All you need to know about locks and picking them

Defeating the DOM IX

Last week I was forced to drill a Dom lock on a real lockout. I always feel bad when doing so ,even when sometimes it’s the only option (like glued locks etc.)

I’ve already covered the Dom locks in my blog and they are very hard to pick but possible. The trouble is on a real door when you lose the comfort of your vice and most of the time there’s a lock protector which makes it harder to tension.

I spent a few good hours on finding a better solution to this lock and found out that the  foil is the best way.  However there might be some problems when using this method.


I have five different  locks and three of them pick very easy,  one lock will pick but it will be impossible to remove the key after, I suspect the higher cuts( pin number 5) is going far too deep in the foil key , and the last lock will not pick and when I’ve looked more into the lock I’ve discovered that where it should have been pin number one it went all the way to the last pin for some reason. Also with this lock it is better to use pliers as bigger forced is needed.


To overcome those problems I’ve cut a substantial amount of the key  and since there isn’t a complex warding the key is working much better now  and will go on very smoothly.


Here is a video on how it’s done.






Also  here’s a quick look on my new lock  training borad I’ve made this week.


12 responses

  1. darkhorse

    raf…thats brilliant……just brilliant mate

    August 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

  2. Paullocksmith

    You make it look so east Raf ….Well done

    August 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  3. Orc


    August 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm

  4. M.A.H.

    What type of foil are you using?

    This was brilliant!

    August 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    • raf

      To e honest I don’t really know.

      This foil comes form a foil picking set I have


      August 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  5. Petrulis

    Good job. Looks very easy!

    Have you ever tried CISA dimple locks?

    September 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

    • raf

      The Cisa R6 have a very complex profile and also a deep jumps with high and low pins so I believe it would be very hard to foil them.



      September 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

  6. Yes Raf, every locksmith drills no matter how much he denies it.
    I had to drill a garrison today, i pretty much had it picked but the back pin would not set with any of my picks.
    Drilling was painful and messy but time is precious for both me and the customer.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    • raf

      Hello mate

      If when ever this happens again and there’s only one pin to set ,you can use a screwdriver to brake the pin.



      September 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

  7. Alex

    Nice Job.
    I’ve seen on YouTube Kaba Expert bumpt and foil successfully. Is that for real? …

    November 13, 2011 at 1:48 am

    • raf

      Hello Alex

      I’ve seen the video but never tried it myself


      November 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      • Alex

        Thanks for the answer Raf.

        November 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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