What you need to know about chain and hinged handcuffs

The most widely used and popular type of hand grip is the cuff. In this article I will inform you about the 2 most common handcuffs; the chain sleeve and the hinge sleeve. I will explore how they work, advantages and disadvantages.

chain sleeve:

Chain handcuffs are the most popular type of handcuff on the market today, used by a wide range of consumers; personnel, military, corrections, police and security guards.

· It is made up of two halves joined by an approximately 2″ long chain that holds the restrained person’s wrists together to help the restraint control them.

· Each sleeve has a rotating side that fits into the stationary side. With the cuff open, place your wrist in the middle and close the rotating side on the stationary side, thus locking the cuff. The bracelet will not go back without the key.

When both wrists are handcuffed, the person has limited movement.


· Double lock to prevent excessive tightening during transport.

· Durable and rust resistant.

· Most handcuffs use the same type of key.

Store and retrieve in and out of the case with one hand.

· Very little instruction or training is needed to operate them effectively.


The chain allows more movement than other types of hand restraints.

· Without a double closure, it allows the cuff to become too tight, in some cases creating too much force.

· If not applied correctly, the sleeve may break.

Hinge cuffs:

Fixed officers prefer these handcuffs over the chain type because it gives them better control over the inmate.

· They work in the same way as the chain ones, but they are connected by a hinge that makes them more grooved.

· Unlike the chain, where the hands and wrists have some movement, the hinge does not allow the wrists to move together or apart.


The hinge makes any movement of the hands virtually impossible.

· Ease of handling the handcuffed person by turning the sleeve.

With a double lock and the cuff positioned correctly, the cuff cannot be annulled.

· Most handcuffs use the same type of key.


· Storage and retrieval are difficult.

More difficult to apply.

· Adequate training and instruction is required to effectively use this type of manual restraint.

· It can cause a lot of pain to the handcuffed person.


· Handcuffs are the perfect tool to immobilize a person’s hands and give them control. Most handcuffs come in different finishes, such as blued, chrome, or powder coated. As with any personal security and self-defense product, be sure to train and practice with them. Remember that the best time to learn the lesson about personal safety and self-defense is before something happens.

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