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If you want to use something nice but you're not ready to spend $40 on rope, this is an excellent choice. It may not be the best craftsmanship, but it has an excellent texture, it's extremely secure, it's beautiful and it's easy to clean. Although it took a lot of practice and even more patience, this rope has taken our bondage to a whole new level.
Published:
Pros:
Very attractive, soft, and supple. Excellent price for the rope you get. Versatile length.
Cons:
Rope had a weak spot fresh out of the package. Cotton knots are sometimes harder to untie.
Rating by reviewer:
4
useful review

Use

Doc Johnson's Japanese bondage rope is an excellent choice if you want to level up your rope play but you're not ready to spend $40 on traditional Japanese hemp. It's cheap, it has an excellent texture, it's very soft, and it's an excellent length for several different ties. My sub is of medium build and we're able to get through several versions of the chest harness, crotch harnesses, a few hogties, and one full-body harness with this rope and still have enough extra to tie her to something. The rope also makes very secure knots, so it's an excellent choice if you want to achieve full immobilization.

Before I bought this, my sub and I had been using $3 hardware store rope. Although the hardware-store cotton rope works perfectly well, it's not as comfortable and it's nowhere near as pretty as this rope.

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

When I brought it home, the first thing I did was to loosen it out on the floor and start working out the kinks (lols) the rope gets from being in the package by slowly running it through my hands. About halfway down the rope I found a fairly significant weak spot that had already started to fray. Sadly, this weak spot has gotten steadily worse with each use.

Performance

Other than the weak spot, this rope feels amazing. It's extremely soft and supple, with just the right amount of give. Since it's cotton it has a pretty high burn factor. If you tie too quickly with this rope you will get rope burn. Run the rope through your hands a few times before using it. It will give you an idea of the speed you should be tying and it will foster a relationship with your rope.

This rope also very secure, but it tends to form difficult to untie knots (especially if you or your partner like to struggle against the rope) so it's a good idea to use quick release knots and keep paramedic shears handy. I found that it tends to stretch about an inch for every two feet of rope after play, so I'd recommend tying a little tighter so it stays secure during play.

Care and Maintenance

Since cotton rope is pretty hardy, it's easy to wash. The can withstand a washing machine well so long as you wash them on cold, keep them in a dedicates bag, and drip drying them out of direct sunlight (The UV can damage the rope and bleach out the color). Make sure to either tie the ends or whip them before washing because the rope will unravel.

Personal comments

When we first tried this rope I had just received Midori's book on Japanese Bondage. We tried the open leg crab position first, but I had so much trouble with the knots that my sub had to help me figure it out. Sometimes she was better at tying knots with one hand literally tied behind her back than I was. Fortunately, my initial failure with rope was enough to light a fire under me and now my rope skills have increased ten fold. Don't worry if rope bondage is difficult at first, a little practice goes a long way. Part of the allure of rope is that it takes discipline to master them.

Although Midori's book is one of my favorites, I'd start with one of the Two Knotty Boys books first since they have much better pictures. Instructional dvds like the ones by Twisted Monk and online are extremely helpful if you can't make it to a class, but learning how to play with ropes with real live teachers is always best.

Experience

I was really surprised at how beautiful this rope looks. My sub looked absolutely gorgeous in it. After tying her up in it successfully for the first time I spent a good 30 minutes just admiring her. Once you get used to working with rope, it becomes extremely intimate. Before we bought this rope, rope play had an occasional thing for us. For the most part our ropes just stayed in the closet. Since buying Doc Johnson's Japanese bondage rope, however, we now use it in most of our scenes and we've thrown over a dozen rope-centered parties.
Follow-up commentary
It was a good purchase for our first level up to quality rope, but now that I've been using the good stuff for a while, I just can't bring myself to use this rope anymore. The cheaper price doesn't come close to making up for the difference in quality (not to mention the absolutely delicious smell of my hemp rope). I will sometimes recommend it to folks who are unsure if they will enjoy rope bondage, but only half-heartedly. Real quality hemp rope is SO much better.
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  • Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
    Viktor Vysheslav Malkin  
    Great review! Big smile
  • Kayla
    Kayla  
    Really? You prefer the hemp over the cotton? I actually own some of the hemp rope you do, and a crap-ton of this stuff, and I will only touch the hemp if I absolutely have to. (Suspension) For all floor-work and such, I love this cotton rope with a passion. To each their own. Still a great review.
  • bzzingbee
    bzzingbee  
    I've been wondering about this rope. I'm not sure I'm ready for the hemp yet, so this sounds like a good optoin for me. Thanks for the review, sorry you ended up not liking it as much as before.
  • NuMe
    NuMe  
    Good review, thanks!
  • mistre$$
    mistre$$  
    Hmm..I've never used the hemp rope.
  • JackRaiden
    JackRaiden  
    Extremely useful review, many thanks!
  • Various
    Various  
    Awesome review.
  • sugar&spikes
    sugar&spikes  
    thanks for the review!
  • Jenny Smith
    Jenny Smith  
    Nice review
  • mmmmm
    mmmmm  
    Thanks for the review!
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