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(956) Banage’s Strange “Mindy” Lock


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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. Cool lock, great pickin’ again, Bill.
    Although it is a weird lookin lock/key-way, i think it may slow down the common lock picker due to the fact, most have never seen such a key-way. Also, i assume its made in CHINA ??

  2. Bill: If you were going to get into the habit of picking these, you could probably make a tension wrench. I was wondering if one of those dual-prong wrenches used for car locks might work, if you bent the tines to fit along the radius of the keyway. Another option might be to take a key for one of these locks, shear off the left side, and put a bend in it. Then it would fit the left side of the keyway perfectly.

  3. In the fire service at least one source suggests "case hardened" intends to resist compression cutting forces like bolt cutters. It goes further to suggest that case hardened shackles should indicate the need for rotary cutting tool

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