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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.






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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Recent Answers from Tom Gordon

2017-01-26 Safe:

Hi Daniel,  duplicating a key can be done in any high street heel bar.  Making first keys to the drawers should be able to be done by any shop that calls itself a locksmith.  Restoring it is however you

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


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