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MrAnybody

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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:49 pm

The MrAnybody Collection

Here’s a share of my lock collection.

It’s not all of my locks, but just the stuff I think nice to share, and I'll add more as I get my hands on them. It also keeps everything in one spot rather than spread over pages of a thread, and I can take stuff off as I trade.

There is stuff for trade in there, but there's also my Keepers. PM me if you find locks that floats your boat. I only add locks to my collection that have keys, but I'm also open to trading a lock for tool(s).

Please, please feel free to post any tips, knowledge or your own experience picking any of the locks. I'd really appreciate that. If I haven't already picked a lock in my collection, then it will definitely get to the top of the list at some point. You can use the prefix number on the title of each pic for reference.

Anyway, enough bla-bla, let's get down to some serious lock porn ..... :drool:

All locks and photos are my own. Here's the links:

The Padlock Collection
The French Collection
The North American Collection
The Scandinavian Collection
The Everything Else Collection


Enjoy, enjoy :hbg:
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jeffmoss26

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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:50 pm

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BEAUTIFUL!!
macgng: i just thought the cat was a real tiny bear
GWiens2001: Great video! Learned a lot about what fun can be had with a forklift and a chainsaw.
pmaxey83: but i first have to submit the proper forms for a new hobby to my wife
xeo: i root for the kernel
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:35 pm

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Mighty nice stuff you got there sir I'm jealous
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:59 pm

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Holy shit... very nice! What a wonderful collection and great pics.
Last time I seen someone use a lightbox, there was TOO much light.
Your photos turned out beautifully man! Thanks for sharing them.
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:09 pm

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I agree with what's already been said. Wonderful! I love looking at others' collections. Thank you for taking the time and sharing. Much appreciated.

Great idea of a central collection picture posting system.
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:36 pm

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100% Juicy. Looks like you may have drawn some inspiration from my pictures :P
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:44 pm

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What a beautifull colletion!
I've been thinking about posting my own too. But now I feel embarassed to show it.

Damn it MrAnybody! Yours is bigger than mine :( :( :(
(Gordon, I'm warning you!!! :fu:)


Congrats MrAnybody!
Go ahead, keep plugging away, picking on me! You will end up on bypass or with rigor mortise.
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:47 pm

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Somebody better bring a mop to clean up the drool! Excellent collection, MrAnybody!

fgarci03 wrote:LDamn it MrAnybody! Yours is bigger than mine :( :( :(
(Gordon, I'm warning you!!! :fu:)


Heh heh. Warnings? I laugh in the face of your warnings! :twisted:

Gordon
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:11 pm

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Loving it. Plane and simple...
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Post Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:55 am

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that is nice MRAnybody, i'm very impressed with your collection.

had I know the future, I would have made the box more Evil, - :pimpmofo:
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Post Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:42 am

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awesome sir...... I have never seen the vak lock before can you tell us anything about it !! thankyou
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Post Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:55 am

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wow nice stuff and great pix! thanks for sharing those neat european locks, havent seen many of those before!
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Post Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:23 am

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Wow Very nice collection
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Post Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:41 pm

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Fantastic collection MrA! :)
Congratulations! I especially awe struck by the outstanding "French section".
To infinity... and beyond!
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Post Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:29 pm

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10ringo10 wrote:awesome sir...... I have never seen the vak lock before can you tell us anything about it !! thankyou


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My thanks for your kind words.

Yes, the VAK is a really cool lock. I don't know of another design like it (other than a company called ‘Muel’), so from that point of view, I get really curious about it. I'm really happy you pointed it out.

VAK is a lock made by a French company called Picard. I believe it's a design and label they bought some years ago (I think Picard bought the VAK brand as a whole, but I could be wrong on this), but as the design is so unique, the brand 'VAK' is still a relevant choice for modern hi-sec application in domestic and commercial doors. It's sold under the Picard brand, and is considered as a very secure mechanism in France. Whether it's "unpickable" or not remains to be seen, but I'll know more once I get around to gutting it.

In action, it operates in a similar way to a tubular lock, in that the key engages with the corresponding grooves by being pushed into it. For that reason, this class of locks are known as push locks or pump locks. While it operates in a similar way as a tubular, it has some features of its own that I hope I can outline.

The key you see above engages with 10 pump levers when it’s pushed into the keyway. I only say “levers” since I can't think of another word to describe them. These levers sit horizontally across the back of the keyway and the grooves in the key engage with them. The angled cuts in the end of the key's teeth/grooves act to pick up the curved ends of the levers as the key is pushed in. The bit on the top of the key (as you're looking at it in the pic) acts to limit the depth with which the key can be inserted, in order to give the right depth for the correct bitting on the teeth. The key can then turn the plug while the key is retained in the keyway.

I have seen mention that this design unpickable because of the force needed to turn the plug under the tension of a very strong single spring, and the depth for each of the teeth needs to be maintained in order for the plug to turn. Given that the key is horizontal, and leaves nearly zero room for impressioning, I’m still scratching around on how something like this could be picked.

Anyhow, I probably don’t describe all this that well, and I feel sure things will become far more obvious when I gut this beautiful thing. However, so far there's some hesitation in me, since I'm unsure if I need a specialist tool to reassemble, and I can find no one with any experience with a VAK lock. But, since I have 2 cylinder halves, and I’m a curious SOB, I think I’ll get this done sooner rather than later. The other thing I'm cautious about is that the mechanism is tensioned on a really strong single spring. Which could be a real *itch to deal with.

There are also higher security versions called the VAK Mobile and the VAK Genius. They work on the same 10 lever principle, but the first has a front facing mobile pin in the key grooves, while the second has a chip that engages electronically with the lock. I think the first would make it even more difficult to pick, while the second's micro-chip may become redundant when it comes to picking. It could be just to prevent key duplication rather than an anti-picking mechanism. I haven't had keys or locks for either of these 2, so I can't give you anything other than guess work and bits and pieces I’ve read/been told, I'm afraid.

If anyone can correct any of the above for me or add more, I very much welcome it.
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