These are the British lightweight HIATT model 101 Darby handcuffs, known as Superintendent model. These are pre WW1 / WWI / World War 1 / The Great War. They were listed in the Hiatt's 1904 catalogue. I am not sure when they were actually first released but my pair "just" pre-dates The Great War.
These weigh 265 grams. They have an extra chain link on either side of the swivel. They are about the same over-all length as a normal pair of model 104 Darby handcuffs because the chain links used are smaller.
The swivel is also smaller and lighter and the shackle or bow is thinner in width than the average Darby handcuff. All this goes towards lowering the weight. An average Darby handcuff weighs approximately 400 ish grams. But here's a list of my other darby weights, so you can see a comparison for how light these are:
265g HIATT Superintendent model 101 (the pair in this video)
390g R.C.S Military model 104 style.
402g Model 104 M&C 1916
404g Model 104 1930s
413g Model 104 M&C 1915
490g Model 104 Large (late 1800s)
848g Chunky Model 104 basic design British Indian Army WW2
In 1904 this model would have sold for about 6.5 shillings, while the standard model 104 would have cost about 5 shillings. Apparently these were often used by the MET police in London, but elsewhere were not as widely carried as standard, due to the increased cost. This is why you see many more model 104 for sale than 101 superintendents. Check the pinned comment for a picture of what a Superintendent looked like in 1920. No wonder they needed lighter, thinner handcuffs! Very little places to carry anything!
These are a set of Plug 8 handcuffs made in Pakistan by KUB (short for KUBIND). Model 115 or KB-115.
They are a recreation of an old British design that I believe pre-dates the regular Darby style.
These were apparently used mainly for transferring prisoners to and from court and possibly used in prisons, as I have read somewhere.
I think these weren't used as regular-use handcuffs for some reason. They are quite limiting and bulky.
It was difficult to do the on-person demo of these because of the difficulty and discomfort involved in operating them on yourself without help. This on-person demo is the second take. The first take I did took ages. I kept dropping the key, dropping the plug and it absolutely killed my wrist. I was stuck in them for a few minutes while I let my wrists have a little rest before continuing.
They are made very well, are nice and smooth and are very good quality. I believe they are made of brass and they're nickel plated.
They have a little plug that seals the keyway to add extra security. Why do you need to screw the key in before you can interact with the actual mechanism? (I thought). Well, I think it is both to make the keyway smaller, because now you have threading to negotiate instead of it being a wide open keyway. Also, the plug it's self acts as a barrier to picking. Sort of a double lock feature. So if people were put in these handcuffs with the backs of their hands facing the lock mechanism, and the plug was installed, it would be EXTREMELY difficult to escape them. Not only are your hands facing the wrong way, the keyway narrowed because of threading, but also the exterior threading means it's fiddly and precise to get the key into the keyway. If you do not align the key properly it's super difficult to get the key to screw in. Pretty high security! (I'm sure Coxyspicks may disagree 🤣) I bet this is why they were used during transport when going to court.
These are from the British Raj period, during the World War 2 era. These are a model 104 style Darby handcuff that were made in India for the British Indian Army.
These old WW2 handcuffs have an extremely high quality of production, according to experts these are much better quality than India's modern handcuffs. They use a higher security mechanism which is similar to one Hiatt called "The Sheffield Pattern", which swaps around the male and female parts so that the inside of the handcuffs looks like you'd expect a Darby handcuffs key to look like and the key looks like what you'd expect to see inside a Darby handcuff!
The springs are so strong that I am pretty much incapable of snapping them closed. Since getting them this morning I have managed to get one to snap but it took me ages and a LOT of effort to get it to snap shut. So, unless you're Hercules, you really need to use the key when locking them.
They are a large size, with a nice rounded shape. I can even spin my wrists around in them, so they must be big! But the weight is off the charts. 848 grams! They are in a similar weight/comfort category as the modern Clejuso model 13. They are heavy but they are pretty comfortable.
I love these things. I am so happy to have a pair in my collection. They don't make them like they used to! These are epic.
This is an early pair of Hiatt 115 Steel Adjustable Darby Handcuffs from the 1950s. The classic Victorian design Darby handcuff only has 1 size. It is what it is. Either you have a small pair, a medium size pair or a large pair, but whatever you have on you is the only wrist size you can handcuff. These adjustable ones were to offer a police officer the ability to have all sizes of handcuffs in one handcuff.
The early models were made from steel, while later ones were made of cheap pot metal. The key I have is a pot metal key from a later pair.
These were the precursor to the modern style of swing-through handcuffs used by British police. Swing-through cuffs had been invented many years before, but because of costs, weren't adopted as a style in Britain until 1960 when Hiatt made their 1960 pattern.
This pair I have, has at some time been modified by a previous owner who was either into magic or escaping handcuffs. They have been gimmicked. When I received them, all but the last 2 teeth had been gimmicked, meaning you can get out of them by a sharp and hard yank outwards unless they were closed to the 2 smallest sizes. This technique of leaving the last 2 teeth is so they can be put on a small assistant and they can be tested as being secure, but when placed on the larger wrists of the magician, can be escaped without a key.
Since they were already gimmicked anyway, I decided to file 1 more tooth on both bracelets so that my wrist size has no ability to get locked in them, as the one key I have is a bad quality pot metal key that if damaged, could be annoying.
I was hoping they would be a normal pair of Hiatt 115. They were sold as "Good working condition" which depending on how you look at it, is true. They do "work" but they are not a secure pair of handcuffs as they had been intended to be when they were manufactured. So I am a bit disappointed. But they will do as a placeholder pair of handcuffs which help illustrate the journey through time of British police handcuff evolution.
They are relatively comfortable and when handcuffed behind your back, they are very restrictive that would make it difficult for someone to access their keyring or things from their pockets. Your hands are side by side, horizontally.
HIATT Model 104 M&C 1915 British Military World War 1 Darby Handcuffs Broad Arrow Stamp & has ORIGINAL case
These are a pair of Hiatt Model 104 Ministry and Civil 1915 Darby handcuffs. These are a British military pair. Exactly the same as my younger 1916 model, these 1915 are slightly heavier though and not plated. So these would have been made 1 year into WW1 (world war 1 also known as The Great War).
