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.
Contrary to popular belief, there are 25 of the T1 in existence, this is number 20 of those. There is also a noticeable difference between the first 5, and the remaining 20, that difference being a square shackle, showcased here in the Slocum Puzzle Collection. Like any one of Rainer's creations, this padlock is of exceptional quality. In terms of size, it's just between the T7 and the T2. Rainer has deemed this lock "impossible to solve without the manual" but I, and several others who have played with the T1, beg to differ. It does have about ten steps in order to open it, but I think another padlock of similar difficulty and number of steps would be well received by the community (Please, Rainer?)
Last little tidbit; This padlock has the feel of a "trick padlock" only meant to be opened by the person who knows how to do it, rather then to be solved and opened as "puzzle." The T2 also has a similar feel, and I believe the T3 is where Rainer began incorporating very clever tricks and "Ah-ha!" moments into all of his puzzles. All in all, this padlock is absolutely amazing. Any puzzlers visiting NY, drop me a line, we can meet up and I'll be sure to bring it along!
|Opened! Without revealing any of the trickery!|