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Steampunk Props #3 - Keys, Locks, and Wrist Restraints. [message #411446] Fri, 01 October 2021 02:41
P. Aloysius Regnad is currently offline  P. Aloysius Regnad
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      If one is involved with various types of investigations, and apprehension of wanted criminals, like my character is, being able to get in, (or out) of locked areas, and keeping any outlaws captured alive under control, can be useful.  So, I've collected a few items to facilitate that.  Like keys -

      These are pretty much ordinary keys for warded locks that I got from Amazon.  But one of them -

   is apparently still used (or at least was in 2013) by British Rail to lock up some railway car doors.

      Now for more imposing locks I have these -

      Good for cell/dungeon doors,and the like.  (Also from Amazon.)

      And for securing my own valuables and areas, I found these -

      The top two are very similar.  So much so that the key for the smaller lock can also open the larger one.  This is a good example of why having an assortment of these types of keys can come in handy.

      And since one can never trust an outlaw, it pays to be able to restrain their hands with items like these -

      Yep, they're from Amazon, too.  The first type are somewhat adjustable, but are fairly small.  The second do not adjust, but are larger, and better suited for goons with big, beefy paws.  (They're large enough for me to slip my hands out of easily.)  The "keys" for these handcuffs are actually a type of wrench that turns a screw/bolt in and out to secure, or release them.  And while the keys appear to be all identical, they aren't.  The keys each have a number on them, and will only open the cuffs with the same number.  I don't know how many numbers there are, but one of my keys is #120!

      I don't know the country of origin for the large keys, but the small keys come from China.  The second set of handcuffs are made in Spain, and the other cuffs, and padlocks are from India (like my carbide lamp).  It's good to see that some old fashioned things are still being produced in the old fashioned way.

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