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Дата: 14.06.2012 10:41

Just one month: LockCon 2012 (Nicholasville, Kentucky)
Just one more month before LockCon. This is gonna be cool!
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If heaven exists, is it for us mortal lockpickers. And in one month from now it will be held (July 17/18/19)!

LockCon 2012 in the US

After a number of very successful LockCon conferences organized in Europe, this time the circus will travel to the US.

It is never easy to find a good spot for this kind of event but this year we found the best possible location: the headquarters of in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

The LSI facility is just perfect for LockCon because of the many areas where the LSI instructors normally on how to . These rooms will offer the right atmosphere for our hands-on sessions and championships. And of course there is the in-house (that offers napkins so you do not drool over their )

One thing that I would like to point out is that we have the same agreement with LSI as with Peter Field. Both LSI and Mr. Field will not talk to us about how to open locks. LSI only lets us use the facility on certain hours of the day and Peter Field will only talk about locks in general (in a very nice and detailed way I might add). As he said before: “I am here to talk about locks. How to open them is up to you ….”.


The World Championships of lockpicking, Impressioning and manipulation




Besides many presentations (by Peter Field and others) and hands on sessions (spectacular!) LockCon will also host the first world championships of lockpicking, safe manipulation and impressioning! There will be people coming from all over the place (to name a few: Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, UK and of course the US) to see who will be the fastest lockpicker in the world. And there are very nice prices to win as our sponsors are known to be very generous. I am curious how people like and will do against the in the US.

Want to join or compete?

There are still a few seat available although getting in may not be as easy as it sounds. We do have a rather strict policy of having to know you before letting you in. Having said that, we can always be persuaded if you have a kick-ass presentation to give on lock-related topics. Memebers of Aloa and/or Savta are also welcome to (try to) register.

You can always or visit our and see how far you get.

Hope to see you all in one month from now in Kentucky!




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Дата: 01.07.2012 00:50

Picking 17th century cultural heritage locks
Picking open 'one out of four' 17th century treasure boxes in some sort of museum. Pretty special if you consider nobody alive knows what is inside! The remaining three boxes will be opened when we return from LockCon.
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If the key to something you do not use every day is lost, it can take a little while before is called. In this case it took them a couple of hundred years to find us!

But that is ok. I like mysteries, especially if I can help solving them. Last week was good for mystery solving and there still are to be solved.



We were invited into some sort of museum where they had four 17th century treasure-boxes without key. They did send that allowed me to do some (via on twitter).

When we arrived we inspected the boxes and padlocks with endocsopes and decided they could probably be with simple steel wire bent . The wire then .

In a little while we did mange to open a number of and one of the boxes.



Currently are waiting to be opened and at least one of them contains a number of ‘heavy objects’. This is interesting, especially if you consider the boxes were used to in ships.

Jord was asked to make a for the and that is quite a task with the . Hopefully I can make a blackbag posting out of that too as it is an interesting process to create such a key. (more nice keys on )

The exact location of the remaining boxes has to be kept secret for now not to give anyone any ideas. There will be a follow up soon (after ) and hopefully we can solve some more mysteries then.




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Дата: 13.08.2012 17:11

Impressioning champion … of the world?
How I won the US impressioning games and became fourth at the lockpick games. And a little on how LockCon went.
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There was a little confusion how to call the championships at LockCon. Should we call them US open or



LockCon was held at the A with its own Good for ours of at . There were and all over the place.

We organized some on . At the we learned they had the ultimate safe to

Lots of was done at the late night parties. People would their tool , reverse engineer , make and drink till

Just google for lockcon and find lots of full of nice pictures.

Thanks everyone for making LockCon possible and hope to see you soon at a new event!




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Дата: 15.11.2012 18:40

International Lockpick party in Hamburg Dec. 28
invitation to lockpicker party in Hamburg December 28
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At the end of the year there always is the CCC congress (see for details). Very informative and worth your time.

This year will be in Hamburg (instead of Berlin like previous years).



Since Hamburg is the city where locksport more or less was born, it is the ideal place to organize an international lockpicker party. On December 28th all lockpickers are welcome at the party.

And this weekend there is the . I am curious they will use!

Hope to see you there!




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Дата: 22.11.2012 17:11

Czech lockpick championships
short blogposting on the Czech lockpick championships
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Just a short blogposting this time to get me starting blogging again :)

Last weekend had a great time near Prague at the Czech lockpick championships. The Czech are friendly, well organized and have a of .

Our German friends from SSDeV kept scores on their .

Below a small video of one of the rounds in ‘freestyle’. Many electronic pickguns and very fast opening times.






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Дата: 03.12.2012 21:10

Electro picks, lockpick competition and back from Poland
New Toool competition lock and the smallest, most powerful, most silent and (unfortunately) the most expensive electro-pick on my wishlist.
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Interesting news. The division just released the locks for .

It does contain some interesting locks. A lot of people donate to the collection and are locks in - and .

Not all locks have been identified by Jos Weyers (who photographed all the locks). If you can help him identify some of the unknown locks that would be appreciated.



At the competition only manual hand picks are allowed. Electro-picks are not allowed. If they were, I know what tool to use. By far the is made by .

I spoke with one of the developers at the in Poland last weekend and got some impressive demo’s. They make the smallest, most powerful, most silent and (unfortunately) the electro-pick on my wishlist.

I hope Santa will not forget about me this year…

(more info on my trip to Poland via twitter: )




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Дата: 14.01.2013 20:30

intact-noodopening.nl logo contest
Need help finding the right logo for my locksmith venue.
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As some of you might know I run a small 24/7 locksmith in the Amsterdam area called

The idea behind intact is to open , cars and without damaging the lock. Basically I am being paid to practice in the field what I teach in my classes.

Truth is that at this moment not a whole lot of work is coming trough. And I outsource most of it since I simply do not have much time.



Never the less I decided I needed a good logo for this venue. Instead of annoying my standard logo designer I took another route: putting it for bid on . So far there are three designs thar stick out.

Can you help me by for a locksmith that specializes in non-destructive entry?

Thanks in advance!




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Дата: 05.08.2013 19:04

Dates for LockCon 2013: November 22/23/24
Mark your calendars, we have a date for LockCon 2013. The weekend of November 22/23/24 we will be in the good old youth hostel in Sneek for another edition of LockCon. More information can be found here and the request for talks / presentations is open! One of the topics will be me resigning as [...]
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Mark your calendars, we have a date for .



The weekend of November 22/23/24 we will be in the good old for another edition of LockCon.

More information can be found and the request for talks / presentations is open!

One of the topics will be me resigning as president of Toool. At the OHM conference Walter and Jos became the new Toool president and vice president.

The reason for me leaving is that I am currently very busy with my full-time job. More about that later. First we have to get going. If you want to visit or give a presentation please email us at [email]registration@lockcon.com[/email]




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Дата: 13.11.2013 19:01

LockCon Preliminary schedule
Finally: the preliminary LockCon schedule!
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This year’s theme for lockcon is the “makers view”. We have some of the best speakers in the field and it promises to be interesting as ever before.

On Friday people are welcome in the hostel from 15:00 on and dinner is served at 19:00.
Around 20:30 there is the opening speech followed by a ‘who is who’.

Saturday breakfast is served between 08:00 and 09:00
09:00 – 12:00 Peter Field will give one of his famous presentations about high-security locks
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 Prioritizing Pick Designs by Christina Palmer. An illustrated presentation and open discussion of picks and turners design.
16:00 – 17:00 ******* (No Press: presenter asked not to be mentioned on public site)
17:00 – 17:30 Warren Rockley: UAP locks, their security features and how to pick them.
17:30 Dinner
20:00 Impressioning championships. Abus was kind to sponsor the event again with locks and blanks.

Sunday
08:00 – 09:30 breakfast
09:30 – 11:00 Ken Person will demonstrate some of his opening tools and talk about their design.
11:30 Start “Dutch Open” lockpick championships
12:30 – 13:30 lunch
13:30 – 15:30 finals “Dutch Open”
16:00 Closing ceremonies
17:00 Diner

There will also be a Toool memberships meeting (ALV) on Friday. At this meeting the new Toool president Walter Belgers and vice President Jos Weyers will inform the members about the way Toool-NL will be run.

We are almost fully booked btw. If you did not receive a mail from Jos a couple of days ago please make sure to mail [email]registration2013@lockcon.com[/email] to confirm your stay!




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Дата: 17.12.2013 08:04

Transporting safes
Jord knaap (kjs-tools) came out with a clever solution to transport safes and vaults. With the KJS safe-transporter one person can transport safes. And there is no need for specialized trucks/vans. Easy does it!
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Jord Knaap from KJS tools has come out with a new line of products in his .

With one of his products he solves a problem that is encountered by safe-technicians around the world: how to transport a heavy safe with just one person? Or how to transport a heavy safe without a specialized hydraulic van?

Jord solved this with his . And I really like it a lot!



With this simple tool just one person can transport a heavy safe. As you can see in the video it’s pretty simple to load and unload and transport it. The nice thing is that you can also use it for transporting other objects the size of a euro-pallet.

Jord does not have all his tools available online. If you are a safe-tech (or high-end locksmith) and want his new ’2014 catalog’ I suggest .




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Дата: 09.05.2014 21:14

End of an era
Final post on the blackbag site. So long and goodbye.
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Becoming the really paved the way to become a . After that I left my comfort zone and signed a contract with in 2012. I am one of their and assist them in any way I can (working from Amsterdam). So far it has been a dream come true.

Besides the work for Lockmasters Technologies, Inc I run lock-related from Amsterdam (and on location in Europe) with my private company .
Last but not least my company opens , and in a . In reality I forward a lot of the intact support calls to locksmith colleagues that do have time to take the job. So working for Intact has my lowest priority but is a nice way to keep my skills sharp and stay in touch with what happens in the real world.

