Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gag Maker Extraordinaire (keeping her quiet pt. 8)

Gag Aficionado's Wet Dream
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm not sure if a new and inventive gag design will ever cause a path to be beaten to one's door.  If I was curious enough to ask, Scott Paul would be where I'd inquire.

Welcome to another installment in an ongoing discussion about gags and gagging in BDSM.  Other postings in this series (so far) include:
  1. Keeping Her Quiet (pt. 1) - Duct Tape Gags
  2. Keeping Her Quiet (pt. 2) - Introduction to Gags
  3. Keeping Her Quiet (pt. 3) - Variations on a Gag
  4. Keeping Her Quiet (pt. 4) - Wiffle Gag
  5. Keeping Her Quiet (pt. 5) - Serafina's Assignment
  6. Keeping Her Quiet (pt. 6) - Hand Gag
  7. Keeping Her Quiet (pt. 7) - Drooling!
  8. Keeping Her Quiet (pt 8) - Gag Maker Extraordinaire

Once again, I'd like to ask my readers to note that the series title is not intended to be chauvinistic or sexist.   It's simply a reflection of my 30 years of experience exploring the world of BDSM as a heterosexual dominant.

You are who you are, and I am who I am, and it's a beautiful thing that we all aren't the same in our personal wants, needs, and desires. Instead of being offended by any references I make to sexual orientation that might be different from your own personal sexual sensibilities, I simply ask that you change a pronoun (or two) in your mind to bring my writing into line with your own world view.
Scott Paul (a "water color" portrait)
(illustration created from picture by Jennifer Richard)
Inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for its vigorous exercise.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

Innovation in Gag Design
An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.
~ Roy Ash

For the better part of the last decade, Serafina and I were caregivers for a sick parent. And, for the most part, it was an around the clock job. So, we had little time to ourselves, and, we had far less time and energy than we would have liked to devote to our relationship and BDSM.

All of that changed last year. Along with a resurgence of time and energy to devote to each other, I also began to re-immerse myself into the world of BDSM gear, and that's when I discovered Scott Paul Designs.

I first found his products among gags at The Stockroom and Mr-S Leather. That was where I discovered the Humiliator Gag. Eventually curiosity led me to use Google to find out more.

In retrospect, I realize I was fairly late to the party.  Scott Paul Designs, part of a growing wave of what some are calling Kinktrepreneurs, has been offering unique and innovative gear for a number of years.

I've picked up more than a little Scott Paul Gear for use here in Samadhi House, and no, my purchases didn't include the Humiliator Gag, at least not yet.  With that said, I can vouch for the outstanding quality of the gear I have purchased from one of my favorite BDSM vendors.

I'll try and post a full scale Vendor Review to accompany this post, as this isn't the proper venue to go into great detail about the unique sensation toys, blindfold, collar, and spreader bar I've purchased.  It is the appropriate place to discuss the very versatile gag I also picked up.

Quick Switch Gag

Like I said, I didn't buy the Humiliator, as I do not believe Serafina is ready for such a device.  Instead, my gag purchase from Scott Paul Designs was the Quick-Switch 3 Gag System.

Here's that particular gag's product description:
Enjoy three different gags in one convenient kit. Scott Paul has designed a unique, three way, interchangeable gag system. This three gag system contains one Bite Tight Bit Gag, one Get-a-Grip Ball Gag, and one Elliptical Open Mouth Ring Gag. All three gags are held in place by the same neck strap found on many popular Scott Paul gags. The gags easily snap in and out of the neck strap.
It's a nice little gag set, versatile and effective, and built for easy customization.  You get to choose from three sizes of ring gags, and the ball comes in your choice of black, red, or lime green.

In addition to the quick change three-way design, the ball gag itself is unusual.  The  rubber ball has thick flexible ridges (or fins) around its entire circumference. These fins provide a space for the teeth.  This leads to a snugger fit and results in less jaw fatigue.

That's a great feature for us, as Serafina has a history of having occasional issues with TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder.)  Gags that stretch her mouth wide open can exacerbate those issues.  For the same reason, we choose the smallest ring gag, as it's the least likely to set off wicked spasms in Serafina's jaw when used for any decent period of time.

In a perfect world, with no consideration for expense, I might purchase all three gags separately, as there are some interesting options for the individual gags.  But, for use by Serafina and I here at Samadhi House, the quick switch gag is just right.

Humiliator Gag

The gag that made Scott Paul Designs famous is the Humiliator Gag.  It is a serious gag for individuals who are serious about their BDSM play.  It's also an absolute dream for those who like to include a bit of Forniphilia into their BDSM activities.

If you aren't familiar with forniphilia, it's because you haven't been following along, not because I haven't tried to make you more fully informed.  I wrote about it here on this blog back in November - What is Forniphilia?

The Humiliator Gag is probably the single most accessorized piece of BDSM gear I've ever encountered.  Combined with it's accessories, it truly does create a systematic way to not just gag your submissive, but to also make the gag a tool in their service.

Here's Scott Paul's own description of his creation:
This stylish and comfortable gag has 17 different accessory's that click into the gag receiver tube. This carefully designed gag may be worn comfortably for extended periods of time. The "Scott Paul" designed "Half Moon" mouth bit provides a firm and biteable surface. This popular "Half Moon" mouth bit fits the shape of the mouth and results in less jaw fatigue. The inside of the face gag is lined with (5 mil.) wet suit grade neoprene. The neoprene lining is soft and easy to clean. The strong neck strap features the "Comfort Slide Pad" This neoprene pad protects the skin from the buckle for more comfort during extended wear. The accessory receiver tube is available in silver or black. The "Humiliator" gag is now also available in a non-leather style of heavy gage, high gloss black P.V.C. The "Humiliator" Gag may be ordered in a locking or non-locking version. 
Although I've not handled, or personally used this particular gag, everything I've purchased so far from Scott Paul Designs been excellent in quality and workmanship.  I'm confident this product would be no different.

What makes the Humiliator special is the gag's ability to put a submissive to work in a number of different roles.  It's all done through a system of interchangeable accessories.

The accessories simply click securely into place inside an aluminum tube.  That's the innovation at the heart of this gag's versatility.

Would you like to stress your slave's posture while also making her useful?  Snap the small serving tray into place and put her to work carrying drinks.

Are French Maid fantasies are more to your taste?  Then you'll want the feather duster attachment.

Perhaps you are a smoker and need a convenient ashtray?  The Humiliator Gag System can provide for your needs too.

Maybe your tastes run more towards boys, and you're really fantasizing about some nice boot service?  Well this gag can provide for you too.

Among the various ways you can accessorize your slave include: serving tray, toilet brush, feather duster, ash tray, boot brush, dildo, toilet paper dispenser, floor brush, dish brush, coat hook, and bulldog clip.

I should also mention the new T-5 Bar accessory that's a great accessory for rope riggers.  Have your lovely bondage bunny not only gagged, but also holding coils of your precious jute or hemp rope right at the ready for use.

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