Antique Handcuff Restoration and Bluing

I will restore these rusty antique handcuffs. I bought this interesting pair of handcuffs for restoration. The handcuffs work but they are really rusty. I will remove the rust with electrolysis and the blue the steel to protect it from rust.
The handcuffs are constructed in a way that they can’t be disassembled. That is probably a very good design for handcuffs because you don’t want the prisoner to be able to easily disassemble them. To remove the rust I put the handcuffs in electrolysis bath. This will loosen the rust. After that the handcuffs were rinsed clean and dried from the water with heat gun. Then I cleaned the handcuffs with acetone. This will help me to get better result during bluing.
For bluing the handcuffs I used my furnace. This could probably be done with torch only but furnace will help me to heat the steel more evenly. If the steel is uneven some parts of the handcuffs might get a bad finish. I heated the handcuffs to a little over 300 degrees Celsius and quenched them in oil. The oil will burn the surface bluish-black color. Which will protect the steel. Link to mk furnaxe upgrade:
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  • Ben Tackett
    Ben TackettVor 19 Tage

    Those are not handcuffs from a police department. Those are leg shackles used to transport slaves in when they were taken off the boats from Africa and presented at market.

  • Madison Coomer
    Madison CoomerVor Monat

    Oil? Nah B u g J u i c e

  • Ken King
    Ken KingVor Monat

    Totally garbage

  • Pod Scotland
    Pod ScotlandVor Monat

    Are they perhaps leg irons?

  • jeslawzo
    jeslawzoVor Monat

    Where can I buy a pair. Im asking for a friend.

  • Thomas
    ThomasVor Monat

    We used to use these back in Alabama as leg shackles for the colored folk

  • Jamie Adam
    Jamie AdamVor Monat

    I'm over here saving up clothes for two weeks before doing laundry and this guy washes literally just a shoelace as one load 😂

  • Jamie Adam
    Jamie AdamVor Monat

    That watering can filled a tub ten times its size in one pour and you're excited about its laminar flow?!

  • Kevin King
    Kevin KingVor Monat

    I'm pretty sure those are leg shackles .

  • Casmo
    CasmoVor Monat


  • Casmo
    CasmoVor Monat


  • Jarred42501
    Jarred42501Vor 2 Monate

    And I'm pretty sure those handcuffs were put to good use in the bedroom that night.

  • Tauriel Daughter of Mirkwood
    Tauriel Daughter of MirkwoodVor 2 Monate

    That’s the kind of kink dedication I love 🖤

  • Rahamath Khan
    Rahamath KhanVor 2 Monate

    I thought ul make it shine, U disappointed me... Nothing restoration u have done here....

  • Waseem Safrani
    Waseem SafraniVor 2 Monate

    thought those are foot-cuffs

  • xiaomei 94
    xiaomei 94Vor 2 Monate

    I mean great video as always, but did you really just wash a single thread in a washing machine? :○

  • Rebecca Fisk
    Rebecca FiskVor 2 Monate

    I want to hear from the 311 people who disliked this video. Why?!! Goodness.

  • Rachel Roberts
    Rachel RobertsVor 2 Monate

    The fluttering dancer maternally wreck because softball developmentally attempt towards a spiteful collar. spectacular, obnoxious icon

  • JNS
    JNSVor 3 Monate

    4:30 forbidden tomato soup

  • Chris Ash
    Chris AshVor 3 Monate

    These are shackles. In standard operation they would be worn with the bar on the outer ankle with the widest part towards the front. While they were never designed with comfort in mind, the reason why they wouldn't fit well is because people tended to be smaller a hundred years ago. Unfortunately these appear to be a reproduction of the shackles made by Providence Tool Co. but the chain is wrong and the manufacturer would have its name just above the hinge. Alternatively it could be a Hiatt, but the lack of information is still a problem. Manufacturers of restraints were very protective of their brand and marked their products with the company's name and often address. In the case of Hiatt the word 'HARD' would also be present on the bow to signify that the steel had been heat treated. Having just a random number is something replicators do to give the item some flair without being liable for selling counterfeit goods. The good news is they've been knocking these off since the 1950s, so it could still be considered an antique.

  • Max Tagliatelle
    Max TagliatelleVor 3 Monate

    I have the same...but in his juice

  • random individual
    random individualVor 3 Monate

    Oh man! BDSM was wild back in the day!

  • anne lloyd
    anne lloydVor 4 Monate

    mmmm bog water yum

  • EC Guerrilla
    EC GuerrillaVor 4 Monate

    This was a modern pair of leg irons rusted to look old, nice job with the electrolysis though!

