23 April 2013

Keep Burning Cock Skull Dildo


A couple of days ago I was browsing social media, as I often do when trying to keep up to date with the latest comings and goings in the sex toy industry, when I happened to spot a Tweet featuring a product which really drew my attention - the Cock Skull dildo. As you'll probably know I love unique and unusual products, so suddenly I had to know everything about this, including who made it and what it was made from, so off I went to do some investigation work. I soon discovered that the Cock Skull dildo is made by a little company based in Luxembourg called Keep Burning, and it's not the only interesting design they have available either. What really stood out for me though is that all their products are handmade in Belgium from 100% silicone, and they even have a page dedicated to explaining why they do this, so instantly I knew that this was a company I was going to like.

Armed with this new knowledge my immediate urge was to share this discovery with everyone, so naturally I sent out a Tweet about this amazing-looking dildo, and it just happened that someone from Keep Burning saw my Tweet and messaged me with an offer of a product to review. I have to say that I was thrilled to be able to get my hands on one in such a short space of time after initially discovering it, and now you can read my review below!

The Cock Skull is really like no other dildo I've encountered before, and features a fascinating and intricate design which captures so much detail. It's gothic, it's macabre, and in a way it's also beautiful if you happen to share an appreciation for that sense of aesthetic. It has a thick towering shaft which stands tall at an imposing 11", and which measures 7 1/4" around the middle, broadening to 8 1/4" at the widest point. Of that 7 1/4" are insertable, and at the base, instead of a pair of balls, sits a perfectly sculpted skull, looking like it was plucked straight out of an ancient catacomb. It is a slightly strange sight to behold, an oversized penis sprouting out of the top of a skull, and in a way it reminds me of an image from a fantasy novel, of a stout church candle placed atop a skull and allowed to fuse in place as the wax melts below the flame. It could just as easily be an idol or fetish, found lurking beneath a pyramid hidden deep in the jungles of South America. There are no shortage of comparisons that could be made with it, such is the nature of the piece, in fact my first urge when I unwrapped it was to hold it aloft in my hand and profess "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio" like Hamlet did with the remains of the court jester in Shakespeare's play of the same name. While I'm sure it won't be making its stage debut any time soon, however you choose to look at it it is undeniably unique, and that only adds to its appeal.

The Cock Skull is made from 100% platinum silicone, like all products from Keep Burning, and it's one of my favourite materials. It's completely odourless, non-porous, and bodysafe - all the things you want to have in a high quality toy. The dildo comes in just one colour, black, and has a matte surface with a leather-effect finish. Again it's quite unusual to have a dildo with a leather texture, it's certainly not something that I've encountered previously, but it does give a nice appearance, and a rather realistic one at that. It does look like it could actually be upholstered from leather, or how I imagine that one of those Victorian umbrella stands made from the foot of an elephant might appear. Funnily enough, while I may never have seen a leather-effect dildo before, I have seen penises in real life which I would describe as having had a leathery-looking head, but that's perhaps a story for another time. The silicone itself is a little on the firm side but there's still a reasonable amount of give in the surface when you squeeze it, and you can gently bend the shaft back and forth a little way without too much effort considering its size.

The construction quality of the dildo is honestly impeccable and there isn't a single mould line in sight, nor flaw. The level of detail around the skull is quite extraordinary, the way it captures the bone plates, the eye sockets, ridges over the brow, the bridge of the nose, and even every grinning tooth is picked out. It's really worth taking the time to look at it because you can tell that someone's consulted an anatomy book during the design process, and not merely constructed it from imagination. It's a piece of sculpture of artistic calibre. In contrast to the skull the penis section is much more simplistic; it begins with a nice rounded head which is relatively short and streamlined with the shaft, rather than flaring out with a pronounced corona. Apart from the leather-effect texture the only real detail on the head is a long urethral groove which extends down it and meets with the frenulum. Directly below the glans is a subtle indicator of a retracted foreskin which further helps to streamline the head, and this blends in seamlessly with the rest of the shaft. The shaft itself is decorated with a couple of long veins running vertically, and which branch out laterally in several places. The veins are fairly pronounced, but the surface of them is smooth and rounded, so far less extreme than the texture of the Super 7". Beneath the dildo is a broad flat base which measures 6" x 3", and at one end is a hole intended to be used in conjunction with a bright yellow suction cup that's sold separately, so that's always a handy option to have. Keep Burning were kind enough to throw in a suction cup with my parcel so I'll talk a little more about it later.

When it comes to using the Cock Skull this really is a dildo that's only for advanced users. You've probably gathered that already from reading the measurements, but it still bears repeating. If you visit the Keep Burning website then you'll see a video on the product page of Sam Barclay from UK HotJocks using the dildo, and as hot as that sight is don't be fooled by how easy he makes it look, because it's really not a dildo for beginners. Before you even think about inserting the dildo you're going to want a warm up toy, and this is because the tip of the dildo itself is quite blunt. I opted for my trusty Super Big End by Doc Johnson; it has a nice conical shape to open you up slowly, and it's also slightly larger than the first half of the Cock Skull  so when you do switch over you won't instantly be stretched to the maximum and this will make things far more comfortable.

