What does ‘shore hardness’ mean?
Shore Hardness is a measure of the resistance a material has to indentation. There are different Shore Hardness scales for measuring the hardness of different materials (soft rubbers, rigid plastics, and supersoft gels, for example). These scales were invented so that people can discuss these materials and have a common point of reference.
What shore hardness does Deep Fantasies offer?
Deep Fantasies offers three different firmness options (depending on the toy).
There are different factors to consider when choosing your firmness; such as, how thick the toy is, the height of a toy, your personal preference, etc. Generally, we recommend toys that are small & thin, or tall & thin are done in Medium or Firm. Whereas larger toys are better in Soft or Medium. If a toy is tall/small & thin, and you choose soft, it may not stand well on its own or be floppy. A large toy made in firm could turn out quite hard and dense.
If you have specific questions about what firmness to choose based on the toy you’re purchasing, please feel free to reach out.
(You cannot choose firmness on strokers, egg depositor, or sheaths. For the function of the toy, and the molding process, these are made in softer silicone)
How do you measure the shore hardness?
The different Shore Hardness scales measure the resistance of a material to indentation. A ‘Shore Hardness' gauge (looks like a round tire pressure gauge) has a needle on a spring protruding from one end. The needle is placed against the rubber or plastic and pressure is applied.
Once the gauge is pressed firmly against the material and the needle has penetrated as far as it can go, the measurement needle will indicate the corresponding hardness measurement.
In general a batch of silicone rated as a specific hardness will result in that hardness when tested - however, each batch can have slight variance. For example, a current batch that is ‘0050 Medium’, could come out slightly softer, or slightly harder, than a batch we’ve used in the past.