Whose idea was it to come up with the Fleshlight?
Mine. Where it came from was my original patent in '95 was on sexually usable body portions. I got that patent in '95, and it was basically a silicone body portion of a girl, from the belly button to a couple of inches into the legs with the vagina removed. It was that material that I had formulated to replicate human skin that was the key. An issue came up; a very close friend of mine, a really successful businessman, looked at the product and he wanted me to send him the insert part, the sexually usable part, to his house. I said, "Sh*t Bob, you're my friend, I'll send you a body. Which one do you want?" And he said, "Oh God, no! Don't send one of those bodies to my house!" So obviously, I realized at that point that if I couldn't give them away to a friend, how the f*ck could I ever sell one of the things? So I had dropped him off at the airport, and on my way home I worried about this product that I had spent already $750,000 on developing, but I couldn't sell.

So it became obvious to me because he didn't want me to send it to his house that, first of all, it has to be concealable, it's got to be portable, it's got to facilitate the use of a gel inside; it's got to be discreet. And so I figured okay, if it's discreet, where do you hide it? You could hide it in the garage, that's where guys are going to be. It's got to look like a tool. Well, what could it be? Could it be a Thermos? Could it be a beer can? A flashlight? Yeah, it will be a flashlight. So before I had even got back from the airport I had mentally designed it, the container, the flashlight and everything on the trip back from the airport. When I got back to the shop, I had guys working for me from the special effects movie industry, working on new bodies and different things we had going on. I walked in and told them what I wanted. We sculpted one out of clay. I went to a company and I had them make it. They literally do this laser process where they have this container of silica sand that the laser goes around based on a CAD file, and when they brush the sand away, there's your product. So we knew we had a product that worked when we went into just making the molds that would actually allow me to make the insert part, the gel part. So that's where it came from. It was a very quick change.

Have you ever used a Fleshlight yourself?

A few hundred times. I've used them all.

Who came up with the name Fleshlight?

I did on that trip back from the airport. Fleshlight because it was a flashlight, flesh… the skin.

So were there any other names that were brainstorming before picking Fleshlight?
No brainstorming. Just the drive back from the airport. I was by myself. Normally I'm a really pushy f*cker, so it's like once I decided, that was it.

Is it better than the hand?
Better than the hand? Absolutely. The thing is, the hand is great though. You know, when you don't really want to go find the Fleshlight, and you don't want to have to wash it out. If you need to let off some steam, you just let off a load. We've all been doing that forever. It's a real quick fix.

Is it better than the real thing?
It's better than the real thing in the sense that there's no performance anxiety. Most guys are like me, you know your fantasy is in control. The material just facilitates the fantasy. It's as good a feel as you could possibly, sometimes it's too good. If you want your fantasy, you have to speed your fantasy up because the product is getting you there, you know. But to say it would replace the real thing? You know, it's never been the intention to replace it, because who wants to give up sex? The problem is, how many of us have as much sex as we want? I don't know that guy.

So would you say this is something for hardcore sex maniacs or more your average, everyday Joe, or both?
Well, if I had to pick, I would say it's more for the everyday Joe, because everyday Joes never get enough ass. And an everyday Joe in my book is somebody who's just a good guy, and a good contributor to society, and they deserve more. So the sex maniac, you know, that's kind of the extreme. But what I would say about that guy is I'd like it to be for him because if he's a maniac to the point where he's going to do something he shouldn't do, I want him to use it a lot. The whole reason Fleshlight came to be is because my wife got pregnant with twins, and the doctor said no intercourse or it will ruin the pregnancy because they were in the same sac. And he and I were joking and I know him fairly well, and I said, "Oh great, I'll go back to jerking off!" And he said, "Yea, like you stopped." I said, "Well, I slowed down." So it's kind of a funny thing, but the real result of that was… I'm a lucky guy. I have a beautiful wife I have no problem getting ass, so I'm a lucky guy. Most guys aren't that lucky. And then you have handicapped people, whether it's psychologically or physically handicapped, or guys that just don't want to put up with women. So the market was huge. I just had to figure out how to get the product to them.

Cleaning it out sounds like it could be pretty disgusting. Discuss.
No, it's not. You know it's like cleaning a load off of your hands. It's yours. Maybe if it was somebody else's, yea, that would be disgusting. It cleans real easily. Nothing sticks to it. It's a quick rinse, and quite frankly, in the hundreds of times that I've used it I've never even used soap on it. You rinse it out and nothing sticks, you shake it off, roll it in a towel, stick it back in the case, and throw it on the shelf until the next time you use it. It's real easy.

Is this the 21st Century toy for guys? Do you see it replacing jerking off any time soon?
You know, it's like, if you have a Ferrari at the house you're not going to drive it to work every day. You know you're better off jumping in the Volkswagen to get to work and high miling that thing. And so with that analogy… if I had to say what percentage of my jerking off is done with the Fleshlight I'd say probably 25 to 30 percent is Fleshlight because you know, I do things quickly. I do it in the shower, I do it however I do it, and there isn't time to use the Fleshlight. Plus I'm married and have kids, so I don't have the access to it. If I were single I'd use it a lot more, probably ever time.

I guess my only real concern would be getting it delivered. I really don't want Mom seeing this or maybe snooping and looking at my debit card bill by accident, ya know? How do you go about packaging the product?
It ships from ILF Inc. and you'd have to be exceptionally nosey because ILF Inc. doesn't mean anything. Even on your credit card it shows up as ILF Inc. There's no full name that would draw unusual attention to it.

What does the box look like?
It's just a 4"x4"x10" plain cardboard box. Pretty innocuous. People are not going to know what it is. And the product itself, you could set it up on your table and have company over and nobody's even going to pick it up and look at it.

Can I have one for free?
Sending a care package as we speak.