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#8238 What type of people/professions use bump keys?

Posted by LogiGoi on 07 January 2016 - 12:52 PM

Using bump keys doesn't require a profession...it is already by default that locksmiths are the ones making it after all it was their job and skills that put the bump keys into existence...whatever your profession is, you can use a bump key,...just don't make using bump key to other people's door lock your profession...

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#6970 Bump Keys vs Locks

Posted by redcity on 02 January 2014 - 06:27 PM

I would say that the biggest part of locks can be opened using bump keys except for the very expensive ones made for special buildings they would have deadbolts and trap pins. Search for non-bumpable locks if you are willing to buy one and yes they are certainly safer.

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#6950 Making your own bump keys

Posted by LAlocksport on 02 January 2014 - 04:43 AM

So we can all agree that it's better to buy one :) Except if you somehow don't own equipment for producing bump keys.

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#4622 History Of Lock Bumping

Posted by Customer Support on 20 April 2008 - 12:57 AM

History of Lock Bumping

How did the fascinating technique of lock bumping get its start? When did this lock bypass system begin to come to the attention of the public? What’s that, anyway? Let’s explore the interesting history of lock bumping and look at a few important details pertaining to it.

Lock bumping has been around for a long time. Some estimates place the beginnings of lock bumping to about 50 years ago. This special technique allows a special type of key to be used in any lock of the same type. Most of the locks that are currently being manufactured are susceptible to the skilled use of a bump key.

Tumbler locks are the most widespread style of lock in use today. The system of pins is quite simple. A series of pins are spring-stacked to hold the rotating bolt of the lock mechanism in place. Because the pins are all different lengths, one usually uses a custom cut key to open the lock. The grooves on the key “tickle” the pins and lift them out of the way enough to let the bolt slide away, resulting in an unlocked door. However, a bump key can do the same job even though all its grooves are the same depth.

Public knowledge of lock bumping really began in the 1970’s, when Danish locksmiths distributed a method for bypassing the tumbler lock mechanism. They would tap on the side of the cylinder and simultaneously press the lock plug (in our case, one would press the back of the bump key). The vibration would cause the pins to become loose; once this happened, the lock plug could be removed easily.

The advent of bump keys came much later. Surprisingly, they were not even considered a security problem until 2002 or 2003. The German media was the first to pick up on the possible hazards of lock bumping keys. Other organizations published carefully considered reports on the uses, techniques, and hazards of lock bumping. Papers have also been written about the possible legal problems connected with bump key usage. Although in many States a bump key is considered by law to be a “burglary tool”, this is no reason to avoid them. This law is not going to harm you as long as you use the bump key for legitimate purposes. Currently, there must be proof that there was intent to use the bump key in a burglary before you can be charged with anything.

Lock bumping can be a beneficial skill. It is an easy way to get back in if you are locked out of your home or office. You can make a bump key for free with a simple file, and it takes minimal training to learn how to use it. Don’t ever go through the frustration of being locked out of your own home (or your own personal safe) again. Learn how to use a bump key and practice until you know you can get past the tumbler locks in your home. One day, you’ll be glad you did.

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#923 Video of KEH-2 KeBump Hammer

Posted by Ah Mad Lad on 02 November 2006 - 12:37 AM

I made a short video in response to those who ask if a bumping hammer really makes much of a difference when compared to any blunt object.

(The number of times I failed at the file handle was somewhat exagerated because I was getting frustrated and was anticipating using the Bump hammer and also I haven't used anything other than the bump hammer in a while, usually it would take me 4 or 5 tries with any blunt object.)
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#8317 What type or brand of locks are the hardest to bump/pick for you?

Posted by TanVanMan on 13 January 2016 - 05:32 AM

Do you have a specific type or brand of lock that's hard for you to pick or bump? Just curious :-)

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#8226 Bump Key On eBay

Posted by LogiGoi on 07 January 2016 - 07:25 AM

There is actually a good chance that you'll get an immediate help from an active forum like this than contacting your seller from eBay IMHO. 

contacting your seller will also take more time...but if it will be an active forum plus the customer support representatives joining in the forum, then it would really give you faster services... 

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#8006 Anyone Else Feel Weird Getting Your Keys Copied?

Posted by redcity on 26 December 2015 - 03:30 AM

hahaha.. right. And I hope no locksmith would ask me that question. :-)

Yes, certainly he won't but I am looking forward to such an adventure tongue.png

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#7974 Got my keys- they work great.

Posted by LogiGoi on 25 December 2015 - 08:51 AM

Good reviews like this really help. Specially from forums. It will help those who are just planning to buy as they can directly ask how a certain product like bump keys work for them. 

You can also have trust in the website if there are many people who are giving positive feed backs...at least before you decide whether to buy or not, it's much better to review some feed backs...better safe than sorry... ;)

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#7511 Do you have a keychain?

Posted by Customer Support on 12 March 2015 - 08:46 PM

I do not usually keep bump keys on a key chain simply for the fact that the extra weight of the keys on the actual chain make bumping more difficult.  The bump key needs to be free to move in and out.  Without that freedom it makes bumping much more difficult. 

