We love the calf binder: it’s quick and easy to tie and can produce anything from mild discomfort to excruciating pain.
For safety, make sure you stay above the ankle bone and below the knee. Be particularly careful about the common peroneal nerve, which is vulnerable right below the bony protuberance just below the knee on the outside of the leg.
If you feel your calf muscle while you bend your knee and raise your foot, you’ll notice that it’s smallest when your foot is pointed down. If you tie the calf binder in that position, it’ll become more intense if your partner moves their leg. That’s particularly fun for people who need to straighten their legs to have an orgasm.
This is a great tie for adding intensity.
There are many ways to make the calf binder more intense:
1Tie the calf binder with the toes pointed down, since the calf muscle is smallest in that position.
2Tie a snug column tie at least one inch above the ankle bone.
A column tie with a usable bight will make the final knot easier (we like the Somerville Bowline).
3Wrap up the calf in a spiral pattern.
Tighter wraps make the tie more painful.
4Double back and wrap down the calf.
Avoid the knee joint and the common peroneal nerve, which is vulnerable just below the knee on the outside of the leg.
OPTION5aIf your column tie doesn’t have a usable bight, go through the column tie and secure the calf binder with a half hitch.
OPTION5bIf you have a usable bight, go through the bight and finish with a half hitch.