Friday, June 22, 2012

Simply the Best - A Vendor Review

Snake Pit Leather Works Makes the Finest Floggers
A matched pair of crushed cowhide floggers for Florentine style flogging
I've never tried to hide my love of floggers on these pages, it's a passion I'm proud to wear on my sleeve, as well as wield with my hands. I love a well balanced and effective tool, and I love the great variety of available flogger materials to be found today. I also love the effects I can create with my floggers, the ooohs and ahhhhhs I can elicit from my Serafina.

And, it should be noted that I've sampled the work of a fair number of flogger makers. Hanging in my flogger rack, you find the work of close to 10 individual artisans, 6 of them established and well known flogger makers who's work you could purchase online today.

At IML 2012 I looked at quite a few others, handled their work in person, going as far as taking some test swings right there in the convention center (everyone was doing it . . .) with Serafina as a test subject. Quite obviously, I not only love floggers, I study them, I dream about and covet them, I know them well.

With that said, I'm sure there are individuals with more flogging experience, or a more varied collection of floggers and cats than I have today, I'm not trying to compete with anyone. I just want to establish my basic credentials to judge the available range of flogger makers a BDSM enthusiast can find online today.

And, with all that experience under my belt, I'm here to tell you that there's one flogger artisan artist who's work simply stands ahead of all the others I've had the pleasure to experience - Snake Pit Leather Works. Yes, I still occasionally sample the work of other flogger makers, but in my heart and mind, it is Snake Pit Leather Work's floggers that I dream about and covet today.

Nancy, the wonderful proprietor of Snake Pit Leather Works who creates flogger art, very obviously puts not only great skill, but also a lot of pride, and (I believe) a measure of love into her craft, and it shows. As I said in the title, her work is simply the best.

I currently own three Snake Pit leather Works (SPLW) floggers: an absolutely beautiful Purple Mamba made from bullhide, a delicious Snake Bite from waterbuffalo leather, and a very special deerskin Snake Dancer that Nancy conspired with me to create. I also have three more SPLW floggers on order, a uniquely beautiful matched pair of crushed cowhide floggers for florentine style flogging, and a "Boris", a very special flogger made from wild Russian boar skin.

Nancy's workmanship is outstanding, the braiding of her flogger handles is the tightest and most artistic I've experienced. I count more than 50 different handle styles available on her site, and I know there are at least a few more in her repertoire that aren't shown, as both my Snake Bite and my Snake Dancer have handles that aren't displayed on her site.

SPLW floggers are made from absolutely top quality materials, so they are beautiful to both behold and to use. To my hand they are beautifully balanced. In use, they are wonderfully effective tools to create a superb flogging experience from both the giving and receiving perspective.

Serafina adores it when I use most any flogger on her, but that's especially true when I'm using our SPLW floggers. I like to have her give a respectful kiss to each flogger before they are used upon her, and I have to admit, SPLW are more worthy of this ritual than most of the rest of my collection. The only other floggers which remotely rival Snake Pit Leather Works products for beauty are those made by Adam and Gillian, and their signature handles are so very different from an SPLW handle that it's like comparing apples and oranges; there's no direct comparison possible, but both are certainly tasty!

So, I've been bragging about the floggers themselves, but I've not yet managed to comment on Nancy's customer service skills. We all know that some artists are difficult to deal with, they have a passion for their craft but don't necessarily enjoy interacting with their customers. I know of at least one well known flogger maker who's email responses to customers tend towards one single monosyllabic word, it feels a bit like corresponding with a caveman.

That's definitely not Nancy of SPLW. She's a delight to work with, and she's always there to make sure I'm 100% satisfied with everything she makes. It's a true pleasure dealing with SPLW throughout the entire purchasing process.

I consider SPLW prices to be reasonably priced. To be fair, the prices might seem a little high compared to some other flogger makers, but that seems to be more of an indication of the time and effort put into these products that anything else. It's mostly true that an economy flogger with a plastic handle will feel the same on the receiving end of the toy, and that's going to be good enough for some people.

That's not good enough for me anymore. I want to enjoy some of the finer things in life, and that's especially true when it comes to BDSM and adult sex games. Just as I don't eat at McDonalds and I don't buy furniture from Wal-Mart, I'm not going to purchase economy floggers from either.

When I make any significant purchase, my outlook is the same, I look for quality first, followed closely by an appreciation for functional beauty. That's why Snake Pit Leather Works is currently my first choice when I want another flogger to add to my collection, they make works of art that are functionally beautiful.

1. DISCLAIMER - I, Michael Samadhi, have never asked for nor received any free product, goods or consideration from Snake Pit Leather Works in return for this review, nor for any other reason. Michael Samadhi and are not affiliated with, not associated with, nor endorsed by Snake Pit Leather Works in any manner.  This review was simply written from the perspective of a satisfied customer who'd like to share my good fortune and experience in finding an outstanding flogger maker.

2. DISCLAIMER - All images in this post are property and copyright of Snake Pit Leather Works. They are used here for educational and review purposes only.


  1. Those floggers are gorgeous Sir. Daddy always chooses quality over quantity or price. There were just a few things Daddy kept when he dismantled the basement, some were his floggers.

    He's sentamental that way. ;-)


  2. We've never used a flogger, being BDSM dilletantes at best, but these look incredible. It's evident that you get what you pay for!

    1. I sure hope you will try them one day soon!! Heck you could come over and try them all out!! I love floggers! I am happy Master loves them too!


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