The Bettie Page bondage range is one of the sexiest I’ve ever come across, and I’m slowly gathering all of the pieces with a view to owning the full collection one day.
One of the first pieces to be crossed off my wishlist was this set of Wild ‘N’ Willing Wrist Cuffs. I was lucky enough to win them in a blogger competition last year, and I’m hugely grateful to said blogger, and Lovehoney for sponsoring the prize.
As I’ve said in the other Bettie Page reviews I’ve done, the packaging is something special. From the printed sleeve bearing a cameo of the beautiful Bettie herself, to the hard storage box printed on the inside with a Bettie collage, this entire set screams luxury, and that’s before you even get your hands on the goodies.
Lift off the lid and you’ll find not only your cuffs, but a few added extras. There’s a collector’s card with a racy image of Ms Page, as well as a keyring bearing her face on one side, and her signature on the other.
The keyrings are super cute, and they’re useful for more than prettying up your keychain. If you have more than one they can be added to nipple clamps or sticks for a little bit of weight, or you could even attach them to a bracelet or a necklace as a cheeky charm.
At approximately an inch in width, the cuffs are quite slim compared to some others we have. They’re lightly padded with a velvety back, and the parts you see are soft faux leather, stitched with a quilted diamond pattern. Whenever I see that pattern I think ‘headboard’, which is closely followed by ‘bed’ and my thoughts go rapidly downhill from there.
The metal fixings are strong O-rings with detachable clips that are joined by a 2.5 inch chain, so if you wanted to separate the cuffs for use with a hogtie or an under bed restraint system, you can do so.
In use, these cuffs are insanely comfortable. My wrists are 7 inches, and if we’re playing nice we fasten them on the second hole, if we’re playing nasty we go third or fourth to make them uncomfortably tight. The soft padding on the back reduces the risk of chaffing, but as is the case with most restraints, bruising is always a possibility, depending on how hard you struggle.
We found during an early rough session that the cuffs aren’t built for really hard play. While I was pulling against them, the Fella noticed that the place the O-rings are embedded into the fabric was looking a little stressed, and the more I struggled the more likely tearing became. But we’ve had them for eight or nine months now, and they’re still going strong, despite all the pull and tug they’ve endured. Keeping them in their box is possibly a lot to do with that, as they’ve never been battered around in a drawer full of other things.
These cuffs are suitable for all and sundry. It’s almost impossible to inflict any real pain with them, and the clips are easily reached by the wearer’s hands, so beginners need have no fear. Experienced players may find that they won’t stand up to heavy play, but I believe they’ll still be able to find a use from such a sexy set of restraints, even if it’s just as something understated to wear to an event.