  • mØrd3kai.
    mØrd3kai.Vor 4 Monate

    Me: watching this video to calm my anxiety and about to fall asleep Random ass advertisement: *nO vApInG cHiLdReN* Me: *BITCH I DON’T VAPE*

  • Michelle W
    Michelle WVor 4 Monate

    I was considering this until I saw electricity. 😶

  • skannerz22
    skannerz22Vor 4 Monate

    you’re suppose to check the hose with soapy water before every use to know if there is a leak

  • The Only King
    The Only KingVor 4 Monate

    Mmm kinky

  • Steven
    StevenVor 4 Monate

    Thought it is morning already. Turns out the bird chirping is from the video lol

  • Onmyshlongallday
    OnmyshlongalldayVor 5 Monate

    Odd id like to proudly say I'm your 800th comment and I love you

  • Kaz wazzy
    Kaz wazzyVor 5 Monate

    Wow even vegetable oil qualifies i had no idea

  • Sean H
    Sean HVor 5 Monate

    2:13 Ahhhhh. Laminar flow is super satisfying

  • Sarah Jayne Hoelscher
    Sarah Jayne HoelscherVor 5 Monate

    i wonder how many tetanus shots this guy has had XD

  • The305Ent
    The305EntVor 5 Monate

    you mean slave shackles

  • Zef Davenport
    Zef DavenportVor 6 Monate

    Everyone here distracted by the kink in those cuffs, while my brain is completely focused on the icy-looking water, falling in a laminar flow.

  • Lakura 225
    Lakura 225Vor 6 Monate

    You should apply some renaissance wax as well to add a fantastic layer of protection without detracting from the finish at all

  • Sophia Nicole
    Sophia NicoleVor 6 Monate

    3:32 AAAAAAAHHH chonk

  • Nezuko Kamado
    Nezuko KamadoVor 7 Monate

    4:29 Ahh the *Sacred Pasta Sauce* has been found

  • John B
    John BVor 7 Monate

    Everyone is beating around the bush to say they are "shackles ", used on slaves!

  • Nein zu Korruption

    Nein zu Korruption

    Vor 3 Monate

    I don´t think so.

  • Iron Patriot
    Iron PatriotVor 7 Monate

    I guess I'm the only one old enough here to think "holy cow, his washer has a 'play' button!"

  • Nicole Leftige
    Nicole LeftigeVor 8 Monate

    When the rust just sits on the top of the water, it grosses me out lol. His work is amazing though.

  • Ishi Mazure
    Ishi MazureVor 8 Monate

    Everything excellent with you. I really love your job.

  • Penfold8
    Penfold8Vor 8 Monate

    Next restoration.......... A love swing.

  • Rafaela Luiza
    Rafaela LuizaVor 8 Monate


  • ТОЛИК Аликович
    ТОЛИК АликовичVor 8 Monate

    это для ног

  • Steve Kunde
    Steve KundeVor 8 Monate

    Odds are they didn’t even look that good when they came from the blacksmith shop the first time. Nice job

  • Aiden Morgan
    Aiden MorganVor 9 Monate

    4:25 schools lunch

  • jpatrick1967
    jpatrick1967Vor 9 Monate

    Those aren’t handcuffs...they’re ankle cuffs. The chain is that long so the person could walk while wearing them.

  • cursed human
    cursed humanVor 9 Monate

    *K I N K Y*

  • Kathryn McVeigh
    Kathryn McVeighVor 10 Monate

    So does he restore stuff like this and sell them?

  • Time2MakeDonut5
    Time2MakeDonut5Vor 10 Monate

    where did you get all this stuff fr

  • Rivaldo Barreto
    Rivaldo BarretoVor 10 Monate

    I think they used to put this on the feets

  • Dani Marz
    Dani MarzVor 10 Monate


  • Frankkey
    FrankkeyVor 10 Monate

    How do you dispose of all that Rusty Fluid ?

  • keith giles
    keith gilesVor 10 Monate

    They are leg shackles

  • Demonitisation Bot
    Demonitisation BotVor 10 Monate

    Now I can keep bad DEnewssrs locked away

  • Prismic Exe
    Prismic ExeVor 10 Monate

    Your using those for decoration right?-

  • Corison20
    Corison20Vor 10 Monate

    2:45 Someone get destin from smarter every day, we got some laminar flow.

  • Alice Degraff
    Alice DegraffVor 10 Monate

    8:20 The best type of oil is a table oil ie a vegetable oil as it doesn't have the same harsh chemicals in it that the motor oils do. Metals being quenched for hardening or bluing respond better to the table oils.

  • Juliee
    JulieeVor 10 Monate

    how many gloves do you go through for one video? im assuming you cant just use one or two

  • OutOfNamesToChoose
    OutOfNamesToChooseVor 10 Monate

    I'd bet they were shackles for the ankles of young or malnourished slaves/prisoners. That would make more sense because the rear bar changes diameter lengthwise; perhaps to accommodate the way that ankles face more towards the center of your body than the outside. They certainly aren't supposed to be comfortable.

  • Lamia
    LamiaVor 10 Monate

    They may have been shackles for women, children, or smaller men’s ankles.

  • IDI0T_ D011
    IDI0T_ D011Vor 10 Monate

    I didn’t know today’s episode would be kinky

  • Sahana Gupta
    Sahana GuptaVor 11 Monate

    yess daddy 😍😍😍😍

  • AudioNote
    AudioNoteVor 11 Monate

    What did you add to the water during electrolysis?

