All you need to know about locks and picking them


Yale 500 Series

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Recently a I got a pin tumbler Yale lock which is from a new series “500”. Yale locks, though sometimes can be a pig to pick but most of the time will pick relatively easy

Or so I thought.

The key didn’t seems to have a very special bitting so I started picking and after 15 mints moved to the HPG and bumping and since that didn’t work either and I decided to see what’s inside.

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They were 4 nasty mushroom pins and an anti drill one. Those pins are very similar to the Corbin ones.

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The inside pins holes have carves insdie.

The pins will drop very low into the plug which is unusal as they don’t normaly do that.

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All in all it looks like a very good lock and it is very hard to pick.

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Rav Bariach Locxis צילינדר רב בריח לוקסיס

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צילינדר חדש מבית רב בריח

חברת רב בריח הותיקה ביותר בשוק משיקה צילינדר חדש לדלת פלדלת.


Here is a quick lock on a new cylinder made by Rav Bariach which was the first locks and doors company in Israel, Mul-t-lock was actually a sub division of this company before they were bought by Assa Abloy.

The lock contains 10 pins and it’s similar to the Interactive system but with 2 floating pins.


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The floating pins have many variations so the key combinations is at high ratio.




ניתן לרכוש את המנעול אצלנו במפתח העיר

רחוב דיזנגוף 147 ת”א שירות לכול אזור המרכז.

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מנעולן בתל אביב שכפול מפתחות

מפתח העיר

שכפול כול סוגי המפתחות לבית רכב ומשרד

החלפות מנעולים וצילינדרים

שחזור מפתחות רכב /קטנועים

שלטים לרכב ולחניה

דיזנגוף 147 ת”א



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.

Magnum 2100 Mont Blanc צילינדר מאגנום

Here is a quick look on a new Magnum lock I got – Magnum 2100 Mont Blanc.

This lock has a very good design and some nice features but as with many other locks can be defeated within seconds.

The  lock is actually a wafer lock (like vehicles)  and has a very narrow key way which is almost impossible to introduce a tension wrench in


צילינדר מאגנום 2100 הינו מנעול מעניין מאוד תהוא עושה מפחיות ודי מזכיר מנעול רכב

The key is a double-sided key and the lock contains 8 wafers and 4 heights .

The middle wafer is an anti drilling one and therefore will not move.


 The plug sits within two plastic caps that hold the wafers when the key is not in.

The core of the lock and the anti snapping system (which makes it very difficult to dismantle).


למנעול מנגנון אנטי שבירה

The lock was sent to friends in England and was picked but I don’t think picking is the best solution.

A blank key will do the trick in no time…

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My new Locksmith shop חנות המנעולים שלי

Hello all.

I’ve opened my own shop in September so therefore didn’t have much time in my hands for covering locks and picking tools (Don’t worry I still have loads of them to cover.)

However this is my new shop’s Facebook page and some of my articles will move there but I will still be using my blog to cover version stuff.

Feel free to join my FB and although it is in Hebrew the articles and videos will still be in English.



מפתח העיר- שכפול כל סוגי המפתחות ושירותי מנעולנות מתקדמת

רחוב דיזנגוף 147 תל אביב



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


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

Unlocking the world of traveling – / Or: A new website, hurray!

So today I do not want to talk about locks and lockpicking and all that, but about something slightly different, which is in a way another passion of mine – passion of traveling and holidays! (And I know just how much we need them!)
A close friend of mine (the one who actually helped me with this blog, thank!) has a start up in the travel business and her company just produced tons of videos about cities in the world and some of them are on youtube so here is a link

There is lots of playlists about many cities in the world (some of them in different languages) and I must say I watched quite a lot of them by now, Barcelona seems like a great place, Istanbul isn’t bad either… give the Bangkok clips a look – the German version is fun! (needless to say that all I can say in German is schnell schnell haha). And at any rate – London stays MY number one city in the world. What’s yours??
So guys it would be great if you could take a look, click on them, like them, enjoy them and come back here as I will soon have something new about our usual theme.