They also have the broad arrow or crows-foot stamp on them, which apparently is not often seen, since the presence of M&C already denoted they were military issue. M&C was non-combat/war related, so my theory is perhaps they were broad arrow stamped because they actually made it to the field of battle and the presence of the broad arrow may have been preferable since it was on most of their other stuff? I do not know, this is just my theory.
They are size 2 and just fit my wrists (same size as my plated shiny pair of 1916). So these would likely be a medium size. Comfortable enough for my wrists. I take a size large in gloves and I'm absolutely not a skinny person... So bare these things in mind when judging sizing if you acquire a pair.
I am assuming these have been well-used because when you turn the key, the pawl plug it's self actually twists a bit, meaning the square hole it fits into is not as tight fitting, so there is some slop in the movement internally. So I think they have probably seen a lot of use, though I doubt they are in danger of being worn out.
When I saw these on eBay, I assumed someone had found an old leather pouch that they fit in, but it turns out after looking more into it and asking around that this is absolutely a genuine leather belt case to hold them in, with a nice lobster claw connector so the key can spin freely without having to be unclipped, while being easy to unclip if the key needed to be handed to someone else.
The key number matches the handcuffs, which is nice. This key perfectly fits my 1916 pair but does not nicely work in any of my other cuffs. I won't abuse this key to try and get it's threading working in my other cuffs, I have enough keys for those, so I will leave this key as-is. It's a nice complete whole set!
I did have to do quite a bit of spraying solvents and oil in to get some gunk out. I have used peek polish and renaissance wax on both the cuffs and key as well as the leather case.
I love this little set! I shall keep it all together in my box, rather than separate everything. Normally cases are in some drawer, keys are centralised in my safe, but in this case I will leave it all intact.
These are amazingly nice! They are a pair of 104 Hiatt best darby handcuffs of the large size. They are most likely the oldest handcuffs I own. Though I have no hard date, they are from between the late 1800's up to pre 1920.
These have a bulge where the clevis (connector which connects the chain links to the bow) being inserted in the bow causes the bulge. In later years they minimised this bulge.
They are marked with WARRANTED WROUGHT, though there's a lot of wear on the engraving. However you can see a comparison on the video which shows a later pair which has the stamping intact vs these. They are also marked HARD signifying that they are made from hardened steel.
They are pretty comfortable and are the heaviest darby cuffs I own at this point in time. They weigh 496 grams.
They came with no key, but luckily I have 2 keys which I was able to forcefully work into the mechanism to make them function nicely. Apparently HIATT were not very uniform with the bolt threading, so there were little variances between pairs of handcuffs.
I love these, the shape is really nice. Most Darby handcuffs I see have the slightly more rectangular shape, whereas the bows on these are a nice smoothly curved " c " shape.
These are the world's largest leg irons! Made by the late company American Handcuff Co (Fond Du Lac, Wis). They are the model L600 or L-600.
Here's some info from the manufacturer:
Constructed of half hard carbon steel
Lock parts case hardened and rust proofed
Features 16 lock stops with single and double lock
14 inch nickel/chrome plated chain (23 links in length)
Inner perimeter expands from 12 1/2 to 16 1/4 inches
Serial and model numbered
Equipped with 2 standard keys
Overall length is 23.75 inches
Weighs 19.84 ounces
Lifetime warranty to registered users
World's biggest Legiron
The weight they state is incorrect. My pair I weighed comes to 27.2 oz (772 grams)
These are fit for giants! They fit over work boots, tactical boots, leg casts, snow boots, cowboy boots, making them very versatile. I wear a UK size 10 boot (US size 11, EU 44) and they still have lots of clicks to get them tight enough to be secure. This means there's plenty of room for chunky footware or clothing layers in the case that they're being used in extremely cold climates where they're likely to be wearing very warm footwear and thicker layer trousers etc.
In certain circles, they have been used as neck cuffs, such as in the bedroom or for photo/video shoots of an adult nature. Though someone would have to have a somewhat thin neck to use in that fashion and may not be the safest thing you could use them for..... So beware if you go clamping any sort of cuff on anyone's neck.... You've been warned.
All said, they are really cool and I got them for a good price. It would cost me about £110 to get the modern version of this size leg iron, now made by Chicago but I got theses for under £90 and these are the original real deal AHC brand leg irons. So I am very happy!
Today is Escapology Day, making it a fitting day to upload a video on restraints that people could use to perform escapes.
They have 1 pawl, double locking, have the ditch and peg system which keeps the bow in place in case someone very strong tries to pull outwards to dislodge the bow's teeth from the pawl's teeth. This is something I expect to see on all modern handcuffs (with few exceptions if the metal is chunky and innately less likely to bend by default).
The chain feels the same as my elongated TCH handcuffs. It's a very silent chain with minimal clinking sound at all. I LOVE this kind of chain. In comparison my Chicago transport chains have a very LOUD connecting chain between the leg irons and handcuffs.
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These are the Chicago 3500 Transport restraints, which consist of a pair of handcuffs connected to leg irons. These are seen while prisoners are transported between locations. These (and other types) are also used in American courtrooms. They weigh just over a kilo.
These transport chains are a bit more secure than their Peerless 700CTC-32 cousins (linked in card above the video) because the handcuffs have 2 pawls instead of 1 and the double locking bar is split, making it a bit more difficult to pick.
The connecting ring which is attached to the handcuffs is connected through one of the two handcuffs' normal chain links. This is not very symmetrical and while it looks a bit off, it is perfectly fine and secure. I would just have preferred it if they had connected them by perhaps adding 1 extra round chain link between the normal chain links and use the middle one, so that it looks nicer. But perhaps I am being a bit picky lol.
These are nice. I like them. I find it odd that the leg irons backload but the handcuffs don't... Not a problem but just seems a bit weird. Out of the two, I would have expected the handcuffs to "need" backloading way more than the leg irons! Oh well, this is just an observation.
