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Puzzle Locks

Traditional padlocks with a twist. And puzzles that look like locks but take many sequential moves to unlock. You'll find them listed here.

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  1. Lock 250 puzzle lock

    Lock 250 puzzle lock by Jean Claude Constantin

    250 moves to open... that means another 250 moves to close again. And that's only if you get them all correct!

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  2. Locked Out trick opening puzzle lock

    Locked Out trick opening puzzle lock

    Stock Update 29th April 2019. We have more of these puzzles arriving in June 2019.

    How can this mysterious antique looking lock be opened? Is the key the solution?

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  3. Safe with 3 digit mechanical code lock

    Safe with 3 digit mechanical code lock

    Is it a puzzle? Well, maybe that's debatable. It is after all a wooden model that you need to assemble yourself. But it's certainly a puzzling project to put the safe together. This is a self assembly model.

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  4. Two part Combination lock

    Two part Combination lock

    Build your own combination lock. Is it a puzzle? Well, maybe that's debatable. It is a wooden model that you need to assemble yourself. But it will certainly be puzzling if your forget the code you decided on! Learn More
  5. Revenge Lock alias The Wanderer by Wil Strijbos

    Revenge Lock alias The Wanderer by Wil Strijbos

    An amazing puzzle lock created by Wil Strijbos called the Revenge Lock updated and renamed The Wanderer. Now harder than ever!

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  6. Lock 064 Siebenstein Spiele

    Lock 064 trick opening puzzle

    The lock is disguised as a combination lock but you will soon find out there is a lot more puzzling than that to open it. The puzzle is to take the lock apart.

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  7. Danlock - the amazing puzzle lock by Dan Feldman

    Danlock - the amazing puzzle lock by Dan Feldman

    This puzzle padlock is considered a classic among puzzle collectors. The gold standard of puzzle locks. Its just as hard to close as it is to open even though you get not one but 2 keys with the puzzle. Oh! a little extra challenge. One key is intentionally broken in two! Learn More
  8. B-Lock puzzle padlock by Boaz Feldman

    B-Lock puzzle padlock by Boaz Feldman

    The B-Lock designed and made in Israel by Boaz Feldman is engineered from a real padlock and you can use it to keep your valuables safe and secure. That is once you've mastered the solution. Don't lock up anything before you're sure you know how to unBLock it! Learn More
  9. IPP38 HoKey CoKey puzzle lock Steve Nicholls

    HoKey CoKey puzzle lock

    The puzzle is to open the padlock. You get two keys and a custom printed bottle opener. Why do you need more than the 2 keys I wonder? And what could the old kids nursery rhyme they Hokey Pokey possibly have to do with opening this puzzle lock? Learn More

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Puzzle Locks are part of the Trick Opening classification of puzzles. Often called Trick locks, puzzles in this category might vary from something that looks very much like a regular padlock, but there's no key, or there are keys but they don't seem to fit the lock. You might have to discover a number of moves to manipulate the puzzle so that you can open it; quite unlike any regular padlock you've ever known. There are also puzzles that resemble a lock or a safe that require many moves to open them.

Most puzzlers consider this to be one of the more modern types of mechanical puzzle but when Jerry Slocum, Dic Sonneveld, Vanessa Muros and Jack Botermans published their book Romano-Celtic Mask Puzzle Padlocks in 2017 a long history was revealed. Surprisingly sophisticated puzzle locks were designed to stop the theft of valuables by the Celts as early as the 2nd century BC. The Romans kept the tradition of puzzle locks going right up to about the 400AD so it's clear that these puzzle padlocks predate the earliest known secret opening puzzles but up to 1200 years! It's clear from the research in the book that the designers of these puzzles were very accomplished engineers and locksmiths indeed.

We are often able to source locks from some of the very best contemporary puzzle lock makers. Dan Feldman, famous for the DanLock, and his son Boaz Feldman now following in his footsteps with his B-Lock, Rainer Popp with his very collectable Popplocks, the Wil Strijbos Revenge Lock and Haleslocks from Master Locksmith Shane Hales. But there are so few of these puzzles made, and they are so popular with collectors, that they are often sold out in a very short time.

So despite this being one of the most popular categories of puzzles and there being a very wide variety of different puzzle solutions in this category, some very difficult, some not so hard, puzzles in this category sell out fast.

At times we do have a simple lock puzzle from China, and there are a couple of other lock type puzzles which we can get constantly. Jean Claude Constantin's Lock 250 is a n-ary puzzle which is quite different from other locks. And the 3 digit mechanical safe is a great puzzle; the only problem is you have to build it yourself as well as solve it!

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