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If someone had prince albert in a can, does that mean they'd have a killer codpiece?
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Do you try the depths randomly or is there a system? My understanding is that the lock design prevents exerting tension so as to detect the gates.
Now that I think about it the actuator spring does push on the crank, although not enough to hold the other levers in place. However it may be enough to feel the gates on the levers. Since your probes hold the levers in place I guess that is why the pick works. Correct??
So, I wish someone would do a serious video of a "Champion" pancake padlock (more than one in same video would be more credible) with high-low depth cut variations of picking these locks with a "DIX PIX" or similar tool....I'll believe it when I see it. These locks have gate cuts at .015". Even the slightest offset, and these locks will not open.
So the method you are using is essentially the same as with a tubular pick. That would be consistent with the fact that there is tension against the levers - just not enough to hold the levers in place. Your device is responding to that pressure which is different for each lever, hence the difference in depth of each individual pick.
There is some question as to whether pulling on the shackle increases the pressure against the levers, due to the design. The following picture (from Graham Pulford's Encyclopedia) shows the unique design of the locking bar that isolates that pressure. As Pulford says:
"The clever aspect of this lock is that the actuator lever is the only one through which force can be applied to the stump of the crank. It is not known beforehand whichof the levers is the actuator: it could be any one of them. Furthermore, the force on the crank is caused by only one lever spring, which is considerably less than the force required to maintain the other five levers at the correct depths to align their gates. Thus, all levers must be moved to the correct depths at once, confounding a would-be lockpicker."(pp 381)
1. Shows the single spring of one of the levers putting pressure on the crank.
2. Shows the elbow of the crank stopping the shackle, and why pressure on the shackle would not effect the levers.
I tried the method of using a single wire probe and marking it the said distance required then using the bottom of the case and measuring from there to the mark on the probe it doesn't work. Using 2 wire probe and making a mini caliper to measure the actual distance from the bottom of the lever to the gate is the only real way to get the true depth works perfect. I was at the end of hope until I talked with Lauren about how this really done as the method on another site with the Dix Pix just will not work. He was spot on with his method after I understood what to do I had the 2 problem champions open in less than and hour. And keys made for them in the same day.
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