As it has been quiet of late I have started on all the projects left over from late last year. This particular job is to make a bespoke tool for the lock shown in the foreground. The lock is from a Mottura wall safe. It contains a number of levers and is operated by a double bitted key. Here I am making a 2 in 1 pick for the lock as I do not currently have one. The safe operates with two locking systems, a three number combination code and the key lock. If the incorrect code is set the keys will not open the safe. It is a simple mechanism but its pretty effective. The keys look impressive but it appears that half of the levers are for show. The lock needs to be picked two times (or the key needs to be turned twice) to retract the bolts fully which is a fairly common trait of European mortice locking systems these days. The pick is complete and tested. It needs to be finished off and cleaned up but the main thing is that it works. Once I’ve tuned the pick I will re-install the locks into the safe and test it out as there is nothing like practicing on a real safe. I have made several tools over the past year, some more successful than others but its good fun and teaches you about locking mechanisms. I’m looking forward to getting a micro milling machine and lathe, hopefully in the near future so I can make more complicated tools and equipment. I really enjoy tool making and enjoy making old locks works and cutting keys to antique locks by hand, its very therapeutic but it is very time consuming. When working as a bench locksmith I found these frustrating as they really require 100% concentration and trying to run a shop and answer a phone really was not conducive to getting these keys cut. Found a fantastic site searching the web of a guy who restores and turns old locks and keys into art. This is something I think I may try my hand at in the near future as I personally own some lovely old locks.