Claw Creation Story
Hello Sensation Seeker!
I'm jHats, the maker behind these products for Kink, BDSM and Cosplay. I live and work from a beautiful place in the Dandenong Ranges, looking out at birds, bush and kangaroos.
Everything you see here exists as a result of me fulfilling my desire to make the things I would like to have in my world, combined with a wish to share the joy that these kinky toys bring me.
The Claws originally came about as a costume prop for a party where I had an enormous amount of fun playing with them and was asked many times if I would make some for other guests.
The first set of claws was just a prelude though, the first prototype. They suffered many of the shortcomings that I see in most similar products on the market that I now know exists. Before I could share them I had to feel they were right, not just thrown together. I tweaked and refined the design tens of times to reach that point, painstakingly testing each iteration. The outcome of all of that is the Entry Level Claw range.
I make these myself in my workshop, printed on an UpBox+ using Tiertime ABS filament, and then finished by hand, packed and shipped. One of my greatest joys doing this is the amount of feedback I get about how much others enjoy my product. Meanwhile, I'm always asking myself - How can I do this better? Three obvious things have come up...
First. The surface finish on the Entry Level Claws is great, but not perfect. You can see the layers on close inspection. I engaged a commercial 3D printer who I know and trust, in Melbourne, to make some Claws from Nylon using SLS. The surface is more uniform and it is capable of finer detail. Problem solved, Premium Collection here we come...
but not yet,
Second. Thumbs were never part of the original concept, but repeated requests encouraged me to continue experimenting to get the shape to a good general fit. Thumbs are more variable than fingers it seems! Having developed a suitable form, thumbs were added at the same time as some other file adjustments for the new printer. While adjusting files I was also able to add a couple of variations (Steampunk and Armour) that are too finely detailed for my printer to do well. That's the Premium Collection.
Third. I wanted these to work for electro play. This meant printing in metal. After many hours of conversations and emails, I am yet to find a local printer who will do them at anything like a reasonable cost. I would love to print all of our BDSM Claws locally. One issue is some quirky legislation around 3D printing in NSW that will hopefully one day be resolved. Another is that these don’t need to be printed from medical quality titanium, with its associated costs. Meanwhile, the Metal Claws are 3D printed in the US and shipped directly to customers. Everything that I ship personally, which is everything except the Metal BDSM Claws, gets my personal attention. It comes in a bag and has a personally addressed card with the product. In the case of the Metal Claws, I have foregone this in favour of expediency of delivery.
After sharing my BDSM Claws with hundreds of people all over the world, I have received a lot of feedback. It has been overwhelmingly positive. I also received requests for variations. I tried to assemble the requests for variations into a single product when they were compatible. It took many months to get through a lengthy prototyping and testing phase, hampered by lockdown and occasional isolations.
The Kitten Claws were born from this process. They are very specifically designed for kinky sensation play. This latest design variation took into account the following criteria:
- They are shorter than any of the other Claws, enabling a higher degree of precision and negating the tendency some people found of the Claws wanting to lean sideways under high pressure. Not everyone experiences this, and it comes at the expense of the more spectacular appearance of the other designs. This makes them perfect for high intensity scratching of bare skin in kink play.
- They are sharper than any other Claw in the range. It won’t happen by accident, nor is it difficult to break skin with the Kitten Claws.
- I moved away from the flat base (when printed upright) that was a legacy of using my printer and it’s FDM technology.
- Material volume has been kept to an aesthetically pleasing minimum to produce a lower cost product.
All of these Claws have brought an enormous amount of joy, to me, my friends, their friends, and hundreds of people all over the world. I hope you choose to join in the fun :-)