These cuffs were first manufactured in the mid-1800s, and are
still used by certain groups in third-world countries.
Since U.S. and
other personnel operate in these regions, they are in potential danger
of being taken captive by these groups.
We were asked by some chaps
working with the British MOD Survival School to develop a tool that made
escape possible from these cuffs.
Darby cuffs were designed prior to
mass production techniques and standardization.
Spring tension and bolt
diameter can vary even from the left cuff to the right cuff!
was designed to work even with these variances.
The Darby Escape Toggle is a tool designed to escape from Darby-style
It’s compact (only 1.5″
long) and discreet (disguised as a functioning zipper-pull toggle).
unique design utilizes a special 375 lb. coated Kevlar® cord.
Weight: 0.07 oz.
Made in USA.
managed to procure a limited quantity of Darby handcuffs, all of which
are at least 50 to 75 years old.
Although some may show a bit of rust,
they are all fully functional and provide practical and realistic
training devices for the Darby Escape Toggle.