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(122) Yale Safe Deposit Box Double Locks SPP’d


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  1. What are some of the most outlandish (unique, odd, WTF) tools you've used on locks, and in that same line, what mindset do you use in tool selection for lock opening.

  2. I used to work for Bank of America in the 60's and we would occasionally have to have a safe deposit box "drilled" out. It turned out there was no drilling involved, I would have to turn my back for a few seconds and when I turned back around the door was opened.

    However we did have a nest of very old safe deposit boxes that had only one lock but took two keys to open. You would insert the bank and turn and then you would put in the customer key and turn and the door would. Another interesting thing about this lock was when the box was emptied you flipped a switch and only the bank key was necessary to open it. When the box was rented you would flip the switch then use the bank key first and turn and then you would use a second key which could be any in the drawer and that key would then make the cylinder ready for the bank key and the second key. I had always thought that was neat, I have never seen another lock like it.

  3. why didn't they just spring tension the bank side so the banker had to keep a hold of the key while you put yours in? That would have prevented the picker from easily picking the owner's side whilst having to hold down a spring tensioned banker side.

  4. Hey bill your a magician on picking I'm new to the game using my home made picks I.e metal from inside windscreen wipers and filed down hacksaw blades. What's the best starter kit do u think,cheap like alibaba stuff.

  5. Oh, much appreciated… but you've sent me quite enough already my friend! As tempting as it is (& it IS lol), let someone else enjoy it. Not to mention pickin' has kinda been placed on the side lines lately, as my efforts are put towards safes 🙂 Thank you so much for the offer though.

  6. Great pickin'! Especially considering you gave US the view/angle YOU should've been at for picking it lol. Koko rules!! I've never had one of those, but seen many around the lockpicking community. I've always found them very interesting. And, as you mentioned, a neat little piece of history.

  7. Where u been lately? After you whipped the Titalium in record time you disappeared from the planet.
    Yeah, Koko was kind enough to send that lock and several others. I'm still fighting the others…they're pretty tough.

  8. I think it is the Yale Y8 blank & will put out some feelers. I did clean up the locks – they had some green corrosion on them. It looked like salt corrosion – did you get it from somebody that might have cried onto it? I know I'm crying onto that master ring…

  9. Soon, soon. I have to be honest, Koko sent a 4-pinner that I spent two hours working on with no open. When I finally looked at the key I discovered it was an unmarked Medeco, probably for a casino machine. I should've realized all is not as it appears… That lock may take a while to appear in a video, but I'll try.

  10. Awesome job!!! If you find a key blank for the bank side let me know, I have yet to find the proper blank for it. I still have one I hope to get a guard key for someday. Also looks like you did a great job cleaning her up!!!

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