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(315) Picking the Assa SCD


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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. I have one of these in my apartment. The door to my balcony. The keyway is tight like hell. Is this a European lock? Cause I see that u use a Peterson standard pick. Sorry, I havent even seen a pick yet, just wanna know what to buy.

  2. I bought 4 of these on ebay from a locksmith in CA. Dirt cheap. 4 cost me around $20. He is sending me a cut key and and a blank (not free). I am not ready for working with security pins but the little I have fooled around with one of the locks, I can tell they are tighter in tolerances and made better with some features that i dont even know yet. The ones I bought are 600 series. No side bar. But still going to be great for practice.

  3. Lloyd,
    Sorry, I am not a dealer or locksmith but you can find all the tools you need on the Internet simply by Googling "lock picks". I've had good experiences with Peterson International, Sparrows and SouthOrd.
    Welcome to Lock picking!

  4. Hi Bill! Its my second day trying to lock pick, I've just picked my office draw with two paper clips, is it possible for you two put together a starter kit that i can purchase from you?

  5. Jim, To be honest, Medecos are not my favorite lock to pick. I have picked some (see videos #163, 173 & 174), but I find them tedious. They are very secure and difficult to pick. Unlike most locks, I find myself basically keeping a sheet of paper with the combinations of angles that I've tried. Sooner or later I seem to hit it. Finding the right set point is pretty easy. Finding the right angle is a bitch and eats up a lot of time.

  6. Jim,
    It WAS a bitch to shim – even from the rear as I did. Especially hard because I was clumsy and dropped it a couple of times during the process.
    Despite many hours of picking, I have not yet managed to pick the intact Assa Combi. As you know, the side pins have to be rotated to the correct angle, THEN raised to the correct height. It is like picking a 6-pin Schlage AND a 5-pin Medeco – simultaneously. I'm still trying though…

  7. Look up xeotech1… you should see the channel under the name "Samus Aran"

    There are a lot of us lock pickers that still make videos!

    Oh and good job Bill!

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