Review: Leyland Craftwork Riding Crop

Leyland Craftwork vegan riding cropI discovered Leyland Craftwork‘s Etsy store in my search from vegan BDSM gear, and what really pulled me in was all the color options. The sex toy market is saturated with pinks and purples while the BDSM market is saturated with black and occasionally red. Seeing riding crops and canes in pink, blue, red, purple, white, silver, and (after my own heart) glitter is like finding a baby unicorn. Add to that the fact that these impact toys are vegan, and it’s as if the baby unicorn flew in your window. Leyland isn’t exclusively vegan, but most of their designs are made with all synthetic materials, which are explicitly stated on the product pages.

Leyland sent me their lexan cane and a 20” rainbow glitter riding crop. I’m going to focus on the riding crop, since Leyland no longer makes their canes in the style I have, but they do make a clear Lexan crop inspired by it and a coated lexan cane. I will say that I like the rigidity of the lexan that produces a deeper, resonating sting for a cane. The one critique I had was that the hollow top is open for fluids or dirt to get trapped in, but that’s been fixed in all of their current canes.Leyland Craftwork vegan riding crop handles

The first thing I noticed about both of these pieces is how gorgeously finished they are. There are no rough edges, the handles are perfectly wrapped, and the rubber caps that cover the ends are smooth and snug. You can truly tell how much attention and care Claire, the creator, puts into these.

Onto the glitter crop! Obviously, I’m incapable of staying away from sparkly things, especially when those things are impact toys. The sparkle is vinyl cording that’s wrapped around the neck of the riding crop and interspersed between stripes of black. All of the colors are like this, banded with black vinyl cording, which matches the rest of the crop. Because the tongue and neck are made of vinyl, you can easily clean them by wiping with alcohol. Vinyl is porous though, which means it can carry bacteria, so just be mindful of that when using it with body fluids and between partners.

Sadly, I may have been an impact toy snob, thinking I didn’t need a crop, that it just wouldn’t do much for me. For shame, me. For. Shame. This thing has become one of my favorite warm-up toys. It provides such a range of sensation and uses: light tapping to get blood flowing, the anticipation that comes from running it over skin, and a beautiful snapping sting. I designate this glittery babe of a tool as a “warm-up” because it doesn’t have the ability to satiate higher pain levels; it stays around the light to medium range, but it resonates with so many of the senses when getting ready for some harder play. The high pitched thwack alone is posture correcting.closeup Leyland Craftwork vegan riding crop tongue

This riding crop is also fantastic if you’re not into heavier impact play or if you prefer sensation experiences not involving pain. The flexible 2″ wide, faux-leather tongue can be used for smooth, broad stimulation or more pinpoint when turned on its side, and the long neck is great for teasing between the legs. Sometimes, it’s just enjoyable to switch up sensations produced by someone’s hand to a tool like this, feeling the slight coolness over nipples or other sensitive skin.

As the one wielding it, this riding crop is admirably versatile as well. The length and light weight allow a level of distance and accuracy that’s really fun to play with. The nylon wrapped handle has a subtle texture that makes for a nice grip, but allows you to easily move your fingers and hand position. And that same thwack I mentioned above is really satisfying.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous impact toy, I honestly can’t say enough good things about Leyland. Currently, only their paddle and claw tools are made with leather, so all their crops, canes, and beaters are vegan. Also, most of their designs are under $30, *insert heart eyes and wallet emoji here*. Whether those are concerns of yours or not, these are quality (unicorn-esque) impact toys. It’s befitting that I grabbed a shot in front of this sappy V-Day sign, because I really do love these stingy, sparkly, hitty things.

A huge thank you to Leyland Craftwork for sending me these products in exchange for an honest review.

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