I was very happy with the craftsmanship of this particular paddle. I will definitely be purchasing the rest of the impressions paddles by this brand simply because of my experience with this product. When I took my paddle out of the EF box, I was very excited. I have other impressions paddles that aren't made by this brand and they've served me fairly well but not quite how I wanted, so I had very high hopes for this one and I wasn't let down. When I removed it from the box, I was initially puzzled due to the fact that I hadn't been aware that the paddle was actually a slapper as well. It's basically two pieces of leather with a red piece of paper in the middle to highlight the 'BITCH' markings which are cut into the leather. The paddle itself is very sturdy, well made, and surprisingly lightweight for how durable it is.
The paddle worked surprisingly well for how lightweight it is. It's very sturdy and had my sub whimpering and imprinted within less than a minute of some hard testing. I bought this paddle with very high expectations and it actually blew me out of the water as it went BEYOND my expectations. The paddle doubles as a slapper and makes an extra added noise when used. I find it to be a wonderful tool for intimidation in a submissive. Slap it in the air and scare your submissive into thinking he/she is about to get punished. I'm absolutely thrilled and in love with this paddle. GREAT investment and recommended to anyone-beginners, intermediate and advanced users.
As with most paddles, maintenance of the product isn't really required unless your sub is oiled up beforehand or in some way sticky. I usually just put my paddle away after use without otherwise washing or doing any maintenance on it. If it does happen to get dirty, a damp washcloth with water would be advised.
The paddle did not come with any packaging. It came in the EF box that was mailed to me. The only 'packaging' of any sort was a small tag that was attached to the cord hanging from the handle of the paddle. There were no instructions on the tag that I saw.