These are the TKS Type E Patrol handcuffs for police use. They were originally made by Latrobe LTH and after the company went bust the patent was purchased by Toye, Kenning & Spencer and continued to be made under their name in the 90's.
I am not sure how wide-spread their use was, because from what I can tell, Hiatt had the market for a long long time. The box says they were designed for "the beat officer" meaning they were for the police officer on the street.
These are very light, at about 190 grams according to the box. Made of aluminium and steel, they are decently chunky, comfortable, smooth edges and are NIJ certified!
These are pretty secure. They have a unique feature where in order to interact with the double locking mechanism, you need to pull on the chain, regardless of whether you are setting the double lock or disengaging it. To engage it you push the button on the side while the chain is pulled.
They have a split 2 pawl system which is hard to pick unless there is ware on the mechanism from use. Mine are almost new condition, seemingly from a collector. My pair came with no keys.
CoxysPicks was instrumental in helping me acquire these and he made 1 key for me. Since then I have made a couple more. So thanks to CoxysPicks. Check his channel out if you are as yet unaware of him, he makes great videos on lock picking and handcuffs!
I really like these handcuffs, very smooth, shiny, a secure mechanism, unique double lock mechanism. Just really cool! These can be escaped from though, as shown in the video, by simply disengaging the double lock and then shimming them open. But they are difficult to pick, when in newer condition.
These are the rigid ASP Ultra Cuff model 650 handcuffs.
These are what they call forged aluminum or aluminium, which means they no longer have polymer overmold models which used to bend out of shape and annoy police officers and possibly create risks since their cuffs were non-functional if they got bent. The kind of aluminium they are made from is 7075-T6, which is as strong as mild steel without the weight. These are VERY strong handcuffs. They are pretty lightweight also, a good chunk lighter than TCH model 840.
This model is the aluminium bow model, indicated by it being all black. ASP handcuffs are designed to minimise injury to the wearer. They have all smooth edges and corners. They accommodate a wider range of wrist sizes than regular American handcuffs, though TCH Superior size handcuffs open a bit larger and close a bit smaller. But ASP is doing a good job with this. One thing to note is that these handcuff bracelets are slightly further distance from each other than TCH model 840, meaning a tiny bit less comfortable in the front, more comfortable in the back when palms are out and would be more UNcomfortable in a rear stack because one arm is forced higher up and one lower down.
As usual, keyholes on both sides, double lock can be engaged via the window or the key it's self. Which brings me to my big issue with this model of handcuffs. The double locking pin on the back of their handcuff keys is not long enough to properly work in their own handcuffs!! When I try and double lock via the window, it makes the clack sound like it has double locked, but that clack sound is the double lock pin on the key slipping off the plastic window double locker and hitting the metal. So you think they are double locked but they are NOT which in my mind is a BIG design oversight. If you have other keys like Zak Tool which have taller double locking pins on them, then you are able to properly use the window method to double lock, else you will have to insert your key and turn the opposite direction to engage the double lock. I cannot believe they have overlooked this, it astronomically boggles my mind. EDIT: ASP got back to me, they are aware of the issue and are designing new keys. If it pans out, they said they will send me a replacement key(s). But since I am in the UK, we shall see if they will send it/them to me.
That said, all in all I love these handcuffs. SO smooth, lovely, strong and high security due to me buying the blue pawl version. I would highly recommend them to US law enforcement if they want better control over subjects and more restriction of movement. Most comfortable positions are a stack in the front (as shown on the video) or would be a rear palms-facing-out position (not shown)
I LOVE these cuffs, but it is a shame about their design not taking into consideration the short length of their keys double locking pins. Remember with the 2-pawl blue double lock versions, normal handcuff keys do NOT work in them... You have to modify your keys with a split to allow them to work.
These are Smith & Wesson M300-1 handcuffs in a Blued-black finish. They are the M300 model with external rivets, which is what the -1 means in the model number.
These are very very strong indeed. The centre links are thick steel and feel very secure. They offer only a very little amount of freedom of movement outside of the intended hinge direction.
They are identical in operation to the regular chain link version, just with a more restrictive connection between both bracelets.
Why would you want hinged cuffs? Well they offer even more restrictive movement for dangerous people and they can be easier to hold when applying since they do not flop around everywhere since they are connected so well. The downside of hinged handcuffs is they can be problematic to apply with a combative suspect because you have to get the person's other wrist into the right area to let the handcuff secure them, whereas a chain link handcuff can be manipulated in various angles to get the other wrist secured in the position it is at.
These are very nice. I have wanted to get a pair of these for years but never got around to getting one till now. I am able to do my little trick I came up with where I can put the keyholes facing my body and use the key and get it into the keyway and turn to get free, so if you do bets and things, it is possible with these cuffs!
Different handcuffs have varying tolerances. My pair have one side which is easy to pick and the other side has a very slightly mis-aligned keypost which does NOT hinder it's operation in any way. But this small mis-alignment reduces the space for tools to get into the keyway, so it is much harder for me to pick one side :D
All in all, Smith & Wesson handcuffs are top notch quality and do the job well. The blued finish is an oxidation which provides some protection from rusting as well as making them black. This finish wears over time and blued cuffs need a bit more frequent care to ensure they do not rust up when they get worn in. I prefer non-blued handcuffs where possible but these are the best, cheapest option I had available to get regular M300-1 cuffs and they are the genuine article as used by police in the US and elsewhere.
These are American handcuffs which are NIJ rated. They are Chicago model X55 with a 12 inch chain. Full distance between the bracelets is about 14 inches. When sourced directly from the US, you can choose the length of the chain you desire or go for the regular X55 handcuffs.
Chicago Handcuffs are very very good quality. They are constructed in Taiwan but with exceptionally good quality and tolerances. They are more secure than even regular Smith & Wesson or Peerless handcuffs.
Chicago handcuffs have a twin pawl bars, meaning someone has to pick both pawls/levers to free the teeth, where most American handcuffs have a single large pawl which makes picking easy. Not only this, the double locking bar is in 2 parts similar to the pawls, so to pick the double lock, it takes more effort and perhaps better tools & techniques.
The reason for the longer chain versions are to accommodate for large people who can't be handcuffed behind back because they can't get their arms behind their back close enough for normal length handcuffs. Also a security guard or police officer etc can grasp the chain and have less contact with the individual, helping to prevent them running away. Also some people use such a handcuff with an elongated chain to connect their wrist to a case, or some reviews have cited they use it at the airport to attach their case to the chair in case they doze off so nobody can grab their case and run.
I REALLY love Chicago brand handcuffs. They are always smooth in tactile feel, amazing in construction and aesthetic design, very very good in quality control as you would expect from any other American company, and I just over all like them. My favourite are the model X22 because of their high security nature requiring a special key. One day I would like to buy another pair of X22 specifically for use in emergencies at home, should the need ever arise. But this will be low priority because I wouldn't be able to get another video out of buying the exact same handcuff model.
I can imagine some kinky couples would like the added length for use in the bedroom, as well as being professionally useful for the niche use with very large individuals.
I am very happy to have a pair of X55 in my collection, as to my knowledge only the X55 and perhaps one other model are officially NIJ rated.
These are the handcuffs that The Handcuff Shop sells as his Blackbox handcuffs 04. It is not known exactly what brand and model they are. But you know where to find them if you want to buy a pair. They apparently fit in the Blackbox, which is a box placed over chain-link handcuffs to make them rigid and allow them to be connected securely to a belly chain. I do not have a blackbox.
