All you need to know about locks and picking them

Miwa lock

Locks from different parts of the world always makes me very curious,it’s nice to see different designs of locks  and  usually they do offer some different  protection of the lock.

This is a Miwa lock I got from a friend who had visited Japan about a year ago.At first glance the key looks normal with a double-bitted cuts but when I had a closer look I was amazed by how  this lock is designed (I would like to apologise for the quality of my pictures,but even a better photographer would have troubles showing this how beautiful this lock is)

The lock is operated by one side bar and seven sliders that moves inside the plug which is build like a tree house

Hope you can see the sliders -3 them are up to the left ,the other 4 are down

The key is very tight ,I did see a picking tool for this lock but I don’t think it will be very easy,impreesioning might be the best way

Here  is the side bar

All in all this is a very interesting lock and I do hope I will get more of them in the future!

7 responses

  1. darkhorse

    wow raf…you get some amazing stuff to work with

    March 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

  2. Got to agree it’s a very interesting lock Raf.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  3. mikey

    similar to an ingersol?

    April 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  4. raf

    Not sure mate as I don’t have an Ingersoll lock yet (it’s on my list)

    April 2, 2011 at 7:27 am

  5. It looks like a more modern version of an ingersoll 10 lever lock.
    I guess it would impression fairly well though using wafer style tumblers instead of pins.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

  6. How does it compare price wise to the ingersoll? Is it easy to get hold of replacement parts?

    August 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    • raf


      I only have one sample of this lock so unfortunately I don’t know much about prices and parts

      The Ingersoll is a great lock.


      August 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

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