In Part I of my “Lock Safari Vancouver, BC” I covered the common (but very secure) Abloy and ASSA offerings, as well as the Medeco locks I saw. All three of these brands are owned by the ASSA-Abloy conglomerate, and I will lead off again with another ASSA-Abloy product: the Israeli Mul-T-Lock. I saw several of these in mortise cylinder form-factor. I also saw a handful of switch and cam locks, none of which I was able to adequately photograph. The photos below show, in order: a switch lock, a close-up a mortise cylinder, and a wider shot of same. The mortise cylinder was largely hidden behind a protective plate that I am unfamiliar with – if you know what it is, I’d like to.
This lock was marked “US-1 LOCK” and had a keyway that looks quite similar to a Mul-T-Lock. Unfortunately I can’t confirm that, and it is possible it is a copy of the Mul-T-Lock.
I was very pleased to find a DOM dimple key lock in the wild; these are uncommon in the US. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a better photograph.
I also witnessed several examples of Schlage Primus in the large-format interchangable core configuration.
That covers all of the high-security locks I was able to find on this trip. However, I did manage to find some other, more interesting stuff. Some of it is truly unique, and I have seen it nowhere else. The first is this rim-mounted lock. The keyway is familiar to me; I ran across a padlock with a strikingly similary keyway that was extracted from Kenya circa 2013. BosnianBill has done a video on another padlock with the same keyway here.
I found a very nice 7-lever padlock. This specimen was on a gate over a storefront and has seen some use. This large 60mm padlock appears to be marked “PLAZA”.
I also saw exactly one disc-detainer lock, in fairly poor condition. It appears to be an inexpensive Chinese knock-off of Abloy or Abus rotating disc locks.
Finally, this is perhaps the most interesting security feature I saw on my trip. This appears to be hardened steel cover for a cylindrical knobset. I’m not totally sure what the purpose of this is, save to prevent someone from knocking the knob off the door, but it certainly is interesting.
I hope you’ve enjoyed Lock Safari Vancouver, BC! Some new cities are coming soon, so stay tuned!