Many names know the cross lock. They are called locked locks and Zeis locks.
Except for Zeus, the names refer to the shape of the key and the key.
It looks like it will fit a Phillips head screwdriver.
We think you can easily look at the pictures, but it will likely look like an additional sign.
In fact, it is a cross, hence the name cross lock.
And a cruciform means it is forming or arranged in a cross.
The meaning of Zeus still escapes me.
The etymology has more to do with optics than with locks.
Chances are it has something to do with Zeiss-Icon, the locksmith, but we can not confirm that.
Personally, we think the crucifix is the most incredible sound of the three.
In fact, more than the name, what makes this lock special, and is there anything unique in its configuration?
Can it be easily picked, and how?
The moment you understand this, you can make an informed decision about whether you want to protect yourself and your valuables.
You will usually see cross keys on the steering wheel locks.
They also appear in safes from time to time, but that is one of the things people do not know about safes.
A top-rated but ultimately flawed company, SentrySafe, is known for using them.
This type of security key may be the only way to open the safe, or it may be an overdose in case you forget the combination.
Their strangeness and lack of public use give them mysticism.
This effect is similar to the one we saw with pipe locks and barrels.
When the average person is completely unfamiliar with the type of lock, the public consensus tends to regard it as high security.
In other countries, cross locks have been widely used throughout the history of door locks and padlocks.
So, in case you ever find yourself traveling abroad, beware.
How Do They Work?
Cross locks still work outside the pin adjustment system.
They are generally perceived as safer because of the four shear lines.
As you can see with the lock key and the key itself, it has the shape of a cross.
Each key groove corresponds to a set of pins.
There are usually more shear lines, but this is not always the case.
In fact, the average minimum number of pins for a well-designed Zeiss lock is 16.
Some higher-security locks may have a total of 20 pins, usually five on each side.
Furthermore, the more pins there are, the longer it will take you to lift the lock.
Finding a tie pin between 20 pins and four shear lines can take a long time if the selector is not experienced with cross locks.
Therefore, not every side of the key is always bitten. Sometimes there is a whole side that acts as a guide.
The orientation of the key plays a minimal role in the overall protection of this type of lock.
They usually have a key incision and a locked face that tell you how to orient yourself.
Because it is in the shape of a cross, it can go in one of four ways, but it will likely open only with the correct one.
Many cheap cross locks made in China can only have one set of active pins.
The idea is that you still have more security than a regular needle drummer, as you can insert the key incorrectly into the lock.
This really relies on security through ambiguity.
Testing the wrench with any instrument will immediately detect a pin defect.
How to Pick the Cruciform Lock
Cruciform Lock Pick
There are three common ways to pick this lock, and probably the easiest one is the method using cruciform lock pick.
This lock pick consists of five components of exceptional importance.
Tines, which are consisted of four wires fitted with half-diamond-like tips.
The main difference is that the point, which is a diamond, is rounded off.
These are often made of very cheap metal and break very easily.
Tightening notches consisted of four clamps that hold the key so that the lock tightens when the device is turned.
Tension Wheel, which is mainly used for turning the device so that the lock is tightened.
The clip, which is mainly used for moving the shades in and out of the lock.
This shakes each key at the same time.
Threaded shaft and shield, which is often used for supporting tension extensions by suffocating the lock’s face.
Without this support, the spine will break down more efficiently and more often.
These are usually cheaply constructed.
The arms will break, and the stretch’s length will break, and then the device will be useless.
The size of the buttons can vary in size, which can be a problem with some specific crossovers that you may have in the lock selection kit.
Make sure the tension princesses fit into the key.
They can be too wide or too narrow.
If the rims do not match, then you will need a different choice of lock.
Cruciform Tryout Keys
Key cross buttons for testing are not very effective.
We have seen how they work, and we have seen how they fail.
We personally believe they are too insecure.
They can be easily used as a rake or as a test key.
Key racing acts similarly to impact locking.
The key moves from the one-click lock and then pushes and turns at the same time.
We have not yet seen how the test key method works, but it had to be turned on the key as if it were the key.
We would recommend staying away from these unless you find some compelling evidence from a source you can trust.
Similarly, we would be willing to update this post to reflect a more balanced opinion if anyone has evidence they would like to share with me.
We have seen cross-country home keys made for specific brands and models, but due to the wide range of keys of this type of lock, we doubt they are located anywhere near the universal.
With single pin picking, it can be pretty tricky to tighten the lock.
Assuming all four sides have active pins, the key will likely block access to one set of pins.
Even in cases where they do not have four shear lines, finding the right size key can be difficult.
Your key will undoubtedly fall several times.
Once the lock is properly tightened, you should select an SPP-like lock as a pipe lock.
Go around on each side and work through all the pins.
During this time, you are looking for a needle.
When you find a binder, it should give you a little resistance.
This is a process that you will need for each pin.
Press and continue until all pins are set.
The most significant danger with this method is the excessive placement of pins.
Make sure you do not have a fake set or safety pin indication before deciding to remove the tension and reset the pins.
The Bottom Line
A cross lock or cruciform lock is a mixture of several locks.
It is a branch of the evolution of the lock between the standard needle gear and the tube lock or the pin lock.
They can offer more protection and can provide a false promise of more excellent protection.
It all depends on which brand you buy.
The difference between quality and laughter will determine your safety.
Check the key bite, but do not trust it completely.
The bite may not reflect the inside of the lock, but you can be sure that there are no pins on that side if there is no biting on the side.
Be wary of specialized lock choices as most are delicate, and some are just ineffective.
When buying tools, pay attention to the key size of your lock.
Most tools will not fit every crossover lock.
You should never choose a lock that you do not own or have been given permission to pick.
The only person you need to get permission from is the lock owner.