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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  1. Ben Tackett

    Ben Tackett

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    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.

  2. Madison Coomer

    Madison Coomer

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    Oil? Nah B u g J u i c e

  3. Ken King

    Ken King

    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    Totally garbage

  4. Pod Scotland

    Pod Scotland

    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Are they perhaps leg irons?

  5. jeslawzo


    Πριν μήνα

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

  6. Thomas


    Πριν μήνα

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

  7. Jamie Adam

    Jamie Adam

    Πριν μήνα

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

  8. Jamie Adam

    Jamie Adam

    Πριν μήνα

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

  9. Kevin King

    Kevin King

    Πριν μήνα

    I'm pretty sure those are leg shackles .

  10. Casmo


    Πριν μήνα


  11. Casmo


    Πριν μήνα


  12. Jarred42501


    Πριν μήνα

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

  13. Tauriel Daughter of Mirkwood

    Tauriel Daughter of Mirkwood

    Πριν μήνα

    That’s the kind of kink dedication I love 🖤

  14. Rahamath Khan

    Rahamath Khan

    Πριν μήνα

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

  15. Waseem Safrani

    Waseem Safrani

    Πριν μήνα

    thought those are foot-cuffs

  16. xiaomei 94

    xiaomei 94

    Πριν 2 μήνες

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

  17. Rebecca Fisk

    Rebecca Fisk

    Πριν 2 μήνες

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

  18. Rachel Roberts

    Rachel Roberts

    Πριν 2 μήνες

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

  19. JNS


    Πριν 2 μήνες

    4:30 forbidden tomato soup

  20. Chris Ash

    Chris Ash

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    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.

  21. Max Tagliatelle

    Max Tagliatelle

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    I have the same...but in his juice

  22. random individual

    random individual

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Oh man! BDSM was wild back in the day!

  23. anne lloyd

    anne lloyd

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    mmmm bog water yum

  24. EC Guerrilla

    EC Guerrilla

    Πριν 3 μήνες

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

  25. mØrd3kai.


    Πριν 4 μήνες

    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*

  26. Michelle W

    Michelle W

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    I was considering this until I saw electricity. 😶

  27. skannerz22


    Πριν 4 μήνες

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

  28. The Only King

    The Only King

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Mmm kinky

  29. Steven


    Πριν 4 μήνες

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

  30. Onmyshlongallday


    Πριν 4 μήνες

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

  31. Kaz wazzy

    Kaz wazzy

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    Wow even vegetable oil qualifies i had no idea

  32. Sean H

    Sean H

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    2:13 Ahhhhh. Laminar flow is super satisfying

  33. Sarah Jayne Hoelscher

    Sarah Jayne Hoelscher

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    i wonder how many tetanus shots this guy has had XD

  34. The305Ent


    Πριν 5 μήνες

    you mean slave shackles

  35. Zef Davenport

    Zef Davenport

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    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.

  36. Lakura 225

    Lakura 225

    Πριν 6 μήνες

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

  37. Sophia Nicole

    Sophia Nicole

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    3:32 AAAAAAAHHH chonk

  38. Nezuko Kamado

    Nezuko Kamado

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  39. John B

    John B

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

    • Nein zu Korruption

      Nein zu Korruption

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      I don´t think so.

  40. Iron Patriot

    Iron Patriot

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  41. Nicole Leftige

    Nicole Leftige

    Πριν 7 μήνες

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

  42. Ishi Mazure

    Ishi Mazure

    Πριν 8 μήνες

    Everything excellent with you. I really love your job.

  43. Penfold8


    Πριν 8 μήνες

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

  44. Rafaela Luiza

    Rafaela Luiza

    Πριν 8 μήνες


  45. ТОЛИК Аликович

    ТОЛИК Аликович

    Πριν 8 μήνες

    это для ног

  46. Steve Kunde

    Steve Kunde

    Πριν 8 μήνες

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

  47. Aiden Morgan

    Aiden Morgan

    Πριν 9 μήνες

    4:25 schools lunch

  48. jpatrick1967


    Πριν 9 μήνες

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

  49. cursed human

    cursed human

    Πριν 9 μήνες

    *K I N K Y*

  50. Kathryn McVeigh

    Kathryn McVeigh

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    So does he restore stuff like this and sell them?

