The Darby Escape Toggle is a tool designed to escape from Darby-style handcuffs
The Darby Escape Toggle is a tool designed to escape from Darby-style handcuffs. These cuffs were first manufactured in the mid-1800s, and are still used by certain groups in third-world countries. Since the U.S. and other personnel operate in these regions, they are in potential danger of being taken captive by these groups.
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! This tool was designed to work even with these variances. It's compact (only 1.5" long) and discreet (disguised as a functioning zipper-pull toggle). Its unique design utilizes a special 375 lb. coated Kevlar® cord.