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(662) Texas Jim’s Lockwood Picked & Gutted


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  1. I have several ASSA older oval cylinders like this. They all have countermilling in the plug. I have one ASSA SCD (older) that has threading instead of countermilling.  Also, did this body had a V groove broached thru at just past 6 o'clock position? I couldnt see from the video.  thanks.

  2. Bill, why do you say the deforest is something we don't see that often? I know we don't from you but my main tool is the deforest but I don't have a huge collection of locks. I find it works very well and have wondered why I don't see it in use that much from others.

  3. Bill, i will be driving cross country soon with a u-haul. Can you recommend a good lock to secure it while i sleep overnight?

  4. Can one of you experts suggest a dead bolt for my home door?   I have an old arrow on there I want to replace, I want to get a deadbolt with the internal guard.  someone drilled in to my neighbors door and managed to open the lock through the tiny drill hole above the lock, I believe because it was not internally shielded.

    I would like to spend $100 or less, I dont mind a used lock from ebay if its a good one.  I was looking at some medeco's and mul-t-locks from ebay but they were a little mroe than I would like to spend.  I am a little concerned about buying a used medeco because I was reading online that before 2012 they had some major weaknesses that were fixed in the past couple of years.  Thanks!

  5. Hi Bill.
    I've recently subbed your channel after finding it on YT's "what to watch" section and finding all this lockpicking stuff really interesting.
    Obviously I have no previous experience with this and am a bit lost regarding some of the names, phrases and terminology you use. Would you be able to do a video explaining some of the industry terminology ("wafers" for example) for noobs like myself? Thanks! :-)

  6. at 4:52 you say 8 pins bill?  I only count 7 in the tray, and seven holes in the core?  Not sure if I'm missing something here?  I'm amazed at how fast you got that thing open, between the serrated pins, and the countermilling (thought I saw some threading in there as well) I think it's going to be a while before I have the skill to get something like that open.

  7. Bill,
         They were actually called Lockwood V7, and the original key had the blade split in two. If you looked directly down on the cuts, you could see the start of two key blades as they blended into one, with the cuts at a slight angle. It was meant to give protection against unauthorised key duplication, as the original keyway had a tiny "divider" at the top of the keyway – on your sample it appears to be worn away.

     However it was found that if the cuts were deep enough a "standard" modified key blank duplicated correctly would enter and work, it didn't need to have a " V " shape to operate – the key supplied to you obviously is not " V " shaped, and the angles were not critical. – A rushed design, and not popular.  Regards, Brian.

  8. Hi Bill. Every time I watch one of your videos I get an ad by kwikset. They claim they put their new lock against many skilled pickers and none of them could pick it. I'm dubious. Do you think this is true, and could you pick it? Let me know, thanks!! 

  9. Very cool lock Bill, not seen many locks with a pin set up like that, well never seen one personally. Great picking as always.

  10. I don't know if you've ever shown it before but I'm curious as to how you get the pins back in there after you take them out. Seems like it would be a pain.

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