  51. Time2MakeDonut5


    Πριν 10 μήνες

    where did you get all this stuff fr

  52. Rivaldo Barreto

    Rivaldo Barreto

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    I think they used to put this on the feets

  53. Dani Marz

    Dani Marz

    Πριν 10 μήνες


  54. Frankkey


    Πριν 10 μήνες

    How do you dispose of all that Rusty Fluid ?

  55. keith giles

    keith giles

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    They are leg shackles

  56. Demonitisation Bot

    Demonitisation Bot

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    Now I can keep bad GRgoners locked away

  57. Prismic Exe

    Prismic Exe

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    Your using those for decoration right?-

  58. Corison20


    Πριν 10 μήνες

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

  59. Alice Degraff

    Alice Degraff

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    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.

  60. Juliee


    Πριν 10 μήνες

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

  61. OutOfNamesToChoose


    Πριν 10 μήνες

    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.

  62. Lamia


    Πριν 10 μήνες

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

  63. IDI0T_ D011

    IDI0T_ D011

    Πριν 10 μήνες

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

  64. Sahana Gupta

    Sahana Gupta

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    yess daddy 😍😍😍😍

  65. AudioNote


    Πριν 10 μήνες

    What did you add to the water during electrolysis?

  66. LandIsland


    Πριν 10 μήνες

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

  67. Giselle Ramirez

    Giselle Ramirez

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    colonists be like

  68. Armorer 94

    Armorer 94

    Πριν 10 μήνες

    Those are leg irons. Handcuff chains are shorter.

  69. Brynn Stevenson

    Brynn Stevenson

    Πριν 10 μήνες

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

  70. MSKD


    Πριν 10 μήνες

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

  71. hex


    Πριν 11 μήνες

    And now the sex dungeon is complete

  72. Zahran Rashid

    Zahran Rashid

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Somebody do the crime

  73. Marco DRT

    Marco DRT

    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  74. mauwalker


    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  75. Coastalwaves360


    Πριν 11 μήνες


  76. Coach Platitude

    Coach Platitude

    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  77. Berlin H.

    Berlin H.

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    What was that white powder he put in the water?

  78. Saturn


    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Or maybe they were used for people with small ankles

  79. emma nunu

    emma nunu

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    i always wonder how much money these videos cost

  80. Springers Shop

    Springers Shop

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    I bet he is in for a fun night

  81. Storr


    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  82. Francesco Langella

    Francesco Langella

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Wow!! You are Italian??

  83. Cannon Fighter

    Cannon Fighter

    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  84. Müllerman


    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  85. Jonathan Tsoi

    Jonathan Tsoi

    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

    • Andrea Diagbouga

      Andrea Diagbouga

      Πριν 10 μήνες

      *comes back after two weeks of work*

  86. 🍯 blood honey

    🍯 blood honey

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    They're probably shackles for the legs not handcuffs

  87. Mark Henderson

    Mark Henderson

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Those look like Slave Shackles.....

  88. Jake Whitlock

    Jake Whitlock

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Nice square knot

  89. MF 1995

    MF 1995

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    This is extremely inspiring 😍

  90. Sameer Shaikh

    Sameer Shaikh

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    time west for key

  91. Carmen Hoo

    Carmen Hoo

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    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

      Πριν 2 μήνες


    • Rebecca Fisk

      Rebecca Fisk

      Πριν 2 μήνες

      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


      Πριν 3 μήνες

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

  92. Panagiotis Grigorakis

    Panagiotis Grigorakis

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    What's that thing at 9:01 called?

  93. B Finley

    B Finley

    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

    • Rowdy Eggplaad

      Rowdy Eggplaad

      Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  94. mophius


    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Next video: Slavery Restoration

    • SleepyGuy


      Πριν 11 μήνες

      but slavery is still going to this day

  95. FoxPurple


    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Man that rust water looks good to drink

  96. Daniel Machado

    Daniel Machado

    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  97. Sunny Cooper

    Sunny Cooper

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    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.

  98. Danielle Dan

    Danielle Dan

    Πριν 11 μήνες

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

  99. hrafneta


    Πριν 11 μήνες


  100. Marty Shane

    Marty Shane

    Πριν 11 μήνες

    Это на ноги.