So I come home today, my lovely wife greets me at the door with open
arms and lots of hugs and kisses I manage to separate myself long
enough to say "package?". She puts on a pretend pouty face and
indicates a cardboard package sitting on the couch with a sticker on it
"UPS express - Locksmith tools".
I quiver with excitement.
"see you tomorrow...." she says with mock resignation as she walks
towards the stairs up to the bedroom. I eagerly grab my pocket knife and
attack the packaging....
a few moments later there is a seductive "...darling..." in the distance
followed by soft *whump* of a bra landing at the bottom of the stairs - but
I pay no heed - my southord JPXS-6 has arrived.....
The Jackknife set has a satisfying weight to it. It comes with instructions
on how to remove the wrench and open the picks - but I'm a guy and
obviously don't need instructions....
So I almost break the wrench opening it for the first time - a quick glance
at the instructions confirms that I'm doing it basically right and eventually it
comes out (at least it will stay there when it should). I grab my
"motivational lock" (one that opens sometimes if I just look at it funny)
and flick open the hook - it almost clicks into place, secureing it. the first
thing that I notice is that the hook is a little bit deeper than I would like -
no matter - the lock succumbs in a matter of seconds - I find that the
handle is very comfortable and solid to use - I can imagine that rytan or
navigator picks would be very good also with large handles.
I go through the snake and the half diamond and actually find that I
prefer the hook (despite it being a little bit deeper) I changed my usual
technique and pivoted the pick off the wrench (which was in the bottom of
the keyway) and had great success.
I lean over to go for my schlage..... *whump* ...... I look up... a pair of
panties has landed at my feet - too much - the jackknife set will have to
overall it's a great little set - the wrench is secured in such a way that
filing down the tip to your prefference won't affect the secureness in the
casing to any great degree... at approximately 3.5" or almost 9cm the
entire thing fits nicely into the palm of your hand.
two things are different from that picture - my set had a half ball, not a
full ball (which I much prefer) and my set has a deeper hook than the one
shown (which I haven't made my mind up about yet) the picks are
slimmer than the standard southord but I think fatter than the slimline
I recommend it for people who really love this sport of lockpicking or for a
present for a locksmith who really enjoy's there job (sometimes it's good
to buy yourself presents). I'd imagine that it will be a great conversation
starter having it as my keyring, but we'll have to find out another day.....