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(743) Gilbert Vaquera’s AWESOME Lock Designs


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  1. Wow that is insane!!! And it's his first!! Could you imagine what he'll be making in a year or two? Actually I can't imagine that bc I couldn't even imagine this lol!! Wow I want one I hope you still have stuff eBay I'm going to look right now.

  2. Hello Bill I suggest you put lubrication oil into the key way before you pick.  I think it will defeat the serrations and double pins.  Please give it a try.  Thanks.

  3. If the key works nicely on a lock like this, I would say this is one of the most superior lock pins I've ever seen on a regular pin-tumbler lock. Would take the best of the best a LONG TIME to get into this lock.

  4. I was a locksmith back in the 80's and early 90's and I just discovered this site. It's just excellent! I really could've used this info back in the day. In the days without the internet I was fortunate enough to make friends with an older locksmith that mentored me for years. Without his help I'd have been lost. I'm not in the business anymore, but I was surprised to still be so interested in your videos. Keep 'em coming.

  5. So a question I have. I know these locks are made for fun for picking but with all of the customization to the pins and core on these are these viable locks to use everyday on a house or business or would you ultimately set yourself up for a fail and a large locksmith bill? If so why and why not?

  6. I am more then willing to wait for a video from you, when we get this level of expertise – both in the lock design design and in your review/explanation.
    The art is off-course in the design of the challenge lock, but your appreciation and explanation makes it possible that new comers like me can appreciate such a work of art. (and off-course you are independent – the every lock designer loves his locks and you have fun picking any lock coming your way – but the amount of time you dedicate to a lock both off and on camera is for me the measurement of quality)

  7. Va-keh-ra that's how it's pronounced, the Q next to U then E or I the U become silent.
    That pinning looks sooooo belonging in an art gallery

  8. Understandably impressed with his mindset in machining the pins. As a machinist, and lock enthusiast I've got to give the ol' boy a tip of my hat. Likewise, I happen to have converted my own home & garage locks to multi-layered pins. Good to see others with expansively creative minds!

  9. If you were to invert the lock whilst picking it would it not help to keep the key pins together using gravity to stop them separating and falling back down…?

  10. I ran Swiss CNC machines for 9yrs making lots of parts smaller than everything in this video, but I would've never dreamed of the evil they could all do in combinations such as this lock pinning! Love it!!! Keep it up BosnianBill ! You are an inspiration-obviously.

  11. Wow. A LOT of love went into those locks.

    It's a shame that big-name lock vendors couldn't follow some (or all) of these little twists and turns in lock engineering.
    (I mean, they probably COULD, but it'd probably drive the cost of the locks up too much. Still a true high-security line of locks based off these would be AWESOME.)

    Kudos Gilbert!

    Hope your work finds its way into an actual in-use lock someplace and gives some wannabe thief many, many tears!

  12. That second lock looks like you're trying to pick a nuclear bomb with a hairline trigger- it goes boom the second you mess up.

    Dear lord, those are insane.

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