Hi everyone! I apologize for my long hiatus (real life got in the way). I’d like to talk now about the Don Wands Bent Graduate, an affordable glass toy generously sent to me by pinkcherry.com.
(Yes, that is an article on language evolution by Noam Chomsky that this toy was photographed on. What? I turned it over!)
There are many, many good things to say about this toy. First is that, as mentioned above, it’s affordable. You can get it from pinkcherry.com for about $35. This is a great thing for anyone who has looked at beautiful Phallix glass toys that retail for about $200 and despaired. The more affordable glass, the better! And, quite frankly, it isn’t usually the case that you get what you pay for: my favorite glass toys have all been on the inexpensive side. (Plus, the Rainbow Mega Nubby, another Don Wands glass dildo, is basically the most popular glass toy ever.)
The Bent Graduate comes with a sample of Wet Platinum silicone lube and a ludicrously puffy pink case to prevent damage:
(It looks funny, but you’ll be glad to have the case if you ever drop it! And yes, I’m going to continue to degrade that fine piece of scholarship by taking photos of sex toys on it.)
Anyway, glass is a great sex toy material. It’s phthalates-free and body- friendly. The Bent Graduate is made of Pyrex glass, which means it’s basically indestructible. You should still check it for little chips and cracks (and if you find any, stop using it!), but they’re unlikely to happen. I’m sure you’ve read elsewhere the wonderful temperature retaining properties of Pyrex glass, so I won’t go into detail here: suffice to say that this toy was ice cold when it first arrived and within a few minutes of using it was warmer than me. Glass is awesome.
Personally, I really enjoyed pairing this toy with a small clit vibe (I usually go for my trusty Xtreme Pack). I like glass toys best after I’ve warmed up a little, maybe orgasmed once already. My favorite part about this dildo is that since the curve on the g-spotting end is so pronounced, I could insert it and rub my clit against the shaft.
Another great thing is that both ends of this dildo are usable. The drastically curved end is great for g-spotting (although the head is kind of small, so g-spot stimulation might be more challenging with this toy for those who don’t know exactly where theirs is). The end with the bulbs also feels really nice during penetration, and the curved end makes an easy-to-hold handle. Neither end is particularly thick, which will be good for some people and not good for other people. Personally, I tend to like my glass dildos on the thinner side, since the material has no give at all. For size comparison purposes, here’s a side-by-side photo of the Bent Graduate and the ever-popular Lelo Ella:
You can see from this photo how pronounced the g-spot curve on the Bent Graduate is.
Glass is an easy material to care for: you can use all kinds of lubricants with it (oil-based lubes are not recommended for penetrative use, though). Glass can be sterilized (Pyrex glass can be boiled, wiped down with a 10% bleach solution, or placed in the dishwasher, top rack, no soap), so this toy could be used with multiple partners or could be switched between vaginal and anal use if sterilized properly in between.
The Bent Graduate could be used as an anal toy, if you were careful: the bulbous handle is a little thicker than the rest of the toy, so it could be used safely as a base. The curve might be really nice for prostate stimulation on a guy, just a thought.
All in all, I’d say go for it, unless you’re a size queen, in which case, this dildo is probably not for you. But otherwise, I’d say it’d be a great addition to the collection of glass afficionados everywhere. Head over to pinkcherry.com and check it out!
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