K is for... Keys & Locks.
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Combination safe locks, Lever Locks, Pin-Tumbler, and Bump-Keys.
see the links for more information.....
Safe / vault combination locks. I have many of these mounted on thick metal
plates to make lock-manipulation / picking far more realistic.
Old sargent and Greenleaf 3 wheel key-change...... Early Mosler hand-change 3-wheel
An early Milners Manifoil 3 wheel lock........ Later Chatwood Milner Manifoil from 1967
Manual for the Manifoil combination lock.
I have a few of these too, some attached to safes, and some in stock waiting to be installed
Chatwood Milner (Chubb) Mk 4 Manifoil dated 1998........ La Gard three wheel safe lock
Large Chubb 4 wheel vault-lock Key-Change........ Modern Mosler 302 with dial-lock
Sargent and Greenleaf basic 3 wheel key-change......S and G 8400 (knob in dial centre)
Lever-locks for safes. I make and modify special tools to non-destructively
open these types of locks. Sometimes it takes some time, but it is good fun!
1970's early 10 lever Mersey Keylock (NATO safe lock)....Milner 5+5 lever safe lock
NATO 10 lever key lock.
I have a few of these! some are 14 lever A couple on safes, and a spare or two. Here are
some more pictures. These locks are rather tricky to pick.
2 vintage Chubb deposit-box locks (round and flat key)...kromer Novum prototype safe lock
Made by WLN (like the Mersey) an MOD cabinet-lock....nice 7 lever lock typical of safes gun cabinets
Double Key Vault Lock.
This one turned up many years ago at a market in Rochester Kent.
Double Key Vault Lock.
GPO Payphone lock.
Lovely 6 lever cashbox lock from the 700 series payphone.
GPO Cashbox lock.
Victorian 6 lever vault lock.
This lock was recovered from a site in central London, due to be demolished.
Pin-tumbler locks / practice locks Bramah Time locks and my toolkit
above are some of my cut-away locks. Great when you are teaching.
and here is a small Bramah I was given by their sales director.
and a few Mul-T-Lock cylinders. Thay are common here in the UK
and here are some safe/vault timelocks. and a photo of my locks tool-kit
Bump keys, and why you need to fit new locks!
Bump Keys. (on a bootlace...)
The vast majority of locks fitted to houses / buildings in the UK can be easily
opened with this set of bump-keys. If you doubt what I am saying here, do a few
web-searches for bump keys and take a look at some of the how-to videos on-line.
I have opened countless locks for people It usually takes a few minutes at most.
I use bumping alongside the more traditional methods such as picking, shimming, and
raking. Once in a while I find that I need to get tough with a lock. But not often.
I have been bumping locks since 2008. I occasionally buy a special bump-key. But I
tend to make my own nowadays.
These keys can be bought openly on the internet, and are easy to use, IT IS TIME
TO REPLACE ALL YOUR LOCKS! Especially if they are the usual yale, union, era etc..
types. Bramah, MultiLock interactive/MT5, and a few others are still safe., for now.
Remember, generally speaking, if it's a "normal" pin-tumbler type lock it is open
to attack using this simple method. And all you need to make bump-keys is a blank.
Some folks think that restricting the circulation of blank / un-cut keys is the
answer. This is of course a complete farce. Blank keys need to be openly available
to allow normal people to get copies made for thier own locks. and if there were any
restrictions put on the availability of blank keys they would simply be made available
from internet-based stores completely by-passing any restrictions on their sale. If you
don't believe me, look at the pathetic number-plate situation here in the UK. it is now
even easier to get a uk or any european number plate made up on-line than it ever was in
the past. And this is totally down to government thinking it can control by making silly
and easy to by-pass laws. We need an open system. as rules just lead to alternate routes.
My interest in locks etc...
Well that started when I was about nine or ten years old. I had a fairly
large collection of locks and keys, and was taking the locks apart to find
out how and why they worked. At school I had a bit of a reputation as a
locksmith and made some extra pocket-money by either supplying fellow students
with keys for various parts of the building, or un-locking and re-keying/coding
the locks in the cycle-shed. OK, so it wasn't exactly 100% legal, but this interest
in locks and other mechinisms gave me a good background which I found quite useful
in later life.