The Bondage Boutique Hog Hide Twelve Tail Flogger was sent to me by Lovehoney for review, and I had hoped that it would be similar to a particularly stingy and evil flogger I had seen before but couldn’t afford.
This flogger measures 31 inches overall, and the tails are 22.5 inches. Each fall is braided, and ends in a tassel with a knot holding it together. The braids are all tightly woven and don’t look as though they will fray any time soon. The same goes for the tassels. It’s a well constructed toy overall. The handle of the flogger is lightweight, and a bit longer than I am used to at 8.5 inches long.
The downfall of this toy is the material. Yes, it’s leather, but it’s hog hide leather, and however Bondage Boutique’s leather supplier treated and processed it leaves a *lot* to be desired. Simply put, this toy stinks. Badly. Leather used for BDSM toys should smell good, like an expensive pair of shoes, a nice jacket, or maybe even a baseball glove. This did not. It smelled like a package of pig ears, and unless you are a golden retriever, I think most of you will agree that is not a sexy scent in a toy.
When my boyfriend first opened the package from Lovehoney, he thought that there was some sort of chemical off-gassing in the box (I’m so proud of him for making that connection. 6 months ago, he had no idea what phthalates were…and now I’ve thoroughly corrupted him to my body-safe sex toy loving ways.) it smelled so strongly. We ended up hanging the flogger in an empty closet for several weeks before using it, hoping the smell would go away. I wasn’t willing to put it in my toy bag, for fear the smell would transfer onto my other leather pieces and fabrics.
After about a month, the scent went away enough that I felt better about using it on someone, though I still wasn’t ok with putting it in with the rest of my toys. The smell was still noticeable to the point my bottom for the night commented on it while she was picking the toys we were going to use for our scene.
The toy handles well, though the tails and handle are a bit long for me. (I’m 5 ft 6 with size medium hands, so my arm span and grip are smaller.) The tails do fly well in a group, and you don’t have to worry about rogue falls wrapping around your bottom’s ribs. Unless that was your intent, that is. I would have preferred a slightly heavier weight of leather, because when you combine that with the length of the tails it makes them slightly more difficult to control.
The sensation this toy produces is mostly sting. The braided falls end in little knots that have ‘tails’, which is going to give you sting no matter what, but this could have been a much more versatile toy with some extra weight. You’d have been able to switch between thud or sting depending on how much of the falls you hit with. If you strike with just the very tips, this flogger is stingy as hell. Hitting with the tips and more of the falls make it slightly more thuddy, but not much. If you hold the handle with two hands and swing it like a baseball bat and you’re trying to hit that last ball of the game over the fences, you can make thud happen. But I’m a lazy top, and an entire scene like that would be exhausting, so stingy it is!
This toy would be good for you if you have bigger hands than I do, don’t mind toys that smell strongly, and like lightweight and stingy toys. For me, while it is definitely unique, I can’t overlook the flaws to completely love this flogger. I give it 3 paws out of 5, taking one off for the smell and another for the lightness of the leather.