I received my Steelworxx today. I am going to do an initial review of the ordering process and my impressions of the device, but I will also be updating this thread over the next couple of weeks with further observations regarding long term wear, security, nocturnal erections, and my ability or inability to orgasm in the device without taking it off; all of those things are important with a device, and an initial review just isn't going to cover them.
I'll start off with my the actual measurements of my anatomy. I took all measurements with a fabric tape measure, and I measured countless times over the course of several weeks for optimal accuracy and to basically see what was normal and what was not.
I tried to measure in a "relaxed" state. For me, this means after coming home from work. My dick has just been hanging out in my pants all day in "normal" mode, without any stimulation, and this is the size of it I want to capture for the device.
My flaccid length is between 105-110mm
The circumference of my shaft is 103mm, or roughly 33mm diameter
The cirumference behind my balls is 146mm or roughly 47mm. I went as tight as I could with this measurement while holding the tape measure tightly around my balls and watching porn to purposely get a hard on. Anything tighter than 146mm was painful so would therefore be a problem with nocturnal erections.
I am uncut. No circumcision here. I also have a frenum piercing.
The hardware & actual device measurements
Model: Steelworxx Revenge
Overall Length: 95mm. I went a good 10-15mm shorter here because I figured a little smaller is always better. Most of my devices have been too long and have been unwearable as a result. I also figured every tube style device I've ever had has ridden down on my shaft a little and never sat exactly where it was supposed to.
Inside Diameter: 35mm. I went a little wider than my actual measurement because of the security insert I got, I figured that would take up a bit of room. I also would rather my erection fill out width wise rather than length wise.
A Ring: 47mm and 45mm. I went with a 47mm initially due to my measurements, but after reading extensively online through random websites, as well as this forum and thumper's blog, I decided to add a 45mm ring to my order in addition to the 47mm ring. I figured if the 45 was too tight, my 47mm would do the job, so I was covered either way.
* For security and a lower profile, I opted for the integrated locking mechanism.
* For added comfort, I got the ring around the opening of the tube. Called the "comfort ring" on the Steelworxx website
* Through experience with belts, and other metal devices, I am pretty sure I have a metal allergy, so I got the unit powder coated.
* To prevent pullout, I ordered a custom made frenum fixing.
I got a custom frenum fixing because there was nothing Dietmar really offers in the way of anti-pull out security for buyers with a frenum piercing. The only one that is supposed to work with a frenum piercing is basically an insert with a hook on the end that's supposed to hook onto the piercing's ring. This wasn't good enough for me, because I'm fairly certain the ring would just slip off, plus I don't want to wear a big ring inside my cage. It gets in the way, gets twisted, pulls on the piercing, etc.
I really liked the PA fixing, designed by thumper, but I wanted the fixing to actually go through my piercing itself and there's no way that would work. So I thought about it for several weeks and I decided to "design" a modified version. It's basically the exact same except one of the arms unscrews allowing the unit to pass through the piercing before being screwed back together. It is then inserted into the cage with the penis, and attached to the cage the same way the PA fixing does.
I don't mind saying that I took my sweet bloody time ordering this device. I began looking at steelworxx in November of 2011, and didn't end up initiating the process until late January 2012. I took my time for weeks after that, making sure my measurements were solid and that I had not missed anything or failed to address a concern. I placed my order on April 4th.
I found Dietmar a little difficult to speak with due to the language barrier, and very short with his answers obviously due to how busy he must be. This had me a bit worried because I feared something might get lost in translation or overlooked in a hurry, but he understood everything absolutely perfectly. His responses were fairly quick, there is quite a time distance between us but basically I would email him late at night and get a response back before noon the next day so it seems like he checks his email in the afternoon in his time zone.
Manufacturing and shipping
I was told it would be 5 weeks "inclusive of production of your order". So basically 5 weeks from the day I placed the order to the day it should show up at my door, if I understood that correctly. It actually took 8 weeks. I'm not sure what happened but after giving it the benefit of the doubt and waiting 6 weeks, I emailed him asking if the device had been shipped or not. He apologized and said it would be made that week and sent out express delivery (even though I had not paid for express). My best guess is that he got really busy and just forgot about it or couldn't get around to it quickly enough. It is not an issue for me, and I really appreciated the express delivery to make up for it. The device arrive about 2 weeks later (today).
Basically, wow. I have purchased a lot of chastity devices over the past 6 years, and every one of them had so many problems that I really and truly was expecting there to be a whole host of problems with this device. In the days leading up to the device I was basically telling myself "Be prepared to be disappointed, chaste, because the following x number of things will probably be an issue with this device and you will certainly need to send it back once or twice for adjustments, at the least. Maybe you'll even need to have it entirely remade". Nope. Nope. Nope. I am happy to say I was wrong. It is exactly what I ordered and it's awesome, even the custom insert is perfect. The craftsmanship is amazing, and the powder coating finish looks gorgeous.
It is definitely smaller than what I am used to, but this is a good thing. In many devices I've owned in the past (Lori, cb3k) I've actually been able to jack the cage to orgasm. I cannot do that with this device being so small, and the custom insert actually holds my head in such a way that it helps to prevent it. The shorter length and the bend in the tube also help to prevent erections before they occur, so I can only get semi hard in this device. With previous devices, I could get fully erect. Overall, i might have gone a bit overboard with the sizing and probably should have gone between 100mm and 105mm, but it is not a problem so far.
I have actually only tried the smaller A ring on and it is what I am currently wearing. Remember this is the 45mm one where as I had originally ordered the 47mm. My initial impression is that it's great, very snug fit, fits like a glove, and day time hard ons are not an issue. Nocturnal erections will need to be thoroughly tested so I will certainly be coming back and updating this thread with how that turns out after a couple of days.
The insert was a stroke of genius, I don't mind saying. There's no way I can take the insert out once the device is put together and locked on. There's no way I can pull out of the back of this device what so ever as it's threaded directly through my piercing. The cage and my cock are one unit. It also had the unexpected benefit of holding back my foreskin. Being uncut, this tends to be a really good thing as swelling of the foreskin has been an issue in the past. The piercing itself is doing fantastic. It was a good call to get something that allowed me to rid myself of the piercing jewelry, and I don't feel the insert in my penis at all. It's like it's not even there.
I have owned a cb3000, cb6000, The Curve, a Neosteel hip belt, a Lori's #7, a Houdini, a pair of chastity shorts (purchased early on for short term wear periods), and even attempted to make my own full steel belt. I can say, unequivocally, this is by far the best device I have owned. If nocturnal erections and swelling are not an issue over the next several days, I am basically screwed. Or, not screwed, which ever way you want to think of it.
I am going to post a whole pile of pictures soon. I apologize in advance for the quality as they were taken with my camera phone.