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For Your Purple Pleasure

If regular rope isn't pretty enough, Doc Johnson has a solution for you. The silk tie will work for a variety of bondage positions and ties. You won't want to cut it, it's not the most restrictive and it won't be long enough for some bondage. However, it's an attractive addition to your BDSM routine.
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Pros:
Pretty, silky, long, angled edges
Cons:
Didn't come with instructional book as described, requires some planning and thoughtfulness, nonadju
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

Use

The Silky Surrender ties exist to attract your gaze. Whether you use them in light bondage or for a photo shoot, this sash has aesthetic appeal. The silk is cool to the touch and not intimidating for bondage newbies.

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

What is there to say about this piece? It's a 10-foot piece of silk. It's a single piece that is folded over, so there's a crease on one long edge and a hem on the other side. The thread matches the silk exactly. There might be a stray thread on the hem, but it is very secure otherwise.

Both sides feel silky smooth, so there's no side that should be used on the exterior or exterior. If it flips against someone's body, it's the same color and texture. The silk feels not unlike a thin tie because of the layers. It's not so thin, however, that you can see through it, which makes it useable as a blindfold as well. The material isn't as prone to scratching as you might expect.

The edges aren't cut at 90-degrees angles, rather they are angled. This makes them a little easier to slip into knots. The silk tie is just over 2" wide, which makes it ideal for ankle or wrist cuffs. You can fold it in half for thinner restraints, of course.

The color of this is a frosty purple that is a little darker than the promo pictures show. The photo below shows the cool purple against the more subdued purple of the Liberator shag Throe.

Performance

If you're interested in bondage but unfamiliar with knots, you might want to Google it, if yours also does not include a book. Eden also sells a rope-tying book that you might pick up with this tie. Some review packages didn't come with the guide pamphlet. The manufacturer will send you one, if yours don't. (See personal comments for more on the book).

The box shoes a thin model's arms bound in front of her, topped with a bow. You'll get less use out of it if you're trying to bind more body parts or working with a larger body. The distance between knots is all up to you, so this piece might not be ideal for someone who would rather clip it and leave it. The ties do require a little more effort and planning to come up with a design that is pleasing and/or functional, especially to avoid the silk slipping while tying. If the price is right, you could add a second tie. However, regular rope is much cheaper and more resilient, while cuffs are simply easier to deal with.

The angled ends are easier to slip into a knot than a 90-degree angle. Because it is fabric, those knots will tighten to a certain extent. It seems like the double layers prevents it from tightening too much. You should be careful when using these in areas where tightening may cause circulation to cut off.

If you're more skilled at knots than I, then you might know one that slips easily out. However, the tightening may require a bit of fussing with the ties to remove the knots. On the bright side, this tie cuts easily with a regular pair of scissors.

Of course, the purple silk is not intimidating in the least. You can use it more for decorative bondage than restrictive bondage to become accustomed to restraint; however, a skill knotter will be able to come up with more intricate designs.

Care and Maintenance

The manufacturer advertises this as washable but also says you shouldn't machine wash it. Because it's all fabric, you can hand wash it in your sink or a bucket and hang it to dry.

If you leave it knotted, the silk could wrinkle. Carefully fold or roll it before storing to prevent this from happening. You could potentially iron it on low heat with a towel to protect the silk. There were no permanent creases in the silk tie from the package, but it was folded very loosely.

Packaging

This comes in a box that features a picture of a model in the ties. It's recyclable cardboard and probably a bit bulky for storage.

Personal comments

I would have liked to experiment more with this piece, but the lack of instructional booklet was a bummer. I've been surfing the Net and there's plenty of tutorials on YouTube and BDSM websites, but this specific length of material seems a little limited. I wouldn't want to cut it, so rope would work better for fancy knotwork. It seems like this is mostly for show, and I bet that book I was supposed to get would have given me some better ideas for this specific piece.

ETA: I finally received the book and it's.. not super helpful. See for yourself:



There's only three positions, and one of them requires other pieces from this set. There's no visual step-by-step instructions, which some people need.
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Comments
  • Katelyn
    Katelyn  
    Gorgeous color, I loved the PVC tape you put in similar products. Thanks for being helpful!
  • deltalima
    deltalima  
    Great review!
  • married with children
    married with children  
    great review, thanks for sharing.
  • digit88
    digit88  
    good review
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Adriana Ravenlust  
    Katelyn, I think it is pretty similar in terms of usage, at least for me.

    Thanks for the comments, guys. I did receive a copy of the booklet from the manufacturer. It includes a hog tie, with silk cuffs from the same manufacturer, the criss-cross arm design on the box and a forward hog tie that only requires this piece. I think the last is probably my favorite. I should screencap it and add it to the review. It's definitely not as helpful as I expected.
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Adriana Ravenlust  
    Add the pamphlet screenshot
  • Taylor
    Taylor  
    Thanks for the review. I didn't get the pamphlet with it either, so I'm glad you posted it.
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Adriana Ravenlust  
    No problem Taylor. Too bad it's so disappointing
  • Danneh
    Danneh  
    Great review
  • little miss kinky
    little miss kinky  
    Great review
  • DreamWolf
    DreamWolf  
    Great review!
  • Ryan&Brooke
    Ryan&Brooke  
    Thanks for the review
  • sweetiejo
    sweetiejo  
    Thanks for the review really wanted to know about these.
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    ginainohio  
    thanks
  • pinkzombie
    pinkzombie  
    Nice review!
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    dollsteak  
    Thanks!
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    lzee  
    Thanks!
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    hall5885  
    Thanks for the review!
  • LavenderSkies
    LavenderSkies  
    Thanks!
  • lovebites
    lovebites  
    thanks for the review!
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