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Keso 2000 Foil Picking

 

About a year ago I had a great meeting with Toools members from Holland and we even made a video together .

In the video I demonstrate a very cool dimple foil pick :

Lately I’ve decided to try more dimple locks with the foil method and I’ve had some good results(and some bad..)

The big  problem with dimple foil is that  in some key ways  it will tear the foil and it will be very hard to introduce a key that the foil won’t bend at some positions,also a deep cut near a low-cut can cause a problem.

The first lock I tested was a Keso 2000 ,this lock can be impressioned and picked but it would be very hard on a real door ,a simple solution is needed in here.

I  first tried to use a Keso blank to try foil but that didn’t work as the foil failed to enter the key way.I then tried some different blanks and different cutting of the key and found out that I can use a smaller shape blank and use a few layers of foils on a key meaning that if the first foil layer isn’t working after a few seconds then a second or even a third layer will open the lock.

 Here is a video of the Keso foil picking

I have 6 other Keso locks which ALL of them were opened in a very short time ,this tells me that this method of using a smaller key is working .

Also I stand correct Keso are made in Switzerland and not in Italy.

This is  the key after the picking

I’m currently working on some other locks like Kaba etc. I will keep you posted.


Dom Dimple Locks

 

Here is a quick view on 2 Dom locks I got

The top lock is  a Dom ix 5 HT  (Hope I’m not wrong)

The lower one is Dom ix 10 ,those are very good locks made in Germany

The Dom ix 5 is very interesting  as it got a sort of a trap pin and since it’s a very old lock I guess this is where the idea came from

Also it has one of the most nastiest  bottom pins I’ve ever seen!

Those pins have 2 rounds that can move inside of  them (like a brasless)

The ix 5 lock contains 5 pins and 5 side pins

 Here is the back of the plug with the other side pins,those pins will not effect picking but  they are great for master keying .

I did managed to bump this lock a while back though

The other Dom lock is the ix 10 which looks very hard to pick.

The  ix 10 contains 10 pins which are divided into 2 very close rows

The pins are rounded to the shape of the plug

Also there is plate cover on the other side of the plug which I belive is there so the plug can rotate smoother

Here are 2 of the bottom pins

I can safely say that the best way to pick this lock is via foil picking ,only trouble I see is the extracting of the key after,also the low pins might get overset (they would look like pin number 5)

I will try to test a few different methods with those fantastic locks ,will  keep you posted

For much more information I would advise to read Han fey’s fantastic articles about Dom locks

http://toool.nl/images/c/c0/Dom-ix.pdf


EVVA 3KS

This is the famous Evva 3ks cylinder which in my opinion is one of the most fascinating and Sophisticated locks ever to be made.

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This lock is made in Austria and comes with a security card . keyway is different from what we usually see

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Here are a factory cutaways of Evva and Sea lock (from Zwitserland ) . The Sea lock has the same principle but the Evva is much more progressed.
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Evva 3ks has 12 different sliders, 6 on each side all of them have false notches. The are no springs but there is a  small sidebar at the bottom of lock which is operated from the side of the key.

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The lock is set by rows of pins that will go – – – – – –

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And a false set.
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Here is an example of how the pin is set on the key.You need to get 12 of this set in their right place,since there are no springs it must be picked simultaneously ,other problem is when you pick one side moving to the next side will overset the first side.

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To make things worse (for a lock picker not for the lock) the down side of the plug has another sort of side bar which reacts to the other bow of the key.

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Here is a look inside the plug and the rest of the lock(it has an anti brake secure steel)

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Riders on the Storm

New lock picking tools are creating quite a buzz in the various lock picking forums, I haven’t tried them myself yet but the general impression  so far is  very good.

These picking tools are made in the UK by Storm And I think they can be an answer for our humble requests –  flexible lock picks, which are thin enough with a good grip and for the right price…

There is still no price for these picks yet but I think it would be possible to buy each pick individually which is  a good  thing since each LP has his own 2-3 favorite picks.

Also Strom did a very good move by sending out free samples to various forum members so  a reliable and honest comments may help any potential buyer  to decide

 

I really wish that Storm will make it as it is important  for us LP to have a good lock picking manufacture designer which we can work together  as locks are getting more more complex now with trap pins and sidebars and a good relationship between us and the manufactures can help us help them.Also those picks are made in Great Britain which I’m sure  are made of  good Quality

 

I will  keep an update of those lovely picks prices and info

Here is Strom’s website

http://stormlockpicks.com/

 


Mila Evolution

 

This is a Mila Evolution lock I got from Mikey from England. It’s a pretty good design I think and very interesting  as it is possible to pick or bump this lock but a nasty surprise then waits as the plug  starts to turn -the trap pins.

I’ve already seen trap pins on a Kale lock before and thought it was very clever as it will eliminate most picking possibilities except imprisoning.

This Mila Evo lock contains 6 pins but the trap pins will only effects  pins 2-4.

The plug is trapped in this position by the trap pins that are pushed into the pins holes which are not “full” with the pin (as they should have been with the key inside)

However it is possible at least with the lock I have to SPP the pins again so the  trap pins will be pushed down again.I also managed to find another way of using 5 different blanks that are cut into different heights while using a very thin wire to push the high pins you can turn the plug.

I will need to test a plug spinner on this lock as I think it might be able to turn it very fast .

BTW re pinning this lock was a complete nightmare as I had to build (or cut) a plug for those trap pins,also it took me 2 hours to find one trap pin that jumped out of the plug -so beware 😀


Medeco

Medeco is one of the best locks in the world for its price and let me tell you, that picking this lock is a great challenge and a very rewarding one.