I could never have come this far without the help of my friends in the locksport community. I am very fortunate with the friends I have made over the years. And I am happy to see that others have made the step to the lock industry as well. Just to name two: Han Fey and Dr. Torsten Quast are now working for Assa Abloy, the largest lock manufacturer in the world. It is my believe many “lock enthusiasts” will follow…

I decided to transfer my Toool (NL) leadership position in 2013. New Toool president Walter Belgers and vice president Jos Weyers are perfect for the job and have my full trust and support.

One of the things they did is to extend LockCon by one full day. The dates for the three day event are: September 19/20/21. This is the weekend before the security show in Essen (to encourage international travelers to come). The extra day will be used for more presentations and workshops and I am already looking forward to attend it. The LockCon request for talks / presentations is open.

The end of an era

All good things come to an end and so does this weblog. This is the last post before it closes.

This does not mean I will be completely off the radar. Lockmasters Technologies, Inc just started a that I am contributing to. I am sure you will some of the there.
And there is the regularly updated for you to visit and “like” (thank you!).

I have not made up my mind what to do with BlackBag’s content. If you want to capture any of the information: the blog will be at least up until September and I will make a decision after that.

Thank you for your interest and support over the years.

Feel free to for anything related to locks and security.

Blackbag signing out




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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

What brand of lock is this?
At the Toool evening, Maurice from kluisspecialist.nl showed us one of the locks in his collection. It is a really interesting lock. I’ve never seen a lock with such a key before. And it’s old. But that’s about all that we know. Do you know more? Please leave a comment.           […]
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At the Toool evening, Maurice from kluisspecialist.nl showed us one of the locks in his collection. It is a really interesting lock. I’ve never seen a lock with such a key before. And it’s old. But that’s about all that we know. Do you know more? Please leave a comment.



Here’s a short video of the lock in action:






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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

Lever Locks
At the Toool evening, we had a visit of Maurice and Sander from . Having 20 years of experience opening safe locks, Maurice has created a lovely collection of lever locks. All locks have been given a plexiglass shield so you can see the inner working. Among it are some interesting ones, like one from […]
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At the Toool evening, we had a visit of Maurice and Sander from . Having 20 years of experience opening safe locks, Maurice has created a lovely collection of lever locks. All locks have been given a plexiglass shield so you can see the inner working.





Thanks Maurice and Sander!




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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

LockCon 2014 – the aftermath
Wow – we are all still buzzing with energy after this years’ LockCon! With a fully packed program spanning three days, there was something to learn and do for everyone. People showed up from all over the world, making new friends, discussing new locks and lock opening techniques and just having a good time in […]
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Wow – we are all still buzzing with energy after this years’ LockCon! With a fully packed program spanning three days, there was something to learn and do for everyone. People showed up from all over the world, making new friends, discussing new locks and lock opening techniques and just having a good time in general.

An important part of LockCon is the Toool Dutch Open Championships in lockpicking and impressioning. And, thanks to Jord, this year we also had a lever lock opening competition.


The impressioning competition was won by Manfred B


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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

LockCon 2014 addition
Not many people have experience in opening pump locks (locks using a push key). However, one of the guests at LockCon 2014 has ample experience. And: he has built his own tool to open these locks. This is what it looks like: At LockCon, you will be able to see the tool in action with […]
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Not many people have experience in opening (locks using a push key). However, one of the guests at LockCon 2014 has ample experience. And: he has built his own tool to open these locks. This is what it looks like:



At LockCon, you will be able to see the tool in action with live commentary from the maker. You can see a 17-second sneak preview from the conference here:






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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

LockCon’14 is “ON”! (It giet oan!)
In a couple of days Toool will host the international LockCon conference in Sneek. If you planned on spending the Thursday-night at the Hostel, but haven’t stated so when registering: DO register! Spaces are limited and going fast. Also some of the “old-timers” seem to think they don’t have to register anymore to get in. […]
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In a couple of days Toool will host the international LockCon conference in Sneek.

If you planned on spending the Thursday-night at the Hostel, but haven’t stated so when registering: DO register! Spaces are limited and going fast.
Also some of the “old-timers” seem to think they don’t have to register anymore to get in. But as our maximum numbers are set, we kinda need a headcount beforehand.

If you haven’t already, register! If you didn’t get the registration link, please send an e-mail to lockcon2014-registration at toool.nl.

You wouldn’t want to miss out on all this goodness:

the opening will be at 19 Sep 10:15
the closing will be at 21 Sep 16:00 after which we will have dinner.

Jaakko will talk about the process of tool-building (looking for weaknesses, choosing materials and the actual build)
Alexandre has an innovative way of doing dual-component impressioning
Michael will give a talk about locks in German alarm systems
there will be a safe manipulation workshop, lecture and championship
Jord will host a workshop on working with some new safe opening tools
Legion303 will take us through the process of building lock picks
Rob will do a fun talk about lockpicking in movies
on Friday night we’ll try something we have never done at LockCon before (and can’t yet tell you about) -No Press-

datagram will host his famous tamper workshop
decoder will shed some light on the mediahit that is 3d printing of restricted blanks
Marnix will bring some 3D printers, so we can get some hands-on results
Legion303 will show us how to defeat the cyberlock
Jaakko will show his new safecracking tool
we are very grateful we will host our annual impressioning championship on C83 cylinders donated by ABUS.

Alexandre will show us a technique to manipulate and decode Disec locks
And off course we will be hosting the annual Dutch Open Lockpicking Championships.

Ample reason to head to Sneek it seems.* See you in a couple days.




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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

Printing your own nylon bumpkeys
This is amazing. Our German friend ‘Decoder’ just came out with a video showing the first 3D printed bumpkey (made of nylon). Here is the youtube video:  
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This is amazing. Our German friend just came out with a showing the first 3D printed bumpkey (made of nylon).

Here is the youtube video:







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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

3D printing of keys
Companies have been offering 3D-printing services for keys for a while now. Apparently, not everybody is aware of this, so when Jos talked about this at HOPE, it caused a bit of a stir. Wired wrote an article about it that you can read at . The article describes professional key duplication services. A few […]
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Companies have been offering 3D-printing services for keys for a while now. Apparently, not everybody is aware of this, so when Jos talked about this at HOPE, it caused a bit of a stir. Wired wrote an article about it that you can read at

The article describes professional key duplication services. A few weeks ago, TOOOL member Tom decided to spend an afternoon to see if he could make a model of a standard key to be printed on a cheap consumer grade 3D printer. Here is the first result:



The thing the consumer grade printer has most problems with, it first printing separate blobs of plastic that only connect to the rest of the key as the profile is being printed. This means the key had to be lightly filed after printing, to make it operate the lock.




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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

TOOOL at HOPE X
The tenth Hackers On Planet Earth conference has just been held in New York, USA. One of the topics has been lockpicking and people from TOOOL-US as well as Jos from TOOOL-NL have been demonstrating the sport. He can be seen on the right in the picture that Hackaday put online at . The official […]
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The tenth Hackers On Planet Earth conference has just been held in New York, USA. One of the topics has been lockpicking and people from TOOOL-US as well as Jos from TOOOL-NL have been demonstrating the sport. He can be seen on the right in the picture that Hackaday put online at . The official homepage of HOPE is .

Update: video (over 3 hours!) at




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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

Dates for LockCon 2014: September 19/20/21
The weekend of September 19/20/21 we will be in the good old youth hostel in Sneek for another edition of LockCon. More information can be found here and the request for talks / presentations is open! This year, we have three full days, so there is more time for interesting lectures and workshops. Of course, […]
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The weekend of September 19/20/21 we will be in the good old for another edition of LockCon.

More information can be found and the request for talks / presentations is open!

This year, we have three full days, so there is more time for interesting lectures and workshops. Of course, the Dutch Open lockpicking and impressioning championships will also be held during LockCon.






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Дата: 25.11.2014 03:23

Start of a new era!
Since July, 2006, Barry Wels has been publishing great stuff about locks and security on his blog, Blackbag. May, 2014, he decided to stop. Barry Wels is founder and long-time president of Toool, The Open Organisation of Lockpickers. In August, 2013, he stepped down from the Toool board to focus on his new company. I […]
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Since July, 2006, Barry Wels has been publishing great stuff about locks and security on his blog, Blackbag. May, 2014, he decided to stop.

Barry Wels is founder and long-time president of Toool, The Open Organisation of Lockpickers. In August, 2013, he stepped down from the Toool board to focus on his new company. I am the new president of Toool since then.

Barry has very kindly given Toool the opportunity to take over blackbag. We will be trying to get some interesting lock-related content on here in the near future! And there’s more good news: all the old content will remain available.

I would like to thank Barry for his outstanding work and hope to see all of you around on Blackbag in the years to come.

Walter Belgers

President Toool




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Дата: 22.01.2015 15:11

The first Toool meeting in Groningen
Toool Netherlands members have been gathering in Amsterdam and Eindhoven for years. But for some, the distance to either places is too big. Jord Knaap lives in Groningen and he is one of the members that is far away from both places. The good news is: he decided to take upon him to host Toool-meetings […]
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Toool Netherlands members have been gathering in Amsterdam and Eindhoven for years. But for some, the distance to either places is too big. Jord Knaap lives in Groningen and he is one of the members that is far away from both places. The good news is: he decided to take upon him to host Toool-meetings in Groningen! So with that, Toool is strategically placed throughout the Netherlands.

The first meeting will be held coming saturday, January 24th, starting at 17:00 hours at , .

