I am not a newbie to vampire gloves by a longshot. I fell in love with these unique BDSM tools many a year ago, when they called out to me from a shop counter in Greenwich Village, NYC. I was just a starry-eyed Rocky Horror enthusiast youngster then, not even old enough to buy myself a shot, but nonetheless I fell in love with them immediately. One might even say that vampire gloves were the catalyst that led to my current lifestyle. (Thought I was going to make a hand pun there, didn’t you? This is a classy joint, n’est pas? PENIS!)
That’s why it comes of little surprise that when I teamed up with the fine folks at OhYesDontStop.com to do a review, these babies were what captured my attention. Leather AND ouchy things? OhYesPlz.
If you’re unfamiliar with vampire gloves, the concept is fairly simple – and ingenious. If you’ve ever seen a metal stud prior to it meeting the leather or cloth it’s destined to adorn, you may have noticed there are four sharp prongs on the underside, like tiny table legs. These prongs go through the fabric of choice and are bent underneath the stud with a tap from a hammer, a beadazzler on steroids or other connection method. This secures the stud in four places, anchoring it to the fabric and tucking the prongs away. In vampire gloves, however, the opposite is true – the flat stud is attached upside-down, allowing the prongs to poke out on the “user/wearer” side of the fabric – leather, in this case. Then the inside of the glove is covered with another layer of leather to keep the flat stud heads in place and voila – you have a palm full of pointy, prickly prongs with which to torment and tease a partner.
Vampire gloves are one of those nice BDSM tools that adapt to the skill level and preferences of those using them. For wusspuppies like moi, they can be used to gently scratch down arms, breasts, legs and backs to set the tone for an amazing sensation play scene with your favorite top/Dom or bottom/sub. They make an absolutely delightful counterpoint to feathers, silk or massage tools and immediately wake up sensitive nerves for fun. For those that users that are both experienced and really dig pain, the gloves can be used to grip harder and even draw blood* with enough pressure or percussive force. They LOOK wicked as hell and just a glance may be enough to get a bratty sub to bite her tongue!
*If you’re using these gloves to draw blood or getting other fluids on them, just be sure not to share fluid-bonded toys among partners, as leather can’t be sterilized.
Kinklab’s Vampire Gloves are some of the most popular out there right now, as few “mainstream” makers have these gloves in their lines. I will say that they appear to be different than the “same” Kinklab vamp gloves I picked up about four or five years back, when the line was brand new. The snaps are not sewn in as well as they used to be, and the leather feels a little thinner – they still get the job done and can hold up to play, don’t get me wrong, but I wouldn’t be too rough on the snaps. OhYesDontStop.com carries these kinklab vampire gloves in several different sizes, so ideally you’d select a size that doesn’t need the snaps to hold it on securely. All in all, these are a very unique and welcome addition to the toybag of any BDSMer or vanilla nightstand alike. Just remember that your hands are full of spikes and don’t try and catch anything squishy if it’s falling off the bed. Trust me.
Kinklab Vampire Gloves can be purchased in sizes ranging from XS to XL at OhYesDontStop.com for $37.49.