NewsEdit this page New RKL Decoding Tool Finally a workable solution to decoding and opening the Rosengrens RKL safe lock.
This innovative tool and procedure designed by Technical Entry is long overdue. For the last 25 years there has been no viable tool or method for opening this lock. We are now pleased to be able to offer this long awaited solution.
NEW PIN & LIFT TOOLSWe will shortly be launching the sale of NEW pin and lift tools for Chubb 3G114, 3G110 and Legge curtained lever locks.For the past 20 years we have used pin and cam technology against these locks whilst using the far more sensitive pin and lift technology against high security safe locks. The systems are very similar in their application but pin and lift is a more successful and user friendly approach to the problem.The main reason for change is defeat of the Chubb 110. This is an extremely good quality lock with over 23000 key code possibilities.Over the years myself and others have struggled on this lock due to lack of feel and what is known as lever slip.I have recently tested pin and lift against the problem and started to supply a few customers on a trial basis. Below is some feedback that has influenced the decision to make change." I would like to give you some feedback having used the new Chubb 110 pin and cam, or as I refer to it, pin and plunge. I've been using it for a coup... read more
New 2 in 1 range of picksWe will shortly be adding generic 2 in 1 picks to our general tool range.These picks will be standard 6 & 7 gauge safe picks in both long and short sizes.A dedicated 6 gauge 3 & 5 lever pick for common 3 & 5 lever non curtained motise locks such as union.Padlock picks for ERA insurance 5 and Big Sixas well as Chubb Cruiser and Battle ship picks.These picks are all machined out of high grade stainless steel and manufactured to strong and time tested design.They will compete with anything else that is out their at a very affordable and competitive price.The cost of picks across the range is £47.50.The padlock picks are in stock and available now. The safe picks and 3&5 lever picks will be available 1st September.... read more
Basic Safe Opening CourseDate now set March 10th 2014Basic Safe TrainingLIMITED to 4 PLACES Safe & vault opening is a vast subject, my own personal knowledge and database has developed over a twenty year period and I am still learning.Our approach to this subject is to divide it into sub categories. The criteria for doing this is popularity of container and degree of difficulty to open. The majority of safes manufactured and purchased can be described as containers with a cash value of less than £10,000.00. This cash value is allocated by the Association of British Insurance Surveyors.Our Basic Safe Opening course centers around safes that are 10k rated and less. This includes Hotel Safes, Domestic Safes, light commercial safes floor safes and wall safes.By definition these containers are usually constructed to a fairly decent physical standard and are often secured in position i.e., bolted to the floor or wall. Open access can be secured by may different locking mechanisms.Training Aims &... read more
Certified Professional Safe TechnicianI recently tested for this qualification whilst on some training courses in America.The exam was 357 questions on 11 categories in 4 hours.I had to guess the last 20 questions as I ran out of time but put all the answers as B.Got the results today and delighted to have passed.RegardsMartin CPS... read more
Congratulations Ron SnivelyBelow is an article concerning my good friend and former S.A.V.T.A. president Ron Snively. A very professional job, well done Ron.Police in Conyers, GA, near Atlanta, are investigatisng a case of a toddler who walked into a bank vault on Friday, just as the timers activated, locking the little girl inside the bank vault. A technician was rushed to the bank, escorted by the police at a 90-mile-per-hour clip, to drill out the lock and rescue the child.Apparently, the little girl and her mother were visiting the child’s grandmother, who is an employee at the Wells Fargo branch at GA Highway 138 and GA Highway 20, where the incident occurred. Deputy Chief Mike Lee of the Rockdale County Fire Department indicated that the little girl was freed from the vault at approximately 9 p.m., after three hours inside, “crying a little bit, but doing well,” reported television station 11Alive in Atlanta.The incident occurred after the bank had actually closed, and customers had left the bank. At... read more
A blast from the past !I was clearing out some old papers and came across this from 1994. I remember the real problem was JF and I not agreeing our strategy before hand, he was decoding top to bottom, I was recording bottom to top, so for about twenty minutes we had the code but were trying to apply it in reverse. You live and learn I guess!... read more