Provided that you're sufficiently warmed up the head of the Cock Skull will go in like a charm and without any resistance. As the tip is so streamlined you don't get any sort of a bump or a pop like you might from a dildo with a more prominent head, and instead you just begin to feel it steadily filling you up. It is by far one of the most filling dildos that I've used, and you really feel every single inch of it. Because the silicone is so firm it really makes its presence known, which is in contrast to something like a dual-density dildo where the squishiness of the surface lessens the impact of the size. If you really love big toys and that sensation of their solidness inside you, along with the ample stretch they place on your sphincter, then you'll adore this dildo.

Eventually once you've got dildo in as far as you're comfortable with you'll want to start thrusting with it. I suggest that the best position to use it in is to squat over it and ride it. It's not impossible to hold onto the skull and thrust manually with it, but it is a little on the heavy side so you may find your arms tiring quickly. The broadness of the base and the low centre of gravity make the Cock Skull ideally suited to riding, and wherever you place it it's going to stay there without toppling over. Once you do start thrusting you'll notice that there's a little bit of drag coming from the leather texture on the dildo, so it's worth making sure that you're using plenty of lube, and something quite thick at that. Provided that you're sufficiently relaxed the texture can provide a nice additional sense of stimulation to your sphincter as the dildo glides easily in and out, which is why I suggested earlier using a plug beforehand that's slightly thicker than the dildo. If you're stretched to your limit then the texture, subtle as it is, may seem too intense at first, and you'll need to pause until you relax more before you continue thrusting, so as to lessen any friction. I wouldn't say that I was really aware of the presence of the veins during use, so I'd probably class them more as decorative.

One place where the dildo really does excel is in terms of prostate stimulation; when you're thrusting back and forth with a good rhythm the sheer size of it means that every stroke brushes firmly up against the prostate. It's impossible to avoid stimulating the prostate, so this is what's going to bring you back to this dildo time and time again. It fills you up, stretches you out, and rubs the prostate, all three of the most pleasurable aspects of anal play.

As I mentioned earlier there is the option of using a suction cup with the toy, and in my mind this is a fantastic thing. The suction cup comes in this wonderful bright neon yellow which contrasts beautifully against the jet black of the dildo, like the colours of a wasp. The suction cup is also made of silicone and easily locks into place below the dildo. It stays in place very firmly and takes quite a lot of tugging to get back out again, but without needing a ridiculous amount of force, so it strikes a good balance between being secure and user-friendly. The suction cup works against most flat surfaces and holds in place very well. I imagine that it's intended more for use on horizontal surfaces, but I stuck the Cock Skull to the tiles on my bathroom wall and everything stayed in place perfectly; the dildo didn't detach from the cup, and the cup didn't detach from the wall, so it can hold an impressive amount of weight. Naturally in this position the dildo does droop under its weight, with its tip angled diagonally downwards, making it somewhat difficult to use, but still possible for anyone who's determined. On the floor it's another matter and you get two key benefits: the suction cup adds a little extra height, so when you're squatting over it you don't have to squat quite so low which increases comfort. The other factor is that the suction cup acts like a joint between the dildo and the floor, so when you're down there and using it you can lean in any direction and the dildo will follow you, all the while staying anchored to the floor. The suction cup bends about giving you much more freedom of movement, and again this increases the comfort of the ride, allowing you to experiment with more positions. I'd definitely suggest buying a suction cup if you're going to get one of these.

The packaging for both the dildo and the suction cup is quite simplistic; they come vacuum packed and heat sealed inside shrink wrap which bears the Keep Burning branding and a notice which states "warranty void if packaging has been opened." It also has a small hologram stuck to the base which bears a CE mark and the words "Council of European Adult Products Manufacturers." This isn't an organisation that I've heard of before, but all the same it does seem reassuring. I quite like the packaging because it's everything that you need really; the plastic keeps it away from dust and acts as a hygiene seal, it's minimal so you don't have a huge box to throw away, and it allows you to see and judge the size of the product without opening it, so provided you heed the words on the plastic you can return it if you accidentally went too large.

Overall I have to say that I do adore the Cock Skull  and it's easily one of my favourite pieces now. I really can't get over how fantastic the design is; it's so unique and it just looks amazing. It really is a big toy only for people who can handle it, but it's made from high quality materials, to an exceptional standard, and it feels great too. I really would recommend this toy, and indeed this whole brand, to people. I'm always excited to find a new company that's doing great things, and Keep Burning definitely fits that bill. Many thanks to them for sending me one of their wonderful toys.

You can buy the Cock Skull dildo directly from Keep Burning, who ship worldwide, and also from Lovehoney.


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