  • LandIsland
    LandIslandVor 11 Monate

    I would have just been done there and called it a day 3:00

  • Giselle Ramirez
    Giselle RamirezVor 11 Monate

    colonists be like

  • Armorer 94
    Armorer 94Vor 11 Monate

    Those are leg irons. Handcuff chains are shorter.

  • Brynn Stevenson
    Brynn StevensonVor 11 Monate

    Him: hey baby wanna try the handcuffs tonight? Me: *grabs these* Him: what-

  • MSKD
    MSKDVor 11 Monate

    now you'll have an entire video explaining why there's a handcuff lying around 😂

  • hex
    hexVor 11 Monate

    And now the sex dungeon is complete

  • Zahran Rashid
    Zahran RashidVor 11 Monate

    Somebody do the crime

  • Marco DRT
    Marco DRTVor 11 Monate

    The LockpickingLawyer will probably say it's better than a master lock

  • mauwalker
    mauwalkerVor 11 Monate

    Leg shackles. Used on Southern road gangs in the U.S. on high security prisoners up through the 1960s.

  • Coastalwaves360
    Coastalwaves360Vor 11 Monate


  • Coach Platitude
    Coach PlatitudeVor 11 Monate

    I don't think those are hand cuffs. They look like leg shackles or leg irons, whatever they are called.

  • Berlin H.
    Berlin H.Vor 11 Monate

    What was that white powder he put in the water?

  • Saturn
    SaturnVor 11 Monate

    Or maybe they were used for people with small ankles

  • emma nunu
    emma nunuVor 11 Monate

    i always wonder how much money these videos cost

  • Springers Shop
    Springers ShopVor 11 Monate

    I bet he is in for a fun night

  • Storr
    StorrVor 11 Monate

    Should've used mayo for the rust remover, so you could hide the "inedible mayo" so nobody would notice

  • Francesco Langella
    Francesco LangellaVor 11 Monate

    Wow!! You are Italian??

  • Cannon Fighter
    Cannon FighterVor 11 Monate

    Besides DEnewss, is this your job? Id pay top dollar to have some of my vintage esq stuff refurbished.

  • Müllerman
    MüllermanVor 11 Monate

    Those are Handcuffs for my Hand Size. German/European Size 13

  • Jonathan Tsoi
    Jonathan TsoiVor 11 Monate

    Girl: Hey babe, I'm feeling a bit kinky. Odd Tinkering: Say no more.

  • Andrea Diagbouga

    Andrea Diagbouga

    Vor 10 Monate

    *comes back after two weeks of work*

  • 🍯 blood honey
    🍯 blood honeyVor 11 Monate

    They're probably shackles for the legs not handcuffs

  • Mark Henderson
    Mark HendersonVor 11 Monate

    Those look like Slave Shackles.....

  • Jake Whitlock
    Jake WhitlockVor 11 Monate

    Nice square knot

  • MF 1995
    MF 1995Vor 11 Monate

    This is extremely inspiring 😍

  • Sameer Shaikh
    Sameer ShaikhVor 11 Monate

    time west for key

  • Carmen Hoo
    Carmen HooVor 11 Monate

    me: looks at the rust residue in the salt water my brain: f o r b i d d e n s o u p

  • Fee Mond

    Fee Mond

    Vor 2 Monate


  • Rebecca Fisk

    Rebecca Fisk

    Vor 2 Monate

    Definitely Forbidden. It always makes me think of a swamp and that some tiny monster is going to climb out and heave itself over the edge of the plastic tub😂😂

  • Jaiden


    Vor 3 Monate

    Haven't Even Gotten To That Part In The Video, But This Comment Tells Me The Part Must Be Gross.

  • Panagiotis Grigorakis
    Panagiotis GrigorakisVor 11 Monate

    What's that thing at 9:01 called?

  • B Finley
    B FinleyVor 11 Monate

    What was the electricity for. Can someone point me in the direction to learn more about that.

  • Rowdy Eggplaad

    Rowdy Eggplaad

    Vor 11 Monate

    Electrolysis is used to remove rust. Basically the rust on the item is attracted to the rusty plates, thus removing the rust

  • mophius
    mophiusVor 11 Monate

    Next video: Slavery Restoration

  • SleepyGuy


    Vor 11 Monate

    but slavery is still going to this day

  • FoxPurple
    FoxPurpleVor 11 Monate

    Man that rust water looks good to drink

  • Daniel Machado
    Daniel MachadoVor 11 Monate

    Me pregunto a cuantos esclavos torturaron esas cadenas....

  • Sunny Cooper
    Sunny CooperVor year

    Out of curiosity, how do you properly dispose of that rust-filled liquid after you're done getting all the rust off of things? (EDIT: And I guess this question extends out to any of the leftover liquids you have after doing stuff like nickel plating, copper plating, etc.) This isn't for anything in particular, I just didn't know if stuff like that could be just put down a drain or if there's a special way that you have to do it.

  • Danielle Dan
    Danielle DanVor year

    Hmm can you restore my broken heart next? ;_;

  • hrafneta
    hrafnetaVor year


  • Marty Shane
    Marty ShaneVor year

    Это на ноги.