Sex toys aren’t a new invention. In fact, dildos have been around since around 28,000 B.C, at least. A few sex toys were a regular part of other cultures long before the invention of steam-powered and electric vibrators.
Some sex toys are classics because they’ve been around since the dawn of time. Others because they’re universally beloved by most people who try them. The latest and greatest in sex toy technology like virtual reality and toys controlled by mobile apps are exciting and fun. But classic sex toys stand the test of time.
Early dildos were made of stone. Today, they come in a variety of materials including silicone, stainless steel, and even wood. If you want to get back to the basics, try a glass dildo. Today’s glass dildos are often decorative, colorful, and made with added texture. Dildo users tend to love glass for a variety of reasons, not the least is how easy it is to clean. Soap and water does the trick but if you’re nervous about germs and microbes, you can put it in the dishwasher to sterilize it.
Original Magic Wand
The Original Magic Wand, formerly known as the Hitachi, was one of the most high powered wand massagers on the market. New versions rival the original in terms of power, but this old classic is still a favorite to many people. It has been upgraded over the years into a rechargeable version, but diehard wand lovers still enjoy being plugged into the wall. The Original Magic Wand represents pure power. It’s good for the person who has trouble reaching orgasm and needs intense stimulation. The wand is also for the person who loves the feeling of giant orgasms barreling down on them at lightning speed.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the vibrator was a huge contraption, either steam-powered or electrical. Sold as a household device, it wasn’t exactly discreet. As time and technology changed, the first “cordless” vibrators hit the market. They were long, cylindrical, and sleek. They could be used as dildos as well as for the vibrations they produced. Most fit in the palm of your hand and were quiet, relative to the original vibrators.
Ben Wa Balls
Since Ben Wa balls were used by Japanese women as early as 500 A.D., these should definitely be considered a classic. Great for strengthening pelvic floor muscles, they can also be used today to tease and torment in a sexy, delicious way. Early Ben Wa balls were made with mercury inside of them which could, in theory, create sensations for the person wearing them and potentially cause an orgasm. Today they’re made from different materials, but people still wear them before and during sex for the added sensations and the muscle-tightening benefits.
One of the first vibrators on the market, the Pocket Rocket isn’t meant to be inserted. This classic sex toy is for external stimulation only. It’s selling point, then and now, was the discretion it allowed for users. No plugs into the wall. No loud rumbly noises. Hold it in your hand, press it against your body, and enjoy the ride. Simple, basic, and for many people, the reason they regularly blast off into orgasmic space.
Another sex toy that’s been around for a long time, the cock ring is thought to originate in China during the Ming Dynasty between 1368 and 1644. These early cock rings were made out of jade or ivory, nothing like today’s pliable plastic or silicone. Today eager cock ring wearers can be tortured with hard materials, nagging vibrations, or both. Cock rings both increase stimulation as well as prolong orgasm and ejaculation in some people. Some kinky people play with cock rings as part of sexual submission. Other people just like how they make their penis feel during sex.
The Rabbit is proof that there is more than one way to make a vagina happy. Rabbits accomplish three things all at once: clitoral stimulation, g-spot stimulation, and penetration. For the vulva that needs more than a few strokes to get off, the Rabbit offers a fuller, more intense experience. Today, every version is a little different from obvious “rabbit ears” to a smoother stimulator. Some toys are made with independent vibrators on each side so that you get a slightly different sensation inside and out.
Not every sex toy works the same for everybody, but the classics have hung around all this time for a reason. The latest and greatest in sex toy technology can be fun, but sometimes old school works just as well, if not better. When you want to experience a retro orgasm or just get back to basics, try a classic sex toy. You might be surprised at how well they work.