What is the best sort of gag to buy for BDSM?Tweet
A question we're often asked at Fetish Markets etc is "Which is the best type of gag to buy?", by people who want to broaden their BDSM play after starting with a bit of light bondage or spanking, for example.
So here's a short guide from Affordable Leather Products from our over 20 years experience of selling Leather Bondage Gear and BDSM equipment. (NB you can click on the titles to be taken to the web pages for each product)
What types of gag are available?
The purpose of this style is to make it hard for the user to speak by filling the mouth.
Unlike many of the ball gags you may see on sale, this one is made from a soft rubber shell with a foam inner. It is designed to expand and fill the wearer's mouth, but it doesn't get uncomfortable because it still allows them close their jaw, also they can still swallow, preventing a build of of saliva in the mouth.
The strap that goes through is ball to the D Rings on each side of the mouth and then the main leather strap fastens with a buckle at the back of the head.
A variant on this is the Head Harness Ball Gag which looks very dramatic with two straps that extend from the sides of the mouth to meet in the middle of the forehead from where a strap goes over the top of the head and buckles at the back. There is also a buckle strap under the chin and the effect of these straps is to stop the wearer pushing the ball out of their mouth as the straps will just pull it back in.
Both the plain and Head Harness styles of this product are available with red or black balls, depending on your preference.
The soft rubber ball is not for everyone because some users need to be able to breathe through their mouths, so the Breather Ball Gag (AKA a Wiffle Ball Gag) uses a Practice Golf Ball which is hollow with holes allowing air to flow freely through it. It does, of course, also cause the user to dribble in a humiliating way all over themselves...
As with the gag above, this one is also available in the Head Harness Breather Ball Gag style.
Some users want to bite down on their gag, so this one is made from a strong but hollow rubber 4" (10cm) long tube which can take more of the chewing that would damage other types.
For those who enjoy Human Pony Play, this style is ideal, especially the Bridle Bit Gag (available with a set of Reins at a discount).
If your wearer wants something that they can bite on, but who also likes the idea a Ball Gag, this gag combines the soft, mouth-filing rubber ball from our Ball Gag with the rubber bit. As with the others, it fastens at the back with a buckling leather strap.
It is available with either the black or the red ball, depending on which you like best.
For those who want to engage in "forced" oral sex (consensually, of course) or perhaps they want to be a human ashtray or have someone make them drink golden wine, this has PVC coated bars on a leather strap which keeps the mouth open no matter what the wearer might like!
There are a pair of narrow, PVC covered horizontal metal bars on the dental gags that hinge at the side and go across the mouth with a ratchet to stop them closing. There is a single ratchet on the Jennings Dental Gag whilst there are two on Whitehead Dental Gag. Both are kept in place with buckling leather straps at the back of the head to stop the wearer from spitting it out.
Sometimes known as a Pecker or Dick gag, as it suggests, a penis-shaped fitting (made from latex rubber) goes into the mouth, forcing the wearer to suck on a cock in a humiliating way.
A similar design to the previous one, but with the addition of a Rubber Dildo that extends out from the mouth which a Dominant woman can sit on to take her pleasure whilst her slave can do nothing but watch.
Of course, if she prefers, the Dominatrix can simply lie back and let her submissive penetrate her with the mouth dildo and he ends up with a stiff neck (erm, allegedly...!)
Which BDSM gag should I buy?
Now we've given you a run-down on some of the types of gag that are available, the question you need to answer is "What do I want this gag to do?"
Do you want to silence the wearer or inhibit the wearer's speech? If so, you probably will find that your best choice is one that goes into the mouth such as the basic Ball Gag, Ball-Bit Gag or Penis Gag.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to give your slave something to bite on, either the Bit-style Gag the Combined Ball-Bit Gag should be the ones you are loooking at.
To engage in Human Ashtray or "forced" oral sex or Golden Wine play, you'll need to keep your subject's mouth open, so the PVC coated Whitehead and Jennings Gags are what you want.
Of course whatever gag you choose to buy, please always remember to keep a careful eye on the wearer and ensure that the gag does not interefere with their breathing. BDSM play should always be Safe, Sane and Consensual.
What about you?
Have you bought a gag? What advice would you give to someone who's just about to buy their first BDSM gag? Do you have any helpful tips or hints which you can share? Do post them in the comments section below.
Or are you thinking of buying a gag? What sort of questions would you want to ask someone? Post them below and we'll do our best to answer them for you!