: What I do on vacation . blackbag.nl

19.04.2011, 15:56
I am using my vacation to get back on track ...
It has been a little slow with my weblog. Maybe it’s because I now use twitter (http://twitter.com/barrywels) to burst short messages instead of blogging, but the silence here does not mean nothing is happening. On the contrary, a lot is happening….


First there was the safe opening weekend (http://blackbag.nl/?p=1406). I am sorry to be repetitive, but the weekend was a great success. Julian picked open four safes, amongst them yet another couple of real monsters (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/julian-safe-picker.jpg), and lots and lots of other safes were opened in more destructive ways (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/drilled-open.jpg). I really was eager to try to open a safe by manipulating a combination lock, but failed (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/barry-wels-safe-combo.jpg) as the only lock around was a four wheel lips lock (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/lips-four-wheel-safe-lock-index-dead-zone.jpg). I am by now reasonably experienced in opening three wheel ‘group two’ locks, but this four wheel lips lock was just a little too much for me. We ended up drilling a hole in the safe and using a scope (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/scope-safe.jpg) to read the combination.

I like a challenge and am using the vacation I am in now to study the four wheel lock(s). Jord Knaap was kind enough to let me use one of his cut-away (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/back-side-lips-four-wheel-combination-safe-lock.jpg) demo locks for this research/test. The lock is neatly mounted on a stand (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/four-wheel-lips-safe-combintaion-lock-on-a-stand.jpg), and as Jord had an eye for details, he even included the anti-drill ‘hard plate’ on the stand (it’s the yellow layer (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hard-plate-anti-drill-layer-lips-four-wheel-safe-combination-lock.jpg) between the dial and the house of the lock). The interesting part is that these locks have false cuts in their wheels (http://blackbag.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/close-up-four-wheel-lips-false-cuts-safe-combo-lock.jpg), and the position of the false cuts seems to be different on some wheels. Maybe there is a pattern, but it is too early to say … It’s just the first day of my holiday today ;)


Behind the scenes we are busy preparing lockcon (October 8-9-10) (http://toool.nl/LockCon). It’s gonna be good as more and more people from all over the globe are attracted to it, and the presentations will be high quality as always. And I will use this two week vacation to reply to some mails people have send me. I am running a little behind but will be back on track before the holiday is over …

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