Friday, April 22, 2016

How To Choose The Right Bondage Rope


Rope bondage, often called Shibari, takes skill, patience, control, and the right kind of rope to avoid hurting your sub or getting all tangled up. With so many types of rope available, it can be hard for beginners to know which one to choose. That’s why we have put together this handy little rope guide to take away some of the guess work.

Before considering purchasing any kind of bondage rope, be sure that you own a good quality pair of medical shears. We suggest medical shears because the blade that will be closest to your sub’s skin has a special protective guard on it. You may need to free your sub quickly (while you may be the Dom, but, when a sub says the safe word, it’s time to STOP) and cutting the rope may be necessary.

Natural Fibres:

Silk: Silk tends to be the most expensive type of rope, however; it is soft on the skin, wont stretch, and glides nicely against itself which makes untying easier.



Hemp or Jute: 

Made of sustainable natural fibres. Jute and hemp are naturally stiff and ruff and will need some special treatment to make the rope soft enough so as not to irritate your sub’s skin. Be careful, some people have allergies to jute and hemp which could cause skin reactions. Always test the rope for allergic reactions first on an area like the wrist and never the neck.

Cotton:

Soft on the skin and not silky which makes it easier to control how tight your knots are. Cotton can at times be stretchy though which can make it difficult to get the desired tension. Cotton doesn't slide against itself easily so it may not be the easiest to untie.



Synthetic Fibres:

Nylon, polyester, and polypropylene: These ropes are grouped together because they are so similar. The great thing about synthetic ropes is that they are inexpensive, smooth, and can be found at most hardware and dollar stores. The downside is that they don’t like to hold knots very well and they actually tend to cause rope burn more easily than natural fibre ropes.


Now that you know all the pros and cons of various types of rope, click here to check out our rope and restraint selection! 

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