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Jan 02 2017

Shop Review: Kink Craft

General Description

Kink Craft is a DIY sex toy company based in Britain. The site is clean, uncluttered and includes a blog and podcast.

Features

The site has videos on how to make BDSM toys including paracord floggers, various types of paracord handcuffs, zippers (not the type that goes on jackets) and more.

There are also kits to make toys: you don’t have to buy the kits to use the videos and can get your own materials yourself. Some courses (videos) are free and some cost a fee, just like you’d pay if someone was teaching you something in person. (Courses are included free if you purchase a kit.)

If you’re not interested in making your own, the site has ready-made toys and there are more types available than there are in the DIY section. Fair dues, there. The snake whip seems fairly difficult to make and the categories in the Courses section are ‘Beginner’, ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’. There’s no ‘Graduate’ level, which is what that one looks like.

The site includes articles written by a variety of kinky people from around the internet on topics from what it takes to be a sex blogger to being a lesbian with a boyfriend to the intersection of feminism and submission. Though the articles are written by a variety of people, the illustrations for each are done by Amy Gardner and are delightful. When I see them in my Twitter feed I know exactly where they’ve come from. (@KinkCraft)

Once a week the owners put out a podcast (which will be reviewed next Monday, after I’ve had the time to listen to more episodes), where they discuss the blog post of the week.

There is information on how to care for their products—both paracord and suede and leather. There’s also a page on how to care for latex so I wonder if they used to carry latex materials or if someone just has a fetish and they’re being helpful for other fetishists. They have photos of some latex crafts on their Instagram so it could be either.

There’s an area to book them to come lead a kinky crafting party (this is probably limited to England, but if you wanted to fly them somewhere exotic I’d bet they wouldn’t turn you down).

Finally, there are areas to see if they have workshops scheduled and an event calendar.

Lotta white. The pretty purple wallpaper is nice, though.

Flaws

I don’t know if this counts as a flaw, as it’s so common in the Internet, but the site has a lot of white space, which at first makes it seem there’s less information than there is. Really, it’s just well-organised.

The font is a light purple, which can be a bit of a strain on tired eyes. But it matches the elegant wallpaper so I’ll give it a pass. It’s a minor issue.

Overall review

According to the website the mission of the shop/site is:

If there is one thing better than really good kinky toys, it is really good kinky toys you made yourself. We want to teach you everything you need to know to make your own toys and have a lot of fun doing it.

Everything about the site works towards this goal—it is tidy and easy to navigate, the blog and podcast update regularly and the owners clearly care (and know) about what they’re doing.

Besides the review of the Kink Craft podcast next week, I’ll also be interviewing the owners of the shop in the coming weeks and I’ll be reviewing one of their mini-floggers. (After I make it).

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