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If you’re anything like me, you’ll be pulled in by this spanking ruler. You won’t need any other information after seeing the picture, the sheer aesthetics will be enough to pull you in. That’s if you’re anything like me that is.
I’ve been dying to get my hands on this for several months. It looked so beautiful and has taunted me each time I saw it. I’ve never tried anything from The House Of Eros range before, but I’ve heard some great things about their items and I’ve lusted after quite a few from the range.
As I’ve said, I seen the picture of this and I wanted it. I required no other information about this product before I decided I wanted it (though, to be fair, there isn’t a whole lot of information about it to begin with), so when it actually turned up and was in my possession, I was a little surprised.
Since I went from picture alone, I had a few misconceptions about the ruler before it arrived. I expected it to be larger. I know, there are pictures of the ruler and it has the numbers on it. In my defence the pictures weren’t all that big, so I wouldn’t have been able to see the numbers had I been looking at them. The ruler was a lot smaller than I expected it to be. I went to a Catholic school where the nun always seemed to have this meter length wooden ruler! It was with her constantly, I’m quite sure she bathed with that thing. So I was actually expecting something like that: a meter length ruler. The size however is a total of 17.6 inches with the spanking surface 12.3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide or 35cms long; this is the size of the ruler I had in my school bag with a few more inches of handle.
Another mistake I made was I expected this to be a leather backed wooden ruler. However, again, that isn’t the case. It is made entirely from leather. I was a little confused as to how this was created, and I was unable to find any information online about it either. It’s beautifully made. And I couldn’t figure out if it had a very thin strip of wood coated on the top since the detailing on it is excellent and, well, it looks rather woody.
I love this ruler, it’s beautiful and there was not a chance in hell that I was going to dissect it in any way. Yet the inquiring mind in me (or nosy bitch as my OH says) wasn’t placated. So I contacted Nigel who is the maker of this thing of beauty. Nigel advised me that the entire strap is made from leather. It is, in fact, made from two pieces of Italian leather which have been placed back to back – it’s handmade and the detailing is engraved on there with a laser. Nigel also advised that since it is handmade no two will be a like, the detailing on it can be different due to, well, people actually making it (this to me makes it even more special).
In use the ruler strap is amazing, it feels fantastic. The flexibility it has creates a glorious sting, though it did take me quite a bit of practice with it to get used to just how flexible it is. Not only is the strap itself incredibly flexible, the handle is too; and I didn’t like the sensation of the handle also moving just above my grip whilst I was using it. I figured out (for me at least) that I need to hold it just below where the numbers stop; this gave me a firmer hold of it (without the additional movement) and I was then able to deliver much stingier blows than when I held it just an inch lower. This is the only thing I’d change, having the handle rigid would make a huge difference.
The surface of the ruler isn’t smooth. This is another reason why I initially thought it may have been coated in a thin piece of wood, it has the subtle roughness that some wood items can have – this is a huge bonus for me. I love the feeling of this being dragged across my skin, creating the sensation of lightly being scratched; you can increase the scratching sensation by dragging it over the skin at a slight angle.
I love this ruler, not only is it beautiful, it delivers a lovely sting with a fantastic slapping noise. The noise from it actually reminds me of a smack from a hand, it’s really similar, and with a hand the force used behind it will determine the sting that is received. When using this we also discovered that to get a harsher sting, you want the ruler hitting the skin between 1 – 6cms (the numbers shown on the ruler). Hitting between these numbers also gave the most visually pleasing red marks.
It takes some getting used to and practice to get your hand location right, and learn where the most pain will come from (which to me was all part of the fun). But once you’ve mastered it, it’s a great strap – it’s not the most painful but it does deliver a great sting, and is something I will be using a lot.
This is my first House of Eros product and I doubt it’ll be the last. It’s beautifully made and just stunning to look at it – you can really see that a lot of care has gone in to it. You can purchase the House of Eros Old School Ruler at Carvaka, as well as a lot of other items from the range. (They have a great selection).
This item was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own. Affiliate links have not been used within this post.