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Post Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:25 am

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I finished a key for an old Abus padlock that I started one month ago and left unfinished. I thought I filed too much and since I was tired I put it away for later. Looking at the key with fresh eyes made me see two marks that, once filed, allowed the key to turn. Since it took me just ten minutes to finish it, I decided to impression another padlock.

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This is a small 3 pins Yale padlock that I bought at a flea market without a key. It's old but not worn out. A nice and easy padlock to impression.

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Found this Russwin padlock in a drawer at work, locked with no key. Used my pippin file with some help from the trusty HPC 1200 and made a key :)
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Post Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:29 pm

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Lockwood 234

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Usually wouldn't bother to impression such a common lock, I have at least 30 that I have repinned that I use for practice. This one, although the same model is a much earlier revision than I have come across before, and I needed to keep my impressioning skills up. Have 3 more to be done tommorow, this one was done with just a file, but I am going to try using the Blitz as well tommorow to speed things up.

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Post Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:11 pm

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Its a great skill to have and love to see old locks being used - brought back to life as they would be thrown away sadley

Really need to buy a replacement file today if possible as the one I have is worn out - round needle file pip pip

thanks for the post - good day mate :razz:
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Post Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:18 am

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Cheers Ringo,

I think its almost a necessary skill for a collector, yes? That's if you don't want to be paying the locksmith what you paid for the lock to have a key made ;) I can also agree with a lot of the sentiment above, it is incredibly satisfying when you get the working key, I do the same as Gordon, and turn it hundreds of times in the lock, just marvelling at what I have achieved!

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Post Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:05 am

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Success! Did these five over the last couple of days. Used my Blitz, which really sped up the process, and made the marks much easier to see.

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Post Wed May 23, 2018 9:35 am

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Jacksons JP152A

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My first lever lock impression. Much easier than pin tumblers, just have to be careful how much meat you remove from the bolt-thrower. This is a Jacksons lock, made in Tasmania, Australia, made for the Federal Government for use locking ballot boxes. The 'CofA' stands for Commonwealth of Australia.

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Post Wed May 23, 2018 2:11 pm

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Sweet! I have made very few keys for lever locks.
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Post Wed May 23, 2018 11:53 pm

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no picture but I made a key for a Rascal scooter today. Y11 blank
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Post Thu May 24, 2018 4:56 am

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Antique Canada P.O. Lever Padlock:

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Had a decent picture of a key but had to do a number of things to the key blank to get it to fit and work.
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Post Wed May 30, 2018 1:55 am

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I know everybody knows how easy these locks are to pick, so you maybe laughing.. but to impression? This one put up a fight due to the first few deep cuts. Brand new SC1 deadbolt.

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This is the result of NINE blanks later, the help of a key cutter and caliper.
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So that first attempt felt like too much of a rush job. I decided to see if I could impression the SC1 dead bolt again. Yes I know the code, but I'm only going to file when I see the marks I like not thinking about the code. I had much more control on the 2nd attempt. Go it on the FOURTH blank. It was easier to get good marks this time around, probably the first time put some wear on the plug. I also handled the jiggling better.

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Post Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:15 am

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Way to stick with it. Lots of learning and experienced
gained from what could otherwise be very frustrating.

From what I can see of your cuts, I'd say you have
good control of your file. You have nice valleys &
nice gradual slopes. Keep up the good work!
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Thank you Oldfast for the positive feedback, comments like that keep me motivated to continue this journey.

So I went and swapped out the last SC1 dead bolt with a brand new bronze finished one. Got it on the SIXTH blank. Was difficult to get the marks just like the last dead bolt, but once I got good tension control without breaking blanks, the key began to unfold. I really put heavy tension on that sixth blank, but it wouldn't break. Much clearer pictures this time around then my last post.

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Post Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:01 am

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Hey jfw,

Nice work on those Schlage's mate, I also find the larger pin tumblers with more pins are more difficult to impression than smaller locks, or wafers. My guess here is that there is just more resistance due to the increased number of pins, stopping the bound pin from making a deeper, more noticeable mark. That, and it also seems to depend on the quality of the lock. Cheaper locks that have sloppier tolerances and leave more room for the key to wiggle, tighter, better locks just have less give. Case in point is the Lockwood padlocks I posted above, by far the hardest impression I have done yet, very tight locks.

Like yourself, when I first started to attempt impressioning, I also broke a lot of blanks. Slowly, as I have gotten better are identifying the marks left, I have been able to use less and less pressure, and now can complete the job with a single blank, most of the time. I found that it was my turning tension, not my wiggle that was too high, and decreasing this has helped a lot in this regard. I also now try and use the least pressure I can when wiggling, and if I cant find a mark, only then will I try the impression again with a little more pressure. In my experience, its only sometimes you need the extra pressure, so obviously using it only when required also cuts down on the wear and tear on the blank.

Great to see others here practising this skill! Its quite a rare, unique talent from what I can gather, something that even a lot of locksmiths cant perform, or cant perform well. When I impressioned the Jackson above, I made contact with the manufacturer in order to get the blanks I required for it. When he realised what I was doing with them, he offered me some paid work doing this for himself and other clients, all around Australia, as he couldn't find someone who knew how to, or was willing to do it. I look forward to the first lock coming in to me, get to practice more, and get paid!

Hope you or somebody finds my 2c helpful!

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