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The Cutaway King

If there’s one thing I truly love more than locks and lock picks it must be cutaway locks.

cutaway locks are locks that have cuts  to expose the inner working of the lock &  pins and actually enables you to see what’s going on inside the lock.  I highly recommend  to anyone who wishes to start lock picking to buy at least one cutaway to start with, working on a cutaway is a time saver and will help you understand and progress with lock picking much faster.

 I have many many cutaways in my collection, most of them I’ve had to make myself and some are factory made. Most of the lock companies make cutaways to give to their locksmiths as display to put in the their shops, the main problem is that for picking purposes, most of them are not that great to pick as they don’t always show the real inside of the lock.

 In my collection there are more than 120 cutaway locks, but the best cutaways I have (and have actually ever seen) are made by a young lad from England named Spence (AKA hintz or FrenchConnectionUK). Spence is already a living legend in most of the lock picking forums for his amazing work, this guy is a true artist and I know that he loves locks very much.

Here are some of Spence’s locks that I have

Mul-t-lock Garrison

MT5+ and Interactive

 Mul-t-lock 115

Abloy protec

The most amazing fact is that Spence is not a 60 years old engineer with million pounds worths milling machines but actually a guy in his mid twenties without an impressive machines which makes him a very gifted cutaway maker.

I’ve made many deals with Spence and he’s a top guy… very reliable (and he’s a top expert with wrapping locks , which takes me 20 minutes to actually open his packages…)

Some videos  of Spence’s cutaway locks

I have  this lock!

Till next time,


14 responses

  1. Spence

    Lovely! Thanks Raf 😀

    The pics are great 😉

    March 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  2. One of my fave parts of the locksmith exhibition was playing with the Evva cutaways, id love to get hold of some more especially an MCS one. Thats lock is awesome.
    What tools do you use to make such good cutaways

    March 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

    • raf


      You should ask Spence that lol, he’s the cutaway king.

      I have an Evve 3KS cutaway and I did send one Evve MCS lock to Spence a while back.


      March 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  3. Spence

    I successfully cut the MCS with full views of everything 🙂

    Will send Raf some pics to put up of it 😉

    April 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    • carlos

      Hi there!!, how can I contact to Spence? thanks in advance.

      April 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

  4. Scott

    The MUL-T-LOCK 115 is gorgeous! I like the cut in a cut in order to see the pin-in-pin design!


    April 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  5. Spence

    Alright chaps…. forgot I said I would put the MCS pics up. Here’s the links, enjoy! (This is only a prototype by the way)

    May 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  6. Spence

    Alright chaps…. forgot I said I would put the MCS pics up. Here’s the links, enjoy! (This is only a prototype by the way)


    May 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    • raf

      Amazing work mate!!!!!!!

      Well done


      May 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  7. Spence

    Haha, is that videos of me driving & scaring the life out of my mate in his RS focus?

    July 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

  8. Spence

    and *ahem* my car used to get 146 down there :p

    July 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  9. Hey Raf nice collection!
    Do you have an MCS cutaway in your collection? I removed one today and am thinking of making one but not sure where to mill the cuts

    March 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

    • raf

      I have the MCS cutaway ,it’s not going to be easy to make one

      Do you have the key?


      March 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

  10. amazing locks, liking that Garrison

    March 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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