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.
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