These are the TCH 820 SL long chain handcuffs. They are the superior (larger size, the same as their 840 speedcuffs) size of the model 800 with 7 chain links instead of 2. This elongated chain makes them very suited for securing people's arms behind their back if they are either very large or have some injury which makes it extremely painful or dangerous for them to get their arms that close behind their back.
The chain on these handcuffs is not the typical type I normally see on TCH. They have more of that metallic-plastic feel which jingles less than usual. The chains are magnetic and real metal and secure but they just feel different and nice.
These have the usual 3 pawl bars for added security and have backloading which makes speed cuffing in a tense situation a bit easier.
The bow alignment is not 100% perfect, but due to how TCH design the ends of the bow, they taper to be thinner at the end which means they are able to seat themselves into the channel in the body of the cuff and affirmatively click closed when you press them onto the wrist. Very nice.
I like these a lot. You never really see these in the wild. I have only ever seen them sold by Nordhandle in Germany. But since I know of these handcuffs existence I ordered them directly from TCH them selves. Along with 3 other items they make which will feature in 1 or more future videos! Not handcuffs themselves but related to handcuffs. Stay tuned!
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These are another chain link pair of 1010 CTS-Thompson handcuffs. This time in a purple colour.
They have 3 pawls, but one solid spring which means while picking them, if you pull any 1 pawl down, all the rest of the pawls drop since the spring is not split at any point.
Still, they are good handcuffs. But... the finish quality on the purple coating was pretty bad. It had residue and blotchy appearance. They looked a MESS. But a very very gentle polishing with Peek metal cleaner brought them up nicely. Unlike the yellow hinged pair I have, these do have the colour all the way to the ends of the bows AND they do not smell like Satan's personal plastic factory 🤣. The Yellow hinged ones smell very bad.
They have backloading feature which is nice to get a quick handcuffing of a suspect. However the bow alignment could be better and often it does not ratchet when pressed onto the wrist. It just bangs against one of the cheek plates, which then necessitates you manually clicking them to get them to start locking, which is less than ideal.
But all in all, not a bad handcuff if you can deal with having to possibly to a small amount of polishing to get the finish to look good.
These are a pair of HIATTS 2103 speedcuffs, but these have the rare MET POLICE stamping on them, which signifies they were issued to police forces in London.
These have 3 pawls, great bow alignment and are in amazingly good condition. I am thrilled to now have a MET POLICE pair of speedcuffs and the chain cuffs.
They also have the backloading feature and for whatever reason, this pair does not hardly rattle at all, compared to my other ex-police pair which has the serial ground off.
I am really happy to add these to my collection.
This is the HIATT Peerless handcuff. This version is from around 1960 - 1969. This was created by HIATT under a license with Peerless to use their handcuff bracelet design. It uses a similar swivel design that were used in Darby handcuffs and the Hiatt 1960 models instead of a more modern chain design.
These are good quality handcuffs, though not perfect. They have the channel cut into the bow but the body of the handcuff has no protrusions to make use of it. This means a very strong person could pull outwards and pull the bow teeth away from the pawl teeth and escape.
These were too expensive to make due to the licensing restrictions and as such did not see widespread issuing in the UK. So later on, Hiatt tweaked the design to get around patent issues and they made the Hiatt 1970, which was free of licensing issues and in my opinion was a worse handcuff than this Hiat-Peerless design.
These have one single pawl but they have strong springs which can make picking a little bit more difficult.
I am very happy to have this handcuff in my collection, to show the lineage of British handcuff designs that were used by our police forces.
This is a case for Moulder and Skully. This is a genuine latest USA produced HIATT 2103 rigid "Speedcuffs" handcuffs. It has a very nice etched branding on the double strands. These are ex BRITISH police issue. Yes, an American handcuff used by UK police. However, it has British TCH style modern grips which are branded HIATT.
How is this possible? Is the US brand HIATT now offering TCH style grips? Were a bunch of American HIATT speedcuffs procured by a particular force in the UK for some reason (instead of buying TCH domestically) and they asked TCH to make them some grips with HIATT stamped on them instead of TCH? This is a mystery.
What I know, is that these were procured from one force in the UK and that they only had 4 of these available. They all are USA HIATT 2103 handcuffs (based on branding style and the fact HIATT no longer is a UK company) with the nice etched branding on the double strands and they all have HIATT branding on the TCH style grips.
The truth is out there...
I was not going to buy any more handcuffs, but with very limited quantity available, I had to get a pair asap.
If anyone in the US knows of any HIATT speedcuffs with this style of grips, please do let us all know in the comments below. Also if anyone from TCH or HIATT or handcuff museum comes across this and has any insight, please share with the rest of the class 😂.
These are the classic pink UZI handcuffs. Model number UZI-HC-C-PINK.
These are what I would call a high class toy. They are a good quality product, though the tolerances are not very good (bow alignment, as you'll see on the video). They do not have mirrored sides, so that means one keyhole is front and one is back when they are placed down on the wrists. This is a common trait with eastern handcuffs, which does not always mean bad quality, but it is annoying. It means they cheaped out using the same handcuff design for both bracelets rather than making a left and a right bracelet.
They have a decent amount of strength and solidity to them, so as a toy, they are very very good indeed. They do not have the peg and groove system for the bow, meaning a very strong person could pull outwards and pull the bow teeth away from the pawl teeth and free them selves. Which is why, given that there is not enough metal for the required strength to mitigate this, they are not professional grade handcuffs.
They take a standard key, which is always good if anyone is wanting handcuffs for "messing about with". Whether that me in the bedroom or for cops and robbers games or whatever it might be. Standard keys working in a cuff means more options to get out if you are stuck (picking them, police helping you out etc).
