The Bondage Bow is the first product released by UK company Rare Assembly. Though the bows aren’t yet sold in the United States, Rare Assembly was kind enough to send me one to try out. The bows are currently available in several colors– honey gold, dark cherry red, pink, purple and black– but the Rare Assembly website says additional spring colors will be released soon. They are also available in two sizes, small and large. Small is 50? long and the large is 75?. I tested a large (75?) pink bow. Even the large is fairly short. It is fine for a few times around my wrists or a few times around my ankles, but nothing more than that.

The packaging

It came to me in a perfectly sized and shaped cylindrical shipping container– not one of those excessively large, cumbersome packages. The box holding the bondage bow fit in snugly and perfectly. When I pulled the top off the shipping cylinder, I saw it was packed with pink tissue paper. I don’t know if all bondage bows ship with pink tissue or if it was pink to match my specific bow, but it was a nicer touch than plain white tissue would have been.

The bow itself is housed in a clear plastic cylinder. It is so pretty when you first open it. It has been arranged on a stainless piercing to look like an actual gift bow. I didn’t want to take it apart because I knew I could never make it look nice again! At the base of the piercing is an adhesive circle, so you really could use it as a gift bow if you wanted. Since I was not giving this bow as part of a gift, I did not stick it to anything (yet). The end is stamped with “rare” in a pretty cursive font, but the lettering started rubbing off mine after one use. Not a big deal though.

My concerns with the bow

I was worried the piercing would leave unsightly holes in the ribbon, but the 100% latex material the bow is made out of seems to heal itself pretty well, down to a small slit where you can try to put it back on the piercing if you would like. I did try, and those little marks helped show me how to get it back on the piercing…although my attempt was not nearly as lovely as the original.

There is a label on the bottom of the container that has an image of a very nice ass with hands tied behind the back, just above the ass. It also says, “Unwind this bow and tie somebody up. 100% Natural Latex.”

On the reverse of that label, only visible when the container is open and the bow has been removed, it says, “To unwind, pull the ribbon from the piercing. With love, rare.” The quality of packaging and presentation of this bow is really superb.

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As a restraint, I love this bow. The latex material does not allow for much movement but is far more comfortable than a rope restraint or metal handcuffs. Mr. Kat has tied me up a few times extremely tightly with these and when tied very tightly, they give the same feeling as a much more rigid restraint. I like this much better than the satin or other fabric restraints that are saturating the market right now in the world of light restraints.

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Benefits

I was in one of the Tantus Training sessions with Ducky DooLittle one night a few weeks ago and she brought up an interesting point that also rings true with this particular type of restraint, though she was talking about cock rings– what do you do if you panic? Her argument was that silicone cock rings were best because you could easily cut them off, if you started freaking out, unlike metal ones. I think this same logic applies to bondage items as well.

Handcuffs can be difficult to take off quickly and some ropes can take a little while to cut through. This latex, however, can be cut off quickly if you need to remove it in a hurry and that is important. Be smart about how you use it though and always take your partner’s boundaries into consideration. Rare Assembly warns against putting it around the neck for any reason and suggests keeping scissors nearby just in case you need them.

I think of this as more of a light restraint item and those more experienced with BDSM would likely not be satisfied with it. It is perfect for our uses though.

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I am thrilled to have gotten to try this. The bondage bow was provided to me at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This review is in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

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