Jord is planning to have monthly meeting to start with. If you are interested, please go to the first meeting. This way, you can discuss what the best date and place is to have the meetings. Jord would like to know who is coming, so please also mail him in advance at [EMAIL="jord@knaapjunior.nl"]jord@knaapjunior.nl[/EMAIL]. Bring some locks if you like, and spread the word if you have friends that would like such a thing as well!




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Дата: 26.01.2015 08:03

The first Toool meeting in Groningen – aftermath
The first Toool meeting in Groningen was a succes! The people from Germany had already created a bypass tool for the Mauer Combi B. This is it: And here you can see it in action: One of the attendees was showing his homebrew snap tool: The local television crew (RTV Noord) was also present. They […]
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And here you can see it in action:



One of the attendees was showing his homebrew snap tool:



The local television crew (RTV Noord) was also present.




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Дата: 13.03.2015 11:11

Adventures with an old time-clock
Sometimes, the people who visit Toool are there for a specific reason. They are collectors and have in their possession an old apparatus with a locking mechanism but no key. They come so we can try to open the thing without destroying it. As you can read elsewhere on blackbag, we’ve opened quite a few […]
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Sometimes, the people who visit Toool are there for a specific reason. They are collectors and have in their possession an old apparatus with a locking mechanism but no key. They come so we can try to open the thing without destroying it. As you can read elsewhere on blackbag, we’ve opened quite a few WWII crypto-devices for instance.

Yesterday, somebody visited us with an old time-clock. The lock looks simple indeed, but took considerable time to open, revealing the interesting mechanics on the inside. The owner was happy and so were we!






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Дата: 16.03.2015 22:40

Gendarm lock
Jos showed up with an interesting lock. It’s a German lock for a cash drawer. Instead of using a key, you need to press several levers to open it. If you press the wrong ones, an alarm goes off (all mechanic!). One lever was not operational. Jord fixed it and made a small movie demonstrating […]
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Jos showed up with an interesting lock. It’s a German lock for a cash drawer. Instead of using a key, you need to press several levers to open it. If you press the wrong ones, an alarm goes off (all mechanic!). One lever was not operational. Jord fixed it and made a small movie demonstrating the lock.






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Дата: 24.07.2015 02:37

Jos wins the German impressioning championship
The German Impressioning Championships took place in Kassel, Germany on June 27th. In the first round, Jos was the only one who managed to open their lock within an hour. Jos opened in 5 minutes and 20 seconds, which means that he is the champion and the trophy is back in the Netherlands. The locks […]
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The German Impressioning Championships took place in Kassel, Germany on June 27th.



Jos is looking forward to the next international games, which will be held in Seattle, USA.




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Дата: 24.07.2015 02:37

Lockpick village
Toool regularly gives lectures and workshops. This month, we were at the OWASP-meeting and Hack in the Box. Here you can see Einstein overlooking the table.
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Toool regularly gives lectures and workshops. This month, we were at the OWASP-meeting and Hack in the Box. Here you can see Einstein overlooking the table.






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Дата: 24.07.2015 02:37

Self-picking cylinder
Getting practice locks that have no security pins, for new lockpickers, is not that easy here in the Netherlands. But sometimes, cheap “dollar stores” will have batches of cheap locks that are very easy to pick. Martin found such a lock in a store in Belgium. The funny thing? The lock had actually picked itself […]
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Getting practice locks that have no security pins, for new lockpickers, is not that easy here in the Netherlands. But sometimes, cheap “dollar stores” will have batches of cheap locks that are very easy to pick.

Martin found such a lock in a store in Belgium. The funny thing? The lock had actually picked itself during transport, probably due to vibrations, inside the packaging!

So that’s great news. We now have self-picking locks…






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Дата: 24.07.2015 02:37

Euro-Locks
April 24th, a delegation of Toool visited the Euro-Locks factory in Bastogne, Belgium. Sales manager Jean-Louis Vincart welcomed us and talked us through the history of Euro-Locks, the factories and products. After that, we visited the actual production facility. The Bastogne factory is huge and almost all of their products are completely build here. We […]
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April 24th, a delegation of Toool visited the Euro-Locks factory in Bastogne, Belgium.

Sales manager Jean-Louis Vincart welcomed us and talked us through the history of Euro-Locks, the factories and products. After that, we visited the actual production facility. The Bastogne factory is huge and almost all of their products are completely build here. We spoke with the R&D people creating new molds, saw molten zamac, steel presses, chrome baths, assembly lines and packaging, so everything from the raw metal to the finished product. It’s interesting to see so many products (both in range of products and the actual number of produced locks) being made here, and having no stock of the finished product.

Thanks to Eric and Martin for making the visit possible.






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Дата: 10.10.2015 11:12

Maverick lock
I had this Maverick lock in my collection for a long time. At a Toool meeting, I was playing around and decided to try and open it. Martin then suggested he make it into a cutaway version, which he did. I’ve made a short video to demonstrate how it works.
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I had this Maverick lock in my collection for a long time. At a Toool meeting, I was playing around and decided to try and open it. Martin then suggested he make it into a cutaway version, which he did. I’ve made a short video to demonstrate how it works.






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Дата: 04.12.2015 07:51

Picking Abloy Classic
I regularly give lectures and workshops about locks and lock related topics at conferences such as CONFidence, Hack.lu, BruCON, 4GH, SEC-T, Hashdays, Fri3dcamp, TEDx and more. My latest talk was also the most interesting. It was at the wonderful t2.fi conference in Helsinki, Finland. I was there in 2014 as well. This year, I could […]
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I regularly give lectures and workshops about locks and lock related topics at conferences such as CONFidence, Hack.lu, BruCON, 4GH, SEC-T, Hashdays, Fri3dcamp, TEDx and more. My latest talk was also the most interesting. It was at the wonderful conference in Helsinki, Finland.

I was there in 2014 as well. This year, I could only speak again if I’d open Finnish locks. And Finnish locks are amongst the most secure.. Almost everybody in Finland has ASSA Abloy locks on their door. Many Fins believe these are unpickable. So I set myself the task to open these locks.

First, I tried the H&H tool for opening Abloy. I then found out this tool does not work and simply cannot work, unless you can set the discs in order. So this was money wasted. I finally was able to purchase a tool from [EMAIL="CitadelLockTools@hotmail.com"]Citadel LockTools[/EMAIL] in the UK, that can actually open (and decode) Abloy Classic locks.

The tool comes with several tips, for different kinds of locks. I bought a few ‘handbag’ locks and it’s interesting to see that they differ. In one, the deepest disc is locked, not so in the other. They both need a different tip.



Using this tool, I was able to open an Abloy Classic live on stage , which got me a nice applause!







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Дата: 12.01.2016 05:32

Picking cheap locks
I had ordered a cheap transparant padlock out of China. Although it is a six pin lock, I could pick it touching only two of the six pins. I took a look at it and it’s interesting to see how costs were cut (the lock costs about $3 in bulk). Material has been drilled from […]
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I had ordered a cheap transparant padlock out of China. Although it is a six pin lock, I could pick it touching only two of the six pins. I took a look at it and it’s interesting to see how costs were cut (the lock costs about $3 in bulk). Material has been drilled from the plug to save material. Also, the top and bottom pins are the same pins. This influences the security of the lock. If the pin is stack is not neatly at the sheer line, it will still open as the tipped pin will wiggle itself into the correct position. This is why picking one third of the pins suffices in this case.

I then looked at some euro cilinders in the same price range. It turns out that effectively, they have only one pin that needs to be set. You can use a random key to wiggle the lock open. Even more shocking is the fact that some people will actually put such a lock on their front door.







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Дата: 01.03.2016 15:10

Toool Club Competition Winners
For over 10 years, we have held yearly club competitions at Toool. We collect some 25 locks and allow all Toool members to have a go at them. At a normal competition, you get a lock you have never picked before and only one chance. In this club competition, you can really try to learn […]
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For over 10 years, we have held yearly club competitions at Toool. We collect some 25 locks and allow all Toool members to have a go at them. At a normal competition, you get a lock you have never picked before and only one chance. In this club competition, you can really try to learn how the locks reacts, how different tools and techniques produce different results and you can have a go at really difficult locks. At the end of the competition, there are prizes awarded for three lockpickers who opened the most locks in the least amount of time.


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Дата: 24.03.2016 04:42

Abus EC60 impressioning
Last Friday, Jos got a little present: an ABUS E60 as an impressioning challenge. The keyway is way different to what he usually encounters during competitions (which would be the old trusted C83) so it was a good thing a handful of blanks were thrown in as well… It’s a six pin cilinder, and the […]
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Last Friday, Jos got a little present: an ABUS E60 as an impressioning challenge.
The keyway is way different to what he usually encounters during competitions (which would be the old trusted C83) so it was a good thing a handful of blanks were thrown in as well…

It’s a six pin cilinder, and the keys vary quite a lot in thickness when you go down. At some points it more than doubles between cuts!
So basically, lots of Jos’ fancy tools were rather unusable for this one. But, it took only two blanks and the better part of 45 minutes (which included a phonecall) but in the end it did open!








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Дата: 24.03.2016 04:39

Abus EC60 impressioning
Last Friday, Jos got a little present: an ABUS E60 as an impressioning challenge. The keyway is way different to what he usually encounters during competitions (which would be the old trusted C83) so it was a good thing a handful of blanks were thrown in as well… It’s a six pin cilinder, and the […]
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Last Friday, Jos got a little present: an ABUS E60 as an impressioning challenge.
The keyway is way different to what he usually encounters during competitions (which would be the old trusted C83) so it was a good thing a handful of blanks were thrown in as well…

It’s a six pin cilinder, and the keys vary quite a lot in thickness when you go down. At some points it more than doubles between cuts!
So basically, lots of Jos’ fancy tools were rather unusable for this one. But, it took only two blanks and the better part of 45 minutes (which included a phonecall) but in the end it did open!