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#6947 Few steps to bump proof your own home

Posted by LockPickIt on 01 January 2014 - 03:41 PM

Very helpful information thank you very much. I think this is important for people who want to feel safer at home.

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#6942 The Reasons Behind Learning to Bump Key

Posted by xcaliber on 01 January 2014 - 01:18 PM

I don't know if this was mentioned here before but it was it doesn't hurt to talk about it again for older and newer users!


What are the reasons you started to be interested in Bump Keys? Is it curiosity or something illegal like breaking in? Also is it illegal where you live?

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#4442 HAHA its 'official'...

Posted by Kmo917 on 19 February 2008 - 08:14 PM

Lol, yes, I just noticed it. That means it's still not fixed:biggrin: . Don't worry though, very few people will realize it, I'm sure.
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#2805 OFFICIAL THREAD: can't get bump keys to work

Posted by barry 1943 on 02 April 2007 - 10:33 AM

OK my first posting. I feel like ropeadope. I have the 11 keyset. After a goof up on my part I recieved it after 2 months. (not their fault). I made copies. I have two paddlelocks and the lock key fits neither so it must just fit master locks (one of mine looks like a master but isnt) I bought a deadbolt and a door entry set. I mounted them on a board with a base and put non-skid on the base so it wouldn't slide. I have 3 keys that fit. (I know I am an idiot I tossed the package prior to seeing what kind of lock set it was(It was cheap)). I have put in about 3 hours. I have read all the questions on here. I do know I was putting too much pressure on them. I filed one key as was recommended on here (I think by topar). I have viewed all the videos. I also tried the Kwikset on my garage entry door (never locked) with no success. I am not sure how hard to hit it. I do know that I am wearing out the top part of the deadbolt with the shoulder. I have tried hitting it with a screwdriver, my pocker knife, a long file and a tack hammer. I did not see the response to "do you put the pressure with your finger all the time or when you hit it only?" I am switching back and forth with the filed key and another one that fits on using the pull back method. The thrid key that fits is the brass one and is long. Something just tells me I shouldn't us that one????
OK all you smart guys tell this 63 year old idiot how to get this thing to work. If you say practice give me some clues on what variations I should use as I practice. There are some smart guys on here.
I think I understand how the locks work and the Bump theory but only the basics. And I am sick of the videos they attack my ego LOL.
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#2791 1,000 key set in stock!

Posted by Customer Support on 01 April 2007 - 10:57 AM

You are one of the lucky ones... we JUST upped the price to 4,000 USD. Shipping alone on this item was well above 100 dollars.

In any case, enjoy our new keys!! :smoker:
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#2558 True or False.

Posted by BLK on 17 March 2007 - 04:16 AM

Thanks for the info. No more WD-40 in locks for me.

You can use it if it is a last resort, can't find the good lube because the van needs cleaned out and reorganized, etc. If I get in a pinch or if the lock is going to be thrown away after it is opened, then I will use WD-40 because in the short term it works well. Long term, it will degrease a lock and as mentioned above, it will cause excessive wear.

If a lock is weathered but in otherwise good condition (and I can find the TriFlow) I use WD-40 to penetrate and lubricate so I can get the lock 'broke loose' and pickable. After I get the lock open, I dissemble it, clean it and relube using TriFlow or any other good lock lubricant. The key here is a thorough cleaning out of the WD-40 and lubricating with a good quality lock lube.

By the way, I never use graphite on locks. Personal preference.
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#2305 Picture of Bump Key In Action

Posted by Customer Support on 25 February 2007 - 04:20 PM

deviant ollam picture eh slickj ? haha... PICTURE THIEF!!! lol jk jk

I thought i cited where i got it from... guess not. I've gone ahead and made the corrections. Thanks :)
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#1371 Impressed Friends?

Posted by Kristic on 05 December 2006 - 10:47 PM

[quote name='theopratr][quote=Kristic']I showed some friends how I can lockpick. I never really showed them how to bump key, because its not terribly hard to do. So they'd think I'm badass until they figured it out. None of my friends are ambitious enough to learn how to lockpick[/quote]

I think you have the right idea. Most people are completely ignorant when it comes to how locks work. Picking locks takes a reasonable amount of study to be pull off, and a LOT of practice to master. Therefore, as you point out, although everyone will still think it's cool, no one will really try to pursue it, as one assumes that it requires a guru-like knowledge of locks and their workings.

Bumping is fast and, with a few minutes practice on technique, stupid simple. People are more amazed, more interested... and it's more likely to attract those who wish to use it for irresponsible purposes.

As such, I only bump when absolutely necessary, when I've left my pick set at home, etc., and carry my bump keys mixed in with my house/car keys for discretion's sake.[/quote]

I dont think I have ever taken my keys out of my house. I do have a lockpick and tension wrench in my car though. Granted I never really use it, and forget its in the car 99% of the time. I did use it once when I left my work keys at home, and didnt wanna drive 20 mins home,and be late for work. So I just picked the locks, boss walked in when I was opening the office door, just kinda laughed and handed me his key.
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#128 Equivalent of Silca LW4 (Lockwood Australia)

Posted by pbrittle on 24 August 2006 - 01:39 AM

Does anyone know what the US or European equivalent is of the popular Australian Lockwood door look (assigned code LW4 by Silca)?
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