Review / Purple Mamba Flogger / SPLW

Review / Purple Mamba Flogger / SPLW

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Product Reviews

Originally from April, 2112, this Purple Mamba review is one of the relatively small handful of product reviews I produced for SpiritualBDSM.com.  The content been reformatted for better eye appeal, and a few lines have been reworded for clarity, otherwise it’s true to the original.  After the end of the reposting, I’ll add a few more remarks based on 18+ months of experience with the flogger.

purple mamba flogger

snake pit leather works (SPLW)

I’ve posted before about my love of floggers and flogging, so it should come as no great surprise for you, my dear reader, to learn that my most recent BDSM related buy is yet another flogger.  Let me tell you, this one is a beauty.  I tried a new flogger maker for this review, Snake Pit Leather Works.  And, although I only brought my purchase home from the post office a few days ago, I’ve had enough time to carefully inspect the quality and workmanship of my new tool.

Let me say, I am impressed!

My flogger collection is fairly extensive.  Although a few of the oldest”implements of instruction” came from unknown sources, all the rest were custom-made for me by one of two established flogger artisans, Adam and Gillian or Happy Tails. Both of those flogger makers produce high quality products, beautifully designed and wonderfully functional.  But, I have to say, as well as my earlier purchases serve my needs, my new Snake Pit Leather Works (SPLW) flogger looks to be the best of the collection.  It is truly a piece of art.  Of course I still love all of my older “implements of instruction”, but when it comes time to buy my next flogger, I’ll be contacting Nancy at SPLW.

the purple mamba

The flogger I commissioned is named the Purple Mamba.  Most of my more recent flogger purchases had fallen on the more sensuous side of the flogger spectrum, so I wanted something heavier for this purchase. While looking around online at my various options, I showed Serafina the two pictures from SPLW’s website that accompany this post (far bottom), and she fell in love with the Purple Mamba’s look.  The tresses or “falls” are a nice heavy bullhide, and, as might be expected from this particular flogger’s name, they are colored a beautifully deep shade of purple.  Despite being a heavier and thicker leather, the feel of this bullhide is still fairly soft and almost buttery.  Running my fingers through the Mamba’s tresses is truly a sensuous delight.

The flogger’s handle is very tightly and well braided, a real work of artistry. This is what really sets this offering from SPLW apart from the other flogger maker’s I’ve previously frequented. Adam and Gillian’s “signature” flogger handles use very different styles and materials than SPLW, so a direct comparison isn’t really possible, it’s “apples and oranges”.  Happy Tail’s floggers are made with a similar style handles, so a really meaningful comparison is possible, and I have to say that this is where the SPLW really shines relative to the competition.  The braiding on the SPLW handle is significantly tighter and very much neater in overall appearance. The pictures don’t even do it justice!

While this may very well be the most handsome flogger in my case, I don’t purchase “implements of instruction” solely for their looks, what matters most is how they perform. Let me tell you, the Purple Mamba by SPLW truly delivers as beautifully as it looks.  I should, however, include one note of caution. Although it’s very well balanced, this is a relatively heavy flogger, as bullhide is a thicker leather with significant heft. I didn’t use a scale to measure relative weights, but this is the heaviest flogger in my collection.

I love the Purple Mamba’s weight and feel. But, it’s worth noting that I’m six feet tall and over 200 pounds. Smaller and lighter individuals with less upper body strength will probably tire relatively quickly when using this implement.  The bullhide tresses are weighty enough to produce a very significant thud. When “testing” a new flogger, I always use it on myself first, on an arm and/or a leg. I also will test it thrown over one of my shoulders, much as I’ve observed Christian penitents performing their own rituals.

striking purple mamba

purple mamba at work

It was the “over the shoulder” test that let me feel how this flogger will perform when swung with any real authority. SPLW’s Mamba is a nice heavy beast with lots of thud, it can produce sensations much like being lightly punched by very soft fists, like a sudden deep massage.  Interestingly, there’s also at least a little bite thrown into the mix of sensations. Despite it’s almost buttery feel, the Mamba’s bullhide is just stiff enough, the edges of the individual tresses just sharp enough, the textured top grain of the hide just rough enough, that some bite is inevitable.

When it’s all tallied up, Purple Mamba is a heavy and fairly serious implement of instruction. When wielded strongly, this offering from Snake Pit Leather Works has the potential to be rather punishing. This isn’t soft leather taken from Bambi’s ilk, it once adorned a mean old bull. There’s no escaping that origin, no matter how buttery the finished hide might feel to the touch.  In my experience, it’s pretty rare to find this delicious mix of both thud and bite in a single device. Most floggers elicit one sensation much more strongly than the other, but the Mamba delivers both with authority. With a little care, or when wielded by the arm of an experienced flogger who understands nuance, it can also be a sensuous delight.

For a bottom/sub/slave into heavy sensations, this flogger can be used at will during a session, anytime from warm up to cool down, and all times in between. Other individuals, ladies like my Serafina for instance, will likely find this particular flogger a touch too heavy for the very beginning of a session, but should love it after being “warmed up” with a softer and more sensuous implement of instruction.  When it’s all said and done, the Purple Mamba is a very special, and very versatile flogger. I think it’s safe to predict that it’s destined to become one of my personal favorites.

Thank you Nancy for creating this work of art!

SpiritualBDSM.com is not associated or affiliated with Snake Pit Leather Works in any manner or form.  The reviewed Purple Mamba flogger was purchased at regular retail price, and no compensation of any form has been exchanged in return for this review.  The two photos that “bookend” this disclaimer are from the Snake Pit Leather Works website, and are used here for review and demonstration purposes only.

postscript

I’m every bit as thrilled with the Purple Mamba today as I was nearly two years ago when I first got the flogger.  It’s not only decadently beautiful, the Purple Mamba is also one of the best floggers in my collection in terms of function.  It’s a joy to break out when a lovely masochist friend of mine comes over to play.

I should note that it’s a tad bit heavy in effect for Serafina.  She likes a good dose of thud when being flogged, and this flogger delivers that quite well.  But, when wielded with any authority, the bullhide tresses will bite and sting.  As such, it’s a little more flogger than my lovely slave wife would generally prefer for regular use.  Serafina will endure the Purple Mamba’s bite for me, but it is a case of enduring it, the sensation isn’t something she’d ever crave.  True masochists are a different story.  This is the flogger they love to hate, and hate to love.  Even more than my cruel Russian Boar flogger, this is the one that grabs their attention and refuses to let go.  That’s a trait a nasty old sadist like myself can really appreciate.

Also, note that this flogger hasn’t gotten any lighter over time.  It really is a heavy beast, so folks who are very slightly built (as well as individuals with shoulder or arm injuries) are well advised to consider other alternatives.  I’m a big guy, and I’ve been known to flog a willing “victim” for hours on end.  But, that’s not true here.  Those heavy tresses are counterbalanced with what feels to be lead pipe.  Perhaps my friend Nancy could market this as a dual purpose self defense tool.  I’d wager that the pipe end could break bones if flung about with appropriate force.

So, for as long as my arm is strong enough to wield it, the Black Mamba will be a treasured tool in my flogger collection.