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As Valentine’s Day approaches us all some are in the mood for giving…locking padded hand cuffs. I decided to photograph a bit today in the workshop as I made this pair for a good client of mine up in Canada. Did you know I can personalize your piece with any inscription? I heat treat and brand the letters and symbols right into the Latigo Leather. As seen above, a special process and machine is used to get it looking just right. You might even consider personalizing your next set, just enter your inscription in the input box as one of the options for the product.
I like to bevel the lower edge of all of my bondage gear. This is the part that will be touching the skin and beveling it, or creating a curved edge, helps to make each strap and restraint quite comfortable. The Latigo Leather I use is already fairly flexible and soft, and with a bit of, um…use it will become even more supple. Latigo is the good stuff by the way, and in my opinion it is the only type of leather any maker should be using in their bondage gear. It has been impregnated (whoops) with high quality waxes and oils that help it resist water and sweat. Without that simple property, the leather would easily break down, dry out and tear fairly quickly. I recently had a client of mine tell me that he dropped a pair of his ankle cuffs I made into a bucket of water by accident (no I didn’t ask why) and he didn’t notice they were there until the weekend was over. He picked the ankle cuffs right out of the bucket and they were still just as nice as when they were first dropped in. Try that with any other type of leather! (Actually – don’t, other types will dry out and harden and are extremely difficult to revive.)
For the locking padded hand cuffs I hand hammer each hole into place, evenly spaced apart. The holes are wider than normal in order to fit the locking mechanism on the buckle.
A complete pair of locking cuffs ready to be shipped off for some serious use. I sell them complete with small polished locks and keys. The padding on my cuff designs is made from a high quality densely packed – 100% pressed wool felt. The felt is comfy when worn tightly and is a much better option than typical leather padding that other makers use. Ever sit on a leather couch and started to sweat? Not a comfortable feeling!