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Дата: 19.04.2016 18:32

LockCon 2016 – dates
The weekend of September 30 – October 2, the LockCon conference will once again be held! This time, it will not be in Sneek, but in Garderen, in Hotel Overbosch Garderen. Garderen is less than 2 hours from Schiphol Airport when using public transportation. LockCon is an invite-only conference. Members of Toool NL and affiliated […]
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The weekend of September 30 – October 2, the LockCon conference will once again be held! This time, it will not be in Sneek, but in Garderen, in . Garderen is less than 2 hours from Schiphol Airport when using public transportation.


LockCon is an invite-only conference. Members of Toool NL and affiliated lockpicking groups can visit, as well as people that have visited LockCon before. Others need to be endorsed or need to convince us they should be there


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Дата: 12.06.2016 17:41

Magnetic Power Box Lock
Marcel got a Goso pickgun and it included some items of which the use was not clear right away: After some researching on the internet, it turned out that these are meant to pick certain magnetic locks that are manufactured in China. Outside of China, you will likely not come across these locks. The silver […]
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Marcel got a Goso pickgun and it included some items of which the use was not clear right away:



After some researching on the internet, it turned out that these are meant to pick certain magnetic locks that are manufactured in China. Outside of China, you will likely not come across these locks.

The silver coloured piece can only turn, the brass piece has a push knob at the end. After some googling, Marcel found a YouTube video explaining the lock (not the tool), made by Lockman28, to be found at .





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Дата: 03.07.2016 06:48

LockCon progress
Things are moving along rather nicely. The registration has opened and a lot of the usual suspects have already registered. We are however still missing quite a lot of our regular visitors. Please do not forget to register, because we have a limited number of rooms. Just showing up on the day will probably mean […]
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Things are moving along rather nicely. The registration has opened and a lot of the usual suspects have already registered. We are however still missing quite a lot of our regular visitors. Please do not forget to register, because we have a limited number of rooms. Just showing up on the day will probably mean you cannot get in anymore!

Lots of people are submitting talks. We love it! Keep them coming! People who have submitted a talk will be contacted later, when we have a preliminary schedule. There is room for lightning talks as well.

There is a logo for LockCon 2016 as you can see. This year, we have decided not to print shirts, to avoid a pile of left overs once LockCon is over. Anybody want to buy a shirt from 2014? This year we do have shirts, but they are printed on demand and you can order them yourselves. We offer these on a non profit basis via the shirt shop of our good friends at Hack42. You can order either a , , or .

If you want to use a different (local/cheaper/DIY) printshop, feel free to use the logo above.




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Дата: 10.07.2016 11:32

Cutaway locks are a nice way to understand the inner working of a lock. Many lock companies make factory cutaways of their models, but they can be hard to get. There are also companies making (pad)locks out of plastic to show the inner workings. And then there are locks made into cutaways by lock lovers. […]
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Cutaway locks are a nice way to understand the inner working of a lock. Many lock companies make factory cutaways of their models, but they can be hard to get. There are also companies making (pad)locks out of plastic to show the inner workings. And then there are locks made into cutaways by lock lovers.

Many exist, but the locks created by ‘Lock Cracker’ are in a separate class. Using a CNC milling machine he is able to cut away lots of material so you can see how the pins move, but also how the actual locking mechanism works. The most interesting are high security locks that have special features, such as the Ross Emhart lock that has interconnecting pins. Or his newest creation, the Mul-T-Lock MT5+. This lock uses pins within pins. The outer pins have been individually cut to show the inner pin within. Truly a masterpiece.



More pictures can be found .

Contact him at [EMAIL="l0ckcr4ck3r@gmail.com"]l0ckcr4ck3r@gmail.com[/EMAIL]. Note that we as Toool have no affiliation with Lock Cracker, we just admire his work and like to share it.




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Дата: 17.08.2016 18:42

LockCon program
Although the desire to be at LockCon is normally not related with the official program, we do get some questions about what lectures will be given. So, we have made a (preliminary!) program. You can download it from here: lockcon2016.ics. Apart from competitions in lockpicking, impressioning and lever lock picking, lots of socializing and generally […]
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Although the desire to be at LockCon is normally not related with the official program, we do get some questions about what lectures will be given. So, we have made a (preliminary!) program. You can download it from here: .

Apart from competitions in lockpicking, impressioning and lever lock picking, lots of socializing and generally having lots of fun, these lectures/workshops are planned:

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[*]Contemporary Chinese Locks by MH and Lucas Zhao
[*]Bypassing electronic safe locks by Jord Knaap
[*]Keyed-alike industrial standards by Deviant Ollam
[*]OpenSCAD by Kenny McElroy
[*]Wave rake design by Jimmy
[*]Elements of Cylinder Design by Peter Field
[*]CNC Milling EVVA 3KS Keys and decoding the Masterkey System by Jan Morawek and Michael Weiner
[*]AccuReader by Eric Scaillet
[*]Why safe lock manipulation works by Jaakko Fagerlund
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Дата: 30.09.2016 13:52

Security Essen
Although many locks now feature electronic features, at the Security Essen fair, enough interesting fully mechanical locks could be seen. Some companies, like Iseo, have decided to focus solely on electronics at this event. Other companies show that new mechanical features can still be invented. Evva showcased the new 4KS which is a continuation of […]
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Although many locks now feature electronic features, at the Security Essen fair, enough interesting fully mechanical locks could be seen. Some companies, like Iseo, have decided to focus solely on electronics at this event. Other companies show that new mechanical features can still be invented. Evva showcased the new 4KS which is a continuation of the 3KS. I found the ICS with Temporary Access Function more interesting from a mechanical standpoint. This cylinder comes with two user keys, of which one only works after putting the lock in temporary access mode with a change key. Mottura showed cylinders with a magnet in the key, to defeat lockpicking. DOM has a new cylinder that has keys that are even harder to duplicate. Abus showed a really neat new modular system that makes it very easy to change the length of any of their cylinders without using special tools, not even a screwdriver. A very simple and elegant solution that works really well.

The company Master showed an impressioning key for single row dimple locks, that uses a metal wire to impression in. It needs quite a bit of force to impression, hence a tool is used for that. In the video you can see it in action.




Now off to LockCon 2016!




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Дата: 01.10.2016 00:02

LockCon day #1
The first day of LockCon has come to an end (at least, the official program). We had a talk by MH and Lucas about Chinese locks. What threats do they try to protect against? What new techniques are being used? Featuring the famous “free spinning lock” and the “chain-key lock”. Jord Knaap had some interesting […]
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The first day of LockCon has come to an end (at least, the official program). We had a talk by MH and Lucas about Chinese locks. What threats do they try to protect against? What new techniques are being used? Featuring the famous “free spinning lock” and the “chain-key lock”. Jord Knaap had some interesting stories about his work as a safe opener. He also showed some very new safe opening techniques. Deviant talked about keyed-alike locks in the USA. Who would have thought that when the policy (or taxi companies) order keyed-alike cars, they are actually all keyed alike? Jimmie and Cocolitos talked about newly designed picks that work really well on many types of locks. Ray disassembled some wireless locks and found some interesting vulnerabilities (including a 0day). Kenny learned us all about OpenSCAD. We will not go into too much detail. The event is invite-only for a reason ;-).

And we had also time for the impressioning championships. Abus kindly sponsored a bunch of Abus C83 cylinders and key blanks. After a first round, the first six went to the final, all having to open six new locks. The winner was Alexandre, Oli became second and Jord third.






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Дата: 02.10.2016 06:50

LockCon day #2
The second day of LockCon is also over. In between all the talking, lockpicking, lock swapping, socializing and such, there was time for workshops and lectures. Jord gave a workshop lever lock picking, to prepare attendees for the championship tomorrow. After that, Peter Field discussed techniques used by lock manufacturers, with his wonderful pictures that […]
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The second day of LockCon is also over. In between all the talking, lockpicking, lock swapping, socializing and such, there was time for workshops and lectures. Jord gave a workshop lever lock picking, to prepare attendees for the championship tomorrow. After that, Peter Field discussed techniques used by lock manufacturers, with his wonderful pictures that show the working in fantastic detail. Next, Jan and Michael talked about their adventures milling EVVA 3KS keys. Eric came across a certain motorbike lock that needed opening and he decided to use a decoder for it of which he explained the working. The evening was ended by the premiere of “American Lockpicker”, a documentary about Schuyler Towne by Ben Hartman.

And we had also time for the lockpicking championships. A whopping 48 people competed. After 8 rounds, 6 people went through to the semi-finals and three of those played the final rounds. It turned out to be very exciting, with all three contestants opening all three locks within the 15 minutes they had for each lock. In the end, Christian was the fastest and thus became the winner. Here you see him in action:






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Дата: 03.10.2016 19:30

LockCon is over
All good things come to an end. And a good thing it surely was! The attendees, from all over the world, were very happy with the way LockCon turned out. We are already looking forward to next year! I would like to thank Abus for sposoring the cylinders and blanks used for the impressioning championships. […]
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All good things come to an end. And a good thing it surely was! The attendees, from all over the world, were very happy with the way LockCon turned out. We are already looking forward to next year!

I would like to thank for sposoring the cylinders and blanks used for the impressioning championships. Then there were several companies who have sponsored prizes for the winners. sponsored a whole bunch of their cylinders, but one really stood out: it is their new Condor cylinder, a cutaway version of it, but huge and fully functional! On the picture you see it, next to a regular M&C cylinder to give you an idea of the size. A real eye catcher! sponsored coupons in worth of $800, gave away several of his famous picksets, gave away polo shirts and both and gave away some cylinders. Thanks!






