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.
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.
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.)
I decided the gloves weren’t for me for two reasons:
- While I enjoy sensation play, I already have enough toys and more than enough creativity for that.
- 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. ;)