They are very close to a Yuil handcuff, but they have no anti-shim flaps and unlike Yuil, these have mirrored sides which means the keyholes face the same direction!! Most modern handcuffs have this design. It really bugs me when handcuffs have one keyhole facing your body and one facing outwards, strikes me as unprofessional and lazy since they couldn't be bothered to make two separate bracelet sides. So these are nice in that regard!
They have a decent weight to them, are very shiny but there is a small drawback. The first click or two do not work. The depth of the teeth are not sufficient to get a proper and secure click. But it is unlikely you'd ever need to have cuffs THAT large anyway. Once you have gotten 3 clicks inwards, they are secure. While they do not open as far as a "superior" or oversized cuff, they do have some more lateral room, to where they are more round, so you can spin your hands around like you can with a TCH 840 speedcuff, which I am unable to do with a standard pair of Peerless or Smith & Wesson.
They are pretty comfortable and the shiny finish adds to the level of comfort I think in some odd way.
Normal keys DO NOT WORK...You must use the keys you get with them, use a Delta Key (from law industries or Oscar Delta), a custom TOOOL Ultimate Handcuff Key or at least cut a split in one of your own keys. *** Correction.... *** BRITISH KEYS DO WORK but standard Peerless and S&W keys do not work. I suppose British TCH keys do not poke out as far... So normal BRITISH keys (and any key which does not poke out too far inside the cuff) will open them according to my experience with these cuffs.
Disengaging the double lock feels a big gritty and I have to turn the key back and turn again sometimes, but over all I do like them. I am looking to get a non-expensive high security pair to keep separately for a SHTF situation, but I am not quite sure if I would want to rely on these to fulfil a role of actually securing a criminal breaking in. They seem that they'd be good, but I have more faith in western handcuffs, even those made in Taiwan/China which have been designed and manufactured adequately to US standards. There's nothing wrong with Chinese handcuffs, but with the fact that this pair has 2 pointless teeth on the pawl, they essentially act as a 1 tooth pawl, when they should have all 3 working... Disappointing.
They are "ok", I just would not want to rely on them in a genuine "I need to secure a criminal" capacity. I'd love to buy another pair of Chicago X22, but sourcing them might be too costly when I can't get another video out of the same pair.
These are Peerless 750C handcuffs in a nice deep red colour, like a nice blood red. These are the same as the blue ones I recently showed, just a different colour to show you. I had to get them, they look really nice. I think I like them more than the blue ones.
They only have 1 pawl, which is a shame, as with most of the handcuff industry, they could split the pawl bar and double locking bar in half and add some small extra security for no cost but they keep it the same. Still, they are very very good quality and work well and are genuinely used by police around the world. They are NIJ rated.
These are the Peerless 730c in Zombie Green. They look amazing! Lovely bright green. They have all the same features as regular peerless chain link handcuffs but half the weight of average handcuffs.
They only weigh 5.2 oz or 141 grams, which is INSANE! They are so lightweight that they genuinely feel like toys. They have a ceramic finish for the colour, so they already feel less metal-like and if you put them in your pocket to warm them up and then hand them to someone, they would put money on them being a toy handcuff! They'd put them on and be like uh oh.... the're not toys.... are they?! lol. They are NIJ certified, so they have all the same strength and security requirements fulfilled that you'd get from their normal weight models of handcuffs.
They are aluminium or aluminum based handcuffs, which is how they get their very low weight. Officers sometimes like to buy these because they can carry 2 pairs of handcuffs and not add any extra weight to their duty belt. Or just carry the one pair and reduce the weight on their belt.
They are a bit more expensive than their regular models, but if you want a pair of lightweight handcuffs, these are the lowest weight ones I have ever owned. Kyung Chang are probably the next lightest and then Yuil aluminium models after that, but these are all American made Peerless Superlite handcuffs!
The nice colours they make, help you to identify your cuffs vs your colleagues cuffs, or just to have a nice personal style if you use them for non-official purposes..... :D
Because they are so light, when you press them down on the wrist, they do not swing through as far as their more weighty standard relatives, because the bow does not have as much weight. That said, they do have a nice positive rapid lock, but you just will have to click them in farther than you might otherwise, which is nothing new really, because in any case you always need to tighten handcuffs to the proper level of tightness anyway.
These are the Russian BRS-3 handcuffs in black. Apparently in Russian they are called БРС-Ш and are apparently in current use by police and other law enforcement in Russia.
These are really heavy duty handcuffs from Russia. They have great security features, a hinge to reduce freedom of movement but offer some comfort, double lock which can be activated by the push pin or by turning the key AND they unlock in a similar way that ASP does, where you keep turning in the same direction to both disengage the double lock and then keep turning to undo the single lock. They also have a ditch and peg system which grabs the handcuff arm when it is locked onto the wrist, so a strong person could not pull outwards to disengage the teeth, thus keeping them locked!
These are really cool and are relatively comfortable, actually. They are NOT a large wrist capacity, they are probably similar to what you'd expect from regular Smith & Wesson sizing. They do close pretty decently small though.
Being black, they are imbued with a tactical "These mean business!" look to them. I have heard that some serious air-soft people use these to add authenticity to their games. While the locking mechanism seems more complicated than a "normal" pair of handcuffs, whether you are into airsoft or not, the simplicity of a single direction turn to unlock them is a bonus.
Normal handcuff keys work well, including the #TOOOL ultimate handcuff key. You only get one key with them and it's a dumpy little key which I am not a fan of. The low height of the key makes it more difficult to use to unlock yourself.
Speaking of difficulty, when placed downwards onto the wrists with the keyholes facing the body, the keyholes are on the upper area of the cuff, making it probably almost impossible to use the key-balancing-on-finger technique to undo them. So you may have to experiment having them upside down where you press them on the wrist from the under-side of the wrist so that the single arm is on the top!
I am very very happy to have a pair of these in my collection.
Additional experience after making the video. The bracelets have a slight angle to them. So in a similar way as the Clejuso 13 are more comfortable when placed in a particular way up, these too also will provide a slightly more comfortable experience when placed on the wrists from one direction (wrists placed down and the bows swung over the top to close) vs pressed down onto the wrist as "normal" kind of thing. So you could experiment and figure out which is the best method of application for your goal.
These are the Peerless 750C in Blue colour. The colour plating is by a process called EPP, or Electrolytic Polyurethane Plating and is used to help categorise prisoners in terms of health, threat level, or to mark cuffs were from a particular prison or station etc.
My pair is very very shim resistant because of the really high quality tight tolerances. These are a regular handcuff size. They work exactly the same as any regular pair of Peerless handcuffs and have double locks that also work the same.
Very comfortable to wear, these would be a great addition for any LEO, security and even for home "personal" use if you like that. They come with 2 keys and normal handcuff keys work.
They are nice and smooth, have backloading to facilitate faster application and just over all they are super nice. These I got from Amazon.co.uk for £16.99 so if you are in the UK, GRAB A PAIR QUICKLY because this price is INSANE beyond all measure. Very good price right now on 3 of the colours listed, just check the price before buying. Ignore the incorrect model stated on the page, in your cart they would show you the real model number. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...
Very nice indeed!
These are the Chinese ANHUA HC-01 handcuffs. They are a reproduction of a popular WWI ( World War 1 ) era American handcuff called H&R Super 123 by Harrington & Richardson Arms company in the 1930's. The original H&R handcuffs were very much ahead of their time and high security (even by modern standards), with a swing-through design, a double lock and I believe they also had the ditch and peg system that most modern cuffs have which grab the arm and hold it in place to prevent a strong person pulling outwards to pull the teeth away from the mechanism. The American FBI preferred to use them because of their higher security.
