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Police Handcuffs Review


Police Handcuffs ImageReal Police Handcuffs Stocked At Patrol Store


PatrolStore currently stock a wide range of 
Police Handcuffs from ASP Police Equipment.

ASP Handcuffs and rigid cuffs are used by police forces throughout the UK and are ideal for police or SIA licensed security professionals, who need to use handcuffs or restraints.

We offer a selection of hinged, chain link and rigid handcuffs in steel or aluminium as well as plastic wrist restraints or ‘plasticuffs’ for both detention and training depending on your needs.

These aren’t just so called ‘police style handcuffs’, these are the real thing, handcuffs as used by police forces throughout the World. If you’re looking to buy handcuffs, then buy the real mccoy!

If you're wondering where to buy handcuffs? Patrol Store really could be called ‘The Handcuff Shop’!

What Are Police Handcuffs?

Police handcuffs are designed to restrain an individual’s wrists close together securely. They are formed of two parts, joined together by a hinge, chain, or rigid bar. There is a rotating arm on each half which combines with a ratchet to prevent it from being opened once closed around someone’s wrist.

Police handcuffs are designed so that they cannot be removed without a key and so the person in the handcuffs is unable to move their wrists more than a few centimetres apart, making many tasks difficult or impossible.

This is of course usually done to prevent suspected criminals from escaping custody or harming the police officers / other members of the public, or in fact to prevent the individual in some cases causing harm to themselves.

History Of Police HandcuffsOld Fashioned Police Handcuffs Image

For several centuries, police handcuffs have been used as a means of restraint. Before 1862, however, they were essentially a ‘one size fits all’ piece of equipment. These early cuffs, which were simply metal rings that locked in place, created discomfort for people with thick wrists and were almost completely ineffective when used on people with narrow wrists. In 1862, when W V Adams transformed the device with the introduction of adjustable ratchets that could bind wrists tightly or loosely, that all changed. An Adams cuff comprised a square bow with notches on the outside that slotted in with a lock mechanism shaped like a teardrop. Mr Orson C Phelps later patented a version of the ratchet handcuff that placed the notches on the inside.

In the 1860s a Mr John Tower used the Adams and Phelps patents to start his own handcuff company. The Tower Company manufactured handcuffs right up to WWII. The main differences in his design were a round bow as opposed to the square bow that was a feature of both the Adams and the Phelps handcuffs. He also moved the keyhole location from the side to the bottom and incorporated three round rings between the cuffs instead of a chain. This model was then patented in 1874.

A fault was discovered in the handcuffs, which allowed them to be adjusted due to the spring loaded mechanism, which Tower solved with the introduction of the double lock handcuff, which he patented in 1879. The lock incorporated two different settings – a single-lock mode and a double-lock mode. The single-lock mode acted just like a single-lock handcuff. If the user turned the key clockwise it set the cuffs into the double-lock mode, which fixed the catch preventing any escaping. The double lock model set the standard both for effectiveness and engineering.

The peerless cuffs, which were patented in 1912 and incorporated a swing-through ratchet (which prevented the cuffs from closing and locking before the officer could get the cuffs around the suspect’s wrists), set a new standard for the handcuff industry and became the model for the modern cuffs.

Police Handcuffs In The Modern Era

Whilst many things have changed over the years, the basic design changes patented in 1912 to the locking mechanism of police handcuffs haven’t changed, but the ‘style’ of cuffs have.

As we have police handcuffs for sale, as you would imagine, Patrol Store also stocks a wide range of handcuff accessories, such as many different Police Handcuff Key styles and designs – many handcuff keys can perform multi purposes these days, belt clips and pouches.

These are real handcuffs for sale on Patrol Store and not some cheap imitations, don’t wait until it is too late to find out the difference!

So whether you are after chain-linked, hinged or tri-fold restraints, PatrolStore can provide you with the correct type of police handcuffs fit for purpose.

To read further history please click police handcuffs history.