I would like to ask about your chew necklaces, and how soft they are. I know you get this a lot, but could you maybe compare some of them to food (e.g. chewing gum to hard candy scale)? (i am looking for something like the trapezoid, dulcimer or gem beads with a smooth surface)
Hmmm, this article has links to chewing levels (aggressive, moderate, light) which kind of correspond to hardness. The aggressive chews are going to be the hardest and the light chews are going to be the softest.
In terms of what the chewables you mentioned are like, the gem beads are squishy, soft and have a lot of give with a slight rebound to them because they’re hollow. I guess you could compare them to a soft pen cap in terms of the kind of give they have, but they’re softer on the surface than a pen cap because silicone is much softer than plastic.
The dulcimer is soft and will give when you bite down on it but doesn’t offer too much resistance so if you have issues with jaw fatigue either this or the gem beads are best. For comparison - maybe a mouthguard level of firmness?
The trapezoid is quite dense and firm with almost no give to it. When you bite down on the flat part of it, it’s just solidly there. The closest I can think of is maybe biting on a thick pencil? Like a little bit of surface indentation but the center is really firm.
It’s really hard to compare them to food items because they’re so different in both density and texture! None of them is as soft as gum or as hard as hard candy.
Does anyone else have an idea of common items that they can compare the hardness of any of these too?