Wartenberg wheel

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A Wartenberg wheel, also called a Wartenberg pinwheel or Wartenberg neurowheel, is a medical device for neurological use. Robert Wartenberg (1887–1956) designed the wheel to test nerve reactions (sensitivity) as it rolled systematically across the skin.[1] A Wartenberg wheel is generally made of stainless steel with a handle of approximately 7 inches (18 cm) in length. The wheel, which has evenly spaced radiating sharp pins, rotates as it is rolled across the flesh. A disposable plastic version is available. Because of hygienic concerns, these devices are rarely used for medical purposes any more.[2]

The Wartenberg wheel is also used as a BDSM or sensation sex toy, sometimes while connected to a violet wand electrical device.[3]

Clothing pattern-making can use a version of the Wartenberg wheel, called a pounce wheel, to transfer markings from fabric to paper. Pounce wheels resemble standard Wartenberg wheels in shape but have wooden handles.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lehrner J., e.a.: Klinische Neuropsychologie: Grundlagen - Diagnostik - Rehabilitation, Springer, 2005, S. 135, ISBN 3-211-21336-8, here online
  2. ^ Kornhuber E., e.a.: Die neurologische Untersuchung, Birkhäuser, 2005, p. 16, ISBN 3-7985-1444-5, here online
  3. ^ Matthias T. J. Grimme: Das SM-Handbuch. Charon-Verlag 2002, ISBN 3-931406-01-6

Further reading[edit]

  • Phillip Miller, Molly Devon, William A. Granzig: Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism. Mystic Rose Books 1995, ISBN 0-9645960-0-8