Steensy

The Devil’s Ruko

Steensy first contacted me through LockTube and asked if he could send a challenge lock or two.  I readily agreed and two weeks  later a small package arrived from the UK.  That evening my wife had to come out to the lock lab around midnight and remind me that the next day was a work day.

I had picked on the Ruko for over four hours and got absolutely NOTHING.  I was certain it had a lot of serrated components but was getting almost no feedback whatsoever.

Over the next several weeks I invested countless hours in the three locks that Steensy sent – all with the same disappointing results.  My confidence was at an all time low when Steensy send an email suggesting I return his locks so he could give them to someone more worthy.  Wow, that hurt.

#2: The Ruko’s bible resting on the padlock body. Only a 5-pinner, four of them are threaded.

#3: The core resting on the padlock body. Only three chambers are threaded, but chambers 2,3 and 4 alternate threading with the bible’s. That guarantees mixed feedback. Of course, this lock gives up very little feedback… The core resting on the padlock body. Only three chambers are threaded, but chambers 2,3 and 4 alternate threading with the bible’s. That guarantees mixed feedback. Of course, this lock gives up very little feedback…

#4: All hand made pins, each designed to grab and get hung up in the serrations of the chambers.

I delayed him and redoubled my efforts.  For two more weeks I thrashed those damn things.  Finally, on the evening of 18 March 2016 I finally got the Ruko to pop open!  I quickly gutted and photographed it before it changed its mind!

Steensy’s Lock for Hell’s Gate

That same night I clamped up the little Corbin for the thousanth time, having little hope of getting it open,but still riding the wave of success from opening the Ruko.  On my third try, IT OPENED TOO!!

#1: The freshly picked Corbin with the still mummied key.

#2: The unwrapped key held no real surprises – four high cut pins hiding behind two very low cut ones.

#3: Also only a 5-pinner, Steensy had threaded all five chambers of the core. The bible was not threaded.

#4: As in the Ruko, the pins are hand made and very precise with sharp edges. If you look closely at key pin #2, you can see where I must have bent the thin part of the spool.

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