I really wanted to like these leather steel restraints by The Stockroom. To be fair, I do like them, but not as much as I wanted to like them. Here's why...

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Leather Steel Restraints from the Stockroom


Let me explain: this leather steel wrist and ankle cuff set is truly beautiful. Like they say in the description, each piece has mirror-like jewelry quality steel over supple leather. They’re a pretty piece of kit, and I will definitely use them, but I have some serious complaints.

First off, they require locks and do not come with them. This isn’t terrible, because you might have a specific lock preference; maybe you want heart locks. Maybe you think brass locks clash with the stainless steel. Who knows! I can for sure say that kinksters are an opinionated bunch when it comes to toys, so from that standpoint I can understand. But you also need a lock for each piece, and they aren’t inexpensive. Maybe I'm just being nitpicky.

BDSM gear reviews - leather/steel restraints by the stockroomLeather Steel Wrist and Ankle Restraints by The Stockroom: great look and feel, but not as practical as they seem.


The biggest issue I have with these cuffs is how difficult it is to get them into shape without compromising how good they look and potentially structural integrity. In pictures, they’re nice and round; they arrive in a u-shape so you can bend them to fit the part where the lock goes into one of three holes for the best fit. This seems logical, but the metal is thick enough that there’s a lot of resistance, and it tends to bend at an angle rather than a smooth curve where there are rivets in the steel.

I found that with some careful rolling against a firm but not hard surface, like a wood cutting board or hard plastic, helped a little bit, but I’ve got stiff joints and it wasn’t fun. I also couldn’t get the wrist cuffs down to the third hole - I have tiny wrists - without compromising the shape significantly, and getting in and out of them would be tough. The second hole I can wiggle out of with some work, but it’s good enough, and this way I don’t have to unbend it to put them on or take them off.

The leather is also pretty firm. Some people like that, but I'd prefer softer leather. I wouldn’t be able to have them holding me hard in any direction for any period of time without significant discomfort, but that just means I’ll have to be choosy about what scenes I’ll use these for - probably with wrists cuffed to each other, or either tied to a bedframe or spreader bar.

All in all, they are gorgeous Leather Steel Wrist and Ankle Restraints - but they’re really more for show than they are for utility. They can absolutely be used in a scene, but they might get too uncomfortable over long periods of time for some people. It’s true that sometimes, it’s more about looking shiny and attractive than it is about being utilitarian - that’s just not what I personally was looking for in these.

The Details


Name: Leather Steel Wrist Restraints and Leather-Steel Ankle Restraints (sold separately, there’s also a matching collar)

Price: $80 for each

Sizing: “One size fits most” with three size options on each. 1.5 inches in width, with a steel band measuring 1.25 inches in width.

Material(s): “Jewelry Grade” Steel, Leather, Metal Hardware including grommets, hasp, and D-Ring

What You Get: The Leather Steel Wrist and Ankle Restraints come in a non-descript box with packing paper, wrapped in plastic, and with tags on. They come unshaped, must be bent to the size of your choosing, and do not come with locks, which are necessary for them to function. You can purchase a variety of locks from the site if you don’t already have your own.

Where to get them: Leather Steel Wrist Restraints and Leather Steel Ankle Restraints by The Stockroom. Use these links to support Fetish.com!

Caitlin is a writer, sex educator, consultant, and product reviewer who focuses primarily on issues of sex toy and accessory safety, pleasure, sexuality, gender, and more. You can learn more, or ask any questions, at their website- www.sex-ational.com.

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