Let's talk pink handcuffs in general for a moment. I showed a comparison during this video of what people typically will find then looking for pink handcuffs. Flimsy, sharp as hell edges, absolute garbage quality cuffs (I am hesitant to even call them handcuffs they are that bad) with fur on. Now, if you really have your heart set on having fury handcuffs, I would suggest either you make your own fur tubes from material, or buy a garbage cheap paid of those fluffy fury pink handcuffs and take the fur off and put them on a decent or really good pair of handcuffs. I show this in the video. That way you get a decent quality, more trustworthy handcuff while still having the fluffy aspect you might be looking for.
All in all, not too bad handcuffs, as long as you don't want them for professional or occupational use. If you want a good pink pair for genuine on-the-job use, get a pair of pink Chicago 1000 handcuffs. A video will be linked in the cards ( i ) at the top right of this video.
Since they are the same model of handcuff as I did a usual video on, this is just a quick look at another pair I received today which are a pair of HIATTS 2010 that have actually been issued to a police officer and still have the MET POLICE stamp intact.
Usually when used police handcuffs are sold in bulk, part of the contract is that the serial number and police markings are ground off. However when police officers retire, some or all of them are given their handcuffs to keep and many of these eventually get sold over the years. So I am lucky to have found and bough these before anyone could beat me to it lol!
These are Indigo Blue versions of the Yuil M-09 lightweight handcuff.
They have 2 pawls, anti-shim protection, standard handcuff keys work with them and they have some pick resistance too.
They have a nice blue colour. However, the bow alignment is not what I would have hoped and the edges are sharply angular. Both before and after recording I have had to use a diamond knife sharpening rod to lightly take the bur off the edges of the cheek plates (body of the handcuff). The bow is decently smooth on the edges but the cheek plates needed a slight bit of attention.
Not the most comfortable handcuff I have ever tried, for sure. But they do look cool and are NIJ certified.
They are lightweight, coming in at 163 grams.
All in all, I am happy I have them in my collection :) Especially now that I lightly filed off the burs.
These are a standard pair of Smith & Wesson M100-1 handcuffs which have 2 special things about them. This is the M&P model, which stands for Military and Police. These have a Melonite (Carbon nitride) finish which provides a similar look and feel as a blued finish and also provides protection from rusting, but also further hardens the exterior metal face to offer scratch resistance etc.
Another thing which makes these special is the fact they have a lever action double lock. Smith & Wesson do some models where you dig the end of your cuff key into the side of the handcuff to double lock, they have their classic window slot where you use the back of the key to slide the double lock across and the M&P have a lever which you can pull using your finger, without needing to use a key.
The double lock lever should work even if you have bitten your nails off too!
Aside from this, they are just another excellent pair of Smith & Wesson handcuffs. Yes, they only have 1 pawl bar like most standard US handcuffs, but these are top notch build quality, tolerances and quality control. A really, really nice handcuff. I like it a lot! Smith & Wesson are trusted by police officers, amongst other brands like Peerless, Chicago, ASP, Hiatt, CTS Thompson and many more.
These are an old pair of HIATT / HIATTS (not sure why they had both names in their history) 2010 standard chain handcuffs.
These have their (and TCH) modern smooth domed swivel design and are over all very very shiny. They are in really good but used condition. If memory serves, the condition of these and the finish is nicer. TCH 800 replaced these, though in the early-mid 1990's the police moved to using rigid handcuffs in the UK as their standard issue handcuff. So this style of handcuff would not have been used as often by police once rigid cuffs came into the forefront.
They have the backloading feature, they have 3 pawl bars for added security (a standard for modern Hiatt and TCH handcuffs) and the double lock feature is nice with a defined good click to it.
While their condition is very good, I did have to do some cleaning to get rid of gunk from use. I have no idea if this pair have been used in a police/security/military capacity, whether they were from a collector or if someone used them for bedroom activities. But in almost every case when buying second hand / used handcuffs I always clean them out with a nylon brush, blast inside and out with PMA Brake & Clutch cleaner (it evaporates and leaves no residue) and sometimes I also blast with WD40 specialist contact cleaner. Then I lubricate with WD40 Specialist Dry PTFE. It's always good to do this basic cleaning and maintenance to sure they are nice and clean as well as continue to work in good condition from the time you acquire them.
A very nice pair of handcuffs. I've been wanting a pair of these again in my collection for AGES and had so many bid-failures over the months lol. But I have some now!
These are the Kyung Chang Lightweight KCH 010 handcuffs in pink colour.
They are a South Korean police grade handcuff which are very lightweight. They have 3 pawls, steel bows, aluminium / aluminum body and come with 2 special keys which are best suited for these handcuffs.
Normal "standard" universal handcuff keys work in these handcuffs HOWEVER, it is crucially important that you get to know which way to turn for the double lock and if you use a standard key, STOP TURNING as soon as you have disengaged the double lock. If you keep turning that same direction after you have disengaged the double lock, the key will be stuck and you will be trapped in the handcuffs. See the video linked below for info on how to try and get out of them if you really mess up in this manner.
Short video of a key getting stuck in the handcuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJKBx...
Video on the techwg channel that shows ways to try and get out of the handcuffs and try to get your key out safely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHNpf...
Kyung Chang handcuffs are very nice, however please do be careful if you end up using different keys in them... The keys they come with are perfect and you have nothing to worry about, but do not be the person on a 999 or 911 recording asking for help because you got trapped in handcuffs using an ill-suited key! That kind of video would go public, be shared and stay with you forever and everyone would know. Not a good image!
These are the ASP Ultra Cuff Model 600 Rigid Transport handcuffs. These have the blue high security mechanism which uses a special key (normal keys can be modified to work with them).
These rigid handcuffs are very nice. The most comfortable of all rigid handcuffs I have tried. They have great features like rounded edges, keyhole activated access to the double lock activation and they can fit a larger size wrist compared to conventional handcuffs.
They have a rectangular hole in the middle which is for use with the official ASP Transport Kit, which consists of either a chain model or a nylon webbing belt version. These transport kits are not cheap, so I made a make-shift DIY belly chain which performs the same basic feature of securing the handcuffed hands close to the body. This helps stop a suspect or convict from strangling someone or attacking a guard or police officer etc. The official kits have options to connect them to leg irons also for added security, though it looks a bit weird with how that system works. (See official free ASP youtube videos on their transport kits to see them in action).
