Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 24, 2010.

Update #19

Sesame Lock Decoding! 24Hrs To Go! So Tired!


Alright everyone. I have to run to my friend's wedding right now, so I'm going to keep this one short, but let me just say how absurd all of you are. In a good way, a great way. It's remarkable. I honestly didn't think 1000 backers was possible, but here we are, 24 hours to the deadline and every ridiculous goal I've set has been achieved. Absolutely ridiculous.

I don't even know what more I could ask for. A pony? The only thing left would be the last big training reward getting scooped up. It's funny. I feel like I'm just reaching for something to bring me back to reality. "Well, they've already done THIS MUCH, there's no way they could do "THAT MUCH."

I've been given everything and more, but I'm just too excited not to keep pushing. 24 hours, 1 more big push, let's see how ridiculous this can get!

Sesame Lock Decoding

Ok, folks, one last treat before the end. I think this is my best animation to date and I hope it helps you understand how to decode Sesame dial combination locks. You'll find these in some padlocks, a lot of briefcases, bike locks and carabiner locks.

The shim you want for this can be found inside of the little white plastic security tags you'll find on DVD and Video game cases. I find these everywhere, actually. Even some curtains I bought had them stitched in a little pouch. Anyway, cut it open and you'll find a little strip of metal in there. That makes a perfect shim for this attack.

Alright - 24 hours to go! Spread this video around! Let's go, let's go, let's go!

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      Creator Kai Demler on November 20, 2010

      Were can i purchase a set of picks?
      I just found out about this project.

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      Creator Dale S Allen on September 23, 2010

      I too loved the video and found it clear and simple, which gave me the idea. Can you supply all your video tips on a CDrom or DVD? I for one would be happy to throw in a few extra dollars to cover the cost.

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      Creator GinaX on September 23, 2010

      Cool video. Since I was a kid I always opened these locks feeling it by hand without tools. Just put a little pressure on the lock as if you tried to open it, then check which one of the wheels is the hardest to turn. Turn it until it gets loose. You got the first one. Then find the next wheel that is hard to turn and repeat the process until the lock opens, usually in just a few minutes. Never found one of these locks I couldn't open this way. But you probably knew that Schuyler :) Is there a forum somewhere to exchange tricks like this? Cheers,

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      Creator Schuyler Towne on September 23, 2010

      @everyone - Thanks! (sorry to be short! wedding time!)

      @bruce - Check out Update #13: for extensive instructions on how to rekey locks! Also, I like that idea a lot. I think I'll get something slightly more permanent, but yes, I love that idea and am stealing it from you and doing it. Thank you :)

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      Creator Bruce Barnett on September 23, 2010

      Great video. I am looking forward to the pick set. Two requests. (1) You showed a lock with the core removed. Can you explain that process some more. How can I get the core out of the lock, and which lock can I get where I can re-pin the lock?
      (2) It would be great if there was something on the pick case to indicate that we were one of the backers - something to make it a collectible. Even if it was just a special adhesive label on the case.

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      Creator Kevin Hale on September 23, 2010

      Very cool animation.

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      Creator Israel Torres on September 23, 2010

      That animation rocked; simple to the point and easy to follow.

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      Creator Ross Ramsay on September 23, 2010

      Schuyler, Don't forget you made this videos, had the idea, and put this together, give yourself some credit to. We were drawn here because you're offering something really cool, you've earned your ridiculousness :P. Now it's just a matter of making... well, quite literally a TON of picks... (well, maybe half a ton). Thanks again! I can't wait to try them out! (I think that will mean all I have left to get is a bogota from serepick).

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