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Дата: 03.10.2016 19:30

LockCon day #3
Day #2 almost blended into day #3, the last day of the event, filled with lectures and a competition, just like the previous days. Mr. Cherepov showed his safe lock that uses a matrix key. Decoder talked about how he created a tool to pick the DOM Diamant lock. Jaakko talked about his research on […]
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Day #2 almost blended into day #3, the last day of the event, filled with lectures and a competition, just like the previous days. Mr. Cherepov showed his safe lock that uses a matrix key. Decoder talked about how he created a tool to pick the DOM Diamant lock. Jaakko talked about his research on safe combination locks that could lead to such locks being opened in a few minutes.

After that, we had a lever lock competition. Last time, this was an impromptu thing, this year it was a real competition with a record number of participants. With only 2 minutes per lock in the first round, this was quickfire picking. Still, all the 10 groups had at least one person open a lock. The fastest 10 then tried to open six locks in the final. Only Lars succeeded in opening all six, winning him first prize.






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Дата: 15.12.2016 06:35

Chinese locks
After winning the lockpicking competition in 2014, the folks of Toool US were kind enough to sponsor a plane ticket to the event in de USA in 2015. Since I couldn’t use it, they said they would get me something else instead. That finally arrived in the form of a small suitcase labeled “Thank you […]
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After winning the lockpicking competition in 2014, the folks of Toool US were kind enough to sponsor a plane ticket to the event in de USA in 2015. Since I couldn’t use it, they said they would get me something else instead. That finally arrived in the form of a small suitcase labeled “Thank you for LockCon 2016”. Jos got a similar case. Thanks guys!



The next lock is a padlock with a ‘smiley’ key profile. There are pins on both sides.






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Дата: 11.01.2017 11:43

Toool competition 2017 has started
Every year, Toool NL has a competition that is only open to Toool NL members. A box of around 25 locks travels to all meetings where members can try to pick the locks. What makes this quite different from regular competitions, is that you can get to learn the lock. You are allowed to improve […]
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Every year, Toool NL has a competition that is only open to Toool NL members. A box of around 25 locks travels to all meetings where members can try to pick the locks. What makes this quite different from regular competitions, is that you can get to learn the lock. You are allowed to improve your best picking time throughout the year, figuring out what tool works best and in what order you need to set the pins.

We assembled 26 locks this year, ranging from used locks with no apparant brand name to factory new locks. Last years competition was pretty stiff, so we settled for what we believe are slightly easier locks, but time will tell if they really are.

The competition page is at .






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Дата: 23.03.2017 07:04

Showing a sliding seal padlock at a regular Toool Amsterdam meeting
Toool NL has biweekly meetings in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. During those, people will discuss locks, pick them and socialize. The next video gives a glimpse of such a meeting. Jos had just brought some locks over and is showing the sliding seal lock on camera.
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Toool NL has biweekly meetings in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. During those, people will discuss locks, pick them and socialize. The next video gives a glimpse of such a meeting. Jos had just brought some locks over and is showing the sliding seal lock on camera.







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Дата: 19.04.2017 07:20

Hack in the Box Amsterdam
We regularly give lectures and workshops at conferences and for companies. Contact us if you are interested. Last week, we were at the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam, where we taught people how to lockpick. They even included a lockpicking challenge in the Capture the Flag competition. Here is a picture of the […]
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We regularly give lectures and workshops at conferences and for companies. if you are interested. Last week, we were at the conference in Amsterdam, where we taught people how to lockpick. They even included a lockpicking challenge in the Capture the Flag competition. Here is a picture of the lock we used for that.






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Дата: 04.07.2017 07:03

LockCon 2017
We have started the preparations for LockCon 2017! We have a location, a date, a registration form (plenty of people have already registered) and we are looking forward to the event! The medieval knight you see in the logo was inspired by the location, which is a 12th century castle. A nice location for three […]
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We have started the preparations for LockCon 2017! We have a location, a date, a registration form (plenty of people have already registered) and we are looking forward to the event!

The medieval knight you see in the logo was inspired by the location, which is a 12th century castle. A nice location for three days (October 20~22) of workshops, lectures and competitions. As always, LockCon is an invite-only event. If you have been there before and want to come again, but haven’t registered, please do so now. Get the link from somebody at Toool.

More background information at




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Дата: 15.07.2017 07:03

Physical Penetration Testing
Apart from being chairman of Toool, I regularly give lectures about lockpicking and lock security. I’ve spoken at many hacker conferences and events hosted by professional IT and security organisations. The most recent one was at the Black Hat Sessions. They taped it so you are now able to watch this presentation online (although, unfortunately, […]
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Apart from being chairman of Toool, I regularly give lectures about lockpicking and lock security. I’ve spoken at many hacker conferences and events hosted by professional IT and security organisations. The most recent one was at the Black Hat Sessions. They taped it so you are now able to watch this presentation online (although, unfortunately, not all of the screen is visible):







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Дата: 12.08.2017 07:30

More talks
The SHA2017 hacker conference has just ended. This is the 4-yearly conference in the Netherlands. This time, 4000 hackers were attending. I did two talks on locks. In the first, I compare IT security related problems with problems in physical locks. You can view it here at . I also did the physical penetration testing […]
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The SHA2017 hacker conference has just ended. This is the 4-yearly conference in the Netherlands. This time, 4000 hackers were attending.

I did two talks on locks. In the first, I compare IT security related problems with problems in physical locks. You can view it here at .

I also did the physical penetration testing talk again, as already discussed in the previous posting. It is here: .

I was not the only one talking about locks. Huxleypig talked about Black Hat Locksmithing: .

If you are interested in this sort of thing, take a look at , where you will find all the talks.




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Дата: 18.08.2017 07:08

LockCon update
As we already said, LockCon preparations are in full swing. October 20~22 we will gather in Baarlo, the Netherlands, in a medieval castle. We can now tell you that one of the speakers will be Tim Jenkin. Tim was jailed for distributing ANC flyers in South Africa in the 1970s. He was caught and jailed. […]
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As we already said, LockCon preparations are in full swing. October 20~22 we will gather in Baarlo, the Netherlands, in a medieval castle.

We can now tell you that one of the speakers will be . Tim was jailed for distributing ANC flyers in South Africa in the 1970s. He was caught and jailed. In jail, he and his friends learned to pick the locks in the prison. There were more than 10 that he needed to open, but in the end, he succeeded. For the first time, Tim will give a presentation about all the details of how the locks were opened. We are thrilled to have Tim!

If you haven’t registered yet, do so while it is still possible. LockCon is invite only, but every year we reserve a few places for people who are not invited. If you want to be at LockCon, but did not get an invite, send your motivation to us.




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Дата: 27.10.2017 07:12

LockCon 2017 aftermath
We pulled it off: we organized yet another very succesful LockCon! The ninth already. Because the hotel we went to last year was no longer available, we went to a new location: a real castle. Even though we had nice surroundings, great campfires and good beer, it was of course all about meeting others interested […]
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Дата: 14.11.2017 07:03

Toool on Romanian TV
While doing a presentation at Def.camp conference, I learned about a ‘hack the ATM’ event. Looking at the machine, I realised the locks seemed the easiest entry point. I took out my lockpicking gear and within a minute both locks on the machine were open. The organisation later told me the rule was not to […]
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While doing a presentation at conference, I learned about a ‘hack the ATM’ event. Looking at the machine, I realised the locks seemed the easiest entry point. I took out my lockpicking gear and within a minute both locks on the machine were open. The organisation later told me the rule was not to use physical access, but the Romanian TV had already picked it up, see .

It’s in Romanian so you’ll probably need a translator to understand it. The video itself is here (from 0’46):




To be honest: normally the bottom part has a safe lock as well, but it was not used in this case.




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Дата: 14.11.2017 07:03

Toool on Dutch TV
A while ago, we had the Dutch national TV at one of our meetings. A guy named ‘Klaas’ makes a show in which he says he can do anything. His challenge this time: to crack a safe. The show consists of three parts. In the first, Klaas meets up with Jos to learn lockpicking, only […]
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A while ago, we had the Dutch national TV at one of our meetings. A guy named ‘Klaas’ makes a show in which he says he can do anything. His challenge this time: to crack a safe. The show consists of three parts. In the first, Klaas meets up with Jos to learn lockpicking, only to find out it is a bit hard to do quickly. Then, he tries the brute force method, which is also not very practical. In the end, he resorts to a robo-dialler and manages to open the safe.

You can watch the video here, but the item is in Dutch (auto-translate is possible, but won’t work wonders):






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Дата: 08.03.2018 07:23

Impressioning
At the regular Toool meeting in Eindhoven, we decided to spend the evening improving our skills in impressioning. We filed some keys, exchanges some tips and generally learned a lot.
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At the regular Toool meeting in Eindhoven, we decided to spend the evening improving our skills in impressioning. We filed some keys, exchanges some tips and generally learned a lot.






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Дата: 16.08.2018 07:10

LockCon 2018
We are busy with the preparations for LockCon 2018, taking place September 28-30 in Baarlo, Netherlands. We are almost sold out (i.e. all the rooms at the venue being occupied). There are a few left, prefeably for people sharing rooms. There is also the option to have tents or RV’s on the premises, but we […]
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We are busy with the preparations for LockCon 2018, taking place September 28-30 in Baarlo, Netherlands. We are almost sold out (i.e. all the rooms at the venue being occupied). There are a few left, prefeably for people sharing rooms. There is also the option to have tents or RV’s on the premises, but we would rather stick to regular rooms.

The BBC will be present to do some filming. We will have championships in lockpicking, lever lockping and impressioning. And of course a full program with lectures and workshops.




