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The Frankenkoller is a simply, yet elegantly designed collar for anyone who likes wearing collars. It's the perfect length for anyone with a neck from fifteen to twenty-one and one half inches. Its thin neckband makes it comfortable to wear and its large d-ring leaves it open to interpretation.
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Pros:
Simple, elegant design, unisex.
Cons:
Conway clasp, almost no leather smell.
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

Use

Frankenkoller has many uses. It can be used to mark someone as property or simply to restrain them. It can be the perfect accessory for the fetish ball or the icing on your sex slave Halloween costume.

Anyone can wear it. Submissive, dominant, switch, male, female, beginner, experienced... If you can work a buckle, you can wear this collar. Simply buckle it around your neck by threading the ends through the Conway clasp and off you go.

Design / Craftsmanship / Material / Size / Fit

I'm really, really torn on the design of this collar.

I absolutely adore the simple, yet elegant, craftsmanship of Frankenkoller. It's made from a single strip of faintly fragrant, top grain leather that's twenty-three inches from tip to bluntly pointed tip. Each end has six holes punched in it at half inch intervals. Riveted in the center is a huge metal d-ring that lays flush against the wearer's chest.

It's buckled with a Conway clasp, which is not permanently attached to the leather and has no moving parts. Instead of a moving "tongue", for lack of a better word, there is an immobile spike. You thread both ends through and over the spike in the center to hold it in place. And I hate it.

It could be an operator error! But I had an extreme amount of difficulty working this clasp the first couple times I tried. Even though I was ridiculously careful, going at it slow and easy, this resulted in a crease in the leather. That was sort of disappointing. I've never had a leather product crease so quickly.

Speaking of the leather, while it's rather thick, it feels almost... fragile. It may not be. So far it's held up to everything M and I have thrown at it. But it feels fragile enough that we sort of baby it. Almost as if the rivet will rip out if we tug too hard.

The outside of the leather is smooth but slightly porous. The inside, however, is a little rough to the touch.

Performance

Because I'm required to wear a steel bar around my neck, any collars we purchase are mostly for decoration and sometimes clipping a leash to. Something to remind me of my place and make me feel like an animal. And this collar has that in spades. Its unisex design and all-purpose d-ring make leads and decoration a cinch.

What's funny is Avery Dragon said the exact same animalistic feeling put him in a more dominant frame of mind. It's interesting how feelings are translated differently from person to person.

The feelings I get from this collar are just as primal but much more feminine and submissive. I'm sure that's partly due to the fact that I am trained to respond submissively to collars.

It's quite comfortable. I really enjoy how thin the neckband is. But I'm not sure how it would hold up to extended wear. I think the roughness of the inside would eventually rub a rash into the wearer's neck.

Care and Maintenance

The natural anti-bacterial properties in leather...

Just kidding!

The usual saddle soap and avoiding water rules apply. If you must wipe it up (Let's face it. Men do not aim away from the leather when going for the obligatory face shot.), a damp cloth at most is all you need.

Experience

I was actually kind of worried when I saw I had been offered the larger version of this collar. While I am a big girl, my neck has never been over seventeen inches in circumference (average for a woman is between twelve and fourteen inches and mine's currently fifteen), and the chain on the necklace I'm wearing is twenty inches long, so I wasn't sure the collar would actually fit me the way it should. But there's fifteen inches between the holes closest to the ring (twenty-one and one half between the ones farthest away), and the overlapping of the ends when it's buckled adds an extra inch or so to the circumference of your neck.

I've found it fits best for my neck size when buckled through the second hole from the d-ring on each side. And knowing that the smaller version only reaches up to fifteen inches, I'm sort of glad I've got the larger one, now.

I wear an Eternity Collar - a steel bar shaped into a collar and locked with a screw that requires a special allen wrench - that is only removed for medical procedures and flights. Unfortunately, the size and build of the ring on Frankenkoller makes it difficult to wear with the Eternity Collar. We plan on buying a new Eternity Collar in the near future because the one we have now doesn't fit me properly (Way too big!) anymore. I'm hoping Frankenkoller will be more compatible with one that fits better.
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Comments
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    What an interesting clasp - I have never seen one of those before.
    Good review!
  • Rayne Millaray
    Rayne Millaray  
    I had once before but it was ages ago and I never tried to actually use it. I hate it. ~sniffle~ But it serves it's purpose. Thanks!
  • Nashville
    Nashville  
    This is a brilliant review, I received a different Leatherbeaten collar and the clasp confounds me. We still haven't secured it properly (we're pretty sure) every time we try and think we've got it, it just looks and feels so wrong. Argh!
  • Rayne Millaray
    Rayne Millaray  
    Lol. Yeah, the clasps are sort of annoying. I mean, kudos for trying something new! But if your customer can't use the thing, it's sort of useless. I'll take functionality over aesthetic value any day.
  • Bill Ditchburn
    Bill Ditchburn  
    SD and MR, thanks very much for your comments, and I'm sorry you don't like the Conway.

    I like them for a number of reasons, including the aesthetic profile, the fact that it can be adjusted from both sides so as to centre the buckle, and because it maximises the adjustment potential of a given length of leather.

    Still, I recognise that the thickness of the leather on the Frankie makes adjustment more difficult. That will likely ease up as the leather softens over time. I think what we can do as manufacturers is to skive the leather at the buckle ends so the fastener moves more easily.

    SD, I'm guessing you got the little Pretty, with the dee and post? I think that's the only other collar we do with the Conway. It shouldn't be too difficult to secure it; you need to figure out which holes you'll be using on each side. Slide one end of the strap all the way through the buckle, passing the spike through the appropriate hole. Then do the same (from the opposite side) with the other end of the strap; it should lay right over the first end, and the spike should pass through both holes. The spike on the buckle is tapered, so it may be necessary to press down a little, but it ought to feel secure. Once you have it set up where you want it, you can put it on and take it off by just removing the one end. If you find there is too much 'tail" for want of a better word on the collar after you've adjusted it for yourself, you can trim the extra with a sharp knife.

    Good luck, or, alternatively, Argh!

  • Bill Ditchburn
    Bill Ditchburn  
    SD, or possibly the Big Spiky or the Dauphine
  • Maiden
    Maiden  
    It is a bit tricky to figure out at first, but once you do, it's lovely! I like the clasp actually.
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