All you need to know about locks and picking them


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


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Mul-T-Lock Gamma

Here  is a quick look on my most favorite lock that I have in my locks collectors items – Mul-t-lock Gamma still in the box cylinder.


The date on the lock is  August 22nd 1979 and  it was the very first mul-t-lock cylinder and keys that were ever issued.

The very interesting story behind this lock was never really told outside of Israel but actually Mul-t-lock was a small department in Rav Bariach which are door manufactures in Israel who came up with a revolutionary idea of 4 ways lock.  Rav Bariach were a great success and completely changed the doors and locks market in Israel.

The first mul-t-lock was named Gamma and the key had no profile on it, Also the key was shorter and the telescopic pins were made of two parts and not one as we know it today.

The second version of the key was longer since a key protector was also installed in the door and Rav Barich had also came up with a steel door with the 4 ways lock already installed inside.

The first key

 The first and second key

Since the lock was so succesful it became a target for an immediate attack which came very fast:  since the key had no profile or warding on it ,it was easy to insert a foil in the lock and get the code . This was revealed in a T.V show very similar to” Crime Watch” in the United Kingdom.  Rav Bariach  already had the new version of classic 06 key and did one of the most brilliant moves she could:  came live in the programme and admit that the lock had a fault and promised to replace the lock to the new version for a little extra cash. Thousands over thousands of locks were replaced and the Gamma version was droped . Getting the orignal lock still in the orignal box and in a new condition is impossible ,that’s what makes this lock a real collector’s item.

Assa Abloy finally bought  Mul-t-lock and decided not to buy Rav Bariach and made Mul-t-lock a very famous lock brand in the world.

Here are more pictures  of this very unique lock

The second version of the lock (still in the box!!!!)

All 3 generations of the key.

The Gamma key code

The Cutaway King

If there’s one thing I truly love more than locks and lock picks it must be cutaway locks.

cutaway locks are locks that have cuts  to expose the inner working of the lock &  pins and actually enables you to see what’s going on inside the lock.  I highly recommend  to anyone who wishes to start lock picking to buy at least one cutaway to start with, working on a cutaway is a time saver and will help you understand and progress with lock picking much faster.

 I have many many cutaways in my collection, most of them I’ve had to make myself and some are factory made. Most of the lock companies make cutaways to give to their locksmiths as display to put in the their shops, the main problem is that for picking purposes, most of them are not that great to pick as they don’t always show the real inside of the lock.

 In my collection there are more than 120 cutaway locks, but the best cutaways I have (and have actually ever seen) are made by a young lad from England named Spence (AKA hintz or FrenchConnectionUK). Spence is already a living legend in most of the lock picking forums for his amazing work, this guy is a true artist and I know that he loves locks very much.

Here are some of Spence’s locks that I have

Mul-t-lock Garrison

MT5+ and Interactive

 Mul-t-lock 115

Abloy protec

The most amazing fact is that Spence is not a 60 years old engineer with million pounds worths milling machines but actually a guy in his mid twenties without an impressive machines which makes him a very gifted cutaway maker.

I’ve made many deals with Spence and he’s a top guy… very reliable (and he’s a top expert with wrapping locks , which takes me 20 minutes to actually open his packages…)

Some videos  of Spence’s cutaway locks

I have  this lock!

Till next time,


HON 66 Spilt Wafers

Here is a quick look at what is better known as “Spilt Wafers”  car door lock .

This is a Honda HON 66 lock which contains Seven spilt wafers and one full wafer in the door lock.

The lock is divided  into Axis A &  Axis B  , on the door lock there are 3 A wafers And 4 B wafers and another full wafers (B5)

The  3 wafers are named A 2, A 3 &A4  the full wafers is B5  

The other side is  B1-B4

There is total of 6 heights and 12 cuts when cutting the key if I’m not mistaken.

Picking the  lock is very awkward as you must pick it twice to open the door and then pick it twice to return to the orignal position. I did see one  lock  that was caught in the 45 degree position because  of  what seems to be  a worn key (the owner swore it wasn’t  picked or played with).

Cutting the HON 66 key is not easy even on the Quattrocode as the key must be measured before.

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Lishi 2 in 1 User Guide

Last week I bought what seems to be one of the best purchases I had in ages, it’s the Lishi 2 in 1 user guide.

The book is written by Tony Audsley who made a  fantastic  and a really extraordinary work with pictures and info of everything you need to know about featuring vehicle looks.  This book  is also a great aid of understanding  the Instacode and how you can check codes.

Latley I had to open a BMW HU58 4 tracks locks and I did  felt that lock is picked but I couldn’t turn the lock for the life of me, reading  the book made me understand where I went wrong and saved  me time to understand it for future jobs.

Since Christmas is just around the corner I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is into vehicle locks as knowledge is key (lol) in this area.

I also got the 3rd generation VW HU66 pick which looks great so far I will try to write more about it soon.

 Coming soon is the new mul-t-lock pick and decoder!

Bumping the Magnum Millenco

 A relatively new lock is out in the UK ,the Millenco Magnum which is made in Chine.

This lock however is known in Israel for at least a couple of years (it’s named Superior in here).

The lock contains 7 pins and a side bar (which has another 4 pins)

There are only 3 heights to each pins.

I’ve sent a few of those locks to friends in England and the lock was picked but it’s not an easy one,it requires lots of patience and it’s quite tricky to pick.

I tried to foil the lock at first but this method will not work in here, and then I first started thinking of making a bump key to this lock.

My first instinct was of course that it can’t work because of the side bar and the pins shape in the plug but I’m a great  believer in trying things . Making the groves for the side pins bump key wasn’t so easy at all but I did take some notice to the  VW keys patterns  I have and decided to try a few and after 5 blanks (the key material is very strong and will ruin cutters on the dimple cutting machine) I manged to bump  this lock!

Here is a video on how it’s done.

Here are 2 videos of picking the lock by Mikey and Dark horse.



And Orc and Bill



Also a there is a very good video made by an English locksmith named Jay  from Island locksmith LTD.

I don’t know jay personally but I’ve heard many good things about him and judging from his videos he know his work very well (I can’t put his video  in here without a permission so you might want look for Millenco Magnum in YouTube.)

Mul-T-Lock +צילינדר מולטילוק

Mul-T-Lock Israel had changed the Interactive lock structure after some other company issued a similar key that could also be used to open their interactive locks.

מולטילוק ישראל שינתה את מבנה צילינדר האינטרקטיב לאחר שחברה מתחרה הוציאה לשוק מפתח אשר יכול לפתוח את המנעולים הללו.

The Interactive concept is based on a moving components in the key , this means that one pin is actually lower than the first position. In the old Mul-t-locks the part was inside the plug and used to lower the moving pin in the key. with the new design there is an upper pin and the key is different.

Here is the new key near the old key

הנה המפתח החדש מול הישן

The new pin and the back hole

Also the drivers (or body pin) were highly improved ,the edge of the inner pin was cut around in a way it would be caught in the plug pin. This deign plus the new interactive design makes this lock bump proof.


העיצוב החדש מונע כול אפשרות להקפצת המפתח

It is very interesting that only in Israel we have half pins or tabs. As in the rest of the world to my knowledge there are only  4 external plug pins -A B C D and 5 internal plug pins 1 -5 , We have half pin between A to C pins and also from 1 to 4

Here you can see the card (the tabs are under A and C )

Here are the  B and C pins near the tab ones which are in black.

And the way they sit in the plug in the right way (those are the tabs)

The wrong pins (not tabs)

The main reason for those pins I suspect is for copy control as it would be very hard to read the key without the card.