Posted by Ian McColl on December 04, 2000 at 22:51:58:
In Reply to: Re: Question for Ian and the other Locksmiths out there: When can a handcuff be repaired? posted by J. Lauher on December 04, 2000 at 10:11:49:
Dear Joe, A photo of the handcuff is best and a description of the problem. I have been able to help some requests from the description without the necessity to have the cuff posted it to me.
In most cases I can reasonably give an estimate to the cost of the repair and the return postage cost. In the case of a Berliner and rare Strauss I had to actually see the cuff first. The Berliner needed a complete top section and new mechanism. The Strauss, apart from being reassembled had the chain linkage hinge broken in half. On inspection of the cuff I could then work out how the cuff was assembled and what parts needed to be disassembled further before the whole unit could be restored.
Springs are the biggest problem and as each maker had their own designs for the springs. Replacement can be a hastle. A cuff that comes to mind is the Adams where only the correct spring is really right one as the spring alone is the ratchet pawl, most others can be replaced.
As to keys, it is always best to make a key direct to the handcuff although it is not always necessary or feasible. As cuffs, although of the same make and model are hand assembled & finished
The Cuff made on a Monday may be very different from the cuff made by the same maker on Friday when they were tired and wanted to go home.
I can supply a list of most of the sort after keys I make to handcuffs in my own collection and others on request.
With Darby or any threaded bolt handcuffs, I only make keys to the cuffs themselves as there are too may different thread pitches and bolt diameters. I offer a money back guarrantee on all my keys.
I am always will to consider any cuff repairs, restorations or keys and can be contacted at email@example.com
I hope this answers most of your questions.
: Thanks very much for your comments.
: What should a collector do if they wish to contact you about
: a repair? Should they send a picture?
: Do you give estimates in advance?
: Do you need the actual cuff to make a new key?
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