Thursday, December 3, 2015

Danlock B and Other Dan Feldman Creations.

Today on the chopping block we have the creations of Dan Feldman! Including the Danlock B and both the TRIP padlock and the MULTIP padlock.

The Danlock B, I'm sure needs no introduction. It is sporadically available from Dan, directly through his website here. When I purchased it over a year ago, it was $120 USD, shipped to anywhere in the world. I can't speak for the price or availability now. Either way, back to the puzzle!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hard At Work

So I've taken to designing and producing my own padlocks! I won't be revealing much here, other than I have some very clever ideas. I plan on producing a series of modified padlocks. The first couple will be relatively simple designs that don't require too much machining, eventually progressing to several of my more involved designs. Logistics are still being planned, things take time or I'd provide more details. Feast your eyes on the teaser photos and if you're interested in being added to a wait list, please email me at


It's Modest
The Shop

Two different completed prototypes. And many more to come!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

John M. Mossman Lock Museum

A visit to this museum has been a long time coming! I had heard of the existence of the collection roughly a year ago from Peter Hajek, and only recently got around to visiting it, and I'm very glad I did! My fellow collector-in-crime, Daniel Bain, couldn't be more enthusiastic about taking a trip over to the collection with me. So after some false-starts and various logistical errors, we were soon walking down 44th Street in the direction of the museum. The John M. Mossman Lock Collection, is a collection of roughly 400 locks, housed in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesman just off 6th Avenue on 44th Street in the great city of New York. The staff of the museum is incredibly accommodating and passionate about the collection. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Forever Lock

Originally, I was planning on running through a chronological review series of the Popplocks, but it dawned on me that this has been done several times before by several other bloggers. Instead, the majority of my future postings will consist of very rare padlocks that haven't been reviewed before.

So the first on this list, mainly because it is different, modern, and readily available for purchase, is the Forever Lock!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Popplock T1

Ah, the Popplock T1! I believe this is the first review on the internet of this particular puzzle. This is also the first in the coming chronological series of (very late-to-the-party)Popplock reviews. I'm overjoyed to say I managed to snag this puzzle off of Wil Strijbos a couple years ago. He was the original owner and I am the second owner of this puzzle. It cost me an arm and a leg!

The Legend of the T1: First produced in 2006 by Rainer Popp. Already experienced in restoring antique padlocks, he was goaded by a friend to consider designing a padlock of his own. The T1 is what he came up with! A padlock with no visible openings, no key, and not a combination lock. An essential block of brass with a shackle and a mystery method to opening it. This is Rainer's "Lock That Started It All" that spawned what the Popplock name is today.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Lock That Started It All

In all it's glory.
Excuse my shoddy iPhone photography skills, I'll get better as the blog progresses(hopefully!) While this is a rather boring lock for a first blog, this is the first trick padlock that I ever received and it seems only fitting that it be the first padlock reviewed. It bears more of an emotive value to me than any other padlock in my collection.