Mind the Gap

So, at this time last year I was trying out one of those inexpensive Chinese devices that I had bought from DH Gate. I spent some time modifying it, and for a while it was a pretty decent device.

At least, for a little while. Over the hot summer, I discovered that the ring cage style just was not a good fit for me, between the skin pinching, etc., so that device went into the back of the sock drawer with some of the others.

However, for most guys, chastity devices are like the Holy Grail; we’re always looking for one that’s just a little more comfortable, or a little more secure, or a little more… something. So, over the winter, I ended up with yet another device. It needed no modification (which, in some respects, was one of the annoyances for me) except for maybe a light polishing of any edges. It’s comfortable. It’s very wearable. And it’s shiny and unobtrusive.

Dubbed (for reasons beyond my understanding) the A272, it also goes by other names on the DH Gate site, Ebay, and Amazon. I wrote a little review on The Chastity Forums back in February:

Well, we may have a winner here:

This solid tube model finally came in, and I have to say that this is one of the most comfortable units I’ve tried.

I had ordered a spare ring to experiment with, and ended up removing the integrated lock section to wear as a full-time cock ring, and I’d been very happy with that, so I ordered an entire cage for less than $20.

I had some concerns in ordering the 45mm cuff ring because it’s only a hair over 1-3/4″, and I prefer the 1-7/8″ solid rings), but the ergonomic shape (it’s a cast ring) is surprisingly comfortable to wear. I was concerned that adding a cage and 4am erections would be painful, but it turned out to be barely noticeable.

The width makes it less likely to move around or slip, and the cage itself is surprisingly light weight (the unit came in just under 6 oz), making daily wear much less of a problem than my 12 oz Fort.

While I do prefer the shape of the Fort/CB3000, this has an open-end cage that makes it easy to use at the urinals, and easy to keep clean. Size-wise, it’s just a bit smaller than the Fort/CB3000: 33mm (1-5/16 inside) vs 35mm (1-3/8) and 60 mm long (2-3/8) vs 70mm (2-3/4) – but measuring the length of these things are tricky. The inside diameter is just small enough to keep me from slipping out, even in the shower, while the Fort needs one of those KSD inserts to keep things in place – although that’s partly due to the weight. Also, the size and shape of the cuff ring make pulling out (for me) more difficult. Of course, this is in a shower in the New England winter; it’s possible that a shower after a hot summer day when everything is loosened up may be different.

It came with a ring with 3 pointy teeth on it to fit across the guide pins (the teeth are underneath), but they were too painful to even put on. I had a chance to grind them back to something more reasonable, but not sure when I’ll get a chance to try them.

Well, it’s summer here in New England, although the weather seems to be more akin to April at the moment, but I’ve had a good four months in and out of this thing, and while it’s not the perfect device, for the $25 or so that I spent it’s very, very good. It’s as comfortable as my CB3000, and as shiny and cool looking as the Fort. It’s also only half the weight of the Fort, and the ergonomic cast ring holds it in place very well. And better, the end is an open cage design that is easy to use at a urinal.

I know everybody loves to see pictures that aren’t directly from the website, so here we go:

I did buff out the machined edges on this cuff ring; it’s not that they were actually sharp, but I could still feel them with my fingers. But they came free of burrs and nicks, so I was pretty impressed.

And I also ordered a spare ring, but since there wasn’t any need to modify this one, I machined off the locking tangs and wear it as a cock ring. It’s surprisingly comfortable.

 

The cage is a solid tube, and the welding around the entry and exit were smooth. The slightly bent tube gives it an angle similar to the CB3000 or Fort once it’s attached to the cuff ring.

 

Here are all the parts. That anti-pullout thing is way too sharp for my tastes, although I have no doubt that some of you live for that sort of thing. One of these days I may try to grind them down to something wearable for normal humans, just to try it out.

 

And here’s everything assembled, just the way it would be hanging from my tonker: 5-3/8 oz, or 153 grams for you people in the rest of the world. This is just under half the weight of The Fort, and the wider, flatter cuff ring is much more comfortable than the round rings, and more wearable than the customer stainless steel ring that I made myself.

And since there should be at least a small element of trepidation with any device, I do have some concerns about the small, brass integrated lock. I ordered an extra one (oddly, the same keys fit both), and it’s the same size as the ones from the A080. But… I’m a little less worried about needing one than I am about having one of the existing ones simply stop working. If you snap a key off in a padlock, you can Dremel off the hasp easily enough (fsv of easily). But my A272 doesn’t have much wiggle room to force the device from the cuff ring; if one of those flimsy keys fails to work in the device, the only thing that will take it out is a drill. Or, as I said in a previous post:

I mentioned earlier that I kept breaking the rings on the plastic devices. That’s not a problem here; as other people have said about their various metal devices, there’s something psychologically intense about wearing a device that you know simply will not snap, shatter, or break off by accident. I have an emergency key wrapped up in tamper-evident tape, but in a serious emergency, I could literally break pieces off if I absolutely had to. The Fort offers no such leeway — I either need to unravel that key, or medics will be cutting the device off of me. That’s real.


