The Toybag Guide to Clips and Clamps front cover

The Toybag Guide to Clips and Clamps front cover

By Jack Rinella
Published in 2004 by Greenery Press

Just when I was ready to give up on ever reading a well written BDSM book I happened to pluck this little gem from my collection. Unlike most of the Greenery Press’ authors, Rinella writes in a clear concise style. Better still, rather than rambling about fantasies he has, he incorporates the experiences of others into his narrative and uses those experiences to explain things he’s already discussed or introduce new ideas.

If you are unfamiliar with the Greenery Press’ Toybag Guides, they are small pocket-sized books devoted to BDSM topics. Though Rinella spends most of his discussion on the most common of all clamps, clothespins, he also discusses other styles of clamps and objectively discusses their merits.

Despite this book’s short length, I enjoyed it and it will remain a handy reference for years to come. However, there were a few things I noticed that weren’t mentioned in the book that may be of use to you, so I will mention them here for your edification.

First, in his inventory of clamps, he does not discuss sheet metal clamps. Whether Rinella omitted them because they are less commonly used in play or because of concern that they are too dangerous to use, I don’t know. If it is the latter, it is a concern he can hardly be faulted for having.

The other omission I noticed was there was no discussion about clothespins modifications. While some people enjoy modifying their play clothespins with small nails or other objects to increase their bite, I personally have never found the reward worth the effort. Perhaps you have lots of free time to devote to putting small nails or rubberbands on clothespins. If so, go for it! Clothespins can be taken apart and reversed for a different sensation. Trivia lovers take note; folks in the motion picture industry refer to a clothespin as a “C47” and a reversed clothespin as a “C74.” (Full credit for that tidbit of knowledge belongs to Hardy Haberman.)