30×26 Complete

30×26 was a good time!

I learned a lot. Most importantly I learned that most locks are for show. Locks are defeatable, whether by picking, destruction, or bypass. I knew this coming into 30×26, but now I have a deeper understanding of what that means.

At the beginning of this month, I thought I’d learn to pick a standard pin tumbler lock. I was fortunate to work on wafer locks, warded locks, and combination locks along the way. I learned about other mechanisms such as disc tumblers and biaxial pins as I researched my way through the month.

At the beginning of this month, I didn’t think I’d have to fashion my own tools. But it turns out tensioners aren’t one size fits all, so I ended up making a custom one out of a saw blade. I enjoyed that, and was happy to emerge from the experience with my fingers intact.

Finally, here’s a compilation of all the locks unlocked this month:

30×26 complete!

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