“At the Touch of Leather, I quiver and gasp. He flicks the crop and it hits that sweet spot with a sharp slap, until finally, that’s it – I can’t take no more – and I cum, gloriously, shouting my release.”
The Fifty Shades of Grey Sweet Sting Riding Crop is an impact toy which is meant to be the perfect match to the erotic trilogy by E L James. The Crop is part of a large collection of products based on the books, and has been granted the official seal of approval by the author herself. Sweet Sting is a silver and black, high quality riding crop. The adult market has lacked high quality and functional riding crops previously, and I was delighted to own this stylish spanker. Even if you’re not a fan of the novels, the crop really is worth it if you want a fine functional flogger.
Sweet Sting arrives in a long black box, with a mixture of red and silver text, making the packaging feel as if it fits in with the concept of the red room of pain often referred to within the books. At the top of the box is an image of the first book’s cover. On the back of the packaging you will find a clear outline of the product’s shape along with a small amount of descriptive text. Inside the box you will find the crop clipped into a black plastic tray, which easily slides out. When removing the tray you will has find a mini instructional pamphlet with tips on how to use your crop safely.
The crop is 23 inches in length with a 14 inch flexible shaft and a 7 inch long handle. The flexible shaft is sewn 2 inches into the leather fall, meaning that it’s possible to inflict it upon the submissive during impact. The looped leather fall on its tip is 4 inch long and 1.5 inches wide.
It is made from silver leather and has neatly sewn silver stitching, which holds the fall firmly onto the crops flexible stem. The leather used is strong, yet flexible, ensuring longevity of the product, the inside of the loop is made from soft silver suede. The flexible shaft is in covered in woven textured spunlace, which allows it to bend, without breaking. The main shaft is joined onto the handle with metal fittings. The handle is firm and is coated in a cross pattern plastic which offers drag and friction when grasped.The end of the crop is fitted with a metal fitting. On the handle there is a long leather wrist loop, which is linked firmly to the product. It is made from soft leather which doesn’t chafe. Riveted into the loop is the official Fifty Shades of Grey merchandise tag, with the well know books name embroidered into it clearly – if you’re not a fan of the books it can easily be removed is needed.
When first experimenting with the Sweet Sting crop, I spent some time practicing my swooping and swatting techniques, before I slapped its fall down onto a submissive’s buttock. The crop glided through the air with exquisite control, and as it swished about, the cutting noise of the crops stem piercing through the air was even enough to make the back of my neck tickle – more with anticipation of the fear that the noise itself would be able to cripple my subject.
The textured handle with loop meant that I was able to control its perfectly weighted sprung body as it hit the skin of my submissive. Whilst keeping the handle steady in one hand and flexing the crops tip upwards, bowing the stem, I was able to impact the flesh of my submissive with a direct slap from the leather loop. Using the crop this way meant that more surface area from the leather fall made contact onto my subs skin, and therefore a less painful impact hit, while making a satisfying whack and left a pleasant red mark and yelp.
Swooping the crop with a single grip without the additional control from my other hand, the crop lunged downwards to my submissive’s body quickly, with slightly less control. This meant that sometimes my submissive would only experience the tip of the leather, causing a short sharp stinging sensation. Occasionally, impacting with more than just the leather including some impact from the stem, which my sub found particularly painful. Both these left light welts on my submissive’s body and were more painful than when using the crop in a more controlled manner. Using the crop in a more freestyle manner also lead to a much more pleasurable noise as the device glided through the air.
To ease the impact marks on my submissive, I gently glided the smooth leather tip over their skin. Mixing this up with the hits also meant that my submissive was more surprised when an actual strike landed upon them. I also found that the metal tip of the product could be used to help ease the welts as well as used to experiment with temperature play.
The crop can be cleaned simply by wiping it down with a slightly damn cloth.
Overall, I like the Fifty Shades of Grey Sweet Sting Riding Crop a lot. It’s one of the best crop’s which is widely available from adult sex toy stores, unlike many other crops which aren’t high quality. The product is a joy to wield. The Sweet Sting Crops colour combination is stunning too. It’s probably going to be one of my most used crops, which I also expect to last for a many years to come.
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