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A few months back GJ Lock Tools launched a brand new decoder for the Era Fortress, Union Strong Bolt and also the new Yale BS (which is exactly the same as a Strong bolt). It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of GJ Lock Tools products as you can probably tell from previous tool reviews, and […]

 

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My HPC electric pick gun is always my first tool of choice for cylinder picking, admittedly it doesn’t always work and I might end up hand picking or bumping but I would like to think I’m pretty competent with my epg and I would say I usually get at least 75% – 80% of cylinders open with […]

 

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Guest Post By Outside-In Lock Tools For those who are not familiar with the ‘SideWinder’ from ‘Outside-In Lock Tools’, it is an attachment for the Letterbox Tool, which makes turning night latch knobs, thumb turns and keys left on the inside of a lock, an extremely easy and swift job. Avid users of the ‘SideWinder’ had requested […]

 

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Era Vectis Decoder For those who don’t already know the Era Vectis was designed to eliminate lock snapping altogether by turning a multi point locking gearbox into a mortice style lock. The advantage to this kind of set up is that there’s no euro cylinder for a would be burglar to attack but you still get all […]

 

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So the MLA exhibition 2013 has now been and gone for another 2 years. The expo was a decent size with plenty to see and a few demo’s going on throughout the weekend. It was great to meet some new contacts and re-acquaint with some old friends as well. The expo’s are a great place to talk […]

 

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I have been very kindly sent some thumb turn wires from jay at Island Locks to test out and review. I’ve been playing with them for a couple of days now and I have also used them once onsite and it worked! What are they? Thumb turn wires are designed to help locksmiths exploit a weakness with […]

 

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After having a struggle with a basic non curtained mortice lock a few weeks back on a warrant and having to drill the lock I thought it was time to try the island locks over lift wires for non-curtained mortice locks. Many locksmiths will say “why the hell were you drilling a basic mortice on a warrant […]

 

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Well I have been wanting some Storm lock picks for a long time now and have been putting off buying them as I couldn’t justify buying more picks when there’s nothing wrong with the sets I already own, I usually use HPC picks but the attractive look of the storm picks got the better of me and I just had to order some. Having never played with or seen any storm picks in person I thought I had […]

 

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