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We're building a huge, clear pin-tumbler lock to assist in the hands-on education of basic lock mechanics and lockpicking.
We're building a huge, clear pin-tumbler lock to assist in the hands-on education of basic lock mechanics and lockpicking.
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38 backers pledged $1,844 to help bring this project to life.

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FALE Who??

FALE (FALE Association of Locksport Enthusiasts) is a locksport group based out of winston-salem, north carolina. In addition to our local, bi-monthly meetups, we often host lockpick "villages" (a term often used to define a separate area for learning a specific skill) at security conferences where we teach the fundamentals of locks and lock picking to those eager to learn.  Check out our website for more information: www.lockfale.com.

The Problem  

One reoccurring problem that we have noticed is that because locks are inherently small, it is very difficult to explain and demonstrate the basic mechanics of a lock in a group setting, as well as explain how those mechanics can be exploited to open the lock without a key.  

The Solution

We would like to solve this problem by constructing a fully functional pin-tumbler lock out of clear acrylic. Unlike existing clear "practice" cylinders or cutaway locks, this pin-tumbler would be 1000% larger (7" diameter, 10" long!) than actual size, making it very easy to see exactly how it works, as well as provide a tangible learning experience.   B.A.L.L.S. will be used to illustrate several key principles:

  • Pin-tumbler lock mechanics
  • Fundamentals of lock picking
  • Pin binding
  • Over picking
  • Appropriate torque application
  • Security pin mechanics

The Plan

If our project is successful, our goal is to have the B.A.L.L.S. complete and ready for primetime by BSides Las Vegas in August this year.

Your pledges will provide the funds required to purchase the raw materials we will use to construct the B.A.L.L.S. and a variety of interchangeable security pins.  Any additional funding will be directly applied to the prohibitively-expensive travel expenses necessary to get FALE members to Las Vegas for BSides (read: airfare).

Thank you for your help!

* A big thanks to Deviant Ollam for the lock illustration used in the video (source)

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    All prior rewards, plus we'll send you a sweet B.A.L.L.S.-sized acrylic security pin paperweight.

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