Over all I would say, from pictures I have seen, the original H&R models were a little bit better manufacturing quality, however these Chinese reproductions are more than adequate and have very good security.
These cannot be shimmed, because while most modern handcuffs have a pawl lever which just needs to be pressed down, these Anhua handcuffs have a gear wheel or cog which has to turn, so you cannot shim them, even if they are single locked. Ingenious!
Their wrist size capacity isn't too bad either, if I can get my hands in when they are locked on their largest setting, I am impressed and these do.
They have a double lock for added safety and security. The double lock is disengaged and the single lock opened all in the same turning rotation, making unlocking them easy.
Keep the keys safe! You only get 2 keys and they are not like any other handcuff key I have ever seen or had in my collection!!! I have been unable to pick them too...
One thing I will say is sometimes when you remove the key, you accidentally double lock them, so it's best to pull the key out while you have it turned to undo the single lock, that way they can swing-through when you need to apply them to someone next time without having to use the key first.
These are the twin keyhole version of TCH's chain link handcuffs. These are the "Superior" size, the same larger size that all their rigid handcuffs come in.
They are very nice and have all the same usual TCH quality and features, only that they have keyholes on both sides.
I like them.
These are the Clejuso Model 13 handcuffs. They are HEAVY... about 1KG! They take a larger non-standard key. Normal cuff keys will NOT operate in these handcuffs.
For their bulk, they are pretty comfortable, actually. However only if you use them the right way around. They are not centrally linked completely parallel with each other. They are connected in the middle in such a way that the cuffs turn outwards or inwards in a resting state. One way is comfortable and natural, another is less so.
Normally I press handcuffs down onto the wrist, but this is so far the only model I have to press upwards from under my wrist to apply them.Because the keyway is huge, I felt confident enough to experiment to see if with my larger body type, if I could easily locate the keyway and orient the key inside from behind my back. After enough attempts (with only 1 wrist) I decided this is about the only pair I currently have that I could demonstrate how they look from behind my back.
All in all they are pretty comfortable, but bulky and heavy. I am not sure how they fit into the handcuff grand scheme of things. They are by a known police handcuff manufacturer, they are too heavy for police officers to carry, could be used as a blunt force weapon by the wearer if cuffed in the front. So I am not quite sure where they fit in. Their weight does make them more muscle tiring if you are raising your arms trying to do things, while being more comfortable when your arms are in a normal lower resting position.
They have been featured in scifi movies/shows ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=R... ) because of their unusual futuristic look and bulk. I suppose they could fit well into a bedroom scenario if couples like adding heavy metal accessories into the mix!
They are pickable, including the double lock but it does take a little bit of practise and they are pretty different than even their own other cuffs, let alone "normal" handcuffs so they would have a decent amount of security to them I think.
The double lock is actuated with a press of a button with your finger, which is very quick and convenient. Disengaging the double lock and the single lock is done in one continuous movement, though if only single locked, turning the key the opposite way will temporarily disengage the bow in a normal handcuff style.
These are Peerless 850C orange hinged handcuffs. As all Peerless products, they are excellent quality police handcuffs. But... Don't attach anyone to a fixed object, because a strong enough person can exert enough force to snap the links between the cuffs and escape. However, when Peerless hinged handcuffs are properly applied to the person with both wrists, they are secure and NIJ rated for actual police use. Never attach anyone to a fixed object using rigid or hinged handcuffs, it is a point of weakness that "could" be exploited to escape.
This model has a larger wrist size capacity, making them better suited to larger individuals. They do close decently small enough, but for any officers arresting minors or people with very thin wrists, you might also want a regular sized pair of chain cuffs. I am not sure if Peerless do a regular sized hinged cuff.
These are orange, though they are a somewhat dull orange. I was half-expecting a bright iridescent high-visibility orange colour, but in actual fact they are a darker orange colour. Still very nice though.
This is the second pair of Peerless hinged I have bought over the years, though I sold my red ones long ago. As with my last one I had to spray my PMA Brake & Clutch degreaser in and on them to wipe excess orange colour off. I have seen some reports on Amazon of people's skin being discoloured. It's not a big task to clean them up though, a quick few sprays, a bit of a wipe with some kitchen roll and you're good to go.
I doubt these hinge links are as strong as TCH or Hiatt hinged, but they are adequate to obtain NIJ rated status, so they should be more than enough, when used properly.
They are smooth in action, have decently strong springs and have a decently tight keyway to add a small amount of frustration to people trying to pick their way out of them.
These are not quite as comfortable as their regular sized handcuffs. I find standard Peerless very VERY comfortable, but these, perhaps due to the more round & larger shape, make them a bit less form-fitting to the wrist. They are not uncomfortable or painful, but just not quite as comfortable as their regular sized cuffs.
These are S.P.E or SPE handcuffs that I have seen marketed as transport handcuffs. They are made by a company called Sain Professional Equipment hence the SPE abbreviation. They are a company that have been in business since the mid 1990's and have manufactured handcuffs and other equipment for Dutch SWAT teams, Dutch Ministry Of Defence and Dutch Ministry of Justice. Dutch means The Netherlands.
They are functionally exact in every way based on what I have seen from other people and images of the more widely known LIPS handcuffs which are usually shown in a silvery grey colour and are used (or have been, not sure if they are still used but I think they are) by the Dutch police. Literally the only difference seems to be the branding printed/engraved on them, that's it.
These use a special key which are not that easy to come by online. They have a proper 3 or 4 lever lock, similar to Chubb mortice locks. Usually the handcuffs come with 2 keys when purchased brand new, one long key and a short key. My pair are a used pair and came with 1 short key. I have since made myself a couple additional keys. There are some keys on eBay and if I am successful at making more I may list them on eBay at a more sane price than the ones someone else has listed.
These handcuffs restrict movement very well and allow a decent amount of movement within the cuff, as seen in the video where I can spin my hands around in them in a similar fashion as I can with TCH "superior" sized handcuffs. They do not have a regular double strand where the rotating arm swings through, the double strand has been replaced by a very thick single strand, which is very odd looking but works well. Very robust...
They have no ditch in the rotating arm which usually is added on modern handcuffs to prevent a VERY strong person pulling outward and disengaging the teeth. This seems to be because the body metal is significantly thicker and wider than most modern handcuffs, which my guess would mean it has MUCH more strength than "typical" handcuffs.
They fit a similar wrist capacity as TCH 840 police handcuffs which come in the Superior size and they close decently small too. They are VERY comfortable.
They have 2 methods of double locking, either via the nice levers on the back or you can use the key in the opposite direction to double lock.
They are decently secure compared to most of the more modern police handcuffs in use, though they can be picked by someone with the right tool and knowledge, BUT it is hard to pick them while you are wearing them. I can pick them relatively easily but I have never managed to do it while wearing them.
They are on eBay UK now. There are cheaper, more worn models for about £60 I think, models like mine which look in a bit better condition for £70 and there's a few brand new ones for about £150 or more.
These Winchester WN40 Police Handcuffs are cheap in cost and yet are NIJ rated for genuine police use. These are made from Stainless steel which means they last longer in terms of rusting etc.
A TV show I liked in the US called Supernatural has come to a close having it's last episode aired in the US a couple weeks ago or something. The main character's last name is Winchester. Which I found an interesting, though unrelated, fun correlation :) I just had to have these in my collection haha.
They are made in Taiwain but VERY good quality. Very smooth, have mirrored sides so the keyholes face the same side, which is usually to be expected with high quality proper police handcuffs and they are very smooth in operation.
