Friday Focus: 05.06.22

Hot Octopuss Kurve looks like your standard Grafenberg wand. The classic arch, the silicone shaft, the flared thumb shaped tip, all hallmarks of a luxury vibe are immediately evident. Also expected for this tier of tool are the rechargeable motor, waterproof housing, and the one year warranty. Kurve, however, doesn’t stop at the expected.

When it comes to controls, Kurve is all about options. The two motors (more on that in a moment) have independent controls for speed, allowing for both an increase and decrease in intensity. Even the buttons are marked clearing with + and leaving no guesswork, with or without eyes. Below those options are two round buttons, also clearly distinguishable as one is concave the other convex. Convex is a kill switch, turning the entire toy off with a single press-n-hold. For anyone that doesn’t live alone, being able to stop the whole show with one fingertip is always a bonus. The convex button controls your patterns of pulse for both motors at once. The patterns are governed by the speed as well, so turning patterns on won’t override the intensity you’ve chosen.

The real party is in the motor placement. The motors are named Bass, located in the middle, and Treble, found at the very end. While there is some appreciable difference in the timbre of the two, I couldn’t say if it is in the motor or a question of placement. What I can say is that mixing “volume” on the two causes some astounding harmonization, making the entire shaft seem to throb. Not a new trick, but I have rarely seen it executed so well. For just a dash of extra fun, there is also the treatment of the tip. The shaft of Kurve is firm enough for Grafenberg work, but the flair at the end is cushioned. It still transfers all of the force and vibration, just with more of a hug than a jab.

Though marketed as an internal simulator, you had best believe that Kurve works just as well without as it does within.