Handcuff Finishes

Handcuff Finishes

Nickel: Nickel plating is the most popular handcuff finish. Our two best sellers, the Smith & Wesson Model 100 and the Peerless Model 700 both are nickel plated handcuffs. Smith & Wesson does a satin nickel finish on their handcuffs giving them a rougher appearance that is less reflective, and easier to grip. Peerless’ nickel finish is much more shiny and smooth. CTS, Hiatt, ASP and Chicago also nickel plate a majority of their restraints.

Peerless Nickel Plated Handcuff
Peerless Nickel Plated Handcuff

Blued: Bluing (black oxide), not the actual color blue, but the same process used to protect firearms and make them black. Blued handcuffs are very popular. Bluing is used to add mild corrosion resistance to handcuffs. Black oxide finishes require regular lubrication to remain rust-free. Smith & Wesson, Peerless and Hiatt all have blued (black) handcuffs in their lineups.

Smith & Wesson Oversized Blue Handcuffs
Smith & Wesson Oversized Blue Handcuffs

Melonite: Melonite is trademarked salt bath nitriding process used to blacken handcuffs and increase surface hardness. S&W uses the same process on their guns. Glock uses a very similar process called Tenifer They have two models of Melonite handcuffs: their standard model 100 in a Melonite finish and their M&P Melonite handcuff with finger activated double locks.

Smith & Wesson Melonite Finish Handcuff
Smith & Wesson Melonite Finish Handcuff

Stainless: There aren’t many stainless steel handcuffs on the market today. Stainless steel is used in a variety of applications because it is extremely resistant to rust.

Smith & Wesson Stainless Steel Handcuff
Smith & Wesson Stainless Steel Handcuff

Colored Handcuffs

Color Plated: Peerless Handcuffs are available in 5 different colors. The color coating is applied using a process called Electrolytic Polyurethane Plating (EPP). EEP fully coats restraints inside and out without interfering with the lock mechanism and jaw swing through.

Peerless Color Plated Handcuffs
Peerless Color Plated Handcuffs

Powder Coated: CTS (formerly Hiatt-Thompson) colored handcuffs are powder coated. As part of their process, the end of the swinging arms of CTS handcuffs is not fully coated.

CTS Powder Coated Handcuffs
CTS Powder Coated Handcuffs

Weathershield: Smith & Wesson calls their colored handcuffs Weathershield handcuffs. Smith & Wesson coats the whole handcuff except the chain and swinging arm in a durable colored finish.

Smith & Wesson Weathershield Handcuffs
Smith & Wesson Weathershield Handcuffs

Handcuff Personalization

We specialize in handcuff personalization. It is no secret to us that officers often have to hand off suspects and sometimes along with the suspect goes the handcuffs. The best way to keep track of your handcuffs and make sure you get them back is to etch your name and badge number right onto the handcuffs. We use a high tech specialized high power laser to engrave handcuffs.

Here at the Handcuff Warehouse we engrave a lot of handcuffs every day. Delivering personalized handcuffs to our customers very quickly is always our priority. We are one of very few companies you can place a custom order with and have it shipped out the next (and in some cases same) day.

Handcuff Personalization

Bonowi Handcuffs

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Bonowi Smartlock hinged handcuffs are extraordinarily heavy duty and well made. Certified to new very demanding German specifications. The handcuffs are made entirely of stainless steel with well rounded edges. The locks employ 3 independent pawls separated by 2 anti-shim bars and open with a unique triple bit key. There are keyholes on both sides of handcuffs and the single and double locks can be released by turning key in one direction. Double locks at edge of handcuffs are finger activated and inset enough that accidental activation is not a problem. Bonowi handcuffs bow shape will accommodate both small and large wrists. First notch inside perimeter: 9.5″; last notch inside perimeter 5.8″. Weigh 19.3 oz. 2 keys included. Made in Germany Available at Handcuff Warehouse.

Return of Hiatt Handcuffs

Background:

Hiatt Handcuffs in England was acquired by American company Armor Holdings in 2006. Armor Holdings was then acquired by British company BAE Systems. The Hiatt factory in Birmingham, England was closed in late June, 2008. BAE moved the Hiatt factory to New Hampshire and began making the Hiatt handcuff line under the Safariland brand. In 2010, they closed the New Hampshire factory and began making them in Ontario, CA. All restraints made by BAE companies were placed under the Safariland brand. This includes Monadnock disposable restraints and NIK Flex-Cufs, Tranzport Hoods, and Spit Nets. In 2012 Safariland was acquired in a private equity deal led by the former CEO of Armor Holdings, Warren Kanders. Kanders is the Chairman and CEO of the new company which will continue to be named Safariland.

Current Status:

All Safariland restraints will placed under the Monadnock umbrella beginning 2014. Safariland handcuffs have been branded Hiatt again. The old Monadnock double cuffs and spare cuffs that were switched to Safariland will be Monadnock again. And the old NIK Flex-Cufs, Tranzport Hoods, and Spit Nets that became Safariland will move back to their original home under Forensic Source (formerly NIK Public Safety). Production has been moved from Ontario, CA to Pittsfield, MA. This is the same factory that makes Monadnock products. We are adding the new Hiatt models to the website as they are shipped to us. We have most in stock already.

All colored handcuffs have been discontinued. They are now available only in black and nickel. All colored Monadnock Double Cuffs have also been discontinued. We still have large inventories of some colors, but availability is limited to stock on hand.

See the new line up at Handcuff Warehouse: Hiatt Handcuffs

Handcuff Key Retractor

The Gear Keeper handcuff key retractor from Hammerhead Industries is available in fixed end and disconnectable end versions. We now stock both kinds. The disconnectable end can be easily removed without removing handcuff key retractor for belt or having to take off key ring. Available at Handcuff Warehouse: Handcuff Key Retractor.

Rivolier Handcuffs and Leg Irons

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We just got our first shipment of Rivolier handcuffs and leg irons from France. These are the restraints used by most law enforcement and corrections in France. Handcuffs are more oval shaped than other brands to better match the shape of the human wrist. They are constructed of aluminum bodies with steel swinging bows and chains. The product line includes high security handcuffs and leg irons that use standard keys plus a tumbler key to lock and unlock the double locks. Available at Handcuff Warehouse: Rivolier handcuffs.