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My thoughts on Clejuso model 11

August 29 2017 at 11:18 AM
SBD  (Login silentbd)

Taken from the description of my video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5wrNH7jj_k

They are used by German police forces and according to their site, all over the world. My first thoughts were a nice interesting visual design, which then turned into a feeling that they were cheapo handcuffs. Now I have come to realise there are indeed good as well as bad points on these handcuffs as I will detail.

The bad:

• There is no ditch on the rotating arm. The purpose of a ditch is that a protrusion in the body of the cuff slides through it as the cuff is placed on the wrist. If someone is really strong and pulls outwards, without the ditch they may be able to pull the teeth of the cuff out of the internal pawl's teeth and free them self from the handcuffs. The ditch ensures that this force will be shared with the protrusion in the cuff which is lodged into a ditch inside the rotating arm. These handcuffs have no ditch. The only "possible" saving grace is they are chunkier laterally, meaning there is more metal horizontally that the person would need to put force against. Maybe this will help in the absence of the ditch.

• There is only 1 pawl bar and it is very thin, meaning they may tolerate less force being put on them, causing the handcuffs to break and allow a strong person to free them self. Maybe.

• The pawl tolerances are pretty high, in that there is SO MUCH ROOM at the base of the cuff when placed on a wrist, that you could drive a tank up in there to unlock them if they are not double locked. I shoved a big heavy duty bobby pin or hair grip in there and shimmed the handcuffs open.

• The outer sandwiches of metal are somewhat thin. Thin enough that I can pinch hard and bow them closer together. This leads me to believe someone could pry the two sandwiches apart and essentially smash open the handcuff to free them self.

• You can tell they are made cheaply because there is a lot of open areas in the handcuff. This lead you see the inside workings (which is interesting) and they only have 1 handcuff mould and use it for both sides. This leads to one key hole facing the front and one facing the back, instead of both holes being on the same side. This is a classic cheap tactic as they do not need to design and separately manufacture a mirrored handcuff bracelet for the other side. Most big name cuffs have a properly mirrored side. These do not.

• They smell like gun metal, like an old west toy cap gun I had as a child. Just horrible. Possibly due to the different kind of metal used in the middle of the handcuffs.

The Good:
• They are comfortable. Not quite as comfortable as Peerless, but they are pretty damn comfortable to wear, of course as long as they are not over-tightened.

• The open design has shown me that if you used a handcuff key from another brand that is not tall enough on the bit (the bit does not poke out from the key far enough) which would normally lead to a dead-locked key that is permanently stuck in the lock, with these handcuffs you could likely continue to turn the key and just go around again or remove the key as nothing seems to block it. I tested this by turning one key in the wrong direction and pressing the pawl down, which caused the key to rotate in the opposite direction towards being pulled out easily.

• There is a button in order to double lock the handcuffs. It is crucial to double lock handcuffs in order to both prevent easy opening of these handcuffs (especially THESE which you can drive a tank up in there to open them) and also ensure the handcuffs cannot accidentally (or on purpose to blame the arresting officer for abuse) tighten and cause injury to the person who is wearing the handcuffs.

• They are made in Germany, so I hope the usual german manufacturing means that they are of sound and strong secure capability. I can only hope, given my findings so far, detailed in the "Bad" section above.


I was actually hoping for a bit better quality in these handcuffs.

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Joseph Lauher
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Re: My thoughts on Clejuso model 11

August 30 2017, 7:52 PM 

Nice review. Thanks for posting.

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Re: My thoughts on Clejuso model 11

August 31 2017, 12:10 PM 

Thanks. Over all I am glad to have them in my collection. I have seen before that companies have tried to convince law enforcement to buy "better" sturdier, more secure handcuffs but it all comes down to costs it seems. So I can imagine that the German government would opt for something affordable.

Another little tidbit is that standard keys tend not to work in these handcuffs. I tried various brands of key and the only ones I have that would fit, aside from the ones that come with the handcuffs, are Alcyon's standard key and ASP's standard key. They are a little bit snug but they work just fine. They have a slightly low enough bit-height that they can move between the cheek plates and have enough depth to move the double lock out of the way. The other brands I tested would just not function at all (TCH, Hiatt, Smith & Wesson, Peerless.

My modified Smith & Wesson key, according to the TOOOL organisation's "ultimate handcuff key" specification, as one may expect did work.

Over all, the build quality is ok, the finish is very good (leading to being comfortable) and if for no other reason than they are the only German handcuff I have, I like them. Being in England I do not have many placed to buy modern cuffs from either UK or Europe.

Chris Gower
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August 31 2017, 2:53 PM 

I agree a very good review. SBD can you email me direct (cgower1@aol.com) I live in Dorset where about about do you live? Chris

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Re: My thoughts on Clejuso model 11

August 31 2017, 4:12 PM 

Just down the road from me then chris i am in wiltshire. What part of dorset are you.

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