They have a dual double locking bar for pick resistance and 2 pawl bars. These are very nice handcuffs that are pretty low cost.
They are essentially IDENTICAL to Chicago handcuffs in every way. It is my belief that they are made in the same factory because they are so identical in design and function.
Very recommended cuffs.
These are the Vulcan Force handcuffs from Turkey. Marked as "This item is NOT toy. You are looking at Police & Military Grade Handcuffs" and mentions they are made with carbon steel. In my opinion these are just another half-decent toy version of handcuffs which would work in a pinch to secure someone, though you wouldn't want to bet your backside on someone strong not getting out of them with brute force.
They do not have enough wide-range of sizing to be all that great and the teeth are relatively big. Also the double lock is not as reliable because you have to hit the upper part of it when sliding, else you will see me slide across and think I double locked, when in fact I had not hit the upper corner where the double lock activator is...
They have no ditch in the rotating single strand, meaning they have no inter-locking part that holds on to the arm to prevent a strong person pulling the teeth away from the pawl. And they have a giant open keyway which makes them ideal to go shoving improvised tools like bobby pins and Parker pen clips in there to pick them.
These are ideal as handcuff picking practice cuffs and also they would be ok for toy use or use in the bedroom I suppose. Though I would rather rely on proper well-known brand handcuffs, personally...
Still, these will be decent for practising and perhaps teaching handcuff picking. Normal handcuff keys CAN work, though you need to be careful because since normal keys move around so much since there is no keypost in the keyway, you might get your standard key trapped... If you angle the key to try and get the key's flag as deep into the mechanism (as I show) you can get them to open. Just be careful if you use normal keys with these very "non-normal" handcuffs.
These Yuil CY-2-18 handcuffs have an 18 inch chain attached to them. It is an odd thing, but the fact the chain is so long both is good so an arresting officer or security guard etc can grab the chain and control a suspect. For example preventing them from running away.
The long chain is also more comfortable for larger people, but the downside is it does not restrict movement all that much. It is easy to get your hands from behind your back to over to your front and in theory you could strangle someone with the chain, similar to what happened near the end of the movie Salt. So anyone secured with these handcuffs with a long chain, should never be left alone or assume they are secured.
One good thing is, someone handcuffed with these would not be able to change their upper body clothing to disguise them self and escape.
Even though these are legitimate police handcuffs, because of the long chain length ( there is one which is 24 inches long too.... ) these would be good candidates for people who like to use handcuffs in the bedroom with their significant other, either one pair per arm attached to the corners of the bed's headboard or one pair linked through somewhere on the headboard etc. They'd also be good for handcuff challenges where people are handcuffed together for a certain number of hours, so they are connected but not stuck as close as they would be with normal chain link handcuffs.
All in all, these are an interesting addition to my collection, but they would surely be more of a niche pair for people unless you are just collecting and lock picking as I do.
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CTS Thompson Tri-Max Pick & Shim Resistant Handcuffs
These are a stronger, more secure handcuff that uses standard handcuff keys. They are everything "normal" police handcuffs are, only a bit better.
They have a dividing plate going between the pawls which reaches up into the bow, to help prevent shimming and the keyway is decently tight to help against picking. They are not perfect, I have picked them... But it requires more effort than for example a regular Smith & Wesson pair of cuffs.
These are essentially like Smith & Wesson handcuffs with a little bit more security while still letting normal handcuff keys work in them, for when you do not specifically need "High security" handcuffs which would then require everyone having a special key.
So if you want a better handcuff but you must make sure normal keys work, get yourself a pair of Tri-Max! They are really good quality. I would recommend these as a base standard for law enforcement, especially since I have seen somewhere they are NIJ rated. The technology they talk about is a split rail shackle and pick shield XLS "for pick and bump resistance". I can only guess they defend against the "Whack attack" where you slam the handcuff to force the double lock off at which point you'd shim them. But I have picked these with relative easy with a Parker Jotter pen clip.
Still, pretty much no handcuff is perfect security, they are only temporary restraining devices but these are in a better security category than Smith & Wesson or Peerless.
Chicago X22 High Security Handcuffs
This is a high security pair of handcuffs which use a special key which means normal keys do not work with them. The TOOOL Ultimate Handcuff key will work though once you lightly turn and pull up to seat the cuff's divider metal into the gap in the key which will allow it to turn and operate the handcuff.
These are very pick resistant and decently shim resistant. If you occupationally use handcuffs, be aware other officers will be unlikely to operate your handcuffs if you use these. However at minimum if they use a rotary tool or junior hacksaw and cut a little split in the middle of a spare "normal" key that should let the key operate these handcuffs.
These are police handcuffs from the Chicago brand. Model 1000. These are in pink, as they are the only Chicago standard riveted handcuffs I could acquire in the UK.
People use pink handcuffs either to annoy criminal guys or in solidarity with Breast Cancer. So if you like to donate to causes, there's an idea for you.
These are police grade, though I am unable to ascertain if they have NIJ status at this time. They have all the usual security requirements like double locking, ditches in the single strand jaw etc.
They are made in Taiwan but are clearly quality checked by Chicago (owned by the handcuff warehouse in the US) because they are even nicer quality than UZI handcuffs in my opinion...
They have a dual double locking bar, making properly double locked handcuffs a bit harder to pick open to escape. And they have 2 pawl bars like UZI which also adds some extra security.
Over all, they are very good, cheap (in the US...) police handcuffs. They come in various colours including standard silver, though being in the UK these pink ones were the only ones I could obtain at this time.
These are the newer ASP steel bow handcuffs, model 400. They have steel bows compared to the aluminum / aluminium bow that the model 450 has. This adds a bit more weight to the handcuff but I believe adds a slight bit of extra security since if someone were to try and saw them off, it would take longer to saw through steel than aluminium.
They have all the same usual high quality of any other ASP handcuff, though the older polymer overmould models were susceptible to deformation and failure from officers falling onto their cuffs. These new "forged aluminum" models are FAR more robust.
These have the green locks installed, marketed for European use. They have 3 pawl bars instead of 1 chunky one, which makes them slightly more secure.
ASP handcuffs are really good quality, though they could make them more secure. I know handcuffs are a temporary restraint, but All the range of ASP locksets for their handcuffs can allow someone to easily disengage the double lock and then easily shim them. Including the high security blue split 2-pawl model!
These are NIJ certified and while they do cost more money, they have rounded edges and a flat wrist contact point to make them more comfortable to endure being in and minimise chances of injuring people. I would say they are worth it if you value humane restraint. The fact they have keyholes on both sides makes them well suited for easy removal and adds more safety for lockpickers and other users who are experimenting with handcuffs and want to ensure they have access to keyholes no matter which way the handcuffs were put on. The fact that there are keyholes on both sides means if one side had a defect (I doubt it would happen) or someone jammed something in trying to escape, you could always use the other keyhole.
These are the non-certified (so not NIJ) model of their handcuffs, in the oversized wrist capacity. Nordhandel is a German security equipment website who sell handcuffs and a myriad of other things.
They sell certified handcuffs (NIJ I assume or similar) and non-certified. These are NON certified.
These are very very cheap at about €17 and I would say are good for practising lock picking or for use by kids, purchased by parents who do not want to spend a lot, but they want them to have something of decent quality and reliability. Of course they could be used in the bedroom also if you are into that.
