So Close and Yet So Far

The Bent Graduate is a good choice for women just beginning to experiment with penetration; it's body-friendly, slim, curved in a way that's practically guaranteed to hit your G-spot, and you can turn it around if you feel like trying out some texture. Nevertheless, the toy has a few drawbacks that (for me at least) keep it from being the ultimate G-spotting dildo.
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Pros:
G-spot curve, double-ended, easy to clean, pretty and non-realistic, good for temperature play
Cons:
Difficult to keep "right-side up," pointy head, may be too slim for some users
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

Use

The Bent Graduate is a toy that gets right to the point. Sure, it’s pretty, but there’s only one reason why a dildo would have a curve that dramatic—to target the G-spot. This straightforwardness would make it a good choice for women new to G-spot stimulation, or even for those still trying to find their G-spot, particularly because it doesn’t have a lot of things that novices to penetration might find off-putting—namely, extreme texture, a lot of girth, or an overtly phallic shape. The fact that it’s made of glass is an added bonus; you may as well start off with a safe material, and it gives you the option of temperature play.

That said, as a double-ended toy, the Bent Graduate’s more textured end makes it a fairly versatile dildo. This end isn’t curved, but its pronounced bulbs can still make for interesting (and fun) sensations. I would not, however, recommend this toy for couples; the glass is hard, and slightly pointy, so you could end up with bruises in sensitive areas if you have your partner use this toy on you.

Lastly, while the curve of this toy suggests it would be good for anal use (specifically, prostate stimulation), I’d recommend caution if you want to use it this way. It doesn’t have a flared base, but the bulbs on the textured end of the dildo could provide a bit of a stopper if you’re using the curved end; just be careful you keep a good grip on the toy and don’t insert it too far.

  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Everyone
    • Solo
    • Temperature play
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • G-spot
    • P-spot

Material / Texture

The Bent Graduate is a glass toy—in fact, it’s my first glass toy. I’m relatively new to non-vibrating toys, you see, and until now I’d stuck to getting dildos made of materials I was already familiar with (silicone, TPR, etc). I was both excited and nervous about getting my first glass toy; the fact that I like a lot of pressure on my G-spot made me crave the hardness a glass head could provide, but I was worried that the body of the toy would feel too unyielding to be comfortable.

Glass has a lot going for it. It rates a 10 on Eden’s safety scale because it is very nonporous and easy to clean—soap and water or toy cleaner suffices. It can be used with any type of lubricant, but the fact that glass has virtually no drag means that you may find artificial lube isn’t even necessary. It retains temperature well, so it can be warmed or cooled in water if you’re looking for a change of pace; when mine arrived in the mail, it was pleasantly warm, no doubt due to the unpleasantly hot weather outside. The Pyrex glass used to make glass dildos is fairly sturdy; it can break—though not easily—but it won’t shatter like normal glass. Finally, and on a shallow note, it’s just one of the most visually appealing materials.
    • Not porous at all
    • Rigid
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

I’m a horrible judge of size, and usually when I get a toy, it’s bigger than I expected it to be. I had the exact opposite experience with the Bent Graduate; I hadn’t realized just how slim 1 1/4” looks when you’ve been using toys around 1 1/2” in diameter. And that’s the bulbs; the shaft of the curved end is even slimmer—as in, less than 1”. It’s a little hard to measure the length of a toy curved like this, but measured on the inside curve the Bent Graduate is about 6 3/4” long. That’s sort of beside the point, though, because you won’t be using anywhere close to that amount at one time; I would guess that each end is insertable up to about 4”.

As I’ve already mentioned, the standout feature of the Bent Graduate is the curve it sports on one end. This culminates in a head that’s not really phallic per se—the closest thing I can think of in terms of shape is a closed tulip or rosebud. The other end of the toy has a straight shaft, but makes up for it with its texture; while the head is similar in shape to the other end’s, there are also two spherical bulges, followed by a flatter disc-like bump. Provided it doesn’t get wet, this end works well as a handle—but more on that later.

All in all, it’s a very pretty toy, though not one that has much in the way of frills—the word “elegant” comes to mind. Personally, I would not have known that this was a dildo if I had seen it in my pre-sex toy days, but maybe I was unusually naive. As I said, it’s not phallic, but at the same time, I’m hard pressed to think of what other purpose a piece of glass shaped like this could serve.


The Bent Graduate next to my Tantus Acute and iTap G-vibe
    • Beginner
    • Whimsical / artistic

Performance

Words cannot express how much I wanted to give this toy five stars. I love curved toys, so I was certain that I would love the Bent Graduate; I even thought it might be the first toy to give me that elusive G-spot only orgasm. Unfortunately, while I do like the Bent Graduate, it doesn’t quite work the way I thought that it would.

