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Knock N’ Lock

Here is a short video I took of this marvelous cylinder today.

This cylinder is sold to one of my customers but I can I was very sorry to let it go..

Knock n lock is an Israeli invention in which the lock is operated by electric pulses or knocks.


Mul-T-Lock Selector צילינדר מולטילוק אינטראקטיב סלקטור

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חדש במפתח העיר !

צילינדר הרשאות מתוחכם מבית מולטילוק

הצילינדר מאפשר הרשאות זמניות למשתמשים שונים והוא פיתרון מצויין לכול בית בו יש עוזרת. מנקה או צורך לתת מפתח לזמן קצר.

Here is a quick look on the new Mul-t-lock Selector lock that is brand new to the market.

The lock is a clever design and actually is an improvement of the mul-t-lock 3 in 1 (already covered in my blog)

The lock comes with 6 keys and 3 colors

הצילינדר מגיע עם שישה מפתחות

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The  3 white key will always open the lock they are for the owners of the flat.

שלושת המפתחות הלבנים תמיד יפתחו את המנעול

The blue key is temporary key which you can give to the cleaner /friends or whom ever needs your key for a short time.

The green key enables the blue key

המפתח הכחול ניתן לכניסות זמניות.

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The red key unables the blue key.

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In other words you can control the use of the blue key with your green and red key.

המפתח האדום מבטל את המפתח הכחול והמפתח הירוק מאפשר שימוש בו.

So how does it work?

All 3 keys comes with different cuts on the last pin, and unlike the mul-t-lock 3 in 1 the pins will not cut will make the lock’s trick to keep working

On the side on the plug where there are usually the place for the  side pins different pin is inserted

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This master pin will travel back and forth to the side pin place when the green and red keys are inserted and the plug is turned 180 degree to the left.

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Here is what you see on the plug.

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And here is a video on how you use this.


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Magnum Onguard מנעול אופנוע מאגנום אונגארד

Hello all, sorry for not posting in here for a while but I was a bit busy so loads of new locks and tools are will covered in my blog soon.

Here is close lock on a very interesting lock I finally manged to get my hands on- the Magnum onguard which has a very nice key (similar to 2 tracks Kia  car ey) but operates in a slightly different way.

The lock is actually a smaller version on the Magnum Millenco  sidebar (Already covered in ny blog) but this lock has 2 side bars operates by 8 sliders ,4 on each side and the same as the Superior Millenco has only have 3 heights.

The sliders operates with little springs that are placed underneath them, and as the key goes in they move up and down the key track.

Here is the core of the lock with the 2 sidebars

The core with no key in

And the sheer line of one side

The pins with the key in

This is how the actual pins looks like with heights 1-3

Now  picking thislock  is not that simple because the sliders sits very close to the plug and a very thin wire is needed, but as you can see the sidebars has a very wide room where they sit so this lock can be easily bypassed with a big screwdriver or such.

Till next time,

Coming soon- defeating  the Magnum Millenco in less than 20 seconds!


Champions Mottura

Some time ago I got hold of some very nice Italian locks , as it’s clear to me that Italy must be the locks and keys capital city of the world . Silca which is the best keys cutting products company  and any many other companies are from there.

The locks that I got are interesting ,the design and structures are amazing and except for one lock which I found impossible to pick they all have a way to get around.

The first lock I’m going to cover is the Champions Mottura which locks like C-38 from  my research .

This is a very well made lock which has everything that a good quality lock needs

A very unique and strong anti snapping mechanism

The key has 5 pins plus a magnetic one.

So all in all the lock seems very promising while I was braking my head on how to make a tension wrench with a magnetic element and the hours of pain that this lock is going to give me I went SPP just feel the lock and 2 mints later that lock was opened..

I do know from other lock pickers friends that once that lock is picked very easy you  lose interest and that is a big shame because this lock was very expensive and well made ,however you could expect the manufacture to come up with a better anti picking design and especially with the magnetic pin that seems like a normal pin.

Here’s a short video of picking this lock

More pictures of the plug and pins

P.S

Please excuse the quality of the first pictures and video as I had to use my phone..


Mul-T-Lock XP

Last week I got the new mul-t -lock XP cylinder from Fooddude of Island forum (thank you mate!) . There was a lot of buzz around this lock and since it had manged  to achieve the SS312 Diamond level of accreditation for a lock cylinders I was very curious to see the inside of this lock.

The XP lock is basically an improvement of the Garrison break secure lock that was also introduced by Mul-t-lock.

The lock has a broken secure cut but in a different position right before the 5th pin which is NOT available in the secure side.

It is also contains the “half-moon” anti drilling which I see for the first time in a lock outside of Israel.

 

The plug has 2 extra anti drilling balls

The plug has only 6 pins (camber number 5 is blocked)

Since every Garrison must have a number 6 pin  because it’s the anti drilling pin this leaves us with only 5 power 6 which are 7,776 keys combinations that are not a very good ratio.

The bottom pins are all mushrooms and this lock is very hard to bump and impossible to use a foil picking method with.

The last pin is also anti drilling .

The anti drilling pins

Now all this is very nice but the major issue in the XP is the cam design. The plug doesn’t have C clips- it’s the cam that is actually holding them in place.

The cam designed as 2 pieces with a circle clip holding is together, which means that if the lock is attacked the cam can not break and I can imagine that  a lot of strength is needed to pull it out, in other word the other side of the plug must be snapped in order for the cam to release and even then it will cause a lot of mass inside the lock mechanism .

All in all I find this lock to have a very clever design and would definitely do the job, picking this lock however is very easy .


Quick Pin Loader

Last week I had a great visit from 2 English lock pickers Mikey and Orc,it was a great fun and I ‘m still recovering from a hangover..

During that week I got 2 new tools from Sam Lee which is responsible for many great lock picking tools including the Mul-t-lock H&M tool, so when I saw that he made some new tools I didn’t have to think twice and quickly got them.

The first tool is a foil impressioning kit for pin tumbler locks which will be covered at a later stage and a quick pin loader tool.

About a year ago I saw a similar tool from a manufacturer from the USA ,unfortunately I found out that this company doesn’t know how  to treat a costumer and had to cancel my order and got it cheaper from another shop even though it was supposed to be cheaper at the manufacturer.

However, the tool that I got  had a big false as the springs had to be short and not not stick out of their plug holes so the tool had little use and I gave it away.

Sam Lee’s tool looks great and it will do the job in 30 seconds and it is important to have this aid as a use” in the field” tool in  case you need to quickly repin a lock without the comfort and tools that you have in your work shop.

 Here is a quick video of using the tool

And of course I’ve already made similar tools for mul-t-lock!

 

 

An update:

 

Here is a video of my friend Shahar using the quick pin loader on a Mul-t-lock Classic