Product Review: 24″ Basic Leather Flogger by @Stockroom_com
Ooo, what’s that?
Have you checked out JT’s Stockroom?
We’ve got a giveaway going on over here sponsored by them. (giveaway ended) They’re pretty much our go-to kink store. And considering everything we’ve ever received from them up till now has been paid for out of pocket, that’s saying something.
The flogger pictured below is the 24″ Basic Leather Flogger we’re giving away. (The winner will receive a brand new one straight from Stockroom.) And I hope like hell I can do it the justice it deserves.
What’d it come in?
No packaging to speak of. Just a tag on the handle that says “The Stockroom”. The whole kit-and-kaboodle (this came with a number of other items that I’ll be reviewing over the coming week or so) was packaged lovingly in brown paper and sealed up tight in an anonymous brown box, which is awesome because it was a day early, and Mom was still here. I just scooped up the box, took it to the bedroom, and waited patiently for her to leave before opening it. I mean, is there any other way?
How’s it made?
|Handle||5 1/2″||1 1/2″|
This piece is handmade at Stockroom’s store in Los Angeles. It looks like the body of the flogger is one piece of thick black leather cut into strips up to the handle and wrapped around a wooden dowel. There are two strips of leather and a couple upholstery tacks to finish the handle and give it a more professional look and feel. Each of its 18 falls have diagonal tips, which tend to make it a little on the stingy side. And there’s a wrist strap which, for us, only ever serves as a way to hang the flogger, or store it in our flogger bag.
I guess that’s dangerous. I mean, what if the flogger goes flying like all those Wii controllers do? Ah well.
This particular flogger is actually kind of heavy for its size. It’s well balanced and expertly crafted. It is a little on the stiff side when you first take it out of the box, but that’s typical of leather, and will work itself out with time. The more you use it, the softer and more pliable it will become. If you don’t want to wait, though, you can pick up some mink oil, or something, and massage it into the falls. You should probably keep some on hand if you’re going to be making a habit of using leather kink gear, anyway.
What’s it for?
A flogger of this caliber is meant for sensation play, usually leaning more toward the painful side. However, I haven’t met a flogger yet that can’t be used for pure sensual play, and this one’s no different. It does have a bit of a bite to it, but if you’re more into thuddy floggers, you can take a X-ACTO knife to the tips and straighten them out to lessen the sting. We’ll be keeping ours diagonal.
How is it?
|a little stiff at first|
First, let me let you in on a little secret. M usually doesn’t like floggers made this way.
Unfortunately, a lot of floggers with this particular design end up looking really cheap, which kinda kills the desire to pull them out in front of a new bottom, or a crowd of people. This isn’t really an issue for us, since we don’t often play with other people around, and won’t be introducing a new bottom to our relationship until our financial situation evens out a bit. We’re just toy snobs, and tend to enjoy our toys more if they look as good as they feel.
Another reason M doesn’t usually care for floggers made this way is because they’re not often balanced correctly. This is an important factor in how the flogger is wielded by the user. An improperly balanced flogger makes aiming much more difficult, and the swing is rarely pretty. This tends to make even the most experienced flogger wielder look like an amateur. Nobody likes to look like an amateur during a play session, be they a top or bottom.
This flogger, though? This flogger is perfectly balanced and looks amazing. I’d gladly pull it out at a play party or fetish event without a second’s worry that it might not look as professional as other people’s toys. $74 is a steal, I think. And this is coming from a couple who’s paid almost $300 for a flogger (back when we had a little bit of extra money) with no reviews just because they liked the way it looked. Thank goodness it was functional when it got here, eh?
The way it feels far surpasses the way it looks. Last night, M chased me into the bedroom so he could find something to hit me with while I gave him a blow job, and this was the first thing he grabbed. And I had epiphanies, y’all. For serious.
It is a bit stingy, though an experienced hand can make it thud instead, or sting and thud at the same time. M is oh so experienced. The only other flogger we have that I like more is the one he made. It’s going to take a pretty fantastic toy to top that thing because he made it. There’s that added bonus of it being something he designed just to beat the hell out of me with it.
I asked M to tell me what he thought of the new flogger just now, and he said, “It’s stiff.”
“I already talked about that. What else?”
“It’ll be better when it’s not so stiff. We just have to use it more.”
He’s really no help. But he did hit me with it again, so I suppose he’s forgiven.
Anything else I should know?
You should always practice swinging a flogger a few times on something besides your partner. No, your pet is not a viable option. A couch, the wall, a stuffed animal, yourself. Yourself is recommended by many so you know what the flogger feels like and can sufficiently gauge how hard you’re hitting your bottom.
If you get fluids on this flogger, it really should be bonded to the people whose fluids they are. Leather is porous, and can harbor bacteria, mold, fungus, and other undesirables. I’ve heard of ways to disinfect leather, like soaking it in alcohol, rinsing, and then allowing to dry completely, but I’ve got no idea if it works. I’d be afraid it would destroy the leather. Especially if you do it too often.
You can clean this flogger with a moist cloth. Use saddle soap if necessary. Allow it to dry completely before storing to prevent mold. This is made easier with that nifty handle on the end.
Where’d ya get it?
Stockroom provided this flogger to us free of charge in exchange for an honest review. JT’s Stockroom was founded in 1988 by Joel Tucker (JT), a kinky college kid on a budget who just wanted quality leather cuffs that fit his budget and couldn’t find them. So he took up leatherwork and made his own (along with some other restraints), and then later started selling them on BBSes (pre-internet bulletin boards) while making them out of his bedroom. Now they’re known around the world, having been featured in Playboy’s Foursome, ABC’s Castle, and, of course, FX’s American Horror Story.
JT’s Stockroom has won multiple awards from AVN and XBiz. At their store in Los Angeles, they host monthly classes called Stockroom University, and they donate products in support of the BDSM community for things like events and non-profit fundraisers.