These handcuffs are really nice. You can put whatever security level of locks you want into them. Mine came with green European 3 pawl locking mechanisms, which I swapped around my mechanisms and put a blue set in these and moved the greens into a different pair. I love the blue because they are more secure and less common. The yellow are very basic and I am not a big fan of them. I don't know why they bother even making the basic yellow mechanism when they make the green one which is slightly better while still using standard keys.
My DIY belly chain / waist chain, consists of a 4mm thick 316 stainless steel chain with long links, a 5mm thick Dee shackle and some JB Weld MarineWeld epoxy which I put on the threading and openings of the Dee Shackle to ensure it never unscrews ever again once installed onto the chain. Before I installed the Dee Shackle, I used a hacksaw and cut off the thumb-turn area, to make it more flat. Then I mixed and appliex the epoxy and screwed the bar in place using my pliers on the exposed sliver of the thumb-turn I left. Once fully cured in 24 hours, this epoxy is waterproof, acid proof, chemical proof. So I figured that would be more than adequate. I might keep this belly chain or one day I might sell it, so I wanted it to be a decent job.
One last thing to mention, I did have to do some small amount of grinding on the outer edges of the tall parts of the Dee Shackle and I had to use a dead-blow hammer outside to bend the shackle to allow it to slide in the transport hole on the cuffs and then to straighten it, I clamped it in a vice and used a pipe wrench to bend it back into being a nice even shape, while still fitting into the cuff's transport hole. It took a little bit of effort, but it was not hard to achieve.
The links to the exact Dee Shackle and chain that I used are below:
Dee Shackle: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3735316615...
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These are the CTS-Thompson Hinged Yellow Handcuffs Model 1054. NIJ rated.
These are bright yellow! Very nice, Hiatt-like design. Good strong hinges, 3 pawls, superior (larger) size like modern speedcuff sizes are.
They have a yellow coating which does not go all the way to the start of the bow. It's like they clicked them 1 click and baked the colour on. It's a shame, but this company is known for not always having full coverage of the colour coating over the entire surface.
All in all, I do like these and they have a very smooth mechanism.
Since I unfortunately sold my old pair I videoed, this is another pair of N100 black American Handcuff Co handcuffs, with the Fond Du Lac stamp. They also came with 1 of the original keys.
This particular pair was issued to someone in the United States Air Force who was attached to Royal Air Force base Greenham Common during the cold war. They were issued to them in 1983 for base security, brand new in original packaging. By 1985 they had been sitting in a drawer until I acquired them the other day! They had been used only 2 or 3 times on protesters at the "Peace Camp", when some of the protesters against nuclear weapons illegally got onto the base.
Very nice handcuffs. I did have to do some work on them since they had slightly rusted, but I've cleaned them up pretty decently, re-lubricated with PTFE and due to the age and finish I also used a bit of penetrant oil to add a bit of internal protection for the future. Normally I don't use oil in handcuffs.
These are he somewhat rare TCH 860 extended length hinged handcuffs.
I have never seen any third party website selling these. I have seen one site selling some old Hiatt versions (they have been out of stock for years now...) but when I had the opportunity to acquire a pair of these, freshly made by TCH, I had to get a pair!
These are rock solid handcuffs, as you'd expect from TCH (Total Control Handcuffs). The TCH860 extended length makes them more suited for larger people when handcuffed in the rear, and they have been used by European courts to add some comfort for prisoners during long transport times.
They are very high quality and good secure, as you'd expect. A nice somewhat rare pair of handcuffs!
They have all the usual modern TCH capabilities like 3 pawls, back-loading. The font and technology for stamping the model number and serial appear to be different. Before it felt like it was stamped into the metal but this seems different, like it's made up of tiny dots which reflect light interestingly. Is it laser etched or something? I am not sure. But I like how it looks!
One thing I thought was odd was the actual branding was a bit inconsistent, not very deep at all on one side and one side was VERY faint and hard to see. But it's there decently on one side.
Over all, I really like them and I am happy to have a pair in my collection!
Well, almost all these handcuffs have pros and cons, except the rigid ones which would have nothing but cons. Things you have to think about...
How long is the chain, will it be visible to everyone?
How loud does the chain jingle and will I announce my presence like Jacob Marley walking down a street?
How secure is the handcuff, can normal keys open it?
Over all I prefer the Alfa Proj (Ralkem) 9923 because it connects to the case via a chain rather than the handcuff having to close around the handle, the chain is not too long, the chain is relatively quiet and the handcuff uses a totally non-standard key, meaning a criminal with a handcuff key who's anticipating to quickly bash, grab & run by using their "normal" cuff key will be thwarted.
The one part which does make more sound is the rectangular connection link. But you could attach this cuff to your case and then put some cello-tape, masking tape, duct tape, scapa tape or whatever else around it just to stop it jangling, since the rest of the chain is quite low noise really.
I am over the moon to have this 9923 back in my collection! An excellent handcuff.
Intro to LATEST Czech Republic Alfa Proj (Ralkem) 9923 compared to Russian BRS 2, difference/quality
These are the Alfa Proj 9923 single handcuff which is used to attach to cases for secure transport as well as can be attached to a fixed object to ensure someone does not leave an area.
I had one of these years ago and eventually sold it, back when I did not have as good storage options to keep buying more and more handcuffs. These are more of a satin/matt finish whereas the old version was SUPER shiny. Also they have changed the branding design of these and I like it better. I will link a video in the top right to the original video of the old version of this cuff.
These Alfa Proj handcuffs are EXTREMELY SMOOTH. My god, I cannot describe to you how smooth they ratchet! Just lovely.
Also, I have not been able to pick this newer version by individually picking at the 2 pawls, so either I got lucky and got a bit more secure/tighter tolerance version or they generally improved the build quality even further.
They even went so far as to put the same satin/matt type of finish on the chain links too, which is a nice touch. The chain is the type which does not massively jangle, because who wants to sound like Jacob Marley when wandering down the street with a case full of important stuff lol.
