February 20, 2016 is National Handcuff Day

It's on this date in 1912 that the US Patent office issued patent 1,017,955 to George A. Carney for a "swinging bow ratchet - type" adjustable handcuff. Before that handcuffs were heavy and bulky and there was no standard style. Carney's design was always ready and was light weight compared to older models. Since that patent, most modern handcuffs around the world have been made with the same swing through design, with minor modifications. The Carney Patent was bought by The Peerless Handcuff Company of Springfield, Mass., and the first models were manufactured for them by Smith & Wesson.

Why is there a National Handcuff Day

There are National days for donuts, potato chips, silence, clam chowder, and the Tooth Fairy, so why not a National Handcuff Day? Handcuffs are a necessity in a modern society. Police, jails, prisons, and other law enforcement agencies could not function without the modern handcuff. They are easy to use, reusable, and inexpensive. Also, there are many collectors who try to preserve the history of handcuffs, and escape artists have entertained people for over 100 years trying to escape from them.

Annual National Handcuff Day Contest

This year we are doing something a little different with our Handcuff Day contest. Below are two pictures we took of a pile of handcuffs. The person who correctly guesses the weight (or closest guess) wins!

Congratulations to Sherri Barber! This years contest winner. The handcuffs weighed in at 49lbs 1oz and she was the closest guess at 49lbs! Thank you to everybody who participated

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