Instructables

Restraining a Person

Ever found yourself ordered to tie up that nasty hero and then you realize hey i never learned how to effectively tie someone up. You then end up just wrapping the rope around him and using overhand knots. He escapes and guess who just lost their job.
 
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Step 1: Making Your Handcuffs

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Their are many ways to tie someone up and this is my method if you have a better one post it I want to see it.

First you will need a rope. I advise against using a anything that can't hold the below shape.

Step 2: Tieing the Knot

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Here is where we will actually start. Begin by taking your rope and make three to four loops in it.

Step 3: Next

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You now have the loops in the middle and the two ends coming off. Take the ends bend them and then put them through the loops and tighten down the loops. the picture only shows whats happening on one side you must do the same with the other.

Step 4: Almost done

The bends that you made are the cuffs. When you secure the victim put their hands behind their back and put the two bends around their wrists. Now after you have done this pull the two loose ends. If the bends don't tighten around the wrists something went wrong. Now that the bends are tight around the wrists take the two loose ends and tie a square knot as close to the cuffs and as tight as you can so that the can't just loosen the loops. Your done!! You may want to get rid of the long ends that are probably hanging down or you can leave them there so that the victim thinks they can do something with them when they can't.

This same thing can be used on the legs as well so that they can't use there arms and legs. If you do this I find it amusing to stick grass in there ear and watch them squirm.
abehambino4 years ago
is the knot supposed to come apart when pull the ends all the way like a tomfool's knot? i read somewhere that you shouldn't use a tomfool's for a handcuff. just wondering if i was tying it right.
moomoocows (author)  abehambino4 years ago
you are correct. if you do not have the loops around someones wrists and you pull the ends the loops will pull all the way through. you are also correct that this cuffing method is not a friendly one. it uses only a single wrap to go around the wrists which means all the pressure of struggling and tying is focused on the smallest point possible.
annoyed3145 years ago
It's called the 'Mexican Handcuff knot', and it's more stable than the 'Texas Ranger Handcuff' knot (that one looks like a pretzel during tying). There's a MUCH better description on how to tie it here:
http://jackelfrink.com/tutorials/mexican-handcuff

Your line drawings in this 'instructable' aren't clear enough for most people.
I get what he's saying. But thanks for the link. Now I have an idea of how to keep the loops from falling apart.
The other option is to use knots that don't... suck? Overhand knots won't cut it.
moomoocows (author) 6 years ago
always make four
So you make a noose? That's all you're showing. I'm pretty sure that's for hanging pirates, never seen it used to restrain people.
moomoocows (author)  Erik Lindemann6 years ago
No noose. It's kind of a double noose, but not really.
That wasn't a noose. If you tried to use that to hang somebody, you might just decapitate them... Or it might not work altogether.
dchall86 years ago
When I was a kid we used to see escape artists on The Ed Sullivan Show. It always amazed me that these people would be given 100 feet of rope and use it all with no real knots used. So...not that I've ever had to tie anyone up, but just watching that sort of thing on national TV sparked my interest. I guess we used to tie each other up playing cops and robbers. Here's another knot to try. In the middle of the rope, tie a simple shoe lace knot resulting in two loops. Insert the arms into the two loops, tighten, and tie a square knot with the loose ends. Fin. Of course if you use nylon rope and get it wet, you can stretch almost any loops out enough to escape.
moomoocows (author)  dchall86 years ago
The only problem with that is when you actually try and pull it tight the center of the knot loosens and it's more of a pain.
moomoocows (author) 6 years ago
i would say i use this when i feel like it and what i use it for is simple to tie people up if you wonder who that information is classified
Just how often do you use this...and what, may I as, do you need it for?