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Different Categories and Styles of BDSM Toys

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BDSM toys, also called SM or power play toys, include a range of products designed to enhance or inhibit sensation and/or movement of yourself or a partner.
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Despite an emphasis in fetish and BDSM literature on having the most expensive accoutrement, the fact is that you can explore BDSM toys safely and enjoyably on any budget.

Many BDSM players say that their favorite sex shop is the hardware store. They even have a name for their homemade sex toys; “pervertibles”. If you’d prefer store bought toys, here's a breakdown of the different kinds of BDSM toys available.

Bondage and Restraints

There are hundreds of styles of cuffs and restraints designed to prevent someone from moving, or allow them a certain range of movement. Restraints can attached to the limbs or torso or some combination of both. Make sure the sizing is right, the material is comfortable, and the edges are either soft or beveled so they don’t cut into the skin. Other bondage items can inhibit sensory input. A blindfold prevents you from seeing, a ball gag makes it difficult to talk, a hood that covers your ears, etc…

Paddles and Floggers

Wooden or leather paddles, floggers, whips, riding crops, and canes are all toys used to create sensation on a partners body from a light tickle to an intense thud. If you don’t use a paddle or flogger correctly you could seriously hurt your partner or yourself, so learning the basics is essential. The firmer the toy is the easier it is for a beginner to manipulate in terms of where it hits and how much pressure is applied. The differences in these toys depends on the material, weight, and how they are meant to be used.

Nipple Clamps

When applied nipple clamps squeeze the skin together and force the blood out of the area being clamped down on, creating a sensation some people find both uncomfortable and pleasurable. Even though they’re called nipple clamps in most shops, these toys can be used on all parts of the body if desired. Clamps differ depending on the amount of pressure they can apply, and the mechanism for controlling the pressure applied.

Sensation Toys

Sensation toys range from a feather that creates the gentlest (but no less intense) sensation, to a Wartenberg Pinwheel (shown on the left) which has sharp spikes and is designed to be lightly run across the body to chilling erotic effect. There are gloves with tiny spikes in them, wax candles that melt at a low temperature but still create a searingly hot sensation, and many other possibilities. Each of these toys is designed to create a different sensation without causing any damage to the body.
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