If you decide you need to give your partner’s bottom a good reddening, there’s nothing quite like the solid, thuddy impact of a paddle. Rather than the sharp bite of a cane or stingy impact of a flogger, the paddle gives a nice firm stroke similar to a bare-handed spanking without the sore palms. Paddles can be made of any number of materials and can become extremely expensive when you’re looking at top-of-the-range custom models. So, when I saw this model on Love Passions on sale for £6.50 (usual price £12.99) I jumped at the chance to give it a whirl.
The paddle is twelve inches long and made of black leather with metal studs. A rivet in the end holds a soft suede cord for hanging or carrying around the wrist. The stitching is very neat, even around the heart. It’s a very attractive toy, for starters.
The metal studs make the paddle look intimidating (well, as intimidating as it can with the heart) but their placement means that you very rarely feel them during a strike unless you turn the paddle around and use the handle, which isn’t the intended use. This makes the paddle quite a soft toy, good for people who want something sharper than a bare-handed spanking without diving into masochism levels of pain.
That being said, if you are a masochist, you’ll find this paddle lacking.
(As in, my boyfriend managed to thwack me in the eye with it while we were grappling and goofing off and I was completely fine.)
The major feature is the heart shaped cut-out, so immediately I went to see if it would leave a nice heart-shaped imprint on my partner. Answer, not quite. The paddle’s leather is quite soft, it bends easily and it takes a couple of good strong swings to even be able to see a little bit of the outline.
In addition, after a few days of use I noticed a few scuffs in the leather. I don’t think I was especially rough with it, but taking it in and out of storage must have scuffed it up a bit. For such an attractive toy to begin with this was really frustrating, but I suppose the material isn’t extremely high quality (you get what you pay for.) If you purchase your own I would find a nice satin storage bag or similar just in case.
Overall I’m very pleased with the paddle, it does its job quite well. Not the harshest thing in my arsenal, and not what I’ll be reaching for for a serious infraction, but a good stand-by.
And besides, it’s darn cute.
If you would like to purchase your own spanking paddle, head on over to Love Passions and pick one up today.