I’m not a world leading expert with Medeco’s locks but I do have re pinning kits and a cutting machine.

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Medeco locks usually come with 5 or 6 pins. The lock has a side bar that is operated with the end of the pins.

On the key itself you would find 3 different angles Right, Centre and Left

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When cutting a key or picking the lock you must find what angle the pin is.
Here are few photos of the side bar and how the pins are set in:

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Jon King (http://theamazingking.com/)  made a tool that can measure the angles and set them in place and after you set the side bar you can pick Medeco like any other pin tumblers lock.

However, you can build you own tool to do that and if you are patient enough you can pick the lock.

That’s an example of a wire (I used a different one) which can rotate the pins

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The side bar has a lane in the lock’s body:

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Marc Tobias is one of Medeco’s worst nightmares…. When bumping hit the news in America, Medeco quickly jumped on the train and showed how to bump locks just to sell more of their locks. Tobias made videos of him and his partner bumping and picking locks and even wrote a book about it http://www.amazon.com/OPEN-THIRTY-SECONDS-Cracking-America/dp/0975947923

Anyway I will write more about this lock soon as there are many more sides to those lovely locks

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Here is Marc and myself in a meeting we had earlier this year


Kaba Lockpicking

In my book, the most important thing about lock picking is finding the pattern, because without it, it would be about hit and miss with locks, some times they will open in minutes and some times – won’t.

In the last few months I took a close look on some of Kaba’s locks and basically tried any trick with them, bumping, picking, Impressioning etc. I did have some success but couldn’t find a pattern for them so I was quite unhappy, as anyone would be when you pick a lock and can’t pick it again Sad

Kaba is a well known lock company from Austria and still one of the few that wasn’t bought by Assa-Abloy. Their dimple locks runs from an 8 pins to 16 with a 45 degree pins Shocked The big problem is that you get a 3 rows of pins that are very close to each other, so even if you set one side by picking the other side, you will reset what you’ve already picked.

However, after a lot of testing I saw that I need to modify picks/tension wrench as all the regular tools failed.

The tension wrench is made from an Ellen key and I had to twist my pick so it will hit the pins.

The picking sequence was left, right, up and then OVER LIFTING. The over lifting is basically to reset the pins that you’ve over set when picking the other row.

After several times the lock will have a small rotation and then it will open cheers

And finally  – here is a video, not the best of all times as Kaba picking is very much time consuming.


Imilock

This is an IMilock that was made in Israel by a guy named Anatoly about 20 years ago.

The lock contains 9 pins and a side bar.

As you can see, the plug is cut through and you got 2 “trays” to fill the pins in.

The 2 dimple rows are very close to each other and unlike the BioLock for example, you can’t pick only one side.

Also the keyway is very tight.

Anatoly is a brilliant engineer that came from the USSR, but unfortunately he was a very bad businessman .

Coca Cola wanted to buy his patent from him but he thought he could do it on his own. He managed to get a big deal with the Israeli Mail Company, but the deal was called off  in the last minute, leaving him skint. For years to follow, he wasted his time in court, fighting them.

(Apparently, the deal was withdrawn because another company blackmailed the Israeli Mail Company into choosing her locks instead).

The IMilock was famous for its padlocks, which were very good, unfortunately the blanks was very expensive and most of the time out of stock, so locksmiths stopped selling this lock.

Here are some more pics Smile


Mul-T-Lock 3 in 1

Just a quick look on how this neat system works. The purpose of this lock is to give a free change key without changing the lock itself . I haven’t looked into other systems yet, but I reckon they all have the same principle more or less.

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The lock comes with 3 keys (usually green, yellow and red). The outer pins are all the same but the inner pins have a different end to them.

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The inner pins come with an extra ball that will break into the plug which has special holes for that.

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Here you can see the first key shear line. This key will work as long as you will put the next key in.

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The next key is inserted, but the key combination is different. The inner pin is lower in one step, and the little ball will now arise and break when the plug is turned, leaving the first key useless.

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And again now on pin number 5 . Lower combination key is inserted into the lock, leaving the second key useless.

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So this is the basic change key system. It can also be 5 in 1 system and as you can see, bumping this lock with the old key is very very easy.


Why pick a lock?

Lock picking is a great hobby and also could be a great way to make a living, though I know some very experienced locksmiths that never picked a lock in their life. The internet is a great factor in spreading this hobby – there are many great LP forums that usually support a LP shop. Most of the lock pickers are not even locksmiths but have a different day job, however when you get hooked you will find it to be a very satisfying sport.

Actually, it is very easy to get started and it is not very expensive either, but once you get better at it, you would basically want to put your hands on any locks you can get and increase your lock picking tools.

I still read sad comments about how noneducational hobby it is, but I doubt it if robbers are using bumping and LP methods. For a start, I would say that I never heard of any tool that can guarantee you a 100% success on a lock and since time is a factor I don’t think lock picking suits any given thief. However, lock picking takes a skill (and I’m not suggesting that thieves don’t have skills) but it’s not very likely that NDE methods are used.

Lock companies don’t like lock pickers! And a good reason might be that the video clips and demonstrations one can find on YouTube might damage the companies’ reputation. If a lock has many videos on YouTube,  it means that the company needs to come up with a better lock and a better lock means that some more LP would want to pick it, and probably some will do, so this circle  is not likely to stop.

Some more cynical people would say that posting blogs like this one and making videos on You Tube are all about ego.

Well, I personally think it’s more about taking a pride of your LP skills (as well as maybe some ego), but I do not think that there is something wrong with that.

So whether you are a beginner or an experienced LP, we need to take pride and joy of our sport!