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(465) UK Customs Lock Picked & New Titanium Tools


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com



  1. When these locks are on a shipping container they have like a box cover over them. The cover is welded to the container and you have to push the lock up into the box then slide to the left before pushing the bolt into place. When the lock is in place the cover comes down about 2'' past the bottom of the lock, it would be very difficult to pick with this box in the way. Perhaps you could make a box to see if it could be picked in the working position. Even if the box was just made from card board, just for picking purposes, it would be interesting to see. You would need a tensioner that would go deep but I bet BB could do it…..now there's a challenge :-)

  2. I have made some picks and tensioners from windscreen wiper blades. The metal strips I obtained from the wiper blades fall into three categories: non-magnetic; mildly magnetic and completely magnetic. Some strips are thicker than others and some strips are wider than others. All can be used to make excellent picks and tensioners. I use them to make pick tips and use a pin vice bought cheaply on e-bay as a handle. Pin vices make excellent lock pick handles gripping the pick tips very tightly.

  3. Bonsi, have you ever picked car door locks? Theres been a few times I've helped with lock outs, and the traditional tools haven't worked well for me.

  4. I know this is an old post, but I recently found one of these in the street (locked naturally). It yielded to a bit of coat hanger as a tension wrench and a "bobby pin" pick. Once I had the wrench and the pick, it probably took me about 20 minutes to SPP it… http://tinyurl.com/pm994d7 It comes apart pretty easily after that, so I may take a crack at making a couple of keys for it when I get some more spare time.

  5. I'm sure the cost would be quite high, but I think it would definitely be interesting to integrate some sort of magnetic deadbolt system (I'm sure there is a better way of saying that). Say the lock was non magnetic along with the key, save for one 'security' pin that contained a magnet. So basing this on the assumption that most people will have steel lock picks, and/or bump keys, the magnet would become attracted to it, drawing it in to a position where it would seize the cylinder (Provided there was a spring attached to it to draw it back after so that you don't void the lock completely). On top of that, with a little extra machining on the cylinder itself, the pin wouldn't even need to then be accessible from the key way. 
    I'm not saying that this would be unpick-able, but it would definitely stop several attempts at surreptitious entry.

    That turned out to be a longer explanation than I expected

  6. Ohh.. Titanium tools are spiffy. My set of SERE I EDC are titanium. Being the international man of mystery that you are I'm sure you keep a set of titanium picks "Stashed Away" for those awkward moments where you wake up naked locked in a "Turkish Bath House", right?

  7. Nice job as usual Bill.  I like the tools as well.  If you can get the info from Adrian and post it so I can order some too. 

  8. Great job bill and thanks for the heads up on the prototypes! If you have ANY ideas or suggestions on the tension wrenches just let me know and I will forward it! I believe the small one was just testing around.

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