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Expertise

UK lock, physical security and safes with worldclass collections of safe plaques and Chatwood items. I do NOT have expert knowledge of American safes.

Experience in the area

25 years as a master locksmith, giving training around the UK and Eire to ALOI and MLA members.

Organizations

COLTI

Publications

DIY Week, COLTI, ALOI, MLA

Education/Credentials

In the eighties and nineties I took every course that I could in the UK and the USA at ALOA

Awards and Honors

Locksmith of The Year 2010 Locks & Security Monthly (UK)

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Harry 08/09/16101010 
Heather Potter02/05/16101010 
Carole 01/03/16101010 
winifred11/07/15101010Thank you so much for your prompt .....
larry greenfield10/17/1510no help at all

Recent Answers from Tom Gordon

2016-07-27 Who made my safe?:

There were literally hundreds of little manufacturers turning out low quality safes in the Midlands and yours sounds like one of them. I assume there is no sign of a removed name plaque. The cavity will

2016-05-22 Chatswood:

Although many pre1940 safes are easy to physically attack and many post 1940 safes are easily pick able, there is a high percentage chance that your Chatwood will be very difficult to open in either of

2016-03-15 Takeuchi co safe:

Obviously there are characters that are Chinese or Japanese - if you don't have anyone else you can ask, I will see a Japanese friend at the weekend and she will no doubt be able to say.  The escutcheon

2016-02-10 Some info:

I am sorry but I know very little about soviet safes.  Only some safe engineers will be able to pick the lock. It will probably be cheaper to have a local locksmith drill, repair and fit a new lock.  If

2016-01-03 Milner safe 212 patent to sale:

Hi Carole,  That size is unlikely to weigh 200Kg or be as old as 1850, but where it is situated will probably decide whether you have to pay a lot of money to get it removed...or whether you can get 100

 

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