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Дата: 06.10.2018 07:19

Results Toool NL championships
Toool organises an ongoing competition that ends every year at LockCon. A box with locks travels to all meetings and members of Toool can have a go at them and Toool competition. Since you can really get to know the lock (you can try as often as you like), the opening times become very fast […]
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Toool organises an ongoing competition that ends every year at LockCon. A box with locks travels to all meetings and members of Toool can have a go at them and . Since you can really get to know the lock (you can try as often as you like), the opening times become very fast over the year.

The results of the competition were:

1. Walter 266.52. Jos 235.53. Tom 2044. Decoder 1985. Rob 1276. Rolf 667. Martin EHV 368. J-W 329. Christ 1910. Maykel 2Here we see the winners, from left to right Tom, Walter and Jos:


Picture by Urs




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Дата: 06.10.2018 07:19

Results Lever Lockpicking championships
The newest of the competitions is the lever lock competition. This is really fast paced, four locks to be opened in each round, with just two minutes per lock. This is done in groups of four, the winners of each group go to the final. One group had no winners (no locks opened). The first […]
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The newest of the competitions is the lever lock competition. This is really fast paced, four locks to be opened in each round, with just two minutes per lock. This is done in groups of four, the winners of each group go to the final. One group had no winners (no locks opened). The first rounds went as follows:

Round NameLock 1 Lock 2 Lock 3 Lock 4 1Nigel1’281’59–– Femurat1’05––– Torsten–––– Walter––––2Julian0’430’56–– Lars1’090’58–– Decoder1’420’54–– Cattani1’28–––3Oli1’320’511’58– Kilae–––– Dune–––– Zanella––––4Harry0’230’471’59– Jaakko1’39––– R@y–––– Jascha––––5BenD–––– DG–––– Klepas–––– Topy––––6mkie0’341’150’24– Morris0’241’330’39– Marc1’27––– Tom––––The finals were exiting, with the following end result:

#NameLock 1 Lock 2 Lock 3 Lock 4 1. Julian 1’07 1’32 1’20 1’52 0’562. Oli – 0’34 1’28 1’58 0’343. Harry – 1’37 1’24 – 1’224. Nigel – – – – 1’505. mkie – – – – –Here we see the winners, from left to right Harry, Julian and Oli:


Picture by Urs




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Дата: 06.10.2018 07:19

Results Impressioning championships
Also many people participated in the impressioning championships. Given an Abus C83 cylinder and some blank keys, the goal was to make one of them into a working key as fast as possible. The first six would then proceed to the A-final, the second six to the B-final, to open another set of six locks. […]
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Also many people participated in the impressioning championships. Given an Abus C83 cylinder and some blank keys, the goal was to make one of them into a working key as fast as possible. The first six would then proceed to the A-final, the second six to the B-final, to open another set of six locks.

The first round lasted an hour, but the first two times were under a minute!

The results of the first round:

1. J-W 0’512. Jos 0’593. Manfred 1’114. Oli 1’125. Harry 1’326. Morris 2’107. Alex 2’348. Holly 2’409. Walter 3’0310. Django 3’3811. Jord 5’5112. Torsten 6’3413. Zahella 7’4814. Nigel 8’0415. RFGuy 9’4616. Marc10’3617. R@y 14’0818. DG 15’4319. mkie 15’5020. Julian22’3121. Hotaru 23’4122. Tom 28’0523. Matt B.30’1224. mh 31’0225. Lars 44’4526. Martin.BE 26’2827. Jascha 47’42Then the top-6 were to compete in the (A) final. The numbers 7 through 12 did the B-final. The results were as follows:

A FINAL

1 Jos 1’55 7’27 13’54 8’14 5’12 4’282 Manfred 7’17 5’45 7’06 – 2’42 5’403 Oli – – 2’53 8’14 3’14 11’284 J-W 10’38 3’51 12’02 12’02 – –5 Harry 6’16 – 4’58 6’45 – –6 Morris – – 11’02 11’57 – 6’42B FINAL

7 Jord 7’46 2’55 – 3’57 – 7’358 Alex 7’56 11’06 5’05 – 6’42 –9 Torsten 8’09 – – – – 5’5210 Walter – 8’48 – – – 12’2011 Django – – – – – 6’0812 Holly – – 6’21 – – –Here we see the winners, from left to right: Oli, Manfred and Jos:


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Дата: 06.10.2018 07:19

Results Lockpicking championships
Quite a lot of people participated in the Lockpicking championships (the “Dutch Open”). We had 67 participants! Six groups were made where every person tried to open six locks. The best two would go on to the knock outs. Here are the results of that first round: Winner Runner-up Table 1  Julian Max Table 2 […]
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Quite a lot of people participated in the Lockpicking championships (the “Dutch Open”). We had 67 participants! Six groups were made where every person tried to open six locks. The best two would go on to the knock outs. Here are the results of that first round:

WinnerRunner-upTable 1 JulianMaxTable 2 Locknoob FemuratTable 3 Walter DecoderTable 4 Marc GorillaTable 5 Torsten JosTable 6 Catani JaschaIn the first knock out round, each number one would compete one-on-one with a number two, leaving only six people:

CompetitorsWinnerJulian – Femurat JulianLocknoob – Max MaxWalter – Gorilla WalterMarc – Decoder DecoderTorsten – Jascha TorstenCatani – Jos JosThe next knock out round left three people:

CompetitorsWinnerJulian – Max JulianWalter – Decoder DecoderTorsten – Jos TorstenThose three people went to the final round, having to open three high security locks:

CISA C3000 KALE KILLIT ISEO F61. Decoder – – 1’132. Torsten – – 11’263. Julian – – –Here we see the winners, from left to right Julian, Decoder and Torsten:


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Дата: 06.10.2018 07:19

LockCon 2018
LockCon 2018 was another success. For the second time at Kasteel De Berckt, for the first time completely sold out. We had a lot of repeat visitors of course, but also some newcomers. People from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and possibly some countries I am forgetting […]
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LockCon 2018 was another success. For the second time at Kasteel De Berckt, for the first time completely sold out. We had a lot of repeat visitors of course, but also some newcomers. People from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and possibly some countries I am forgetting now joined us for a three day event filled with lectures, workshops, competitions and of course networking (meeting new people over a beer, reconnecting with others, swapping locks and techniques).

The BBC was present to shoot some footage for an upcoming One Show.

I would like to thank our sponsors, who made the event possible. sponsored all the C83 cylinders and the brass keyblanks used in the impressioning competition. They certainly know what they are doing, the bitting was perfect for the game. and gave away some fantastic prizes for all of the winners. They both have some interesting new gear, be sure to take a look. made wonderful engraved padlocks for all the winners, in different colours. , and sponsored locks as prizes and for the competition. Spoox sponsored picks and pick holders. Thanks!


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Дата: 02.11.2018 07:00

FIOPS forensic tests
At LockCon 2017 (so last year), the good people from FIOPS were present. FIOPS is an internationalorganization founded to create a platform for forensic specialists in the field of physical security. This is an interesting field, that also interests many of the attendees at LockCon. By looking at traces left inside a lock, it is […]
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At LockCon 2017 (so last year), the good people from were present. FIOPS is an internationalorganization founded to create a platform for forensic specialists in the field of physical security.

This is an interesting field, that also interests many of the attendees at LockCon. By looking at traces left inside a lock, it is possible to tell a lot, e.g. if it was just opened with a key, or if also picking tools were inserted. It is possible to differentiate between standard pick tools, pick guns, bump keys etc. because all leave different traces that can be seen by disassembling the lock and having a close look with a microscope.

The folks from FIOPS asked our help to provide real traces in locks, to help build a library of locks opened with different (but known) techniques. For this reason, they installed a real door in which cylinders were placed to be opened, every time a new one. Recordings were made of the opening.

I was one of the people opening one of the locks (lock 24), and my method was picking. Since members of Toool never pick locks in doors as it does not make sense but makes it harder, I expected to need quite a lot of time. Imagine my surprise when I opened in 20 seconds, even if I had never picked the lock before!

Here’s a video of me opening:




Enjoy!
Walter.




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Дата: 24.11.2018 07:51

LockCon 2019!
Yes – we are still in 2018. But.. the date for LockCon 2019 is already known! LockCon 2019 will be held October 25-27, 2019, in Castle De Berckt in Baarlo, Netherlands (the same place as previous years). Arraival the 24th in the evening is possible, as is leaving the 28th if you wish. Registration will […]
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Yes – we are still in 2018. But.. the date for LockCon 2019 is already known!

LockCon 2019 will be held October 25-27, 2019, in Castle De Berckt in Baarlo, Netherlands (the same place as previous years). Arraival the 24th in the evening is possible, as is leaving the 28th if you wish.

Registration will be possible a number of months before the event starts, so no need to mail us already, this is just so you know when to reserve LockCon in your agendas.




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Дата: 26.11.2018 07:26

Lockpicking in France
A weeks ago, I visited the French lockpicking group, l’Association des Crocheteurs de France. They regularly have meetings in Paris. But last weeks, they had combined their meeting with lockpicking competitions and lectures (also in Paris). There was a nice crowd. The ACF been able to find a nice place in Paris to meet, in […]
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Дата: 10.12.2018 07:06

Toool on the BBC (again)
At LockCon, we had some guests who were shooting footage for the BBC. They followed a few British lockpickers, including Nigel and made an item for the One Show. It aired last week and you can view it below.
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At LockCon, we had some guests who were shooting footage for the BBC. They followed a few British lockpickers, including Nigel and made an item for the One Show.

It aired last week and you can view it below.