They have a smooth action and have no sharp edges. The teeth are pretty shallow and so is the ditch in the arm. All in all, they are a good quality non-official pair of handcuffs. I would not trust this particular "non-certified" line of their handcuffs for any professional role where you need to use handcuffs. Go for the "Certified" models or buy a big brand name.
While these are sold in Germany, these handcuffs are made in Taiwan, but the quality is actually very good. These are better in quality control than UZI from what I am seeing. Just lovely!
Eventually I may buy a pair of their certified handcuffs for comparison but that will have to wait.
These are the black UZI professional NIJ certified handcuffs.
UZI do make non-professional models which are cheaper and for toys or "fun times" which lack the security grade of this model.
These have 2 pawl bars, a nice quality black finish and are NIJ rated. Compared to their cheaper model that are not adequate for LEO/SECURITY use, these have proper ditched arms like most modern handcuffs. This means a protrusion in the channel that the arm moves through, sticks out and sits in the groove/ditch in the arm, meaning a VERY strong person cannot just pull outwards and disengage the teeth. These are apparently used by the American Secret Service.
The quality control with UZI is not the best, as they are made either in Taiwan or China, but they do meet the standards necessary for use in law enforcement and are relatively comfortable, actually.
I am glad to have a pair of UZI back in my collection, though most of the other American brands I have had, if not all, had better quality control.
Still, a good NIJ rated pair of handcuffs that get used in America.
These Alcyon handcuffs are the hinged 5005 with keyholes on both sides. Model 5005-X.
These are very nice Spanish handcuffs, with a good quality black finish and 2 pawl bars.
Since these have keyholes on both sides, it simplified the application by the user, while slightly reducing security because there are keyholes always within reach of the fingers. However different methods of application can minimise easy access to keyholes in some cases.
These are good quality handcuffs
This is an interesting pair of Yuil M-03-1 Transport Handcuffs, made in Korea. South Korea to be specific (not the crazy North Korea!) These are the connection ring version of the M-03 model. The purpose of the ring is to create a chain gang environment for prisoner transport so one chain can run through all the cuffs to link the prisoners together. Alternatively it can allow them to be connected to leg irons. However this steel ring can be pressed down when not needed to allow normal grip and application of the handcuffs.
The gap between the wrists is larger and it makes accessing the key holes more difficult. They have a 2 pawl system, though mainly normal keys are able to open the handcuffs.
An interesting aspect of these is they are actually chain link handcuffs, using one very elongated welded chain. The plastic is then bolted on afterwards to provide rigidity from twisting, thus becoming rigid handcuffs. Though if the keyholes are facing out, someone could use a screw driver to undo the screws (normal cross-head screws, nothing fancy) and they could remove the plastic and they would become chain link handcuffs with a larger one single link, which would let people have twisting capability. You can see this in the image I took of them after I disassembled them: https://i.imgur.com/IvNb7XQ.jpg
Over all they are good handcuffs and worthy of being in my collection. It would have been nice if they would have used more secure screws, instead of the regular Philips type. But I do like them. Handcuffs like these should ideally not be applied where the keyholes are facing the hands because they can fiddle with the locks as much as any screws too.
These came from the YouTuber called CoxysPicks who has a nice lock picking channel, covering various styles of locks including handcuffs. Check his channel out there!
These Chubb Detainer or Detainee handcuffs are used in British Prisons. They are model 1K70 and were created with 3 different key bittings depending on their usage location. I have the standard key bitting model. They may be phased out in favour of the TCH HSH1 but it is very possible these are still in use.
They use a very good security proper 3 lever Chubb lock which is hard to pick and round chain links that make binding and snapping attacks less likely. They feature both key and switch operated double locking mechanisms and all in all are high security. Normal handcuffs are relatively easy to pick with rudimentary improvised tools, and since these cannot be easily picked, that would explain why they were/are used by the prison service either internally in the prison or during transport between locations (such as between other prisons or court appearances etc.
They are reasonably comfortable and not too heavy but they are quite bulky.
Really nice handcuffs, with a robust and known secure locking mechanism. They can be picked if you know what you are doing and have the tools, but if you know how to pick normal handcuffs, you will never.... ever... pick these with that knowledge!
If you are interested in seeing these picked or opened without a key, check out CoxysPicks youtube channel.
These are the older ASP handcuffs, model 100. They have a stainless steel bow and the body of the cuffs has a steel skeleton with an ordnance grade polymer over-molded to ensure weight savings while providing the needed security and strength. These have 1 pawl, indicated by the yellow double lock window. This is the standard model of security mechanism used. It's ok, but I personally think in this day and age, all handcuffs should at least have 3 pawls for added security. It wouldn't need any new keys but would add a bit more protection from picking, essentially for free.
These, like all ASP cuffs I have seen, are more bulky than "standard" metal handcuffs. But they are a little bit lighter (they made an aluminum / aluminium bow version too, the model 150) and have good features like being able to adjust the cuffs tightness using the key and quickly double lock again instead of having to take the key out and activating it separately.
The downside of them being less dense than all-steel construction, is they can bend. If an officer falls over onto his cuffs during an altercation with a suspect, the double strand (the part I squeezed in the video) could get crimed closer together, preventing the handcuffs from being used properly until a second set of cuffs could be acquired to bend them apart again. This is what lead to the newer models with a fully forged aluminium body with no polymer in sight on the exterior.
These are still good cuffs. My pair are ex-police and have the serial and model numbers ground off (a nice job the seller did of it too). I had to disassemble them and give them a good cleaning to remove little rust spots and bits of dirt. Then I gave them a bit of lubricant and they were good as new... well you know what I mean :D
I know these are the steel bow, single pawl version and my model 450 are aluminium bow high security two pawl version, but if you would like a physical comparison video where I show them side by side and look at the differences, please comment and I will consider making a video on them both together.
New! ASP Forged Aluminum Ultra Handcuffs Model 450 HIGH SECURITY KEY [NIJ]
These are the newer ASP Ultra Cuff in Forged Aluminum (or Aluminium in the UK) with high security blue locking mechanism.
These handcuffs require a special key which has a split in it. However you can modify existing keys by using a hacksaw to put a thin split in the bit, if you are careful. This mechanism makes them very hard to pick open without having a key.
You only get 1 key with them....... Normal keys will NOT work in these handcuffs!
They are very light weight, about 205g but are very strong.
The locking mechanisms can be removed and replaced depending on the need (change of level of security or repair etc)
They are way more rugged than the older thinner more bendy polymer coated versions.
They are comfortable and offer an arresting officer/security the ability to quickly disengage the double lock, undo the cuffs to adjust them and quickly double lock again using the key in the keyway, instead of having to remove the key and activate the slot to double lock. Which is a nice addition.
I highly can recommend this pair of ASP cuffs. They are a very worthy new design and are NIJ certified.
These Russian Czech Style BRS-2 Chain link Handcuffs use the special mechanism that Ralkem handcuffs use. In fact the key is the same, in terms of functionality. They are very smooth in operation, have double locking and ditched jaws for strength.
They also have a security feature where the part in the lock which needs to be lined up perfectly to be able to fit a key, or tools, into the keyway, it turns at random as the handcuffs are closing, to make them more secure.
A nice pair of handcuffs.
This is the Shomer-Tec Clear Cuff. It is a transparent training handcuff to show the inner workings of how handcuffs work. It also helps aid in teaching how to pick handcuffs.
This is the classic 1 pawl bar design, so best replicates American handcuffs. Picking 2 or 3 pawl cuffs (like British police handcuffs by TCH or Hiatt) is not as easy as this because you need to lift all bars at the same time. But it is a good visual aid to help the process of teaching it.
