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Handcuff Key Pin?

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by kirbysdl, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. kirbysdl
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    kirbysdl Loaded Pockets

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    Another newbie question: so I've been noticing that handcuff keys almost always have a pin opposite the part that looks like a traditional key. Is that pin for an older type of handcuffs that opens when a pin is merely pressed in?

    For example, the pin is on the right in this pic.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. MatBlack

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    The pin is to lock the handcuffs so they don't get tighter. The other end opens them.
     
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    Oh, so it engages the double locking function? I thought the part that keeps it from overtightening would be tool-less (engaged by hand). Thanks!
     
  4. MatBlack

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    My experience is limited to S&W handcuffs.
     
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    Well, MatBlack ... you're right for any of the traditionally keyed handcuffs used in the USA, regardless of maker.
     
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    I figured that but I wasn't sure. Thanks for the affirmation.
     
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    Huh. Didn't know cuffs would do that. Interesting!

    G.
    (never had any on(no, really!!!)/been around them)
     
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    Yep, it engages the double locking function. Typically a pin on the rear of the cuffs, as in Peerless, or a pin in the side, as in Smith & Wesson.

    With the key end, turn one way to unlock the double lock, turn the opposite way to uncuff. If I recall, ASP cuffs (which I won't have) are somewhat different. I can't remember how the double lock works, but I "think" you turn the key one way, and it'll disengage everything.
     
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    I always turned the key toawards the key to unlock the double lock and then away from the chain to open the cuffs
     
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    The pin is also very useful for setting digital watches.
     
  11. echo63

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    I think the only cuffs that dont double lock with a pin are the ADI Saflok cuffs
    They use a knurled knob, and actually have a proper key so they are much more secure