Nov 152013
 
vampire gloves

photo courtesy of Sade Ami

During a recent trip to my local kinky sex shop, a display of “vampire gloves” piqued my interest. Most products marketed as vampire gloves are leather, wrist length gloves with small metal spikes set into the fingers (and/or palms) that are usually marketed for sensation play or spanking.[1]

The shop had a display pair out of the packaging so customers could take a closer look. I picked them up, examined the spikes and almost immediately, I knew they weren’t for me.

The metal ‘spikes’ weren’t what I expected. Instead of being cylindrical or conical like tacks, they were flat triangles. Instead of being sharp, the ‘points’ of the triangles were rounded off.

After seeing them, I wouldn’t call them tacks or spikes — I think ‘tines’ is slightly more appropriate. Tacks and spikes are conical and sharp; tines (like fork tines) are flat and dull enough not to pierce the skin.

close up of metal spikes on vampire gloves
It appears they were designed for sensation play (scratching, tickling, and gripping) and percussion play (spanking, slapping, etc.) rather than for drawing blood. As you can see below, the ‘spikes’ leave indentations, but don’t really pierce the skin. With enough pressure, they could eventually break the skin, but the rounded metal tips aren’t well-suited for that. (See reviews from Kit O’Connell and Curvaceous Dee).

With repeated percussion, as often happens during spanking, the rounded metal spikes will draw blood, but that’s not from piercing the skin per se, but from abrasions and irritation. (See Molly and Marie Rebelle for more on vampire gloves, spanking, and blood.)

indentations from vampire gloves
photo courtesy of Curvaceous Dee
“The reality is that, despite their name and fearsome appearance, most of the time playing with vampire gloves falls under sensation play.”
“…with light play you will probably not leave any marks at all, or only the lightest of scratches that will quickly fade from most skin types. With more pressure, you might leave scratches or little pinpoint marks that will linger a little longer.”

I decided the gloves weren’t for me for two reasons:

  1. While I enjoy sensation play, I already have enough toys and more than enough creativity for that.
  2. If the intention is to draw blood, vampire gloves just seem sloppy.

If I scratched or struck him with enough force to break the surface of his skin, the dull points, flat shape, and weak (easily bent) material, could lead to unexpected results — raised scratches or welts in some places, ragged broken skin in others, and absolutely nothing elsewhere. If I used them to draw blood, it would be imprecise, unpredictable, and messy, and I don’t like any of those things.

I prefer precision to inexactness, certainty to surprise, and order to randomness. For those reasons, unfortunately, vampire gloves just aren’t for me.

I was mildly disappointed because I enjoy pain (his), blood (his), and the beautiful sounds and lovely reactions both inspire (in him).

Luckily, I found something way better than vampire gloves. :)

In my next post, Soon, I’ll give you my ‘review’ of my new favorite (pervertible) sadistic toy… I found it quite by accident, but I’m so glad I did!

Stay tuned for that. ;)

 


 [1] If you’re looking for a pair, they’re sometimes called ‘vampire mitts,’ or ‘spanking gloves’ (though lots of products marketed as ‘spanking gloves’ don’t have tacks). While most vampire gloves are leather, though there is a company, Love Bites, that makes a vegan version.

 
 

  7 Responses to “vampire gloves (or not)”

  1. I’m looking forward to reading what your discovery was. I’ve had some slight experience with vampire gloves. They were definitely more scratchy than stabby. That’s just fine by me. I like scratchy. No, wait. I love scratchy.

    • I’m looking forward to reading what your discovery was.

      I’m way-too-excited about sharing. :) I feel like I’ve made a discovery that will benefit wo/mankind! I’ll post that in a couple of days.

      I like scratchy. No, wait. I love scratchy.

      I love scratching, but I prefer to do it with my own nails. I imagine I’d miss the feeling of skin on skin if there was a layer of leather between us. It might be just as fun for him, but not nearly as fun for me. :)

  2. Interesting post and whilst I agree they do not have the precision of say a knife or other blade when it comes to blood play they do impart a purely unique sensation that I love/hate in that perfect way.

    I do however disagree with this

    “If I scratched or struck him with enough force to break the surface of his skin, the dull points, flat shape, and weak (easily bent) material, could lead to unexpected results — raised scratches or welts in some places, ragged broken skin in others, and absolutely nothing elsewhere.” We have had our pair for about 3 years now and played with them regularly and have found this to be the case. They do create a lovely bloody mess especially after a spanking or flogging but I have found them to leave the other marks you refer to.

    I really look forward to seeing what you discovery is though… and I have a very strong feeling you would LOVE the vampire paddle we have.

    Mollyxxx

    • Hi, Molly. I’m not sure I understand — did you mean you have not found this to be the case? I’m not sure whether you’re agreeing they leave other marks or not.

      Of course, there’s a possibility I’m just not reading you properly (I blame the wine…) :)

  3. I’m waiting with bated breath for your next post. A domme as a tease…who knew… (grinning)

    nilla

  4. interesting post, thank you!
    i’ve just accidentally found it while wondering about vamp gloves. personally i’m not a fan of leaving marks and bruises, and activities which includes blood and needles, knives are… absolutely [red] for me. but your ‘review’ helped me a lot, and now i’m pretty sure i’m curious about this tool of sensation play. :)

    umm, are you interested in Wartenberg-wheel? do you have any experience with it? (if so, can you please write about it, how is it like?)

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