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.
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
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:
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
The side bar has a lane in the lock’s body:
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
Here is Marc and myself in a meeting we had earlier this year