Really nice handcuff. Hopefully this particular video serves as both an overview of this new model for you, as well as the comparison to the Russian one.
These British Hiatt 3010 lightweight chain linked handcuffs are THE lightest handcuff in my entire collection. I'm super shocked! They even beat the Peerless 730C.
These are very nice handcuffs and in excellent condition. I actually wanted a good condition 2010 pair back for my collection, but I will settle for having these more rare lightweight Hiatts lol.
So shiny that they pick up fingerprints like nobody's business. However they are a very very welcome addition to my collection. These have their older style swivels, so they are probably an early model, because after a while they changed them to the TCH style ones.
These are the ASP model 200 hinged handcuffs. They are from their original line of handcuffs which had extremely strong "ordnance grade" polymer over-molded onto a steel skeleton. This reduced the weight while adding the required strength. These are NIJ rated.
The down sides of this design involve the flexibility of the body. They can withstand escape attempts, but they can get bent. The bow can get mis-aligned and scoot past the normal channel it has to travel and be on the outside of the handcuff, meaning officers think they might have secured the handcuff because it feels like it is snug around their wrists, while one of them may not have engaged and could be pulled open.
Also, during a scuffle, an officer could fall over onto their handcuffs and the double strand could pinch together, meaning the bow cannot move freely and cause problems when trying to handcuff someone. When this happens ASP recommends having a second pair of handcuffs on hand so you can use the solid bow of one to prise apart the double strand of the damaged handcuff. Not the best situation....
After these bendy problems, they came out with the newer Ultra cuffs, made with, as they state, forged aluminum. (Aluminium!) This means the structure is much more sturdy, as well as remaining light and strong. It takes MUCH more force to mis-align the bow and there's no way the double strand can pinch together (I think) on their newer designs.
I won these on eBay. The yellow polymer was a bit dirty, the hinge links were seized up, the key was rusted and there were rust spots on the bow. I spend probably half an hour with them in the kitchen, washing them in warm water, scrubbing with "The Pink Stuff" to clean them up, then using WD40 to remove the water, using PMA brake cleaner to remove the WD40, lubricating everything to allow free movement and I had to prise apart the double strand since the bows would not flow nicely and freely through the rotation. After I was done, they were a bit brighter colour and are all smooth in operation.They have since been polished with Peek metal polish and waxed with Renaissance wax.
These are the newer model of ASP hinged handcuffs. The model 575 Blue Line model. This range is known as the Ultra Cuff or Ultra Handcuff because of the "Forged Aluminum" construction for strength.
This forged aluminium construction is a vast step up from the old polymer over-mold "plastic" bendy models of days gone by. They are relatively light weight (230 grams) however are more bulky in size, so normal pouches might not fit.
All ASP handcuffs are designed to protect the officer/police force by protecting the person wearing the handcuffs. No sharp edges, ability to safely undo to loosen and quickly double lock again via the key, easy access to the keyholes no matter how they were applied to he person, a flat contact area on the bow which increases surface area when applying the cuff, minimising a pressure point which would normally happen when the curved edge would normally hit the wrist. Just well designed handcuffs for security and comfort.
This pair has the high security locking mechanisms, as indicated by the blue double lock indicator. Yellow is basic, green is medium (europe grade), blue is maximum security (normal keys do not work) and red are training models which can be pulled open without having to use the key.
When I received these they originally had the basic Yellow security installed. I changed this and put a set of Blue in for added security, since a hinged handcuff is more restrictive and therefore more secure anyway, so I figure I would put one of my sets of high security mechanisms in it.
Very very comfortable handcuffs.
ASP handcuffs are NOT CHEAP, however I wonder if police forces around the world might save more in the long run by using them, in the sense of not having to pay compensation for handcuff injuries, especially in the UK where rigid handcuffs are standard. It's easier to injure someone with rigid cuffs with angular edges than it is with hinged ones with nice rounded edges and easy adjustability options.
ASP handcuffs (other than the blue mechanism) are easy to pick, however all models of mechanisms of ASP handcuffs can have the double lock disengaged easily with a small paper clip and then be shimmed with a thin bit of metal. I feel they could improve this somehow. However police/military/security should be checking someone anyway, so if they do their job, it should minimise anyone having keys or tools on them to try and escape.
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These are the British Police handcuffs from 1970 from the Hiatt company.
After the old Darby style, they had the 1960 model which was the first issued to have a swing-through bow. Then this Hiatt 1970 model came out in the 1970's which used a Peerless design with a unique double locking mechanism which is activated by pressing the back of the key into the cheek plate on the same side as the keyway.
This model is a thin handcuff, not the most comfortable. It lacks the channel and peg system of more modern handcuffs which would ensure a VERY strong person couldn't pull the teeth of the bow away from the pawl teeth. But I think they added this (if memory serves) in the 1980 model.
I and another lockpicking YouTuber were conned on eBay by username: deldav_16 he sold us some of these 1970 handcuffs which were marketed as being in good working order. When we got them they were disgustingly rusted up and did not even work. The mechanisms were totally shot.
This time I got them from csp_cat who I have had good stuff from before and I asked them about the quality and they assured me I had nothing to worry about. He was correct! These are a nice addition to my collection.
"Normal" handcuff keys do not fit in these handcuffs because the key flag is a little bit too tall, since the cuffs are relatively thin. So if you buy a pair you need to use a file and from the keyring side, file the flag down just enough until the key will turn in the keyway.
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These are the Spanish Alcyon 15901 High-security transport handcuffs.
I believe they were used in the 1980's for high security transport. I am not sure if general police used them but these are considered a more high security handcuff.
They have the same usual features like double locking, swing-through bows BUT they have also a split 2-pawl system which restricts shimming capability and in addition to this they have a crunching wheel or cog which prevents a frontal shimming attack to begin with.
Where I got mine from, they only came with 1 key. While the images on the site showed the usual modern ditch or channel running under the bow teeth for extra physical security against strong people, the pair I received must have been an older model which does not have this added safety/security feature.
