Andys Handcuff Collection
"Making Of" Andy HS104 V2A
Here some photos from finished handcuffs and legcuffs. In german handcuff forum i have named
the handcuffs "HS104 V2A" and the legcuffs "HS204 V2A" (Prototype is named "HS104" without
V2A). HS means high security, 104 because shape is similar to Hiatt Darby 104 (but not identical)
and V2A is notation for stainless steel. 204 is just 100 added to 104 for matching legcuffs...
Size of handcuffs is 68mm*48mm, ellipse of this dimensions fits inside cuff, bow has elliptical
form except at hinge and locking bolt. Some dimensions for comparison:
Hiatt/Thompson 104HN (non ferrous cast): 62mm*52mm
Hiatt 101 ("Superintendent"): 65mm*53mm
Hiatt 104 "warrant wrough", "hard": 61mm*51mm
Geometry of legcuffs is the same, size is 90mm*70mm. Distance of inner sides of cuffs (length of
chain/ring plus size of swivels plus thickness of bows) is ca. 85mm for handcuffs and ca. 340mm
Figure 25: finished products
Figure 26: serial numbers
More pictures can be seen at product descriptions
Andy HS104 V2Aand
Andy HS204 V2A.
For Handcuffs i had ordered wooden cases made to measure. Dimensions are known because i had made a
prototype of this handcuffs in normal steel. Cases are made from beech (not so expensive but hard
wood) and clear varnished. The two wooden blocks inside case are made by me, also adhesive foils
like black velvet. There is currently no wooden case for legcuffs, but it is planned for the
Figure 27: HS104 V2A in wooden case
But these cuffs are not the first with Abloy locks. In the book "a Guidebook to Handcuffs and
other Restraints of the World" from Alex Nichols on page 90 you can find a picture of handcuffs
manufactured by Abloy in the 1930's. It is something between a Darby and a Bean Prison made of
brass with the famous Abloy cylinder lock. Looks very interesting.
It is not planned to do this work again the same way, it is too much time consuming. The only
way to do this again is to order some parts from a locksmithery or a workshop doing metal work,
especially the hinges, swivel bearings, caps and locking bolts.