WHAT IS KNIFE PLAY?
Knife play is another means of enjoying sex within a BDSM sphere, utilising knifes and sharp blades within sexual intercourse or foreplay to cut away clothing, scratch a sexual partner, or remove wax play. Even though we might assume that knife play could involve physically cutting the skin to make it bleed, this in fact goes beyond what knife play is itself defined as being, as knife play is simply enjoying playing with a knife on the body. Knife play is also often described on forums as edge play as the level of trust required to allow your sexual partner to play with knives during sex doesn’t change the level of danger involved with knives. Knowing that at any point you could be seriously injured is perhaps the biggest edge possible. Still have questions about Knife-Play? Check-out Blade Play 101.
Knives can often be used to cut fabric away from the body, typically of the submissive, which is a highly erotic activity, especially when the submissive is tied up and is left entirely restrained purely for their dominant’s pleasure. Not only would the sensation of having your clothes cut off would be erotic, but also so would the knowledge that you are entirely unable to defend yourself, entirely forced to succumb to your dominant. When combined with wax play, a submissive is likely also to experience a range of different sensations. First of all, there would be the hot wax dripping onto themselves, then the cooling of the wax, and then the use of the sharp blade to pick off the wax from their bodies. Yet again, combined with bondage, this is a tantalising mixture. Knives can also often be used when roleplaying, used as a prop to add real danger into an imaginary scene, but also to provide depth and realism into any roleplay. A swashbuckling pirate dom might flash his knife to a captive damsel in distress, for example, or a mafia wife might threaten her adoring enemy with a similar tool too.
DANGERS OF KNIFE PLAY
When enjoying knife play, it’s almost inevitable that at some point, blood will be accidentally shed. Accidents happen, and sometimes one accidental movement can be enough to get some blood flowing. This is why it’s important to be as careful as possible, communicate strongly and consistently, ensure complete and enthusiastic consent and to utilise knife play only when both of you are entirely sober. It’s also a great opportunity to utilise safe words if things ever get too much or you start to feel unsafe. While knife play is a brilliant way to provide depth to your sexual intercourse and foreplay, it is of course a dangerous weapon above all. It is therefore imperative you are careful whenever bringing something as sharp into the bedroom, making sure you’re an expert at utilising it and that your partner consents enthusiastically. One simple mistake could lead to very dangerous affairs, so it’s best to do immense research, use only a blade you are comfortable handling and that you keep first-aid resources close by just in case the worst happens. It is also important you keep in mind that the potential drawing of blood isn’t dangerous only for losing blood, but also in the sharing of transmitted diseases too, so be careful not to share any fluids and to make sure you know each other’s health history before beginning your knife play journey.
WHY DO PEOPLE PLAY WITH KNIVES?
People enjoy knife play for all of the fun and sex it can provide them. The level of fear it provides to its players, specifically its submissives, who are likely to be the ones faced with the dangerous metal near their bodies, is a turn on within itself. This is itself called ‘fear play’ and exists with its own right within BDSM too.
The act of feeling the sensations of the sharp knife against your skin is itself erotic and can wake your body up to a whole host of other physical sensations too. Often, the sharpest point of the knife can be gently pressed into the skin, providing an intense pinprick sensation that feels very dangerous without actually creating the drop of any blood, very similar to the sensation of a razor shaving the face and neck. Such sensations can provide a victim mentality, leaving a submissive immobilised and entirely paralysed, afraid to move for fear of the danger it could provide. This would be a wholly enjoyable experience for the dominant and would help reinforce the inferiority of the submissive within the relationship, as well as the overall power the dominant has over the submissive as a result. The adrenaline likely experienced from this kind of fear play is also likely to have an intense effect on the body, getting your heart to beat fast and making your body feel hot, the sweat of which will only add to the sensation of your skin against the knife as it trails down your skin or gently presses against your nipple.
In order to increase the physical sensations of using a knife, many people have described in chat forums how they keep the knife in the freezer before using it, therefore making it cold enough to enhance the sensations of it against the skin. Be careful, however, that you don’t make the knife too cold, having it stick to your body would be pretty unsexy and may not be what either of you intended.
It is also possible to use the flat of the blade as a spanking tool, especially if you’re using a large knife with a big base. Be careful, however, for when you spank your partner on the butt cheeks, if you then drag your knife off, you are likely to slice their cheeks unintentionally. Continue to be careful when spanking and remain vigilant over the dangers that are posed when using a knife, specifically from spanking, rather than a belt or a paddle. Aftercare is particularly important whenever you might have hurt your partner, either physically, mentally or emotionally.
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