Impressioning at LockCon

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[Steffen Wernéry] has published a video of the impressioning contest at LockCon. We learned about key impressioning at this year’s HOPE conference. You start the process by inserting a key blank into the lock. By turning the lock until it stops and then moving the key up and down you create marks on the blank’s face. Take a file to those marks to remove the extra material and then repeat the process. Once the pins are set properly, they’ll stop leaving marks on the blank. It takes a lot of skill to do this right, but you end up with a perfectly functional key. [Barry Wels] managed to win the competition in 5:30 with second place coming in at 6 minutes.

Comments

  1. FlyinRyanIa says:

    I love reading these lock picking stories. Wish I had more time to get into doing it myself.

  2. Tim says:

    Get a job as a locksmith. You’ll then wish you had more time for other things, you’ll also wish you could walk into places without noticing their locks.

  3. Solenoidclock says:

    A key was impressioned in five and a half minutes? That’s some really fast filing.

  4. 3rdGenLocksmith says:

    This is AWESOME!! I am a third generation locksmith in the US, and the new breed of lock defeaters are quite impressive. Yes, it can be done in the time he did it.

  5. chicagothunder says:

    soot or lamp black on the blank works well for the cut marks.

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