Today, February 20, is: Clean Out Your Bookcase Day; Love Your Pet Day; World Day of Social Justice; National Cherry Pie Day; National Student Volunteer Day; National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants; Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day; and National Handcuff Day. In the interests of brevity, today we’ll discuss National Handcuff Day.
On February 20, 1912, George A. Carney received a patent for a swinging arm type of adjustable, ratcheting handcuff. The Days of the Year website notes:
To celebrate this historic occasion, organisers present the Annual Handcuff Day Contest. This takes the form of a quiz which tests a person’s knowledge on handcuffs. Successful participants have the opportunity to win a collectible 100th Anniversary Peerless Handcuff. Questions are asked about some of the following handcuff trivia:
- the amount of nickel handcuffs produced by the Peerless® Handcuff Company
- when the Peerless® Handcuff Company started selling handcuffs with their own original trademark
- what country other types of handcuffs, for example Rivolier handcuffs, originate from
- what kind of handcuff replicas are used in China
- which handcuff brand(s) were discontinued, and then brought back, and why
- who introduced the Gill Flash Action manacle and when that happened
- how much standard and other types of handcuffs weigh
- how many pairs of thumbcuffs (yes, you read that right: thumbcuffs) have been produced by the Peerless® Handcuff Company
- which handcuff models are made from stainless steel
- what kind of handcuffs people suspected of conspiring against Abraham Lincoln wore
The collectible 100th Anniversary Peerless Handcuff to be one is a unique gift item. Although it is a limited edition collectible, this handcuff is built to withstand the daily rigors of law enforcement use. It has a highly polished nickel plated finish with special engravings and unique serial numbers, which makes it a really exciting prize for people interested in the history of law enforcement.
For fanciers of bondage, handcuffs are actually not a recommended toy, because they can cause nerve damage if worn too long. There are alternatives available. Yes, lots of sex toy companies sell them, fur-lined or whatever. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.