Locks are one of the oldest mechanisms that we have in society, and over the years we have seen some designs that are different, unique, and just plain strange.
Without further adieu here is a list of three of the strangest locks we’ve ever seen, from innovations that are a hundred years old to the most cutting-edge examples of modern locksmithing:
The Noke padlock is a keyless lock and funnily enough the name is pronounced as “No Key”. So, exactly how do you open it? These locksare opened using a smartphone or tablet, with Bluetooth signalling and a downloadable app. What is truly obscure about this lock is that it can be set to open with morse code, merely by pressing down the shackle with differentiated short and long applications of pressure.
The Yale 1094 (also known as the Yale Pancake Lock), is almost 100 years old. The locking mechanism it uses is known as a push-lever system. You will immediately see the oddness of this lock when seeing the key, which is a flat piece of metal that has rectangular cuts on the end instead of along the blade.
The Bowley Lock’s keyway is wide open, and there are no mechanisms (pins, disks, wafers, etc.) to be found. Visually, a trained eye of even an experienced locksmith may assume that you are dealing with a lever or warded lock. However, this is not the case. The Bowley lock still uses tradition pin tumblers, but with a strange twist. The key appears to be a hook, which is what gives this lock its obscureness away. To open the lock, you insert the lock with the serrated side of the hook facing down.
Although the locks listed are quiet strange, they are not traditionally used in everyday life. However, modern day locks have become quiet complex, it takes an expert locksmith to safely open them without the original key.