High-Security Mechanical Locks: An Encyclopedic Reference (Google eBook)

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Butterworth-Heinemann, Oct 17, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 616 pages
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High-Security Mechanical Locks comprehensively surveys and explains the highly technical area of high security locks in a way that is accessible to a wide audience. Well over 100 different locks are presented, organized into 6 basic types. Each chapter introduces the necessary concepts in a historical perspective and further categorizes the locks. This is followed by detailed 'how it works' descriptions with many pictures, diagrams and references. The descriptions are based on actual dissections of the real locks.

The scope is limited to key operated mechanical locks, thus keyless combination locks and digital locks are not covered. The book does not deal with routine locksmithing topics such as installation and servicing of locks. The sensitive area of picking and bypassing of locks is dealt with only at a high level without giving detailed information that would be unacceptable in the wrong hands.

* Comprehensive coverage of over 100 different types of 19th and 20th century key-operated locks, unified in a simple classification scheme
* Detailed operating principles - clear 'how it works' descriptions
* Manipulation resistance rating for each lock on a scale of 1 to 5
  

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Excellent resource!
Every person who call's themself a locksmith needs to have this book. Everyone who is even interested in locksmithing should at least read the introduction to this book. I am a Certified Master Locksmith and I managed to learn some things just from browsing the pages.

Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 PinTumbler Locks
31
Chapter 3 Wafer Locks
173
Chapter 4 SideBar Locks
223
Chapter 5 Lever Locks
313
Chapter 6 Magnetic Locks
435
Chapter 7 Car Locks
469
Chapter 8 Conclusion
505
Bibliography
511
Figure and Table Credits
521
Appendices
525
Index
575
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