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Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:10 pm
by femurat
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Day 256 of 366.

Cheers :)

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:29 pm
by femurat
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Day 257 of 366.

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Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:09 pm
by femurat
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Day 258 of 366. This old American 747 padlock deserves two pictures.
I try not to pick rare locks because, believe it or not, picking locks ruin them. When I do it, I try to minimise damage. In this case, I picked the lock with the shackle already open, so I could use extremely light tension. This lock has a very hard return spring. It pops open with a loud CHUNK!

Cheers :)

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:16 pm
by jeffmoss26
oooh/

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:44 pm
by femurat
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Day 259 of 366. This was the opposite situation than yesterday. To avoid ruining my pick with this rusty padlock, I used a commercial one.

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Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:05 pm
by femurat
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Day 260 of 366. As a kid I've always been fascinated by cruciform locks. This one has 3 rows of 2 pins. The key has four cuts on 3 sides, so it can be used from both sides of the door. After picking it the first time, it rotates 90 degrees and only 2 rows at a time are active, and it became a lot easier. To make a full turn I picked it four times.

Cheers :)

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:33 pm
by edocdab
The American looks fantastic. Worth 2 pictures.
Your legendary pick stands far above any commercial pick so it makes perfect sense to sacrifice such a lower tool.
The first crucifix I saw made me marvel as well as a kid.

Good stuff Femurat! It's no pain to follow you for 366 opens.

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:39 pm
by femurat
Thank you, edocdab, it's nice to make this experience with all of you!

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Day 261 of 366.

Cheers :)

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:02 pm
by femurat
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Day 262 of 366. I found this nice padlock in a flea market many years ago. I impressioned a key and I'm sure it worked back then. Nowadays it no longer works. Maybe it's upset because I left it in a cabinet for so long. Luckily I'm still able to pick it.
I put my latest half diamond in a temporary handle, a piece of dried bamboo I had laying around. Works much better with a handle. I may add a couple pieces on the sides and a drop of glue...

Cheers :)

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:27 pm
by edocdab
That is an interesting profile. It seems similar to a medium hook on the inside curve. It looks good with the bamboo handle you put on it now. It looks a bit like you can gut the lock and see what happened for the ket to stop working.

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:47 pm
by femurat
edocdab wrote:That is an interesting profile. It seems similar to a medium hook on the inside curve. It looks good with the bamboo handle you put on it now.


Thanks. This diamond was bigger when I first made it, then I recently reduced its shaft height and modified the inside part of the diamond as a consequence. I don't like it because it catches on the pins. I'll leave it like this and let the wear smooth the tip a bit. I'm sure it'll be perfect after a few dozen locks.

edocdab wrote:It looks a bit like you can gut the lock and see what happened for the key to stop working.

Unfortunately this padlock is not supposed to be serviced. But it's still good for picking practice, so having a working key is not crucial.

Cheers :)

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:36 pm
by just1pick+open
Nice corbin.

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:52 pm
by femurat
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Day 263 of 366. Picked and disassembled a few locks to put together my first master key system.

Cheers :)

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:12 pm
by edocdab
Nice! Looks like you did that with the dimple keys. I also see regular keys but those are on the side. If I understand the notes one the side correctly, you made two pins different between the different keys?

Re: Happy 2020!

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:00 pm
by femurat
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Day 264 of 366. We made just two keys, a master and a service. Yes two pins are different, one higher and one lower.
It was so interesting to pick and repin all the cylinders.
And then I cut the keys with a Silca Bravo something, generated with a laptop by code, and also engraved the name on the bow! Such a great experience!

Cheers :)