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needs more references.--SGGH 16:35, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

World Records[edit]

On January 8th, 2005, at the Arndale Centre Manchester UK, David Straitjacket escaped from a pair of 'Hiatts Speedcuffs' rigid handcuffs, which were provided by the Greater Manchester police. His time of 7.25 seconds was a new world record, beating the existing record (set by Stuart Burrell) of 10 seconds.

Is it the world records for those types of cuffs? ed g2stalk 00:08, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

Go to this link:

And scroll down to David Straitjacket's entry for record details. His record currently stands at 4.5 seconds.


The first paragraph seems to be written in a substandard fashion.

Other cuffs?[edit]

I just found out about "Mckenzie Mitts" which were invented by Jacob Mckenzie; that is all I've found out about thus far. Since I can not seem to find a wiki page of them this seemed to be the best place to ask if anyone knows more information on them.

Handcuffs imply guilt[edit]

"In Japan, if someone is photographed or filmed while handcuffed, their hands have to be pixelated if it is used on TV or in the newspapers. This is because someone who had been arrested brought a successful case to court arguing that being pictured in handcuffs implied guilt, and had prejudiced the trial." Can someone find a source for this? I haven't found anything from Google. 01:09, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

I don't know any source. I can tell you that I've heard the same statement on the Dutch news when some Japanes manager was arrested. 06:48, 12 September 2007 (UTC) Handcuffs were not automatically used when arresting someone in North America prior to the 80s. Check out the records. There was more respect for those assumed to be innocent in the past. Police are now a quasi-military force, which now calls itself a service. The term has turned around backwards because it has more power than formerly. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:23, 31 December 2010 (UTC)


Do we really need all those links to handcuff manufacturers? They do not add any information to the page. WLU 10:42, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Sexual Use[edit]

It seems to me that while the article does a good job of covering the law enforcement angle of handcuffs there is an entirely other culture surrounding them in the form of bondage, or even the fuzzy cuffs. The novelty cuffs shouldn't be left out of this article.--Crossmr 04:39, 28 August 2007 (UTC)


I think there should be some statistics added about the yearly sales of handcuffs for "bedroom play" vs. "real police use". Who knows, maybe it is 90%/10%! Jidanni (talk) 11:31, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

Leg irons and their banning[edit]

"The use of leg irons at all is completely banned in all European Union member states." Are you sure? I know senior politicians - and one former Home Secretary who was posting to Wikipedia earlier in the summer - and I don't think they have been at all. He swears they are actually still used, particularly when transporting prisoners between prisons or from court to prison. I suspect this use is unofficial, but still, a source for this statement would be useful. Given that my friend knows that they were still legal to be used in 1997 when he left office, I suspect this directive is one of the few the United Kingdom has ignored rather than gold-plated as usual. Owlqueen 16:22, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

I've heard of a British ban on Haitt Darby-style leg irons specifically after they acquired a negative association due to their highly-publicized use in abusing prisoners (outside the UK, mind). They're actually far safer and more comfortable than modern swing-through style leg irons, but laws based on emotional reactions are hardly new, are they?  :)
In any case, the fetters (leg irons) article states that the EU ban is on the _export_ of leg irons to non-EU countries (in reaction to some nations that force their prisoners to wear them long-term), not on their use. This claim is also uncited, but seems more plausible. Elmo iscariot (talk) 14:11, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

lol, vandalism[edit]

yeah, some hoebag done vandalized this page, yo. I lol'd. I'd revert it but I'm not really a wikipedian dude. but I'm hoping someone who knows how is watching this space. good luck and high five. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:37, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Ehh, it's very nice what you did there! Good to see it back up to speed! (talk) 04:42, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

how to break up Miscellaneous?[edit]

Perhaps the paragraph on Japan and Hong Kong can be put under a "Societal Implications" heading and the bondage and BSDM paragraph can be put under "Use" or "Other Uses"? alagahd (talk) 12:24, 18 December 2008 (UTC)


Perhaps alternatives as rope or chain+lock? can be mentioned maybe it can be explained what the best technique + binding knots are for these (as handcuffs are strictly issued to police) Perhaps a comparisation with "Love cuffs" (which are freely obtainable) can be made —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:09, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Handcuffed to a brief case?[edit]

It became a movie cliche to show somebody carrying a brief case with important documents or money having a brief case handcuffed to one's wrist. Supposedly that is used for security reasons. Any information on this use of handcuffs in real life? I think it should be somehow mentioned in the article. Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:50, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

History of the Handcuff[edit]

One of the first working sets of handcuffs was devised by Jacob(Jake)Oliver McKenzie, the well-known McKenzie mitts:

He took out a patent on them in 1925. There's a picture here:

The picture has been circulated in my family for a couple of decades, it is copyright free.

If no one objects, I'll try and add a history of the handcuff section, starting (at least) with the first patented version. McKenzie was a Kansas lawman whose invention proved too successful. He invented the mitts after being shot by a prisoner while transporting the man. The cuffs were manufactured for a few years but proved unsuccessful because prisoners could not use their hands to satisfy basic hygienic needs...

(see also Dick Norman's book on handcuffs).

