Updated: SEPTEMBER 14, 2022
Vampire gloves are sexy gloves that have small metal spikes or tacks set into their palms and/or fingers. These spikes help enhance the feelings of sensation and percussion play in BDSM. Vampire gloves can provide a range of sensation, from a gentle scratch to more intense sensations. If the wearer grips or hits their partner hard enough, it is even possible to draw blood.
Example of vampire gloves
Most vampire gloves are wrist-length and made of leather. Vegan versions also exist. Some crafty kinsters even make their own vampire gloves by adding tacks to leather gloves.
Vampire gloves are often called vampire mitts or spanking gloves. However, some products marketed as spanking gloves are not covered in such distinctive spikes.
More About Vampire Gloves
Vampire gloves are designed to enhance a range of BDSM activities. They may be used for sensation play such as gentle caressing, scratching, gripping or tickling. 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. Many people also love the sexy look. Leather itself can also be part of the kink.
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. To clean vampire gloves, they should be wiped down with a damp cloth.
It is also important that vampire gloves are fitted correctly. Be sure to measure according to the retailer/manufacturer's directions or try them on in person before purchasing.