Posted 2 years ago
12 years after Smith & Wesson discontinued manufacturing handcuffs for the Peerless Handcuff Co., Smith & Wesson introduced their own line of handcuffs in 1952. They were advertised as "A New and Improved Model" by Smith & Wesson.
This set that I acquired, came out of the factory, and was used to determine the amount of stress a pair could go through before failing.
Until you surpass that breaking point, one can't determine the maximum amount of stress one can endure.
This example definitely surpassed that breaking point.
The 1953 product brochure states:
THE PROOF !
Over 700 Lbs. Supported On A Single Tooth Of Each Cuff !
STRENGTH AND RIGIDITY
THAT EXCEEDS THE MOST EXACTING SPECIFICATIONS
I'm not sure what kind of method of testing they actually performed, but this one must have exceeded the 700 Lbs.