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Shackle me baby!
I find wrist shackles extremely sexy. I can’t quite pin point exactly why, but it could be due to their sturdiness, the cold as they’re tightened against my wrists, or even the sound of the metal chain clanking against the cold metal cuff as I’m pointlessly trying to escape my fate, reminding me of those old prison movies I’d watch on TV. That could also be it. I’m a sucker for role play and officer/prisoner role play is right up there as one of my favourites. Or maybe I can pin point why I find them incredibly hot – go figure.
The packaging they come in, isn’t really the best. It’s basically a resealable clear bag that keeps the item safe from scratches whilst in transit. You can choose to keep the bag to keep the cuffs in while not in use, or discard the bag and purchase a different bag to keep the cuffs in. I did the latter, I wanted a sturdier bag that prying eyes couldn’t see in to.
The moment I picked these cuffs up, the quality of them was clear. I expected the cuffs to be heavy, but I didn’t expect them to be as heavy as they are – 780 grams to be precise, due to them being made from stainless steel. This is a huge thing for me: the weight of them really enhances the play and limits your mobility. There are two sizes of these available: small (which I have) and medium. The small cuffs have a length of approximately 24.5 cm, an inner diameter of approximately 55 mm and are 6mm thick. The size of the small, really is small. So, if you’re considering getting these, really measure your wrists as the size can’t be adjusted.
Although the information was on the website, another thing I was shocked about was that these lock and unlock with a small Allen Key – an Allen key that, honestly, I’m terrified to lose. It takes 55 seconds to unlock these cuffs. That’s based on the key falling out of the hole once (because I was rushing) and also the moment I was able to grip the screw with my finger and use my other fingers to unscrew it the rest of the way. Because of the way these lock, I would not recommend them to a beginner at all. They can take a while to un-screw and I, personally, feel like these cuffs are best suited to more advanced users, people who know and are used to their partners’ boundaries and safe words.
Despite being made from stainless steel, these handcuffs are incredibly comfortable to wear. I was able to wear them in excess of 30minutes without them bothering me. You can’t forget they’re on your wrists due to the weight of them, but they didn’t irritate me in the slightest.
Not only are these cuffs both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable, they’re also astonishingly strong. I was worried that I may inadvertently break the hinge on these. Thankfully, that was not the case. They’re so strong! No matter how much I tugged, pulled or yanked these cuffs, they were not coming apart; the hinges didn’t even seem to move at all. The attached chain rotates, which only heightens the comfort received when wearing these as it makes moving my arms and changing positions quite easy! Each link on the chain also seems to be welded together, making it pretty darn impossible to snap.
However, as much I love these shackles, I do have a few issues with them. I really wish it was a key lock rather than a screw lock. It just takes a lot longer to open and close; they really require some patience when using. Safety is paramount when using any bondage equipment, but especially these – a lot of trust in your partner is needed. I would also like a spare Allen key to be provided. You seriously would not believe the amount of times I dropped this key – I have butter fingers it seems! And every time I’ve dropped the key, I’d die a little inside and would have flashes of me taking these cuffs in to a hardware store to find the correct sized Allen key to either release myself or be able to use them again.
Secondly, I wish the small size was slightly larger. Having a medium option on the website would be great. And finally, I would have really loved if these came with a storage case, something pretty that would stop the cuffs getting scratched against each other.
Would any of these issues stop me from recommending them? Not at all. I’m so impressed with these shackles, I believe they’re incredibly well made. They’re durable, look awesome and honestly they’re some of my favourite restraints.
You can purchase the “Black Berlin” Wrist Shackles from MEO.De. 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.