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UPDATED POST: More pictures from inside a historic prison

Here are some additional pictures from Eastern State Penitentiary, courtesy of Metalbond reader Louis:

You can see MANY more pictures of Eastern State by clicking on the links below:






And a couple more links:




Thanks, Louis, for sharing all of this!


Metal gets bound by Louis

When visiting the men of Men in Chains and Serious Male Bondage recently on my trip to Iowa, I finally got to meet Louis — who has websites here and here. Louis and I have been in touch via email for ages, and it was great to meet him! He put me in various forms of restraint, including secured with humane restraints to a cot while wearing boxing gloves:

prisoner locked to cot


And he also locked me in this box:

locked in a bondage box


Louis shared these and many more pictures to his Tumblr page

This is the same guy who invented a self-bondage system shown HERE

TBT: Jim Stewart and the history of Fetters

I think in all of bondage, my favorite restraints are the “darbies-style” handcuffs and leg cuffs, shown here:

Jim Stewart and the history of Fetters


The picture above is from the website of a guy named Louis, who has a site on Tumblr dedicated to “Straitjackets, medical restraints and more.” You can click to see his blog (which has NOT been censored by Tumblr!) by clicking here.

As Louis writes on his site, these cuffs and much more were sold by Jim Stewart (of blessed memory) and his company, Fetters.

You can learn more about Jim and the history of Fetters by clicking here.

Also, be sure to check out Jim’s very extensive website, featuring tons of content — including lots of stories — available here.

Self-bondage on steroids

Blog reader Louis made a self-bondage contraption — complete with magnetic locks and a timer mechanism. Check it out:


Louis writes:

For my system there are four timers: 1) A Harbor Freight programmable timer at the power outlet that turns off the entire system for 15 minutes every morning. 2) An enable timer that turns off (currently) at 4 hours. 3) A delay start timer so I need to push the start switches (both of them) for 2 seconds to start the primary timer. 4) And the primary timer that I can change the time on.

The timers can be set for up to 9,990 hours (1.13 years). Three (3) of the counters are CNT-35-96. No, I didn’t spend anywhere near $146 for the timers. They were used, usually less than $10.

There is a 300-pound magnetic lock for each wrist. I can’t pull them loose. At the front of each hand is two start switches. I need to engage one on the left side and one on the right side for 2 seconds to lock the locks. There is a switch on the back of each magnetic lock to release the locks. The switches on the control box can be set for both switches, either switch, can’t be disengaged, or a specific switch. The rotary switch connects the circuit output to the other connections. (Currently not used.)

It feels a LOT safer when I get both hands free at the end of a session. I now play, almost all of the time, with gloves on. I would not do that when I needed to manipulate a key with one hand to get free.

Here are more pictures of the setup:

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Metal would like to thank Louis for the pictures and information.

FYI: Louis also designed the jail cell time lock in Yossie’s cell. The jail cell time lock has been updated, replacing the sprinkler timer with a CNT-35-96.

And, you can read more about straitjackets by visiting Louis’ web site: The Straitjacket Page.


Louis shares tips for safe bondage play

Hey guys, blog reader Louis of the Self-Bondage on Steroids post has passed along the following tips for safe bondage play. It’s good advice, if you ask me.


Louis writes,

Dear Metal,

Here is my list for bondage play:

1. Never play with a ligature around your neck. Or anything that could act as a ligature around your neck. Never play with strangulation.

2. If you do bondage, have a backup. This applies to all types of bondage. It is better to play with two bondage-buddies than just one. Play parties can provide tens of backups. The Delta and Inferno runs have specific designated individuals to keep the play safe. When I do self-bondage I have three separate timers and someone who will check on me if I don’t show up.

3. Don’t eat, drink, or take drugs excessively prior to play. Don’t play when sick.

4. Throwing up and passing out need to be planned for even if unlikely. They both can quickly result in dangerous bondage scene.

5. Don’t obstruct your breathing. Most autoerotic deaths are the result of asphyxia. The one death I know of at a play party was also the result of asphyxia.  So DO NOT obstruct your breathing if doing self-bondage. If your breathing becomes blocked, even when playing with others, there is only about three minutes for your play partner(s) to recognize the problem and fix it. Gags, gas masks, any form of breath-control, and most hoods are inherently unsafe in self-bondage.

6. Play with safe people. That means people who don’t use drugs, alcohol or  marijuana excessively prior to play. People who will pay attention. If you are new to bondage, play parties are a safe place to meet people. Once you know people in the scene, play with people your friends know and have played with. Talk to strangers, just don’t let them tie you up, especially at your place. If you insist on playing with strangers make sure a friend knows with who and where you are playing.  See item #1 – have a backup.

7. If you play by yourself it is safer if you are mobile enough to get out of the building or call 911 in the US  (for other countries see: https://www.sccfd.org/travel.html).  Remember, you really will not die from embarrassment.

8.  If you do long term play, make sure you can get water and food.  I have heard you can go without air for three minutes, without water for three days, and without food for three weeks.  So for self-bondage air and water gives you a “safety-window” of three weeks for someone to find you.

9.  Have at least two keys for every lock.  Know where the keys are.  Store locks locked, it forces you to check the lock by unlocking it prior to use.  For self-bondage make sure you can not only reach the needed keys, but that you can also get the keys into the lock.  Have a knife or scissors for cutting straps and rope.   Have a grinder for cutting locks, chains, handcuffs, and leg irons.  (And if you play with rivets, cutting rivets.)  Make sure you can reach the needed keys.

Play safe.  Be safe. I believe that if self-bondage is carefully done it is probably as safe as other risky activities such as surfing, skydiving, scuba diving, and flying.  These and many other risky activities can be done safely with the proper planning, precautions, and preparation.