Great for people in the #Locksport community to teach #LockPicking. There's bad guys out there using handcuffs on people too, so knowing about picking handcuffs is a nice thing to be aware of. Escaping handcuffs that a criminal puts you in is NOT a bad thing. Never attempt to escape from actual police else you'll be in a world of trouble.
Not a typical Item I'd buy, but I asked the seller for deals and got one on these. So, here's something a bit different for you today. I'm sure you'll find the contrast between these and basic handcuffs interesting.
I was asked why it sometimes takes some time between video releases... Stay tuned and subscribe! This channel is an off-chute of my lockpicking hobby. But fear not! Whenever I get liquid funds that aren't earmarked for anything else more important to me, that's when I go looking for new cuffs to overview on this channel. Very often I re-sell cuffs etc in order to more quickly make funds to buy other ones. So in the future when the market is right, I can for example re-sell these transport chains and possibly have enough to almost buy 2 pairs of cuffs! This method makes it easier for me to purchase sooner, but only when the market is right and when I am in the mood to go buying packaging materials and making listings etc.. So please subscribe and be patient :) More videos will come! Enjoy this overview & demo of the "Peerless 700CTC-32 - Dual Restraint" (which is the official model designation).
These are used for prisoners in court, during transport to different prisons and can be seen in the news, in TV shows and in the movies. These are used because they restrict the capability of hands and legs better than individual leg irons and cuffs, but they also provide better visibility since there is a chain which goes vertically from the hands down to the feet. They also prevent prisoners from changing clothes while they are restrained using transport chains like these.
There is a wider gap between the handcuffs on these than there are with the regular Peerless handcuffs. Normally there's only 2 chain links, but these have 2 links on the left, 2 links on the right and a round larger link connecting them both to each other and the central vertical chain which links to the legirons in a similar way.
These are oversized Smith & Wesson handcuffs. Model 1-1. They accommodate a larger wrist size and also close smaller than average.
They sometimes require a more special larger case to fit them.
They have a pin-push double locking mechanism instead of the usual window slot one.
These are the more modern version which are riveted together and more capable of defending against being prised apart by seat belt buckles etc.
This is the high security or maximum security HSH1 handcuffs from TCH or Total Control Handcuffs. Cylinder lock for double locking.
The same as the Hiatt HSS-9 model, these are truly high security. They use the same standard single lock key as most other handcuffs, but the double lock is operated with a separate wafer lock key. As shown you can operate the handcuffs fully while wearing them in the way I have shown, although trying to pick the wafer lock open without having the key will likely prove totally fruitless.
As I understand it, these handcuffs are only used mainly for transport of maximum risk prisoners, the kind of prisoners that have a high probability of being an imminent threat to the public if they were to escape.
They have the usual 3 pawl bars and high over all quality, fit and finish. The differences are the double lock being operated by a separate key type and the backloading is only 1 click, as the pawl teeth are all uniform, rather than being staggered depths as on their normal models. So to double lock you have to give it a good slap from the inside to double lock.
These are some cheap Kombat handcuffs from eBay in the UK. They are made in Taiwan and likely a generic brand, sold under the Kombat brand name. They cost me about £11 delivered and are surprisingly good for what you are paying for.
They have 2 pawl bars, which is good and unexpected for cheap cuffs in most cases. Although the internal mechanism leaves picking them open easy due to the positioning of the ledge inside where the key meets.
They are pretty smooth in operation, the rotating arms are aligned nicely and don't bash into the sides of the cuff and they are of a riveted construction so they are pretty sturdy. Normal handcuff keys (such as Peerless keys) do not fit (they won't turn) because the internal depth space is not tall enough to accommodate tall keys, so if you have other cuff keys, you may need to file the bottom of the key a bit to shorten the height of the bit on the end.
Over all they are quite nice and a decent pair to give to responsible kids, for bedroom use etc. Although the packaging marketing states they are designed for official police use, they are not specifically independently rated for official police use, so I would not recommend them for police or even security use. I suppose you could use them for security use as long as you're able to use what ever cuffs you want to, but the fact that typical cuff keys do not fit and there's no ditched jaws meaning a very strong person could bend the double strand and disengage the rotating arm's teeth from the pawl's teeth, I would not recommend it.
All in all, a cheap decent enough pair of cuffs for young or adult play, learning lock picking, home defence, bug out bags etc of cost is an issue. If you want a really good pair (in the UK), a pair of TCH model 800 would cost you under £30 and then you'd have exceptional quality and secure cuffs.
This is the new and improved Kel-Met rigid handcuff, known as model KM 2000. This is a rebrand called BlueLine, which still has Kel-Met stamped on them as well. Made in Poland. Not related to the Chinese "Blueline" brand I overviewed a while back.
The original backloading had an issue where the last 3 clicks could be mistaken for normal handcuff size positions and in this case double locking was non-functional despite being engaged. So after contacting Kel-Met about this, a month later I received the improved model.
It is a rigid handcuff, similarly sized and shaped as British TCH 840 handcuffs. The keyway orientation is different from that of TCH, in that it is sideways similarly how Peerless and Alcyon handcuffs are.
These handcuffs are rigid when left assembled but if you disassemble the plastic grip cover, the two cuffs are capable of swivelling around in place, while staying rigidly connected.
(If you would like to see what these look like when the grip is removed, leave me a comment and when I get time I might make a video.)
These are made of stainless steel, so cause less or maybe even no allergic reactions on the skin. They are strong and seemingly have no need of ditched jaws, according to Kel-Met. There is a visual outline of the ditches but there is no peg or protrusion that fits inside them.
This is a much improved model in my opinion to the prior model, although I feel there is room for further improvement in that at present only the last click is not safely usable due to not being double locking capable. I have heard this is a somewhat common issue with various basic-backloading handcuffs. But I would like to see this get resolved and maybe improve tolerances on the mechanism so that when double locked the pawl bars are more firmly in place and unable to move.
All this said, I would say this new revised model is a worthwhile handcuff and I would be much happier using this model in a professional context than their original one.
These Hiatts 1960 handcuffs are Britain's first swing-through cuffs issued to the police.
Prior to these handcuffs, the British police were mainly using the old "irons" type of handcuffs from way back in the day. These Hiatts 1960 used a round key that is entirely different from today's handcuffs.
They are surprisingly good, for how old they are. They are swing-through, they have 2 pawl bars making picking more difficult and they have a double locking mechanism for safety. While picking the double lock is very easy, getting them unlocked is a bit more of a challenge haha but after a few minutes of trying various items I was able to undo them. Knowing basically how they work, I will be making a key for them eventually.
The tolerances seem very sloppy on the inside, meaning things move around and what not, but that also made it more difficult to open than I was expecting.
Over all, they are very good handcuffs for their age and paved the way to get the British Police familiar with swing-through handcuffs prior to getting the more modern design you are used to seeing.
These are a pair of light weight High Security handcuffs from Brifield model C2. They are good & secure but quality control could be better. From Amazon UK.
These have 3 pawl bars which are separated, in the same way the old Yuil handcuffs used to have 2 separated pawls. This means you must use their special key which is a 3-bitted key. You get 2 keys with each pair of cuffs.
The keys are all solid, unlike most handcuff keys which are hollow. There is no keypost in these, so the keyway goes through both sides to allow key usage from either side.
One side did back-load but this is either a defect which made it happen on one cuff when it is not a feature, or a defect causing one side to not backload.
The edges are not smooth and are a bit uncomfortable, similar to a pair of Alcyon I had a while back.
