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High-Security Mechanical Locks comprehensively surveys and
explains the highly technical area of high security locks in a way that
is accessible to a wide audience. Well over 100 different locks are
presented, organized into 6 basic types. Each chapter introduces the
necessary concepts in a historical perspective and further categorizes
the locks. This is followed by detailed 'how it works' descriptions with
many pictures, diagrams and references. The descriptions are based on
actual dissections of the real locks.
The scope is limited to
key operated mechanical locks, thus keyless combination locks and
digital locks are not covered. The book does not deal with routine
locksmithing topics such as installation and servicing of locks. The
sensitive area of picking and bypassing of locks is dealt with only at a
high level without giving detailed information that would be
unacceptable in the wrong hands.
* Comprehensive coverage of over
100 different types of 19th and 20th century key-operated locks,
unified in a simple classification scheme * Detailed operating principles - clear 'how it works' descriptions * Manipulation resistance rating for each lock on a scale of 1 to 5