Diamond paddle by Cal Exotics - review by Emma (Girl With Fire)

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Somebody Help! My Paddle Went Limp!

I recommend that unless you are purchasing this as decoration or a greeting card, you look elsewhere. There are a lot of great paddles out there, this is not one of them. I am giving this product 2 stars, but only because I think its pretty.
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Pros:
Pretty.
Cons:
Pretty useless.
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

Honestly, I think the best use for this toy is as a gag gift or for decoration. As far as usability goes... it just wont hold up to more than a couple of smacks. This is a nice shiny paddle, the rhinestones give some extra texture so you can choose your side, but the stabilizer in the diamond paddle seems to be something in the neighborhood of cardboard. In my opinion there should be a tag attached somewhere that says "NOT FOR ACTUAL USE".

California Exotic does make some really good products. This just doesn't happen to be one of them.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Light play
    • Spanking
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Decoration.
    • Play party

Design / Craftsmanship / Size / Material / Features

Size wise, this toy is great. It is 13" or 33 cm in length. That is probably the only positive thing I can say about it. ho
The materials in this toy are listed as follows: 80% pvc, 15% polyester, 5% stabilizer. They polyester is in the rope, so really this paddle is made up of almost entirely pvc, and it shows. After just a couple soft smacks against my own palm, this paddle is essentially useless, the stabilizer gave out and there is now a gentle fold in the neck of the paddle; right below the diamond.

The stitching is solid, the rhinestones seem to be well fixed to the diamond shape of the paddle face, but seem like they would fall off of the neck fairly easily.
    • Flimsy
    • Lightweight
    • Mixed material

Performance

Horrible. I would not recommend this paddle for actual use. If anything I would purchase it and write on it with one of those shiny silver markers. It could make one kick butt greeting card. As I said above, after a couple soft smacks against the palm of my hand the stabilizer buckled and there is now a slight bold in the neck of the paddle.
    • Limp.

Care and Maintenance

You could easily clean this with a damp cloth. If you are putting it away somewhere, make sure there is plenty of room, if you try and wedge it anywhere it is sure to fold on you.
    • Easy to clean

Packaging

This toy was packaged in a clear plastic bag, and came with a small tag attached. The tag has the name of the Diamond Paddle on it, as well as the manufacturer California Exotic. There is also material information and the normal bit about this being a novelty item, for external use only. Any use for medical purpose is strictly prohibited etc. The packaging is about as minimal as the product material.
    • Minimal
    • Recyclable

Personal comments

This paddle would have been perfectly acceptable if something sturdy had been used as a stabilizer. I really like the look of it, very shiny, pretty and menacing at the same time.

Experience

My experience with this toy lasted all of the 5 minutes it took me to get it out of the packaging and have it break within the first couple or smacks I gave the palm of my hand. It is now quite pathetic looking.
Follow-up commentary
The problem with this paddle is stability. It can be used for light spanking, if you don't mind the wobbly feeling once the handle goes, but don't expect to get any hard play out of this one. I kept it for light bdsm play, and I tolerate it, but I am disappointed every time I pull it out. Chances are that once I add a couple more paddles to my collection, this one will be toast.
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Comments
  • Kayla
    I love your hair! Good review. I haven't been impressed by the Bound in Diamonds series unforfunately.
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Thanks I was really unimpressed with this. It was my first paddle, though not the first I have used, and all I can say is "What a colossal disappointment." .
  • ~LaUr3n~
    Umm wow that is floppy!
  • Dame Saphir
    Great review! And wicked hair
  • Darling Jen
    Awww so disappointing. I'm honestly surprised with Cal Exotics for that product.
  • bzzingbee
    What a disappointment! I also love you hair!! Cal Exotics can be so hit and miss sometimes. Thanks for the review!
  • Airen Wolf
    OMG what a waste! The flogger is great, I was hoping the paddle would be as well. *Sigh* hopefully there will be a redesign.
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Yeah. I thought it looked pretty good, but it certainly wasn't much use.
  • Midway through
    Good review, too bad the paddle is all limp. Doesn't seem like that would really be useful at all.
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    I still made an attempt to use it. Kinda like a limp slap.
  • Lady Neshamah
    wonderful review
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Spank you
  • Redboxbaby
    Excellent review. I had seen your video earlier this week and remembered it when I went into my local sex shop tonight. The girls had just received their shipment and this was one of the items they were dying to show me and trying desperately to sell me. I said it was too flimsy and would break. They didn't believe me. I told the one lady to give it a couple of good smacks. She did, and low and behold, she had the same results that you did! I had to explain how I knew that! Thanks.
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    No problem! I'm glad to have been of some help to you!
  • BBW Talks Toys
    Are you having a string of bad luck with your implements?
  • ShaneZed
    Thanks for the heads up.

    Great review, too bad the product is a flop.
    Buh dum, pssh.
  • naughtyjo
    Fantastic review, saved me some pennies there! And sorry it didn't work out for you x Did you find a paddle that wasn't floppy?
  • Sakura Mahal
    lol, limp paddle
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