle cuffs, that do everything right (love the locking hex bolt) -- cost just $128.   Of course, if she's like most girls, she also has 2 hands that need a matching set of stainless steel wrist cuffs.

If you can, I highly recommend going metal. It's got a permanent feel that just says, "I am not fucking around." 

Leather
Leather is nice and study too. These also can be pricey but they tend to last a long time if you get a quality set of leather cuffs like these (in pink!)   These ones actually feel really nice, comfortable and damn study. (Look for a nice wide belt that is also thick on the belt part those closes: this is the most likely area to break. )

These two show some the the variety. You can have steel, pink, black leather, fur lined.  You can also get them in an institutional beige if being locked in a mental institution is your thing (or  doctor/hospital play.

On the down side, you can damage them if you get them wet. But you can also wipe them off fairly easily and take care of them properly and they should last many years.  Oh, and they smell sexy. ;)

Velcro
You can also get cuffs made out of velcro.  These work for situations where you want to be able to rapidly release you victim -- such as if they have medical condition such as epilepsy.  

Velcro cuffs are relatively cheap and can be made fairly sturdy too -- many having some neoprene added to it.  

I'm not the biggest fan of velcro -- like most long haired slaves as there is something about the feel of them that seems kinda...low rent.   Still, if you wanna go velcro...check out these velcro cuffs (they are not the ones pictured above.) 

Vinyl
I've also see these in a club, made of vinyl.  They look really cool under black light...and are total crap for bondage with a sub that likes to resist.  If she's compliant...they may work without breaking too soon...but on advantage is: they are completely waterproof. 
A great way to make her sweat! (Around her wrists)
Safety
As with all restraining equipment it is unsafe to leave the person alone while being restrained.  Also Bondage Cuffs are NOT Suspension cuffs and should not be used in Suspension Play.  Also You are responsible for both you and your partners health and all care and use of judgment should be employed in all aspects of bondage and s&m play.  

Practical Considerations
  1. How do I attach my Bondage Cuffs to things example a bedpost.   
Carabiners and D-rings on wrist
cuffs: made for each other
You can use an Eye Screw with an attached Carabineer to clip into the D-ring on the Cuff. 
You can use Rope and tie the D-ring to the Bedpost 
You can even use metal wire and run it through the D-ring and Twist it Tight. 
Really you can use anything that will hold through any struggle the sub will put up. 
  1. Can I make Bondage Cuffs myself. 
Yes you can.   You will need Heavy duty Leather Straps, metal D-rings, Metal Buckle, Sewing equipment and thread able to sew leather.  For some Small locks so the Cuffs can be locked and only taken off with a key.  

The easiest to make is velcro. (I actually did this.) You can sew it -make sure your machine has a good, sturdy needle -- and also make sure there is ample length to overlap as too little overlap and they will just pop open.
  1. Where can I go to buy Bondage Cuffs 
Most local Sex shops will carry some form of Bondage Cuff.  But a lot of them are faux leather (aka vinyl) and are pretty crappy. I've even had some broken by an over zealous sub. 
You can also get them online Here (I like the quality of the items from this site, the Stockroom. First saw their stuff in a catalog way before visiting their website. They are more expensive than some you can find...but they are also high quality goods.)

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