cuffs come in a cardboard box with a picture of a topless woman wearing them. The back of the box has detailed product information on how to use the cuffs. Inside the box are the set of cuffs and four keys, two for the wrist cuffs and two for the ankle cuffs.
The cuffs are made of nickel-plated steel and are quite heavy. The set consists of 2 wrist cuffs and 2 ankle cuffs, all connected by chain. All the pieces are bright and shiny.
The wrist cuffs have 4” of chain connecting them. Each has a stop bar, which when up allows the cuff to be tightened and when down locks the cuff from moving in either direction. The cuffs have a quick release in case you lose the key, which can be activated by pressing up on the lever next to the keyhole. To open with the key, turn it clockwise 1/4 of a turn.
The ankle cuffs have a bit more range. They are connected by a 17 1/2" chain so you can walk, or shuffle along, but you can’t move very fast. These cuffs can be locked singly or doubly. They are single locked by pressing the cuff down on the ankle and ratcheting them closed as tight as desired. To lock them double, the key can be used to press the plunger on the cuff’s top edge. This double locking prevents them from being tightened or loosened.
Unlike the wrist cuffs, the ankle cuffs don’t have a quick release, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t lose the keys on these! If double locked, the key must be turned 1/4 counterclockwise to release the double lock, then 1/4 turn clockwise to open them. If single locked, the key just needs to be turned 1/4 of a turn clockwise.
The wrist cuffs and ankle cuffs are connected by an 18” chain which is attached in the center of the connecting chain for each pair. Depending on your height, this chain will long enough to allow you to stand with your arms straight down by your side, but you won’t be able to raise your arms much at all. If you’re taller, you may find that you won’t be able to stand upright at all.
The cuffs and chains are made from metal, so they are non-porous and easy to clean. Wiping with a damp cloth and then drying should be sufficient to clean these. They can be lubricated with light oil if needed to keep them opening and closing smoothly.
So, Did They Work? We had a lot of fun with these. They were a bit more intimidating than plain wrist cuffs, and I could really feel the weight of the metal. I’m 5’7”, and I was able to stand fairly comfortably upright with these on. If you’re taller and want to be able to stand up, you’ll want to play with making the connecting chain longer or replacing it completely. I could move my arms up an inch or so, but that was all I could manage. When my wrists were cuffed from behind it was a bit more awkward to move, and it made me feel a lot more helpless. The metal is hard on the skin, and I found it left marks if my husband put them on too tight or I struggled too much.
We found these to be fun as well by cuffing my ankles and then looping the connecting chain around a table leg or pillar before cuffing my wrists. This was a lot more uncomfortable, but made for some interesting play time.
One thing I would have liked is if the ankle cuffs had a quick release. While the handcuffs can be used without a key, you’ll be in trouble if you lose the key for the ankles. We separated our keys and put them in what we hope are safe locations so we’ll be able to release the ankle cuffs when needed. You also want to be careful with the keys and not use too much pressure so the key doesn’t snap off in the lock.
I don’t think these are something we’ll use all of the time, but they are a good addition to our toy box. I purchased mine at EdenFantasys. If you’d like to get some shackles of your own, you can get yours by clicking the widget below.
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