All in all not too bad, I quite like them. I did have to do some work to de-gunk them, lubricate, polish and wax polish them as usual :D
These have a different style than my usual Alcyon handcuffs from Spain. I like it. These are probably my only high security handcuffs from Spain so far.
These are police handcuffs (model 1010) from CTS Thompson.
These are NIJ rated and are functionally identical to Chicago 1000, Chicago X55, Winchester WN40. They are a 3 pawl handcuff with dual double locking bars for slightly added security.
Over all these are all good handcuffs and this pair are no exception. Shame about the finish on mine being scuffed, despite being brand new and received today.
I would say these and the other models mentioned above, are slightly more secure than Peerless or Smith & Wesson standard handcuff models.
These are the US police Peerless 730 Superlite chain link handcuffs in bright orange. These are the lightest handcuffs I have ever owned. (model 730)
These are fantastic, for lightweight handcuffs. They are NIJ certified, just as safe and secure as regular Peerless chain link handcuffs but way less weight to them.
They have only 1 pawl, as usual, but they work very nicely and many police and security prefer these because it either frees up weight on their belts or lets them carry 2 pairs of cuffs for very little additional weight gain compared to 1 pair of normal handcuffs.
I love the Peerless 730. They feel like toys. If you warm them up in your hands or keep them in your pocket and then hand them to someone, they would swear they are toys and put them on and wonder why they cannot get them off lol. They have a ceramic coating, which helps with the toy-feel, since it does not feel metal like when they are body temperature.
These are the latest (manufactured in March 2021) Clejuso model 9 German Police Handcuffs. These are the most up-to-date handcuffs used in Germany and are a restricted item in Germany. Fortunately, you can buy them from certain vendors outside of Germany.
These are high security handcuffs, in that they use a very and completely unique double-sided key.
These are built VERY well and have 3 separated pawls. They can be "picked" by using a hook pick to disengage the double lock and then they can be shimmed open. Although someone trying to "escape" if handcuffed properly like a police officer would, it would be very difficult to escape without outside help. But it is possible for a locksporter or hobby picker to help a cuff collector or escapologist get out of the cuffs if they mess something up with their escape attempt, without having to have the key.
Very high quality item and very good level of security. You can even turn the little spinny ward thing in the keyway to make it more difficult for someone to escape even if they have the key in their hand!
These are the Hiatt 1980 chain-link handcuffs. These are Hiatt's first very modern looking handcuffs. In fact they are still made today under their new brand name TCH, which have newer swivels that Hiatt came up with in their 2010 model.
These are very nice handcuffs. They have 3 pawls and the usual Hiatt/TCH push-pin double lock mechanism.
They are very shiny and in great working order and in great physical condition.
I was born in the 1980's. Police would have been walking around with these on their belt. A very nicely constructed handcuff, which uses modern standard handcuff keys.
These are British Police Hiatt 2103 Speedcuffs in surplus "ex-police" condition. They are in generally good condition (from BritishBobby on eBay) and have the serial number ground off.
I disassembled them, blasted with my usual PMA Brake & Clutch Cleaner, lubricated with WD40 Specialist Dry PTFE , cleaned and polished them with Peek Cleaner (I use "The Pink Stuff" for generally dirty or rusty cuffs) and gave them a Renaissance Wax polish. They are super shiny now! The rags I was using while cleaning and polishing were dirty black. They visibly looked ok, but after cleaning WOW what a difference.
They have 3 pawls, the same usual nice plastic grip. But my god, they rattle like hell though!
These are the USA made Hiatt 2105 rigid handcuffs (speedcuffs) in black "blued" finish. Identical to the nickel plated model 2103, only in a blued black finish.
These are an early pair from America, after a US company acquired the British company Hiatt. They have the typical modern (old style) Hiatt speedcuff grip, with the exception that the central circle has no branding or patent information. Also if you unscrew the handcuffs and remove the plastic grip, this pair has no branding stamped into the metal either.
Over the years the American Hiatt has had various branding styles from blank like mine, nice [ HIATT ] stamped into the bows and eventually moving to a laser engraving or similar.
Essentially these are almost identical to the old British Hiatt speedcuffs in every way, except these were made in the USA and from what I can tell, the double locking actuator in the handcuff has an exterior rectangular angled shape instead of being circular.
These are a high quality handcuff, as you would expect from Hiatt. They do rattle though. Every Hiatt speedcuff I have ever handled has rattled quite a bit. TCH speedcuffs can rattle but not as loudly and easily as Hiatt. But this does not detract from their quality.
They have 3 pawls, back-loading capability and are generally a high quality and secure handcuff.
These Quik-Kuf rigid handcuffs were introduced to the British police force in 1994 and were a landmark new design, since (to my knowledge) the police had not used rigid handcuffs prior to this.
They have 2 pawls, use standard handcuff keys and are lighter weight than today's modern speedcuffs by TCH. Instead of a full-width steel connecting bar on the inside, they utilise a much smaller rectangular "rod" which connects the two sides of the handcuffs, reducing the weight. They also have zero rattle and you shake them.
This is a matt black pair, and are blued black using a process called bluing which oxidises the metal to turn it black. These are nice. They came in different variations. Some variants have 3 pawls, others 2, different plastic grip styles. I believe this is one of the later symmetrical ones.
Also, here's a fact for you. The Quik-Kuf keys have a small hole size, which only accommodates keyposts of very small diameter. These do work in the old Hiatt, but they do not work in modern TCH. Nor do they work in Peerless. I have not bothered trying any other brands because it is very very clear from looking, the QK key is mostly only useful for use in their cuffs, not as a general-use handcuff key.
These are the JG (J.G) British military Darby handcuffs from 1952 around the time of the Korean War. They are known as a faux or fake backstrap design, due to how the hinge was designed. A backstrap darby handcuff has a flap of the bow pulled back to make a gap for the hinge, whereas a fake backstrap is visually designed similarly, but it's more of a pronounced hole that is made in the chunkier metal of the hinge area.
