Thumbcuffs, sometimes spelled thumb cuffs, are a bondage item used to restrain the thumbs of a person. Thumbcuffs work like miniature handcuffs - they secure the thumbs of the subject together. In some ways, thumbcuffs are even more restrictive than regular handcuffs - the subject is unable to even use their digits effectively, even if their hands are bound in front, rather than behind their back. Thumbcuffs are often used in addition to handcuffs, although some people see these are redundant, as a handcuffed person does not have a lot of power to begin with. Thumbcuffs are harder to obtain than regular handcuffs, and - do to their nature - are rarely scene in spanking scenarios or role playing.