One thing I pointed out (I pointed downwards) was about the anti-shim protection. If you recall, Yuil handcuffs have two little flaps which are folded over to catch even special split pawls. In these Brifield handcuffs those flaps exist also but are standing up and not folded over, so the way they come from the manufacturer they are useless at adding any extra protection. Maybe they could be bent over by the buyer but I have not done this in case there are issues which made them not do this on purpose.
Over all, I like them, but the quality issues in my case would be a problem for me if I were to desire to use them in a professional setting. They are likely Chinese since I have seen similar models on Chinese marketplace websites. In fact I have since confirmed with the seller that they are Chinese police handcuffs.
They are made with aluminium, so do not lubricate with graphite because graphite and aluminium do not mix well.
A video comparing quality and security of the cheapest handcuffs I could get in 3 different brackets, ranging from garbage, ok, good.
The first black pair of garbage single locking metal "toy" handcuffs cost about £4.
The second pair, the pink ones, are of medium/ok quality and cost about £9.
The last black pair are GOOD quality, genuine Spanish police handcuffs and cost about £23
The first handcuffs are single locking only, which makes them unsafe, even for children because if someone falls over while wearing them, their wrists could get crushed when the handcuffs get tighter immediately. Plus the metal is thin and would cut into them easier than thicker handcuffs. Also as far as security, the chain link swivels are total trash and the chain links are not welded so could be pulled open with some average adult strength.
The grade that the pink handcuffs came in was, I would say decent. They are double locking, although the double lock is not as definitive when engaging as many other better models of handcuffs. The metal is thicker and I was unable to bend the double strand with my fingers, which is good. Although there are no ditches in the rotating arm. The purpose of ditched "jaws" (as they are referred to) is to ensure that someone who is very strong, cannot pull outwards and pull the teeth of the "jaw" away from the teeth on the pawl bars on the inside of the handcuff. These pink ones lack that feature. So they are an averagely good non-professional model of handcuff that should be safer to use for people. Normal handcuff keys cannot be guaranteed to work with the pink handcuffs because they lack a larger internal space between the two cheek plates, so you need smaller keys. But you get 2 keys with them.
The last pair are a genuine black pair of Spanish Alcyon handcuffs. They are made with thick carbon hardened steel and can make use of normal handcuff keys. They have ditched jaws for higher security from strong people, the swivels are strong, On chain link versions the chain links are welded for strength, while this model I have has a "universal joint" which has a bit more resiliency than a chain link model. These also have 2 pawl bars, that is 2 sets of teeth on the inside of the handcuff for extra security.
So I leave this to you to decide if you buy handcuffs what you want to spend your money on. I recommend you buy as good of a quality as you can afford, for the purposes you need them for. I do not recommend young children use metal handcuffs of any kind and for more mature children, make sure they have a real pair and know how to use the double locking mechanism.
These are the UZI Professional Handcuffs and are fully NIJ certified. Manufactured for UZI by CampCo.
These are from the famous UZI company. Yes the weapons company UZI. They do have the main features you would expect for professional law enforcement LEO use handcuffs such as double locking and ditched jaws to ensure a strong person cannot pull the arm away from the pawl teeth etc. They even have 2 pawl bars, opposed to how most US handcuffs have one single big lawp. So that is a nice thought to added security from picking and shimming. However the quality of these is similar to that of the Chinese high security handcuffs I overviewed a while back.
Quality of these is sub-standard in my opinion. The swinging arms are not perfectly aligned and sometimes "clink" stop when trying to press them onto the wrist (seen in section 2 demo section of the video) and they swing open because the teeth never engaged because the arm clipped the edge of the cheek place of the handcuff. Their keys have a cheap generic look as well as scuff marks. Even on the handcuffs themselves there are manufacturing scratches and scuff marks. Then on top of that, the double locking pin access on the side of the handcuffs are protruding outwards which makes double locking them more difficult. There should be a bit of a dent where your pin on the handcuff key easily slides into, at which point you press the double lock inwards. But since it sticks out, unless you aim the key 100.00% accurately, the key's double locking pin will slip off the handcuff and miss the "hole" which is not a hole. You will see what I mean on the video.
Over all, they have the features needed by professional but unless you buy 10 pairs of them to find one really good quality pair and send the other 9 back, I would not bother. The only good thing about these handcuffs are the features + the lower price. If you can go with another brand, I would. Pay the extra little bit of money and get better quality.
Edit: Even though they were in a sealed plastic bag, there was some rust around the chain's swivels and surrounding area of the body of the handcuff. After some work, I was able to remove 97% of the rust and after some oil around the swivels and the inner locking mechanism, everything works smoothly, even the double lock, which before oiling was extremely difficult to disengage as the video demonstrated.
These cost €27.90 not including delivery costs. Domestically in the UK I can buy a top notch quality pair of TCH model 800 handcuffs for €30.33 (currency converted for the TCH from GBP on the day of uploading this video)
These are the Yuil M-09 K Light Weight Silicone Lined Higher Security Handcuffs. They have higher security from raw picking and shimming than most handcuffs and they have a special silicone lining which is described by Yuil as protecting human rights by helping to prevent injury.
Normal handcuff keys work with these handcuffs. The picture on the site, I suppose shows a previous design because I was hoping to receive the angled keyway which only works with Yuil high security keys. As it stands I have had contact with several suppliers of Yuil who have confirmed that standards have gone down.
Police and military should be searching people for keys any way when they arrest someone, so the fact that actual picking is made more complicated, regular shimming impossible and special shimming more difficult due to the design of these cuffs still makes them more secure than most handcuffs.
These are Korean and are of good quality and strength. I just wish they did not skimp slightly on the mechanism because I believe the older models had a slight advantage since only Yuil keys with the split-bit would work with them.
This is an old lightweight model of Hiatt handcuffs, model 3103. Bought cheap off eBay, used, ex-police with serial numbers intact.
Not too bad. I never had a lightweight pair of Hiatt so I was curious to give them a try and see what they are like. They are an aluminium or aluminum alloy but are very strong and according to the information I have seen, are also NIJ certified as you would expect from Hiatt handcuffs.
These are the old American Handcuff Co model N100 handcuffs in black. They're from the 1980's. The model number is not stamped on but based on historical information provided by the Handcuffs.org forum due to the age of these, they are N100
American Handcuff Co was sold to ASP in 2002-2003 who promptly shut them down. The old archived site of American Handcuff Co states their chain linked models as N105 which is the newest model that came out with prior to their acquisition and subsequent termination.
These are in pretty good condition I would say. The previous owner looked after them pretty well and I cleaned them up further.
They are fully functional and look great. Very very minor rusting on the outside at the time of filming, which I have since sorted out.
They have 1 pawl bar, ditched jaws and double locking. They operate the same way Peerless handcuffs do. These feel like they are built like a tank!
They have the markings "American Handcuff Co Fond Du Lac, Wis" No serial numbers exist (not scraped off, there just are no serial numbers)
Very nice handcuffs!
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These are a pair of US Police Smith & Wesson M100-1 chain link handcuffs. High quality.
These are a popular brand and model of handcuffs that are used by American law enforcement. They are high quality but are not high security. They have tight tolerances which is good, however since they only have 1 pawl bar, a thin enough shim has an easy job to do and since there is 1 pawl bar it means picking can be done relatively easy with the simplest of devices, such as a bobby pin aka hair grip.
That said, they are wonderfully manufactured, look great, are relatively comfortable for people to wear and do the job they are intended to do. Temporarily secure people. Any self-respecting police officer would do a search for hidden keys and what not prior to proceeding with transportation of the prisoner any way.
