After doing some more blog browsing I decided to give things a look on Amazon. Seems natural to order some Blurays, books, sex toys... all from the same place. Amazon carries a slew of knock off CB's that are made in China but that are very inexpensive compared to the real versions. We're talking like $20 vs. $160 cheap. As much as I appreciate the R&D and quality control that goes into developing the devices in the first place, I really can't afford to spend hundreds on device after device that won't fit.
So... I took a few chances. The first item was a silicone CB-6000S in the $25 range. I had read a blog giving a minor review of this and I figured I would give one a look. I know that it wouldn't be secure, but I was curious if it would solve the pain/circulation issues and be "secure enough" for my current intents and purposes. Basically, would be a realistic enough toy to mess around with for the time being.
I followed this up with attempt number two. My first full metal device than a Houdini knock off I bought in like 2006 on ebay. I believe this is a cheaply made Chinese device stolen from a design from a more reputable manufacturer. I read a LOT of reviews on Amazon for the hundreds of options they have for steel devices. Many of them were like "dude, the edges are sharp and will cut your dick." Having spent time with the various generations of CB-X000's and some other devices I quickly zeroed in on the options that had what I was looking for. 1) I wanted a contoured ring. 2) I wanted a "closed" tube at the top as my anatomy and foreskin do some strange things as they shift around. I was a bit wary of this device because many of the "magic lock" type devices had reviews about the locks breaking very easily, but having spent time with legit magic lock devices, the locks are somewhat questionable no matter what. For $25, I figured I'd give it a go.
This was my first experience with a cage that was short enough to block ANY attempt at erection. As a grower that expands roughly 4X, in most cases the cages would allow for partial expansion, and if sufficiently lubed, the tube itself would provide some frustrating stimulation. This device blocks it immediately as there is no room for any growth and the moderately enjoyable glory of frustration is instead replaced with a "WTF this is terrible!" sensation and emotion set. You could argue for this being good or bad.
The downside is that the ring started causing pain.
This is on the way and should be here in a couple of days:
I have no intention of using the catheter tube but I ordered the larger ring size. I am hoping that the ring/cage/lock are interchangeable between the two. This photo makes it appear that the lock enters on the opposing side but the other two photos have it matching. I guess I will know in a few days.
In any case, at least with these three endeavors I have spent roughly half of what it costs for a "real" device.