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The amazing thing about humans is the ingenuity of coming up with magnificent ideas, including padlocks.
They can also come up with the weirdest invention known to man.
But, until those ideas go mainstream, it remains weird.
Whether those inventions are airplanes, telephones, or even the internet, they seem odd.
These attempts are sometimes called silly.
The security industry is not spared of such oddities.
We see the rise of smart and digital locks in this modern age, but criminals are always trying to outsmart us.
People will go to extremes from wild keys to crazy-looking keyways and locks.
These ideas have taken the market by storm, yet they remain weird in the history of security.
Keep scrolling to find out the strange lock you never knew existed.
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This Indian-made padlock requires users to know a few tricks to open it.
You must remove the bolt from the lock’s body and turn the key to the 9 o’clock position.
After all that manipulation, you still need to insert the key.
Internal locking parts use a lever system, varying in quality depending on the manufacturer.
But lifting it will not do you any good without preparing the key.
Viability is not great due to the necessary access to the back of the lock to unscrew the rounded bolt.
Also, the cover of the keyway is raised a bit from the lock’s body, so it will not retain all the dirt and grime.
It is more absurd than practical.
Just looking at this lock, you know it’s weird.
The form of the device is what gives it the name of Dumbbell Magnification.
It does not look so practical due to its size, but you can use it in several ways.
Like any other padlock, you can set it with a hash or chain.
With the right size door, you can also keep a pair of double doors closed.
This particular dumbbell lock’s huge size will also prove to be a wheel lock for your engine.
As for the key, it is also extraordinary.
The 5-sided judo keychain puts it above the standard unusualness of cross locks.
Of course, you can pick it, but it has all the wonders to offer to the world.
It is a fact that the Nokē padlock is a keyless lock.
The company was so proud that they named their product Noki, pronounced Keyless.
So how do you open it?
Well, you can open it with a smartphone or tablet.
With Bluetooth alerts and a downloadable app, you’ll never look for the key again.
But smart locks are not so strange.
What is weird about this lock is that it can be set to open with Morse code.
Press the shaft with differentiated applications for short and long pressure, and the lock will open to the right.
There is no key lock, but a port is at the bottom.
You can use this to start the lock when the battery dies by touching a new battery to the terminal.
You may think it is magnetic because there are no visible cross-sections on the open shackles.
But he uses ball bearings (so he can not quickly bang).
The locking dog is so far in the body that the cutting of the shackles is imperceptible.
Lily Water Padlock
These Lily Voda padlocks have all sorts of exciting body shapes, but the bizarre part of them is their critical path.
It is a four-sided pattern in the form of a cross, with a pronounced curvature of each side hole.
Although the key now has a wheel shape, those soft curves initially have hard turns.
This gave the lock the form of a swastika, which was intended to mean “all” or even “eternity” in Sanskrit in the Buddhist and Hindu markets.
Not only is it strange for its unintentional work, but the lock uses a system of holes instead of the basic pin drum in the basic cruciform style.
This results in a strange appearance of the key that ends with the arrival of an exercise.
Also, you can only insert the key in one way. This means that all pins are active.
The crazy lock is undoubtedly more of a puzzle than a practical one in its possible use.
With a reasonably large bolt lying between the shackle’s two arms, you can quickly identify this padlock as out of the norm.
There is also no key route.
The way of opening is by turning the lock so that the screw can move freely.
Pull it halfway, then turn the puzzle so that it locks in if pushed too far up or down.
Tighten the screw slightly halfway, then it will lock in the middle position, and you can open the lock.
Of course, it’s a weird lock, but it may not be the best use for your security needs.
Opening this lock will surely give people a headache, but it will not oppose most criminals.
1800’s Viennese Cover Lock
1800’s Viennese Cover door lock was manufactured 200 years ago, so you know there are some mystery that goes with it.
The Viennese Cover lock has various spring-loaded panels.
The keyway is obscured.
You have to apply downward pressure to the bottom of the panel to reveal the keyway.
Insert the key to the handle lock and turn the key to a full rotation to move the locking dogs out of the way.
But, the key is still secured.
You have to move the panel on the lock’s back and simultaneously pull the shackle.
These maneuvers are weird but necessary.
It’s impressive that this lock still works after 200 years.
New Gulshan Padlock
When you have a padlock with a keyway, open it with the correct key.
But, if not with the New Gulshan padlock.
No matter how you press or rotate the lock’s body, it will not open even with the correct key.
The keyway does not interact with the levers and the spring of the lock.
Would-be pickers will not succeed if they attempt to pick this lock using the keyhole.
To open this lock, you have to solve the puzzle.
There are the numbers eight and six on the face of the padlock.
On the number eight, there is a small button.
All you have to do is depress that button hard and quickly using the thin protrusion of the key.
The spring-loaded door will then open and reveal the true keyway.
Very tricky indeed, and odd handle lock.
LIKE Gear Shift Lock
LIKE Gear Shift door lock is more common than weird.
This door lock is meant to lock the transmission of the car.
Manual transmission is quite rare, but it’s a typical lock rather than rare.
The eccentricity begins by looking at the key.
It looks like tiny key cards with mini rectangular slits and cuts punched into the thin metal.
The door lock has 16 active elements because they are neither pins nor wafers.
LIKE Gear Shift door lock is unique because it is marked with copyright warnings.
If you put this in your car, no one can pick or bypass it because of this weird lock.
Saint Fire Corkscrew Padlock
Saint Fire Corkscrew Padlock is a crude-looking padlock.
The key is threaded like the corkscrew key that interacts with 4-pins, used in ancient Slavic padlocks.
But the weirdness does not end with the old technology.
Adding to the oddity of this lock is the key with dimple cuts along the spiral grooves.
The screw key threads into the keyway and interconnects with 4-pins.
To open the semi-circular shackle, insert the key and twist completely clockwise to release the shackle, and open the lock.
The helix engages the internal threads during the key insertion and forces the inner pin to retract.
To lock it, replace the shackle and turn the key clockwise to release the spring-loaded pin and re-engage the holes in the lock to secure it.
These works differ from the original screw key system, like the barrel door locks.
The Saint Fire Corkscrew padlock is the revival of old technology mixed with the modern system.
But, there is also a newer version of this key.
Truly one of the twisted keys in the modern-day.
Three Key Puzzle lock
There are three different keys to open this padlock.
That is weird enough, don’t you think?
How you use these keys to open the lock is even the weirdest.
The lock doesn’t even look like a regular lock.
It is much closer to a decorative antique because it doesn’t have a keyway.
To open it, start using the key with a square hole to disengage the protrusion at the bottom of the lock.
Then, insert the same key into the opening.
The coil will expand when you turn the key to reveal a unique keyhole.
Insert another key in a different hole on the side of the door lock.
Use the last key by screwing it into the side of the hole until it stops.
Place the last key into the last keyhole.
Do a half-turn, and the shackle will release.
The Bottom Line
Whether it is antique technology, crazy designs, or even tile tiles, you can use them to give you peace of mind.
The practicality and security of each of these locks will likely vary.
Make sure you consider all of your options before choosing the right lock for your security needs.
For collectors, you can not go wrong with these security oddities.
I love the huge variety of locks and locking systems available. I think most locksmiths are key and lock hoarders. I have a bunch of unusual and antique keys and padlocks that I love to play around with.
There are a few that are pretty cool like the:
Arvind Indian padlock and the aptly named “lunatic” padlock.
Another great article. Many thanks!