Use of handcuffs[edit]

In France, policemen are allowed to handcuff a people only if he constitues a threat for himself or for others, or if there is any risk of escaping. (;jsessionid=5EE039640279733191686512D4ABB054.tpdjo16v_1?idSectionTA=LEGISCTA000006151952&cidTexte=LEGITEXT000006071154&dateTexte=20100420 art 803) I think it would be interesting to compare the policemen's use of handcuffs all over the world. (talk) 21:47, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Handcuff Neuropathy[edit]

A section should be added to highlight the dangers of handcuff misuse, use as devices of torture and link to the article on Cheiralgia paresthetica Koto Elessar (talk) 00:46, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from Rainbowskittles722, 8 July 2011[edit]

used in kinky sex. the end. (;

Rainbowskittles722 (talk) 22:37, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed.. Feezo (send a signal | watch the sky) 23:28, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from, 8 August 2011[edit]

Dear Sirs, We (New Season Industrial Corporation) are the NIJ certified and ISO 9001 accredited handcuff manufacturer with 40 years of experience.

We would like to be added to the list of "Handcuff Manufacturers" on the Wikipedia's Handcuffs page <>.

You may also find us in the list of NIJ certified companies on the website of the USA National Institute of Justice <>

Our company website is <>

If you need any more information in order to add our company name to the list of "Handcuff Manufacturers" on the Wikipedia's Handcuffs page, please feel free to contact us at < (Redacted) >. Your help is much appreciated!

Sincerely yours,

New Season Industrial Corporation E-mail: (Redacted)

New Season Ind Corp (talk) 09:40, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

I've removed your email address to prevent it being harvested by spambots.
Wikipedia articles should not contain lists of manufacturers like that per point 5 of the guideline on external links normally to be avoided. I've deleted that entire section. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 12:11, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

edits needed[edit]

In the "Metaphorical uses" section, the comma should be contained within the quotiation marks, not after them: fantasy football, one strategy is to have both a star player and his backup, or "handcuff", — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:57, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

Jose Mourinho story unfer "handcuffs gestures"[edit]

is the "Once by Jose Mourinho at a football match at F.C. Internazionale Milano, and it caused trouble." really worthy of inclusion. not referenced, not even a sentence. ythere must be another 100 famous people who have made a gesutre like this75.119.245.192 (talk) 15:00, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

Cuffs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:20, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
I've removed the entire section. ArdClose (talk) 12:49, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Bad Grammar[edit]

This sentence should be taken out back and shot: "and keeps one out of trouble if one loses one's keys.".

That should be redacted as "It also eliminates the issue of lost keys, and the hassle of keeping individual devices and its keys paired."

Request "History" section[edit]

I would love to see a "history" section of this article, with information on the first known uses of handcuffs, etc. I was researching a book and looking for the first time law enforcement began carrying handcuffs for general use, and it seemed like the kind of thing that would benefit this article. I haven't found the answer yet, or I'd write it myself, but if anyone has any information, I think it could go well. (talk) 07:16, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Include Robotic Handcuff Article[edit]

Dear Wikipedia, I would like to resubmit my Robo Restraint article for inclusion in the Handcuffs page. It was removed because the remover said it was a failed technology. I don't think that was a fair appraisal for removal, in that many items discussed in Wikipedia are not in use at the present time. The USPTO has issued a patent on this device and it has been demonstrated successfully at several law enforcement trade shows. Addtionally, I don't think that the article is written as an advertisement and would ask that any lines that sound like an advertisement be pointed out to me specifically. I also would like to upload a picture of the device for the article. Thank you all for your time and consideration.

Article as follows: A recent development in restraint technology is robotic handcuffs. According to magazine, the device is mounted to the inside rear window sill of a police vehicle. The automated restraint system is operated by the officer activating a belt worn remote control. The system allows the officer to maintain a safe distance, while commanding the suspect to place his hands in the extended Kevlar loops. He then closes the loops, using the remote control. [1] The loops automatically tighten, until they contact the wrists, and then the bands are loosened slightly to achieve the correct fit. This takes place in about 1/2 second. The officer can then proceed with his investigation, or turn his/her attention to a second suspect. The officer can subsequently, apply standard handcuffs to the suspect and then releases him/her from the robo restraint for transport. Robo Restraint can be used in conjunction with a law enforcement or military robot to restraint an individual without officer intervention. [2] Bshul (talk) 22:07, 28 February 2014 (UTC)


There is no such thing as the "Jacksonville, Florida, Police Department." There is a JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF'S OFFICE which has police in their employ&#151;police who are referred to as "Sheriff's Police Officer John Smith" and such. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:13, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Plastic Cuffs[edit]

The article reads, “Plastic restraints, known as <snip> disposable plastic strips resembling electrical cable ties… carried in large quantities… for situations… such as during large-scale protests and riots…” blah blah blah. There is a tag on it pointing out that it doesn’t cite sources; Overall it’s not that badly written, and there are precious few sources for handcuffs in general, the section passes basic muster for accuracy (not that great a test), and I recommend removal of the tag. My only beef with the passage is that “disposable plastic strips resembling electrical cable ties.” should read “disposable plastic strips resembling OVERSIZED electrical cable ties.”Trying To Make Wikipedia At Least Better Than The ''Weekly World News.'' (talk) 19:59, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 10 November 2016[edit]

Under subheading "Keys" The Patent number is D607,305, invented by Michael Anthony Stahl. It is known as the "New York Tuning Fork" due to its shape and that it was designed to mate with the unique style of badges worn by New York and New Jersey officers. (talk) 04:14, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Not done: as you have not requested a specific change.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
You must also cite reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 08:50, 10 November 2016 (UTC)