A challenge lock sent to me by Bosnian Bill.
I remember having seen it in one of his videos, but I cant find it now, so IF YOU KNOW WHO MADE THIS
please let me know, so I can name the claim before I send it out in the world again.
It didn't put up a whole lot of a fight, but it was a fun pick that had some interesting elements to it none the less.
At first it bound up so bad, and felt all crunchy in the wrong kind of way, so I rinsed it through, which yielded about half a teaspoon worth of brass flakes.
WD40 may be a crappy lube for locks that see their intended use, but to get gunk out of a challenge lock it's a cheap and widely available solution:
Once it was cleaned the pick was less than 5 minutes, which kind of befuddled me, because it wouldn't move a thing unless I used very light tension, and even provided a bit of manual counter rotation on a couple of the pins. Also I didn't get even a single solid click out of this thing. Everything felt like it was either totally bound up, or it set in some weird mushy shoehorn kind fashion.
Gutting it explained a whole lot. All standards, only half springs (and a spring misssing?!?), but the core has been modified in a way that I actually think HELPS picking.. it just throws the feel a off like I've never experienced before:
But why the heck did it bind up like that? All smooth pins shouldn't do that.. Well a look up the bible explained this, as the threading is super sharp. News for me that threading will grab up this bad even on smooth pins:
Despite the fact that I picked it faster than I thought I would, and despite the fact that the open came as a complete surprise to me, it think this was a fun lock, and one every new picker should try. I certainly learned from it: "Sometimes no feedback at all is exactly what you have to work with. So just keep checking for a binder and give everyone a little nudge from time to time, and eventually the lock gives up."
Thanks to whoever made this. I'll do my best to ensure you don't stay anonymous!