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(445) Antique Yale & Towne Padlock Picked Open


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com




  1. Great video Bill!
    I have a very similar lock.
    It doesn't have the pin tumbler stamp on it and its made in St.Catherines, Ontario, Canada.
    I'm searching for a key to measure the shoulder length so I can make a key for mine.

  2. The first pin tumbler locks were in Egypt in 4000 BC. Yale had the first modern pin tumbler locks, however. Wonderful lock, great video. I was just curious as to how many locks/picks are sent to you in a month?

  3. OMG  what a beautiful lock…..and at least for me some of those old Yale locks are very very hard to open. I even have a very very old Yale wafer lock i can get to pop

  4. Hey Bill,I really love Your videos ,and when i saw Your 438th video,Ken's free picks,I got so excited.But of course I was too late 🙁 .
    But anyway I was thinking maybe You and Ken Persson
    could make some sort off an agreement.Like when buying picks from His site,just enter a Code and get a discount?
    I don's know,It's just a thought,but would be really nice.
    Anyway,continue making great videos and have a good day!

  5. Adrian, I started Locksmithing when I was 14, I turn 70 at the end of December, and back then I was fascinated with the flat steel key. The shop I was working at, cut an extra key for dad, but the boss didn't like what it did to the cutter on the machine – remember it like yesterday! Never thought I'd see another one ….  memories!

  6. Can't believed the shape that lock and key are in, absolutly beautiful!! That pick must have taken some time to have a finish that fine. Thanks for sharing those. 

  7. Great lock there!

    You had me at thumb in the rear though.. I see the base to the vise came in. How do you like the whole setup now its complete?

  8. Stirrer..!! I haven't seen one of these Yale padlocks since my teen years. My Father had it on our garden shed – God knows where it would be now. Caveman certainly makes beautiful picks, real works of art.
    Regards, Brian.

  9. Beautiful lock, I love push locks Bill, were they invented by Yale?….I'm sorta in the works of acquiring my first one…

    And of course it goes without saying that, thecaveman1966, is doing some of the best "Custom Work" at the moment….Including the D12 which I myself can't wait to get my greedy little hands on…..
    He has a great video showing how he makes his picks….now I'd love to give you the link, but I don't have a clue as to how….See I am a complete moron when it comes to these devices….and that's why I hate to make videos….lol

  10. NOW THAT… Is a nice old lock Bill. BEAUTIFUL. You need to get a display cabinet to pop it in. My idea of old locks is they have served their time and purpose over years, so retirement is good for them to rest LOL!!!!!

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