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Дата: 26.12.2018 07:20

Lockpicking escape rooms
Eric runs a lock shop (Au P’tit Clou Serrurerie) in Belgium, in the city of Beauraing (near Dinant and also near a degree confluence point). He has also set up a few escape rooms with a lockpicking angle. One is based on the story of Charles Hobbs. Hobbs was the first to defeat the security […]
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Дата: 04.02.2019 07:01

Opening a vintage lock
A while back, somebody visited one of our Toool meetings. This gentleman brought with him a punch clock device. I am not sure in what setting it was used, but found one example on the internet of such a clock being used in a prison, where the warden would register their rounds through the facility […]
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A while back, somebody visited one of our Toool meetings. This gentleman brought with him a punch clock device. I am not sure in what setting it was used, but found one example on the internet of such a clock being used in a prison, where the warden would register their rounds through the facility

Finally, we had a nice view of the insides, where you can see the mechanism to transport a paper tape and an ink ribbon.




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Дата: 12.03.2019 07:00

The Room
Toool NL organised “The Room” as a side-event of the 2019 edition of the <a href=” target=_blank>Hacker Hotel</a> conference. Bugs, scenario, gameplay, set dressing and props by Jan-Willem, Rob and Jos. The talk about The Room is available on YouTube: All vids recorded by Bix, with gear supplied by duh-events.nl, except the POVvid, which was […]
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Toool NL organised “The Room” as a side-event of the 2019 edition of the conference. Bugs, scenario, gameplay, set dressing and props by Jan-Willem, Rob and Jos. The talk about The Room is available on YouTube:

All vids recorded by Bix, with gear supplied by , except the POVvid, which was recorded by .
Camera’s were still running when Jos went through the room to snap pictures for the (impromptu) talk above, which gives a good indication of where (almost) all of the treasures were hidden. These are links to videos of some teams running “the Room”:


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Дата: 12.07.2019 07:06

Lishi Schlage impressioning tool
The company Lishi is mostly known for their decoding tools for several brands of cars. Now, they also have decoding tools for Schlage and Kwikset locks, that works similarly. Although not as much a sport as lockpicking using standard picking tools, we are always eager at Toool to try out new tools. Not long ago, […]
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The company Lishi is mostly known for their decoding tools for several brands of cars. Now, they also have decoding tools for Schlage and Kwikset locks, that works similarly.

Although not as much a sport as lockpicking using standard picking tools, we are always eager at Toool to try out new tools. Not long ago, Jan-Willem already about the tool:

Now, we also have a demonstration of the Schlage tool, done by Jos:

Enjoy!

Walter.




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Дата: 12.07.2019 07:06

East German secret policy and lockpicking

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Дата: 17.07.2019 07:41

Key duplication
Although at Toool, we normally pick locks without having a key, it is also interesting to occasionally look at other ways of opening a lock. I got my hands on a Quick Key Easy Pro kit from Multipick (not affiliated) and decided to test it out. I took it to the Toool meeting with three […]
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Дата: 07.08.2019 07:20

Attacking masterkeyed systems
A couple of years ago one of our members, Jos Weyers, came up with a novel method to attack masterkeysystems. If you know Jos, it’s probably not at all surprising that this method mainly consists of impressioning. Attacking masterkeyed systems that way has several distinct advantages; no need to take a lock apart, no need for huge […]
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A couple of years ago one of our members, Jos Weyers, came up with a novel method to attack masterkeysystems. If you know Jos, it’s probably not at all surprising that this method mainly consists of impressioning. Attacking masterkeyed systems that way has several distinct advantages; no need to take a lock apart, no need for huge numbers of blanks, no need to have access to a working key, no guessing if your new key is indeed the master you are looking for, to name just a few. After keeping this knowledge within a rather small community for some time, it is now out in the open due to a talk Jos did at OzSecCon in Melbourne this year.Which off course includes live demo’s right there on stage.




(masterkeysystem supplied and pinned up by Holly Poer , “southpark-esque lock animations” by JanWillem Markus)






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Дата: 19.08.2019 07:28

Key duplication revisited
A few weeks ago, we tested the Quick Key Easy Pro kit from Multipick, which turned out to work very well for duplicating a BKS Janus key and even a DOM Diamant key. This time, we wanted to see if you really need such as expensive kit. First, we focus on the metal. Can we […]
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A few weeks ago, we tested the Quick Key Easy Pro kit from Multipick, which turned out to work very well for duplicating a BKS Janus key and even a DOM Diamant key.

This time, we wanted to see if you really need such as expensive kit. First, we focus on the metal. Can we use cheap rose metal we obtained from the internet? We use the moulds we created earlier. The answer: yes, this works fine, for both keys. Our first attempt failed as the two halfs of the mould were not properly aligned, but that is “operator error”.

Next, we try to see if there are alternatives to the moulding material. We use cuttlebone, that is also used by silver smiths. We use a standard key to start with. The duplicate looks promising, but does not work. Again, we blame the alignment of the two parts of the mould. Some further testing is necessary. The cuttlebone is too brittle to be used in combination with the holder from the Multipick kit.





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Дата: 20.08.2019 07:02

Impromptu lockpicking village at Bornhack IV
Jos and I (Jan-Willem) where at Bornhack.dk a small hacker conference in Denmark. Not only where the talks interesting also the quietness was welcome. Bornhack does not have multiple tracks so plenty of time to relax and pick locks. We brought a lockpicking village in a box. A decently sized tool case with everything you’d […]
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Jos and I (Jan-Willem) where at Bornhack.dk a small hacker conference in Denmark. Not only where the talks interesting also the quietness was welcome. Bornhack does not have multiple tracks so plenty of time to relax and pick locks.

We brought a lockpicking village in a box. A decently sized tool case with everything you’d need for a unplanned lockpicking village.

I’m attempting to learning manipulation of safe locks and brought a S&G lock and a bunch of manipulation sheets to Bornhack. It took me the better part of three days to crack it. (For a upcoming conference I’ve got an hour.)

Manipulating safes and safecracking sparked the interest of multiple people and I’ve did my best to explain the basics. What I was doing and how to exploit the lock.

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Дата: 23.09.2019 07:02

Key duplication from a photo CTF
Jos has a talk about key duplication from pictures. If you have not seen it: a conference there was the question: What does it take to make it into a workshop? There was little budget so we have turned it into a CTF instead of a training/workshop. This CTF has no prices and might […]
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Jos has a talk about key duplication from pictures. If you have not seen it:
For a conference there was the question: What does it take to make it into a workshop? There was little budget so we have turned it into a CTF instead of a training/workshop.
This CTF has no prices and might teach you something new.

The problem:
This is one I got shared yesterday on twitter: (Tweet does not exist anymore.)
Roughly translates to: “Let’s post pictures of our keys as a sign of protest to our government.”
(Note to self: Take more screenshots.)

Or this one:
The hashtag is about the keychain but there are some perfectly decodable keys in there.

The CTF:
1) Get to the keys
2) Take a photo or make an imprint of it
3) Make a key
4) Test the key

Measuring tools and files will be available at the lockpicking village.
We are going to help as little as possible to not spoil the fun.

There are three keys at the moment:
CTF 1) Key will be published here
CTF 2) Key will be placed on the table at lockpicking villages (do not borrow/steal the key please.)
CTF 3) Key will be on the belt/lanyard of the Orga or instructors at the lockpicking Village

Please don’t publish pictures of the CTF 2 and CTF 3 key. You are allowed to do a writeup about CTF 1.

CTF Key 1:



All locks are standard unmodified 5pin Abus/Buffo. The blanks that work are Y1, 1A (SKS/JMA), CS206 (Silca) and many others. You’ll get points for sourcing your own keys. Really, give it a try!

This CTF will run for the next months to years. Come see Toool at a conference near you.
Next up: Hardwear.io, HITB, LockCon and Hackerhotel 2020.

If you want to play but can’t make it to a conference. Please send me a digital bird at Jan-Willem at Toool dt nl. You’ll be send three pictures and a post address. You can mail me the physical keys you’ve made.

I’ve tested the CTF myself. It took me about 30 minutes to make three keys from a photo.
Please, don’t publish pictures of your keys, stay safe.

Published by Jan-Willem.




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Дата: 30.10.2019 08:14

LockCon 2019 – Dutch competition
One of the award ceremonies at LockCon is for a competition that takes a year. Every year, Toool has a competition with about 26 locks that are taken to all our meetings. Members of Toool can set a time on the opening of these locks and repeat doing so, improving their times as they learn […]
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One of the award ceremonies at LockCon is for a competition that takes a year. Every year, Toool has a competition with about 26 locks that are taken to all our meetings. Members of Toool can set a time on the opening of these locks and repeat doing so, improving their times as they learn more about the lock and how to pick it. It is very helpful in improving your technique but of course it is quite different from the lockpicking competition in which you get a lock you have never seen before and need to open it.

This years’ results are to be found at .

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Дата: 30.10.2019 08:14

LockCon 2019 – lever lock picking
The lever lock picking championship has been part of LockCon for a few years now, thanks to Jord who set it up. This year, our friends from Italy brought with them a setup for a competition including locks in nice stands and tools to open them. The locks needed to be picked 4 times, for […]
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The lever lock picking championship has been part of LockCon for a few years now, thanks to Jord who set it up. This year, our friends from Italy brought with them a setup for a competition including locks in nice stands and tools to open them. The locks needed to be picked 4 times, for a full 360 degree turn. LEDs on top showed the progress.

There were 29 participants. In the first round, people needed to do one opening on one lock. The fastest 16 went on to the semifinals. Four groups of 4 would get 5 minutes per each of 4 locks. The best of each group, plus the best runner-up then participated in the final.

Since Julian would rather not be in the picture, we include a picture of Alex getting prizes from Jos(post by Walter)




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Дата: 30.10.2019 08:14

LockCon 2019 – lockpicking
The Dutch Open is one of the oldest lockpicking contests in the world – and the most international. This year, we had to cap the number of attendees to 66. In the first round, 6 groups of 11 people were formed. They each needed to open 11 locks in at most 5 minutes each. The […]
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The Dutch Open is one of the oldest lockpicking contests in the world – and the most international. This year, we had to cap the number of attendees to 66.