These are the most heavy darby handcuffs in my collection. Approximately 55% heavier, 25% wider bow and 20% wider lock tube. These are BEEFY handcuffs indeed! 627 grams! This size is a tad on the smaller than regular and are very tight on me. If I flex my fist while wearing the cuffs, they hurt. But at least they fit enough that I could demo them for you.
They are a fixed bow, non-adjustable handcuff.
I won these on eBay and they had no key. Luckily I had won a bid on a key weeks earlier when I first bought a pair of Darby handcuffs. It did not fit any that I had my eye on but I knew it might come in handy since I wanted a pair of these! As luck would have it, these cuffs showed up and I won, so now I have 1 working key for them 😎 The key number is KE 2770.
These are a Ministry & Civil (M&C) pair of HIATT Darby handcuffs from 1916 (world war 1). SHINY! They came with no key, but the key from my HIATT BEST pair work fine with these.
These are apparently military, though not used for front-line war purposes. Perhaps they were used by military police or some other domestic purpose. They are not stamped with the crows foot or broad arrow because the M&C was enough to mark them as being Military property at the time.
These are very similar to the previous pair of Police version of these handcuffs, only these are older and still have the chrome plating intact which looks shiny as hell and feel very smooth since waxing them. Truly a nice pair of cuffs.
The seller had listed them with the wrong brand name of "RIATT" but the images clearly showed they were HIATT. So I was the only person who bid on them and I unexpectedly won them for about £25 total which is a total steal at that price!
At the time of writing, these are 105 years old and still work great. I did have to clean a lot of dirt and graphite out of them and then re-lubricate and polish them but once done they are amazing.
These are genuine HIATT BEST British police handcuffs, made somewhere between 1920 and 1938.
These are wrought iron handcuffs, hand-made. They have a very slightly larger wrist capacity size than my R.C.S Military handcuffs.
While these have a little lateral play on the hinge, the snap-close feature is smoother on these than the R.C.S model.
These are a Derby handcuff, meaning the style is very Victorian. This style of handcuff had been used from the mid 1800's till the mid 1900's and is in fact still used in some eastern countries like Pakistan. These are non-adjustable, so it was not the most convenient for police because if someone had giant wrists, they might not fit. If someone's wrists were too small they could slip out of them!
These work smoothly after the work I did on them. I blasted them inside and out with PMA Brake & Clutch cleaner (evaporates and leaves no residue), this removed bits of gunk, old lubricants and got them decently clean. Then I inserted the key and fully unlocked and dowsed the insides with the WD40 Specialist Dry PTFE lubricant I use in all my cuffs and worked the key back and forth to ensure the whole mechanism was lubricated. Then I sprayed some PMA again on the outside to get excess lubricant off (I had to add some more lubricant to the hinge after this video because it washed off and you can hear the squeak!) and then gave these cuffs 3 coats of Renaissance wax to protect the metal and give it a nice sheen.
I show these used behind my back, only because I am confident in accessing the keyholes. I'm a fairly large guy and I do not have the same flexibility to use keys in small keyholes behind my back. But Darby ones are amongst the very view I can let you see how they look from the back.
These are British army / military handcuffs from 1956. They are stamped with the British government or military broad arrow symbol. These are only slightly different than those that were used during WWII World War 2.It is a screw style mechanism and are not adjustable to different wrist sizes.
There were 3 sizes made, though it is unlikely that military or police would carry all 3 sizes in my opinion due to weight, which is why the ratchet handcuff was to be adopted not too long after these R.C.S versions of the Darby style cuffs were used. This style of cuff has been made by various brands, most notably HIATT.
This style is surprisingly comfortable, considering that this design dates to the mid 1800's. As long as your wrist fits in the bracelet, they are relatively comfortable.The screw mechanism is very simple. A STRONG spring keeps the pawl in the closed position and when you screw the key in, it progressively pulls the pawl plunger outwards, enabling you to open the handcuff.These have the Victorian / Sherlock Holmes vibe to them because the basic style is so old. But they are effective and designs like this are still used in some eastern countries like Pakistan.
I also demo these behind my back so you get an additional view of how they look and restrict.
These are not the quickest handcuffs to operate! The springs are extremely strong and often hard to snap shut. You can imagine how inconvenient and possibly pointless and dangerous it would be to have to screw a key so many times to lock handcuffs on someone's wrist if you did not have enough strength in your hands to snap them shut! The modern swing-through ratchet handcuff was so much of an improvement that it has become the standard world-wide to replace this design.
These are handcuffs by Chicago, model 1400 which are designed for very obese or very strong and muscular people who have sufficient wrist girth and/or strength that normal handcuffs would not fit or be suitable. Inner perimeter measures 8 inches to 10.75 inches. In comparison, Peerless actual leg irons measure an inner perimeter of 7.5 inches to 10 inches.
Essentially, these are their leg iron bracelets with a strong but short 6 inch chain for using them as handcuffs. However, they can clearly be used as leg irons also, just that they have a much shorter chain, so walking would be not as easy or safe. The 6 inch chain is longer than usually used with handcuffs, to help someone who is very large who might not be able to get their hands close enough behind their back. This helps prevent injury to the person in them.
Unlike normal Chicago handcuffs, these have 1 pawl, which makes them slightly less secure. However, they do retain the split double locking bar. This double locking bar (a usual for all Chicago cuffs I have ever seen) means someone using a small tool like a paper clip, might move one bar but not realise there is another one either above or below it which also needs moving before the pawl can move. So the security level is decent, though could have been made a bit better if they had used a twin pawl.
These handcuffs are not going to be generally useful in most situations, unless you are arresting Hercules. It's been said that these end up at the bottoms of people's beds! I guess couples might buy 2 of them for certain bedroom activities. If you're into that, go for it! Else aside from collecting or lock picking, these are not likely to be all that useful. They truly are OVERSIZE as handcuffs! I dare say they would be more useful, used as a leg iron for vehicle transport situations where a shorter chain would be suitable due to walking not being needed.
Over all quality and finish is stunning as usual.
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.