A few words on combination lock manipulation by Mark BatesDuring the past five years I have had the good fortune to spend time opening safes with a close friend from across the Atlantic, Mark Bates. Mark is the owner of MBA USA Inc, a locksmith and safe technician tool supply and training company. During visits to the U.K. I have witnessed Mark manipulate several combination locks. The time taken has varied from30 minutes to 5 hours and there was only one occasion that Mark was defeated by the lock. All of the above has led to many conversations regarding, what I would describe, as the subtleties of manipulation. It has been during these discussions that I have come to realise that Mark Bates knows a LOT about manipulation.I have asked him to try and explain a little of that knowledge here. MARKS RESPONSEI have been asked to say a few words about combination lock manipulation. This is more difficult than might be imagined, as manipulation is the act of doing…of being fully absorbed in the present. It is not a thing that can be easily tran... read more
Update of Ford Tibbe InstructionsThe ford Tibbe lock is a rotary disc mechanism. All of the discs need to be rotated to a correct position before the side bar can locate into the true gates allowing the lock to open.There have been two designs of disc that have had distinct similarities. In both designs there has always been one true gate and two false gates. In the first ,early, design the false gates were shallow gates that imitated the true gates. In the second and current design the false gates are notches cut into the disc. The notches are wide enough to allow the side bar to catch into them when picking. PickThe Tibbe pick comes with a central wire that runs through the tool. This wire is required to achieve tension in order to pick the early locks. Tension is achieved by putting the wire to the back of the lock and into the drain hole at the locks base. The torque tube is then locked into place as it captures the wire.The wire is not required f... read more
So you want to get into safes. By Martin NewtonI am constantly faced with enquiries from people wanting to start up in the safe trade, so I thought I would write this article to give an insight as to what is involved. About 10 days ago I had a call on my mobile phone, the caller asked if it were me by name and said he had been given my number by a mutual friend. He then said that he was standing in front of a ministry safe fitted with a MkIV Manifoil combination lock that would not open. For those that don’t know this job would fall into the category of high security. He wondered if I could give him a drill point. After asking a couple of questions I extracted from him that he had changed the combination on the lock less than 2 weeks ago and now it was not opening. The identity of the caller is still unknown to me, my advice to him, was to walk away from it and to advise the customer to call a professional safe engineer.This article is aimed at being informative and educational to those who are considering getting into safes in s... read more
Chubb 3G110A big thank you goes out to Simon Owen for providing this informative guide on understanding the Chubb 3G110. I have known Simon a long time and he understands this lock as well as anyone I know. Hopefully this information will help those who are experiencing problems in opening the lock.This guide has been written to enable users of the Safeventures 110 pin and cam system to better understand a technique for opening these locks.The technique relies on you identifying the difference between pattern 2 and pattern 3 detainers, once identified it is much easier to find a true gate.Often too much rotational force results in ‘false binds’ which cause false pin moves which will result in the lock not opening. Fractional movement of the cam is all that is requiredIf you follow the process of identifying the lever pattern first and sticking rigidly to this system Chubb 110 lock opening should become much easier.A detailed knowledge of the working parts of a lock enables you to understand b... read more
The evolution of S.E.M.SThe Spindle Extraction Manipulation System. The idea of trying to defeat a combination lock through the spindle hole is not a new one. HPC have been marketing spindle hole defeat tools for over twenty years. Whilst difficult to use I suspect, due to their relative cheap cost, that most professional safe tech’s have a set just for the sake of ‘you never know when they may come in handy’. Many of you will of heard me say this before. John Falle of Falle Safe Securities, Jersey, Channel Islands U.K. is a genius. He has a proven track record of innovative design for nondestructive lock opening tools that is unparalleled in our industry. About 15 years ago John and I, had a discussion regarding the merits of a tool that would open a combination lock through the existing spindle hole in a safe container. At that time John felt sure he could design a tool that would achieve this in a simple and efficient manner. Over the years our business relation ship has cente... read more