8 November 2017

Tantus Steam Hunk


Black Friday's a-comin' and I figured I'd better get a move on and post this review, because if there's one toy you won't want to miss out on when the sales roll around, it's this one!

Head below to find out what all the fuss is about!

The Steam Hunk is the latest collaboration between one of my all-time favourite sex toy manufacturers, Tantus, and the awesome folks over at SheVibe. This is the very same dream team that gave us the Bound back in 2014, and I couldn't be more happy to see them working together again on new original designs.

It takes a lot to impress me these days, but without exaggeration the Steam Hunk has to be one of the most incredible, unique, and gorgeous toys I've ever laid eyes on. It's a bold statement, and you probably have to be a sex toy reviewer to get this excited over a dildo, or perhaps getting this excited over a dildo is what turns one into a sex toy reviewer to begin with, but either way it's a stunning piece. 

The name of the Steam Hunk gives away the inspiration for its design through its clever play on words, because it's steam-punk through and through. Like something resembling an old Victorian boiler, the dildo incorporates pipes, tubing, rivets, layers of sheet metal, and mysterious cannisters, all crafted in loving detail. As lovely as it looks in photos, it's something else to actually hold in your hands and pour over every facet. I want to display it somewhere as much as I want to use it, because it's a piece of art.

The shape of the dildo is vaguely phallic with its big flared tip, and two tanks tucked close to the base of the shaft like a pair of balls. It's raw and industrial, like it's just waiting for you to shovel hot coals into it so it can begin to chug and splutter, and drive a pneumatic piston that thrusts back and forth. It perfectly encapsulates what a clunky steam-driven vibrator might look like, and it does so quite beautifully. 

The Steam Hunk comes available in a choice of two colours, a wrought iron black, or a dazzling copper. Both fit the theme, but to my mind it's the copper that does it the most justice, and I'm so happy to see Tantus introduce this new option as it's truly exquisite. The way it gently shimmers in a metallic fashion completely elevates the whole design and makes it extra special.

In terms of size it is quite a hefty dildo, measuring in at 8" tall and with a chunky 4" x 2 3/4" base, but a good portion of it is mostly decorative. There's around 5 1/4" that are actually insertable, and around the widest point it has a circumference of 6 1/8", so if you're more of a thickness over length person (like me) then it should be perfect. 

When it comes to using the dildo it's definitely more of an intermediate toy, and even then I'd be inclined to recommend a warm-up first. It is possible to insert it straight off the mark, but it's quite a rounded tip and a rapid taper, so you'll want to go slow. Once you hit the widest point of the corona you get that traditional "pop" sensation as the head gets pulled into the body and you make your way further down the shaft. In contrast to the smooth head the shaft itself is pretty textured, thanks to all intricate detailing exhibited along it, but here's where the material plays a big part. The Steam Hunk is made from Tantus's SuperSoft silicone, which means that none of the texture feels harsh or rough against the body. This is a big contrast to the Bound which looked incredible, but was so firm that the texture felt like sandpaper on my sphincter. Thumbs up to Tantus for making this change, and for their recent trend of using the SuperSoft silicone more widely in general. 

Probably the best way to use the Steam Hunk is to straddle it and ride it, because the big broad base and low centre of gravity makes it stand securely upright on any surface. It's a little bit more cumbersome to try to thrust with manually, though still possible if you prefer that. The fact that only around 65% of the dildo is useable means that this portion is essentially elevated up from the ground by the remainder, which makes it even more comfortable for riding as you don't have to go down quite so low when balanced on your knees or haunches, and I always enjoy that. 

The thing that makes me happiest about the Steam Hunk is that it performs just as well as it looks, and it's largely down to the shape of the head. The wide slightly-angular design creates a coronal ridge which juts out and carves a path through your prostate like a plough through a field. You don't even need to figure out a special technique for using it, as a simple up and down thrust will have it easily hitting the sweet spot straight away, though you can up the intensity by changing the angle and pulling the flexible silicone even more firmly into the gland. Once you start riding it you really want to keep going and work up a good rhythm, because it does a fantastic job on the prostate. The other thing I like is the texture from the shaft, because it creates an interesting amount of additional sensation in the sphincter which complements what's happening internally. You feel all these delightful subtle little bumps and ridges with every motion. It's probably one of the more comfortable dildos I've used too, because of the limiting factor of how much you can insert. A thrust naturally comes to an end when you reach the tanks at the base of the shaft, and at that point there's no risk of the tip of the dildo crashing into the top of the rectum. You can thrust around as much and as vigorously as you want, knowing that you're protected from discomfort by the soft cushioning silicone and the fact that it can never go too deep. 


If I were to try to find any flaw with the Steam Hunk it would only be that it isn't suction cup compatible. It's not a big deal, but it's always a nice option to have in a dildo, and considering the size of the base it could have incorporated a hole to plug one into.

I must say that I am a huge fan of the Steam Hunk, and Tantus have really done it again with this design. It's just so incredibly amazing to look at, and it works like a charm too, so I couldn't ask for anything more. It's redefining what sex toys can be, and should be, with an unseen level of creativity that goes far beyond facsimiles of penises, and I can't wait to see where they go next. I have to whole heartedly recommend this product, because it continues to beguile me even as it sits across from me on a table. I honestly can't think of a better gift for that person in your life who enjoys dildos.

I have to thank Tantus for generously sending the Steam Hunk to me to review. You can pick one up straight from their website, where this Black Friday everything is 50% off!


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