Yes there are still artisans creating hand made BDSM equipment
As a society we often look for and favour the cheapest products, often valuing price over quality. We have become champions of the throwaway culture. We buy cheap and throw things away once that cheap product inevitably breaks before buying cheap again.
It often makes me laugh when I see people doing this as there is another way. Rather than buying cheap, look for quality and something that will last you a lifetime. Those extra pounds spent procuring an item will replay themselves over time when that item doesn't break.
This is as true in the BDSM scene as it is in society in general, luckily there are still artisans plying their trade and creating products that will last and that are beautiful at the same time. Often being one of a kind products that you can treasure until your dying days.
I have started looking around for Artisans in the BDSM sphere to try to highlight their work and hopefully show you that there is another way to spend your money. One that often makes more sense than just buying mass produced junk from China.
Let me highlight a few companies for you to show you what I mean.
Lodbrock is a German company who now sell their artisanal wares in Japan, Europe and the US. They produce handmade products, and their BDSM collection is just stunning.
Focussing on quality with a medieval theme to their dungeon and BDSM equipment you can easily see just how much effort has gone into creating their excellent range of products.
ASYLUM DUNGEON FURNITURE
With twenty years in the furniture manufacturing industry, Asylum who are based in the West Midlands in the UK produces lovely handmade BDSM furniture that is bespoke and made to the customers exacting specifications. They are an excellent example of a UK BDSM firm looking to make their name known in the marketplace.
HOUSE OF WOLFRAM
Based in the US, in Portland OR, House of Wolfram produce amazing BDSM toys and implements by hand, and their range of restraints looks fantastic. Why would you want to use cheap Chinese imports when you can have bespoke restraints made that will last a very long time out or quality materials but a real artisan.
SUB SPACE LEATHERS
Another great UK based manufacturer of quality BDSM products covering everything from BDSM to ABDL and cosplay. Again they make their own products in-house and so you are buying from an artisan with many years of experience in his field.
I have to mention the fantastic Fetters, if you are looking to fit out a dungeon or just want a unique one-off piece of BDSM furniture then check them out, their work and customer satisfaction speaks for itself. These guys are who others are judged against, and one day I'd love to own some of their equipment.
Google is your friend (well apart from sucking up your data), just do a quick search to uncover hundreds of quality tradespeople making bespoke products by hand. Yes, they may cost you a little bit more, but they will last. You will have the glowing sense of pride in knowing that you are supporting the little guys to grow.
Thank you for reading this, I hope that it has given you another option when buying BDSM products, search out the smaller companies, you will often be amazed at what they can produce.