Really, my disappointment all boils down to the fact that the curved end didn’t blow me away. It felt good, but there were a few things about it that really detracted from the overall experience. First of all, glass is very slippery, even if you don’t use any lube. By and large this is a good thing, but I’ve found it problematic as far as the Bent Graduate is concerned. As soon as the end I’m holding gets any kind of fluid on it, it starts to slip around in my grasp; it virtually always twists around so that the head of the toy is stimulating (or not, since there’s nothing there to stimulate) the sides of my vagina (towards my legs) rather than the front wall. The problem becomes almost insurmountable if I try to use a vibrator on my clit at the same time; I guess I’m not very coordinated, because the vibrator (or the hand I’m using to hold it) keeps nudging the dildo out of place.

Still, the real problem is the design of the toy. I’m going to start by saying something I never thought I’d say in a million years; I wish this toy had just a bit more girth. The shaft of the toy (on the curved end, at least) is very slim—so slim, in fact, that I can’t really feel it when I thrust with the dildo.

I can feel the head, but unfortunately, that’s not always a good thing. The problem is that the head is a bit pointy, and combined with the angle of the toy, it ends up prodding my G-spot uncomfortably if I’m not careful. Now, to be fair, I get the feeling that pokey heads on toys bother me more than they bother most people, and it’s not like the head of the Bent Graduate is sharp; the tip of it is rounded, but it’s nowhere near spherical, and apparently for me, that’s just not good enough.

Just to clarify, this end of the toy can feel good. If I get the angle exactly right, the head rubs my G-spot without poking it, and the pressure it provides feels great. Getting to this point, though, requires finding that perfect angle, and then finding it several more times whenever the dildo slips out of place. In other words, it takes a lot of effort to get this end of the toy to work for me, and masturbation is an area of my life where I don’t really want to exert effort.

I did, however, really like the more textured end of the Bent Graduate—you know, the end that everyone else just uses as a handle? It’s okay, I know I’m weird—I won’t judge you for thinking so too. It’s just that, despite the fact that I was recently whining about the slimness of the other end, I haven’t yet reached the point where I’m comfortable with both girth and texture, so in this sense, the Bent Graduate’s small size is perfect. It’s much more comfortable for me than, say, my Graduated Double, but it still gives me a satisfying feeling of fullness, as well as wonderful rippling sensations when I thrust with it—when the glass warms up to my body temperature the heat from the dildo feels fantastic against my inner lips. It even does a decent job stimulating my G-spot, because the curve of the other end, when used as a handle, gives me a lot of leverage.
    • Double-ended
    • Head can be pointy
    • Slips around

Care and Maintenance

One of the major perks of glass toys is that they are easy to clean; soap and water or toy cleaner will do the trick, and you can also throw them (well, place them carefully) in the dishwasher. Storing them, however, takes some thought. Pyrex isn’t as fragile as normal glass, but you still don’t want to subject your toy to a lot of jostling. Unfortunately, the Bent Graduate does not come with any sort of padded bag, so I would suggest wrapping it in some kind of thick cloth before putting it away. It’s not a good toy to travel with, and if you’re moving, I’d either carry it with you on the plane/car/moving van/whatever, or just ship it.
    • Easy to clean

Packaging

The Bent Graduate’s packaging wouldn’t be great for storage—it’s just cardboard and a clamshell—but I really liked it anyway. My tastes tend to run to the simple and classy, so I appreciated the moderately-sized, soft black box it came in—there’s not a single scantily-clad woman in sight. I wouldn’t say the packaging is discreet—the box does, after all, let you see the toy inside of it, plus it mentions the G-spot a few times—but it doesn’t absolutely scream “sex toy!” either. In fact, the word “dildo” is never even mentioned. The box does, however, manage to convey a surprising amount of information about the toy; it tells you a little bit about the safety of glass, gives you tips on how to warm up or cool the Bent Graduate for temperature play, and suggests a few ways of cleaning the toy—not bad.


The Bent Graduate's packaging, plus some truly horrible glare.
    • Discreet looking packaging
    • Minimal
    • Very informative
Follow-up commentary
I feel obliged to write a follow-up review a little sooner than I usually would, because lately I've started to feel guilty whenever someone reads my initial lukewarm reaction to this toy. The truth is, I now love the Bent Graduate - it just took me awhile to figure out how to use it. Once I found an angle that both felt good and didn't involve poking myself, the angled head started to feel incredible. The firmness of glass really is miles away from the feel of silicone (not that I dislike the latter); it's the kind of toy where just pressing it into my G-spot gives me a little shiver, and I can't say that that's true of any silicone toy I've tried, no matter how good they are for thrusting. I've also discovered that adding a twisting motion to your thrusts when using the Bent Graduate makes it more pleasurable - for me at least. The point is, this is now one of my favorite toys, and I use the curved end almost exclusively.
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