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(747) Gilbert Vaquera’s Work of Art #3


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  1. i would love a really good explanation of why you would get "counter rotation" and what a "false set" is… any one?

  2. At about 6min in this picking, that core looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Great pick Bosnian Bill! I'm definitely writing down the name Gilbert Vaquera. A name worth remembering, for sure. Love those Sargent locks. Well machined, love the way the core fits in the body. Love the way Gilbert maintained the integrity even through all of that work!

  3. I Notice that when you dismantle the locks, You don't seem to take note of which springs go in which holes…. Doesn't that matter? Sometimes the springs look different to me.

  4. Well I thought I commented on this video and lock, but I guess I didn't click POST… Either way, this is some amazing work. as Bill commented on the time it took to make this… I would hate to know how much time Gilbert "really" put into this lock. It is in a class of it's own. Plus Choosing a tight Sargent to put it in, awesome idea… If you put those pins in an ASSA with the old style or new style counter milling it would more than likely be a paperweight due to it being right at unpickabe…. I'll go color now.. Great Pick Bill !!!

  5. Are there any "off the shelf" locks of this workmanship? All I can say is WOW! Awesome work, and great pick job as well! Bravo to both of you!

  6. Hey Bill, i would love to send you a lock from the U.K which i cannot open and i would love to watch you try. how can i do this?

  7. Sargents are challenging enough without security pins, with their extremely tight tolerances. I was quite pleased to see their cylinders all over the place where I used to work.

  8. +bosnianbill What I find, the difference between myself, a novice, and a man like you, is: that I find the lock not able to be picked and I restart my attempts over and over again, whereas you recognize there is some security pins or what have you and… as opposed to resetting the pins and starting all over, you re-attempt the pins individually. One day I hope to have your finite skills when it comes to handling the pin picking!

  9. Ive been trying to pick a Sargent lock w/o any security pins to increase my skill level for 3 months now. I notice you tension this counter clockwise instead of clockwise, is that exclusive to Sargent locks? I've tried super light tension up to heavy tension and just cannot make any progress. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  10. Also, I must say I really like when you say "This is attempt #4", or mention previous attempts, that way people understand realistically how long they might expect it to take for someone as skilled as yourself to pick such a lock.

  11. I wonder if there's a difference in performance between threading a the lock body and making groves inside with a very fine tool (i know it's like trying to ask an elephant to sit on a toothpick, but it can be done).

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