In the first round, 6 groups of 11 people were formed. They each needed to open 11 locks in at most 5 minutes each. The 2 best of each table then progressed. Then there were 2 shoot-out rounds, where 2 people would compete one to one, opening two locks in 15 minutes per lock maximum. That left three finalists and three people in the B finals.

I had high hopes and in the first round I opened 11 locks in a total time of 4 minutes and 1 second, the fastest of my table. But unfortunately for me, I was eliminated in the second round. The people who progressed get 6-pin locks and dimple locks to open.

The results were as follows:
A-Finals
1. Marc
2. Manfred
3. Julian
B-Finals
4. Oli
5. Max White
6. Robert

Marc gets his prize from Jos(Post by Walter)




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Дата: 30.10.2019 08:14

LockCon 2019 – impressioning
Some 40+ people participated in the impressioning championship. In the first round, one lock needed to be impressioned within an hour. The locks were sponsored by Abus and they gave us keyed-alike cilinders with a rather shallow profile. Within the hour, 32 people opened their lock. The 6 fastest went on to compete in the […]
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Some 40+ people participated in the impressioning championship. In the first round, one lock needed to be impressioned within an hour. The locks were sponsored by Abus and they gave us keyed-alike cilinders with a rather shallow profile. Within the hour, 32 people opened their lock.

The 6 fastest went on to compete in the A-final, the 6 runners up in the B-final. Both groups needed to open 6 locks in less than 15 minutes each. These were locks with more difficult profiles.

The result:
A-Final
1. Manfred
2. Jan-Willem
3. Jord
4. Walter
5. Cocolitos
6. Jos
B-Final
7. Alex
8. Oli
9. Mathias
10. Torsten
11. Datagram
12. Rebecca

Jos hands the first prize to Manfred(Post by Walter)




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Дата: 30.10.2019 08:14

LockCon 2019
For the 11th time in a row, Toool has organised LockCon, the international conference on lock sport. Before that, it was the Dutch Open Lockpicking Championship, and this championship is now incorporated in LockCon, together with an impressioning competition and a leverlock competition. With over 100 attendees last weekend, it was bigger than ever, but […]
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For the 11th time in a row, Toool has organised LockCon, the international conference on lock sport. Before that, it was the Dutch Open Lockpicking Championship, and this championship is now incorporated in LockCon, together with an impressioning competition and a leverlock competition.

With over 100 attendees last weekend, it was bigger than ever, but it still retained that cosy family get-together feeling. Information sharing, meeting up with old friend, meeting new friends, swapping locks and participating in championships in a relaxed environment, where everybody participates in making it a success is what it’s all about.

It was nice to see delegations from all parts of the world, from nearby to far away (even including Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand).

Prizes(Post by Walter)




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Дата: 11.11.2019 07:41

S&G cutaway
A while ago, we talked about a very nice cutaway lock made by l0ckcr4ck3r, see . That was a Mul-T-Lock MT5+. He has been busy on a new lock lately, the Sargent and Greenleaf Environmental Padlock 0881. I must admit I did not know the lock, aklthough it is apparantly well-known in the USA. The […]
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A while ago, we talked about a very nice cutaway lock made by l0ckcr4ck3r, see . That was a Mul-T-Lock MT5+. He has been busy on a new lock lately, the Sargent and Greenleaf Environmental Padlock 0881.

More pictures can be found at .

Toool is not affiliated with l0ckcr4ck3r, we just want to show nice pictures of nice locks.

(Post by Walter)




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Дата: 29.11.2019 07:04

Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019
Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019 by the Association of Czech Lockpickers. Website: Report by Jan-Willem. On Uklocksport Meastro posted an open invitation for lockpickers to compete in the championship. The topic is a good read, you’ll find a lengthy discussion about the rules and difficulty of the locks. I’ve decided to join the competition and […]
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Czech Lockpicking Championship 2019 by the Association of Czech Lockpickers.
Website:

Report by Jan-Willem.
On Uklocksport Meastro posted an open invitation for lockpickers to compete in the championship. The topic is a good read, you’ll find a lengthy discussion about the rules and difficulty of the locks. I’ve decided to join the competition and booked my flight.

The conference started on Thursday evening. I flew in on Friday and missed every easy method to get to the conference easily. I’ve haggled with the taxi driver and he took me to the conference. It took 90 minutes and was the most expensive taxi drive I’ve had to date. The Taxi driver did not speak much English and told me he was a diving instructor. From driving I understood he was a rally driver too. Just before dark I arrived at the location. The competitions had started earlier and meant I missed the padlock competition.

Jan-Willem at the impressioning championshipFor the finals there where some extremely difficult locks. Fab 200, Fab 1000, Tokoz tech and Evva are no joke. These locks are restricted and wherefore I was not allowed to keep a lock, a blank or a even a photo of the locks/keys.
It was unexpected and quite annoying. I’ve managed to open one and it was enough to win the competition.

Certificate for winning the Czech impressioning championship


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Дата: 04.12.2019 07:36

Lockpicks for Hackerspaces
Post by: Jan-Willem I’ve recently acquired ~20kg lockpicks, 4000 lockpicks. These where sold by a scrap metal dealer on eBay. As why he had them I can only guess. He did well for not scrap these. The picks are a bit rusty and need work to be useable. As you can imagine cleaning them all […]
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I’ve recently acquired ~20kg lockpicks, 4000 lockpicks. These where sold by a scrap metal dealer on eBay. As why he had them I can only guess. He did well for not scrap these. The picks are a bit rusty and need work to be useable. As you can imagine cleaning them all by myself will not be fun. There for I decided to sell most of them and give some away. (Yes, this project is not what a sane person would attempt.)

I’ve sold bags of 500g at LockCon. Most will be used at lockpicking villages around Europe. With the remaining picks I’ve created grabbags of about 250gram (50 picks) for the Dutch Hackerspaces. Because every Hackerspace needs lockpicks.

Lockpicks packed and labelled. Ready to be shipped by Hackermail (Inter-hackerspace delivery service)The full story can be found on: Happy picking!




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Дата: 10.12.2019 07:44

New pick design by our French friends
‘Le Corbeau’ outils d’ouverture fine are lockpick makers in France. You’ve likely seen the lockpicks before. Picks with a hummingbird style handle. Recently they wrote in an article that they will resume making picks shortly. They also announced a new pick design more on this later. I’ve bought a set from them a few years […]
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‘Le Corbeau’ outils d’ouverture fine are lockpick makers in France. You’ve likely seen the lockpicks before. Picks with a hummingbird style handle. Recently they wrote in an article that they will resume making picks shortly. They also announced a new pick design more on this later. I’ve bought a set from them a few years ago as the pick designs are interesting. Example:

As the story goes they’ve designed something special for 2020, a new one of a kind lockpick design. It’s a Half Deforest half double ball. If it stands up to the testing they’ll produce it. What do you think?

Half Deforest, half double ball by ‘Le Corbeau’ outils d’ouverture fine.
‘Le Corbeau’ only communicates by Facebook. If you are interested in the design send them a message.




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Дата: 31.12.2019 07:00

LockCon 2020 dates are known!
29th of October up until 1st of November 2020 we will be again hosting our yearly conference in* “de Berckt castle” in Baarlo, The Netherlands. Prepare for some spooooky picking! Registration is not open yet, but we wanted to give our community an early heads-up to lock in any vacation-days or international travel.*
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29th of October up until 1st of November 2020 we will be again hosting our yearly conference in* “de Berckt castle” in Baarlo, The Netherlands. Prepare for some spooooky picking!

Registration is not open yet, but we wanted to give our community an early heads-up to lock in any vacation-days or international travel.*






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Дата: 28.02.2020 08:04

MKS impressioning at Hackerhotel
On the Valentines weekend 400 Hackers met at a hotel in Garderen. There was the conference: Hackerhotel 2020. It felt like a huge hackerspace meetup with talks and workshops. I’ve followed the hardware hacking workshop by @Jilles_com and learned for to extreme read! Jos was asked to do his talk om Master Keyed Systems and […]
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On the Valentines weekend 400 Hackers met at a hotel in Garderen. There was the conference: Hackerhotel 2020. It felt like a huge hackerspace meetup with talks and workshops. I’ve followed the hardware hacking workshop by @Jilles_com and learned for to extreme read!

Jos was asked to do his talk om Master Keyed Systems and how to defeat them using impressioning. Summary: “Privilege escalation attack? You are doing it wrong! Use impressioning to your advantage. :)”

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Дата: 10.03.2020 07:58

Classic car ignition lock
Once in a while people bring very interesting locks to our meetups. In this case an ignition lock from a classic car. The task was clear: impression a key for this lock. Taking this lock apart would pose serious challenge and risks. As the ‘job’ was not announced in advance we had to make do […]
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Once in a while people bring very interesting locks to our meetups. In this case an ignition lock from a classic car. The task was clear: impression a key for this lock. Taking this lock apart would pose serious challenge and risks.

As the ‘job’ was not announced in advance we had to make do with what was on hand: steel blanks, imperfect magnification, and an old file.

A working key! Do you want to learn how to impression a lock? By special request we can bring the impressioning gear to the meetup. It’s not something we carry standard because of volume and weight.




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Дата: 11.05.2020 07:00

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TL;DR : lockcon 2020 is cancelledThe slightly longer version:With conferences being cancelled left-and-right in these current covid-times it wont surprise you that the ToooL.nl board has rather extensively been looking at options.The dutch government has drafted, a rather ambitious, timetable to battle the current crisis.According to this schedule, September 1st would be the first point […]
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