Mrs. Edge just wants me to stop modifying the cages. “Just lock the damn thing on and leave it on until I unlock it,” or something like that.

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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13 Responses to Mind the Gap

  1. Swami says:

    Outstanding post as always!
    Thanks, Tom!

    One question:
    I have a very real issue of having allergic reactions to subpar Metals. I have found that 316L is really the stainless that I need to have my devices made from. Do you know what metal is used to make this device?

    • Tom Allen says:

      From one of the reseller’s pages:

      Its material is fine stainless steel.This item is made entirely by hand soldering.No chrome plating and No nickel plating. Just hand-polished
      Material: 304 stainless steel
      Size:
      1. Chastity cage length is 60 mm, inner diameter only 33 mm.
      2. 3 kinds of ring inside diameter size can choose:40mm/45mm/50mm.
      3.One cage comes with only one ring.

      It’s apparent that there is a factory that is turning these out, and a number of people are reselling these (along with the other different devices) on Ebay, Alibaba, DH Gate, and even Amazon. I’ve seen this model listed under different names, different prices, etc.

      As to the quality, that might be worth another blog post. There are several components to this device: the cuff ring, the tube, the locking section welded to one end, and the cage tip welded to the other end. The cuff ring is definitely cast stainless, and is probably 304, or at least, a similar “18-8” grade.

      The cage and locking ends are also most likely 304 or some similar 18-8 grade, and look to be made from machined rod or bar.

      The tube is very consistent and well made, with no inclusions, surface nicks or marring, and looks to be “seamless” (i.e., extruded as tubing instead of bent and welded). I’m willing to bet that it’s a good grade of 304, simply because of how it’s manufactured.

      304 is sometimes called “18-8” because it’s 18% chromium and 8% nickel. However, this designation is sometimes applied to a number of generic stainless steels, and you can find them ranging from 10% up to 30% nickel. 316 contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum, and in theory, should be more tightly controlled in manufacture.

      My guess is that the reason some people can’t wear the cheaper grades of 18-8 is because they are reacting to the nickel content; however, I’m not a dermatologist, nor a chemist. You might be willing to chance it, simply because it’s only $25.

  2. dave94015 says:

    Reblogged this on dave94015 and commented:
    a review of a new, all-metal chastity device worth looking into!

  3. dave94015 says:

    It’s a good idea to use a cage that’s more comfortable, especially if you keep it on for a long time! Nice review!

    • Tom Allen says:

      I’ve long said that there are three main characteristics of a chastity device; Comfort, Convenience, and Security. And I’d even add a forth; Sexiness. So… CCSS.

  4. Tom, as always, thanks for the info. Isn’t it amazing how many different devices there are these days? Just what… 12, 15 years ago we had a handful to choose from at most.

    • Tom Allen says:

      I’m especially amazed at the sheer number of variations that are coming out of China via Ebay, DH Gate, etc. Who ever would have believed that there would be enough of an interest to cause a few small factories to gear up for that?

  5. Caged Lion says:

    Thanks, Tom. Excellent review. I have a new plastic cage with a lot of promise. It was custom made. It has a rather rough finish. What do you have to polish devices? I would love to fix this one since it is a perfect fit and would be great for travel as well as everyday use.

    Mrs. Lion is like your wife. She just wants the device on until she takes it off. She isn’t a bit interested in new devices. I basically live in my Jail Bird. It’s completely comfortable.

    • Tom Allen says:

      Hey Lion – plastic cages are tricky, since not all plastics respond well to polishing. If something has some rough edges, you might want to stop at a home box store ti pick up a variety pack of finishing sandpaper, and carefully round over the sharp edges with finer and finer paper. After that, smooth it over with some fine scotchbrite pads (also in the sandpaper aisle).

      Once you get the section smooth with the scotchbrite pads, you could try polishing a polycarbonite device with toothpaste and a soft cloth. I’m really not sure what to use on, say, the resin of the Holy Trainer or some of the 3D printed plastic devices.

      • Caged Lion says:

        This device is the 3D machine printed nylon. It has a pretty low melting point. I’ll try the sandpaper by hand. The 3D-printer finish is “bumpy” and that irritates me. I want to correct it because the device itself is truly great. The design works well and the changed made by the manufacturer to make it fit are perfect.

        • Tom Allen says:

          Ugh – I have some experience working with this stuff; it doesn’t respond well to polishing, and certainly not to any Dremel sanding. Use some sandpaper and smooth it out by hand, or else it will tend to smush over (technical term).

  6. Caged Lion says:

    I just sanded using 240 through 400 grit. I don’t care about a polish. I just don’t want to be irritated while wearing it. I don’t want to use lube. I don’t with my Jail Bird. I just put it on and it feels good. I have to take it off soon…not up to peeing sitting down yet.

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