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Z-Con Lock

Hello all

Here is a lock I recently got. A very well made I think


The lock is called Z-Con and I’m not sure where it is made. The mechansim and the style of the lock are very similar to other French locks I know.

The is very strange looking key but has a very clever design ,It’s not only the spaces between the discs, it is also the thickness of the key that enable the lock to open.

con 004

Like many French pompes locks the face of the lock doesn’t turn at all. This makes this lock very hard to pick.

con 003

The lock itself only contains 3 discs but inside the core of the lock there are also 3 grooves that the discs must sits in before the lock can be opened.

con 005

con 010

con 006

Here is the sheer line.

con 007

The lock doesn’t have a card to go with which makes me wonder about the make of the lock.

It would be very interesting to find out how a key is copied to this lock.


18 responses

  1. Diazaman

    Sorry Bro, no idea….
    Great little lock…very smart idea…
    Were you able to “pick” it? Or anything?

    December 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  2. Yosef

    Hey Rafi, very interesting blog! Keep up the good work!
    I was wondering if you had any tips for a beginner lock picker (for a hobby – LockSport)
    who wants to get started in Israel. Where is a good place to get practice locks? Any and all advice is welcome!

    December 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm

  3. That’s a very interesting lock indeed! Where does one acquire a lock like this?
    I think that an impressioning tool could be made from maybe a telescopic tube like the old car aerials?

    January 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  4. So this just pops open without turning of a key, just insertion?
    Could it be picked by applying shackle tension and then pushing the disks inwards and releasing? Like overlifting them

    January 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

  5. Did you manage to pick this one open Raf? I would opt for an overlifting type attack

    January 28, 2014 at 8:40 am

    • raf

      Hello Jay hope you are well

      Not a chance to overlift this lock.


      February 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

  6. Diazaman

    Hey Raf, how’s your progress on this Z-Con?

    Ps. Do you reply to comments? I’ve never seen you post anything but questions. Am I missing something? Maybe I’m looking in the wrong section?
    After all I’m not computer savvy at all…

    I’m totally being honest when I say I’m suprized everytime I’m actually able to just get my “phone” to preform any task whatsoever….lol

    Peace n Tanks
    Dizzy aka diazaman

    February 6, 2014 at 12:16 am

    • raf

      Hello Dizzy I do reply to comments and questions when they are relevant.

      Not had much time to play with the Z-con and some how I feel the many methods will not work there.


      February 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

      • montasser sarwat


        I have baught a pedal lock z con from Egypt for my car I used it a year but now dosnt work and it lock my car can’t remove it from the car what can I do please help me my friend I sparyt wd40 and it not open I’m very sad can u help me waiting it reply urgently plz because I can’t drive my car

        best regards

        November 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

  7. Yosef

    The lock is a Mindy padlock, apparently a Kenyan lock company. Can be purchased on eBay and Kenyan websites like this one:
    Price there translates to around 17$.

    February 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  8. Mike

    From google, it appears that it’s made in China and sold pretty much only in Kenya. I got one one Amazon.

    August 31, 2014 at 5:12 am

  9. I got one of these locks, and been trying foir a few days now to pick or bypass it , not done it yet, tricky little lock .

    September 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

  10. jumaa

    i Love this locks am from kenya and most expensive locks(Ksh5000-8000/$100) here can be picked very smart pickers around who gain access to your house/property and still everything but since i started using this lock have never lost anything have seen marks on it people trying to pick them but they have never been succesful

    January 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    • Mwaura

      They picked mine a few days ago and stole my electronics. Take care Jumaa but I’m guessing there’s some sort of master key.

      September 6, 2016 at 8:28 am

  11. Tom

    Hello, this is our factory production, our factory called PUJIANG WELIS LOCKS CO.,LTD. Pls contact with me if you are interested in our production. my email is

    June 29, 2016 at 2:32 am

  12. Brilliant job! Can’t wait to read another posts. Good job keep it up.

    August 16, 2016 at 9:25 am

  13. Nice Blog! We have read a few of the interesting content on your website now, and we really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep it up the effective work.

    Locksmith Twickenham

    September 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

  14. Lockmania

    I have picked these on my YouTube channel they are pretty easy, but the brand on mine is anboud but it is the same type of lock

    November 25, 2018 at 10:56 pm

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