When I first learned that a Bettie Page range was coming out, I was extremely excited and couldn’t wait to see what items would be included in the range. I was selected to test this item for Lovehoney as a secret tester item before it was launched, it was one of the hardest secrets I’ve had to keep! The item is so beautiful I just wanted to show everyone, I couldn’t wait for it to be launched so everyone else could see it.
I have to say I really like this spanking bat: it is my first Bettie Page item in the range and I am sure it won’t be my last.
The spanking bat’s packaging is lovely. It comes in a black box, with an outer cardboard sleeve. The cardboard sleeve has a small circled picture of Miss Page and displays her name and also that this is a spanking bat. The box itself is a black plain box with silver writing displaying ‘Bettie Page’. That is the only information that’s on the inner box and I liked that; it meant that the item without the cardboard sleeve could be left out in plain view and it doesn’t give any ideas away as to what’s in the box to any prying eyes.
On opening the box you’re greeted with such an elegant piece. The bat is displayed on a velvet feel back, also a small key ring chain displaying a picture of Bettie Page, and a small biography card. The inside of the top of the box displays several Polaroid-style Bettie Page pictures in a collage form, which just makes the box look that much more special.
Moving onto the paddle itself it is about the size of a table tennis racket. It has two sides, one with soft cushioned leather, and on the other side hard leather which also displays a picture of Bettie Page in one of her iconic poses. The size of the item makes it fit perfectly in your hand, with both small and large hands. There is also a ribbon at the bottom of the handle which is ideal to put your hand through as it seems to give you more of a grip on the paddle itself when wrapped around your wrist.
This bat is ideal for beginners in spanking especially with both sides. The soft leather side can be used for beginning lighter, softer play. It has a criss-crossed cushion design which makes it feel great when it is smacked down on your bare skin. With the cushioning it’s not a painful smack, more like a tease of something more to come which makes it all the more exciting and the soft leather does feel amazing and makes a fantastic whacking noise.
The next side is the hard pictured side. This side has a harder leather exterior which gives a much sharper smack when brought down on your skin and makes a louder whacking noise which I have to admit is such a turn-on. This side can be used for more people who like that sharper sting when it strikes. It’s also a great way to progress up when you’re just starting out.
In my opinion this item gives you potentially two paddles in one – a softer blow for those just beginning or just like to feel a more dulled down sting, or a harder blow delivering the sharper sting. If you’re feeling adventurous, adding a blindfold to it just makes it much more exciting as you don’t know which side your partner is going to use, the build-up is fantastic.
I love the item. I think it just looks so elegant, and is perfect for beginners who may be scared of the look of some BDSM items; this just has a warm, welcoming feel to it which makes you want to try it. The packaging and the item itself feel extremely classy, which is exactly what I’d expect from a brand with Bettie Page’s name on it.
My only problem with this item in my opinion is that the support from the handle to the ‘head’ of the paddle feels a bit flimsy and it concerns me that with a lot of play, and too much harder play it may crease in the middle and bend it backwards; I have however given it quite a thorough workout and so far that doesn’t seem to be the case it just still feels a little too flimsy there for my liking.
All in all I think this item is fantastic and a must buy for anyone interested in spanking, whether beginning or more experienced or even if you’re just a fan of Bettie Page herself. As I said, it is my first item from this range, and I doubt it will be my last. If you would like to purchase the Betty Page spanking bat you can do so from Lovehoney.