This Challenge Lock was made per request for a member of the Lockpickers United community, a french locksmith with the username “Raton” (raccoon). Thought making a lock mimicking the name and appearance of a Raccoon would be fun. Unfortunately, I got too excited and may have made this too difficult to pick… We’ll see…
This Challenge Lock Set was created for the 2022 Lockpickers United Raffle, as part of a pot that includes material to make challenge locks.
Being the 6th challenge lock in my portfolio, I decided to stray from the good quality base lock (like the previous Corbin, Wilka, Gege and Lockman) and use a medium low quality of cylinder, with average tolerances and Yale style keyway – although with no holes through the warding – and see if I could make it a fairly challenging lock. I’m happy with the result: a crappy feeling lock with difficult feedback.
For me, making Challenge Locks is not only about making fun new challenges for other lockpickers, but also for testing and innovating new security ideas. Although not completely successful in all the ideas I wanted to integrate in this lock (and you’ll see why once you gut it), the main innovation I seeked to implement in this lock promises to change the way feedback is perceived. Springy Bast3rd will test your patience and resolve, more than your skill.