I can recommend them.
A similar brand you can check out on my channel is Peerless. Peerless do also wonderful handcuffs that are comfortable, extremely well made and also are slightly more secure than these Smith & Wesson due to the position and angle of the keyway. Pick locking tools would have farther to turn inside the mechanism before unlocking, making them a tad bit more secure. Both are high quality and very nice though.
Many people this Christmas will have gotten handcuffs. Hinged? Folding Rigid? Handcuffs stuck on one arm ? You may not have the tool to save both you and the cuffs!
In order to not have to resort to cutting the handcuffs off and destroying them, you will need a handcuff shim, which you may not have. It is a strong but thin piece of metal that you force into the pawl area, tighten the cuff one or two clicks while pushing in the shim further, in order to hold the shim in while pulling open the arm of the handcuff.
Best thing is to never ever prank anyone by locking a pair of hinged handcuffs on one person's single arm unless you are sure the keyholes are facing on the outside. Folding rigid handcuffs like Hiatt speedcuffs or TCH 850 only can fold with the keyholes facing inwards.
You could try cutting up a beer can and folding a thin strip in half to double the thickness and try and use that as a shim but there's no guarantees it will be strong enough to not get dented by the pawl bars teeth.
These Alcyon 5236 Universal Joint Handcuffs are the better, robust version of the last Alcyon I overviewed.
These work with normal keys without needing specifically Alcyon keys which are unable to be purchased separately. Essentially if you have seen my early video on the chain link handcuffs, these are identical only with the universal joint instead of a chain.
I do like these a lot. My pair are pretty stiff because I have not had time to break them in yet. But the tolerances are quite good, for Alcyon.
If you want a cost effective ~ €20 pair of sturdy handcuffs that do not restrict TOO much, then these would be a great option.
These Peerless 730 Superlite, are exactly that. SUPER light weight. They feel like toys, if it weren't for the cold feel of the metal.
These are very string, NIJ certified handcuffs which are used by US police personnel who want to lighten the load on their duty belts. I have seen forums where officers have swapped from carrying one pair of heavy handcuffs and instead carry 2 pairs of these due to their very low weight. They weigh 147 grams if I recall correctly, even lighter than the last Yuil handcuffs I overviewed.
These scream high quality from every angle. The finish is a nice grey matt (can come in black finish too). The fit and tolerances are perfect.
I would highly recommend these handcuffs if weight is an issue and you still need strong high quality chain-link handcuffs.
These Blueline model 500 handcuffs are made in China, but to a decent quality standard, a cheaper TCH alternative.
I had to buy these. They looked very very much like TCH820 large handcuffs design (with similar wrist capacity as TCH/Hiatt speedcuffs) in a low price. Now the price has gone up to about £15 I noticed, but still a decent price. I would pay anything maybe up to £18 for these.
The quality is not bad on these chain-link cuffs and the function is perfect, with the exception that the bow does not have perfect tight-tolerance alignment with the channel it has to pass. This leads to a similar effect as my previous Yuil video, where the handcuff does not positively engage on the first slap of the wrist.
But, all in all, they are seemingly decent cuffs. It would be nice if they were finished a bit better because they can dig into you a bit unless you use a fine file/sand paper/sharpening stone to smooth out the harsher edges. They are not "SHARP" but they are non-rounded, if you know what I mean.
I am happy to have these Blue line handcuffs in my collection.
These Korean Yuil M-09 Lightweight aluminium handcuffs have anti-shim protection!
These are extremely, extremely light-weight, to the point of almost feeling like toys. But I can assure you that these are not toys. They are very strong handcuffs. They come with 2 keys, special 2-bitted keys. However due to a lessening of quality standards at Yuil, you can usually open their handcuffs with a standard handcuff key, with varying levels of ease in doing so. But they do work as designed. Their keys work flawlessly and the function works fine.
The tolerances could be tighter, because there is some lateral play in the arm, meaning you cannot guarantee the teeth will lock if you snap them around someone's wrist with a single motion, because the arm may bounce off the side of the cheek places on either side and require you to squeeze them to the correct level of tightness. Not a big problem but still, another quality issue that could be resolved.
Over all I do like them and I have altered my thoughts about Yuil, away from "They need their own keys" to "at least it's a pair with shim protection" because in my mind, this is the only security benefit provided by Yuil these days.
Over all very nice handcuffs and I can only hope Yuil improve their quality controls and complete the high quality feeling that you would get with tight tolerances.
They are definitely worth the money though.
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These Alcyon 5031 Universal Joint Handcuffs have a special joint instead of a chain...
These are a really nice design. They have a single, special hinge that allows for an extremely good degree of movement, while not having a chain that can be broken by a special forces technique that can snap the handcuffs by using the chain and physics without needing any tools. This seems much more sturdy and less able to be manipulated.
The keyhole is facing a different direction than you would expect from Alcyon. There are also more teeth on this handcuff. The wrist size seems to be a normal size.
A very nice and unique pair of handcuffs.
*A pity that the double locking mechanism is unreliable with non-Alcyon keys in this model. One side will open with a "standard" handcuff key but the other side will not disengage the double lock. I suspect this to be a problem with all Alcyon's models with the Smith & Wesson double locking design. This is the second pair I have witnessed this on. I sent the others back but because the Alcyon keys technically work, I won't bother sending these back. I will either keep them or sell them. I have other pairs that use unique keys, so it wouldn't be the first time I only have 2 or 3 keys to fit something.
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These Alcyon Pro-Cuff 5050-RB are made in Spain and have some pros and cons to them.
Firstly, they are a normal sized handcuff, which means they still fit the majority of people and will not let people spin the handcuffs as easily. This means it is more difficult, painful or impossible to swap your hands position, when handcuffed in a stack, in order to get access to a keyhole. This of course also means they will not fit people with abnormally large wrists (perhaps very muscularly built people and very overweight people.
Related to the normal size of the wrist capacity, they are more restrictive in movement. When handcuffed in front, palms together, you cannot (at least I, with my weight) am not able to get my hands close to my body in comfort, due to the more restriction. In this regard TCH840 rigid handcuffs are more comfortable, with TCH850 folding rigid being the best.
Also, the sloppy tolerances inside the mechanism, means there appears to be an accidental backloading capability by 1 click. This initially sounds like a benefit, until you realise that the final proper click, a click where it is still secure and not freely rotating, is not double-lock capable. If you double lock the final click, the handcuffs will over-close and freely rotate, causing a health and safety issue for people with small wrists who fall over while in the handcuffs. Nothing would stop their weight going onto the cuffs and crushing their wrist bones etc. I believe better tolerances (preventing all pawl bar movement when double locked) would solve this. I recommend Alcyon do this asap for safety reasons as well as added security reasons.
Over all, I do like them, they are an interesting diversion away from TCH rigid handcuffs. But they could do better. Also there are somewhat sharp edges on the fibreglass outercover which could be smoothed prior to installation on the handcuff.
Also, in regards to tolerances, the lateral unintentional movement of the rotating arms is kind of sloppy. One side of my cuffs is chipped by repettative use. This is because the arm rotates and has enough freedom of movement that it can land on the metal cheek plate, to the side of the channel where it should pass through. But when it hits this, it both stops the handcuff from positively interacting with the pawl's teeth and also chips away the metal, leaving a shiny silver dent where some metal is missing.
Here is a look at what they look like when you remove the plastic: http://i.imgur.com/bcoYpbo.jpg The central bar is part of the middle of the both cuff bracelets, it is one solid piece running from side to side.
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