I was a kid when that came on TV and I STILL regret watching it!
I posed a question to someone apparently considered one of the best by antique safe enthusiasts (it’s a thing, they have forums and everything,) about its construction and what broad manufacturing techniques were used to make it, assuming it’s a general consumer model. Be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next few days!
I’ve opened many safes like that in video games, but i suspect it won’t be the same in real life
Cutting the hinges or driving out the hinge pins may or may not be futile, as better safes have lock-driven pins on all sides of the door.
I like the idea of spending a bit of quality time with the safe every evening until the lock reveals its combination.
Thought. Could ultrasound show the insides of the door?
What about xray backscatter? Or neutron backscatter (probably not as it’d work poorly on ferrous alloys)?
If we get strong enough xray source, could we shine through the whole safe and the wall it is mounted on? How strong source would be needed?
The inside of Cory Doctorow’s head.
Cutting the hinges won’t work. I’ll bet it has throws on at least 3 sides, so it still won’t open. Plus if you crack the combo you gained a safe. Locksmith, or a computer driven combo-turner for a brute force entry.
Do you even know how many numbers the combo may have?
Please, plasma cutter. But only if you don’t give a crap about what is in the safe.
one of the results for color explosion + unicorn, now we only have to add encrypted Disney World rides
Keeping in mind that it will be really hard to open even with the right combo if it’s truly empty, (hard vacuum)…
(I kid! I kid!)
Just got a reply from the expert I contacted. His analysis:
- The company was manufacturing these between 1905 and 1930.
- It is not a wall safe, there are probably castors or wheels underneath that it rests on.
- It is almost certainly empty.
- It is a fairly common model, minimum protection from fire or burglars, for personal or small business use.
- It is either an OB lock or an OBB lock. The difference, the OBB lock is a four-wheel lock, which would increase the time for the brute force method by another exponent.
So is it open yet, or what? I don’t want to miss the unveil, but I gotta pee real bad.
… and the whole thing is on Geraldo’s web site (sadly, sans commercials) just in case you feel like reliving this moment in your childhood!
Can we can the bear-suit guy’s Angel Light?
It contains… another safe!
FFS not again…
veteran of The Safe.
Which movie? I vaguely remember it’s an anti-aircraft gun to open a vault, but I’m blanking on the exact title.
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot