Thursday, February 25, 2016

IPP Trick Padlocks

On the chopping block today is a selection of three padlocks initially available through the IPP, or International Puzzle Party. All three of these locks came into my possession by means other than actually attending the IPPs, and I'm certainly happy they did.
Left to Right, Neat Lock, Mikslok, Trick Lock 2015
I figured the most suitable manner of reviewing them is their order of appearance in the IPPs. So, in keeping with this idea, the first up is the Mikslok! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Keeping A Happy, Healthy T10

So you've received your T10! Maybe it's your first Popplock and you have big expectations(you should!). You put the key in and begin turning frantically. A few discoveries later and you can't remove the key. But you should be able, you just had the key out. After some more frantic turning, the key is out. but now you can't put it back in! What's going on here? Maybe your lock has been gripped with "death lock" and the key is almost impossible to turn. Looking for a solution to your problem? Look no further.

It's fair to say now, that this blog post contains very minor spoilers to the mechanisms of the T10. I'm a solving purist and I would not be upset at hearing any the information contained herein. I've remained as ambiguous as possible while being clear and concise in troubleshooting.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Popplock T10

An intimidating lattice of  brass and steel
A lock that needs no introduction, the latest creation of Rainer Popp! This lock has been a long time coming, taking almost double the average release time of a Rainer creation, but not without good reason. The functionality of this particular padlock is truly representative of an amazing feat of machining and design.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Valentines Day Lock

I'd like to start off this review by saying, BUY THIS LOCK! It is a handmade Indian antique reproduction available here. I have no affiliation with PuzzleMaster or the builder, but I do have an affiliation with worthy trick padlocks, and this is definitely worth buying. It's roughly $110 USD as of 02/15/2016 and it is one of my favorite antique reproductions to date.
It's a Heart!