Ridges on toys from the molds

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Ridges on toys from the molds

ScottA ScottA
I'm in the middle of reviewing a toy for the Description Program and I wanted to solicit the ideas of other people on Eden about a little issue: ridges left from molds on toys.

I'm inclined to let them slide a bit on under-$30 products if the rest of the toy is good, but I'm testing a new Ophoria product that looks like it's in the $45-50 range, and it has a noticeable ridge all the way down both sides where the mold came together, slightly noticeble during use, and I'm very tempted to knock it down a bit for that as many other premium brands (for example Tantus and Vixen) have toys in this range with no lines. What does the EF community think - is this fair?

Also, does anyone have any ideas about how to remove these ridges from silicone? It's a nice probe apart from the ridge. I was thinking a pair of nail clippers, but I'd love to hear other ideas on rescuing this toy.
02/11/2009
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Snappy Snappy
I think that those ridges detract from the esthetics of the product. I wouldn't try removing them without first consulting the manufacturer for suggestions.
02/11/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I think it's reasonable to knock down a toy rating if the ridges prove to be a problem - discomfort during use, cleaning, etc.

I wonder if you could use some sort of razor to shave them down?
02/11/2009
Cinnamon Chambers Cinnamon Chambers
I would knock it down too. Especially if it can be felt during use.
02/11/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Rub a bit of silicone lube down the seams and see if it melts them down a bit?

(Ok, not a GREAT suggestion but it was all I could come up with)
02/11/2009
Epiphora Epiphora
Is it the Pleasure No. 6? Because mine has those too, but I can't feel them.

I don't know if it's worth docking a whole star, but definitely worth pointing out.
02/11/2009
Ciao. Ciao.
I know my Feeldoe has a seam from the mold, but it's certainly not noticeable during use. I would think a razor would be pretty effective at removing the ridge (so it was at least smoothed down to the level of the toy), and I wouldn't think that would do much damage at all to the structure of it.

As for reviewing, yeah, I would definitely knock it down a little if the ridge is uncomfortable. If it's just there and noticeable, but not at all impeding use, I might mention it but probably wouldn't dock anything from the overall rating.
02/11/2009
Jimbo Jones Jimbo Jones
I agree with most of the thoughts here. If the ridge is noticeable enough to impact its use, then knock a star off, but if it can be felt a little but isn't too bothersome, then it's worth a mention.
02/12/2009
Naughty Student Naughty Student
If it has a rim from the mold (that can be uncomfortable during usage) and you would gage it in the same price range as other silicone products that are comparable I would bump it down.
02/12/2009
Gatita Gatita
Rough noticeable ridges is a big deterrent for me when shopping for a toy, so I'm making sure it is one of the areas I address in my reviews. If the ridge can be felt, I will have to bump that toy down.
02/12/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
If you can feel the ridge, it's definitely worth mentioning, and if it causes a lot of pain and/or collects bodily fluids, making the toy more difficult to clean, I'd probably knock it down a star.

Seams aren't always a big deal, of course. The Lelo Ella has a visible seam, but I can't feel it and it doesn't collect body fluids, so I don't mind at all. But if it caused me pain, I'd be annoyed, no matter what the price of the toy.
02/13/2009
ScottA ScottA
I can feel the ridges, and they're a bit irritating during use, but I've been looking at reviews of other Ophoria products and ridges have not been mentioned (this toy is the Rapture No 5), so my guess is that this probably was a quality-control issue. The good news is that Adriana's suggestion worked - I borrowed a multiblade safety razor and "shaved" the toy and it's much better now.
02/13/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
Quote:
Originally posted by ScottA
I can feel the ridges, and they're a bit irritating during use, but I've been looking at reviews of other Ophoria products and ridges have not been mentioned (this toy is the Rapture No 5), so my guess is that this probably was a ...
Then I would just bring that up in the review. Whether or not it changes the star value is really up to you; for me personally, it would depend on how bad the toys other flaws were.
02/14/2009
ScottA ScottA
I wound up e-mailing Lover's Choice/Ophoria, asking them what their tolerances are for ridges - we'll see. If it's an aberration, I'll probably mention it along with their reply but not knock stars off.

If it's within tolerances, though, than it's an issue.
02/14/2009
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