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 is a commercially available Marks Metro cylinder, mainly focusing on pins being able to present the challenge without modification to the lock body. These are 5 of the first ten pins I made, and I left it a little bit vulnerable in one specific place.
This Challenge Lock Set was created for the 2022 Lockpickers United Raffle, as part of a pot that includes material to make challenge locks.
This is the smallest challenge padlock in the world. Base is a KASP 12515. Same size as the ABUS 65/15. This challenge lock is not supposed to be hard.
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.
These CLs are a pair. Each has 7 pins full of nasty surprises. 7HV has a V7 core. 7DS has a restricted Lockwood core.