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Vampire gloves are a tool used by some couples during BDSM play. These distinctive gloves have small metal spikes or tacks set into their palms and/or fingers. These spikes help enhance the feelings of sensation and percussion play.
Most vampire gloves are wrist-length and made of leather. Vegan versions also exist.
Vampire gloves are often called vampire mitts or spanking gloves. However, some products marketed as spanking gloves are not covered in such distinctive spikes.
Vampire gloves are designed to enhance a range of BDSM activities. They may be used for sensation play such as gentle caressing, scratching, gripping, ortickling. They can also be used for percussion play such as slapping or spanking. Because of this diverse range of applications they are suitable both for those who are nervous about pain and those who enjoy stronger sensations. They also make an excellent counterpoint to sensation play when combined with softer toys like feathers or silk scarves.
Vampire gloves are not designed to draw blood, although this may occur during very physical play. This blood is more likely to come from abrasions or irritation rather than the gloves' spikes piercing the skin. Because of this, they should only be used in strong play between fluid-bonded partners as leather cannot be sterilized.