Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Locksmith's Shop


Stupidly, I shall post another.

This represents very little research, actually, into the subject matter of locks and lockmaking.  I would expect someone to correct me (Eric) along the way to tell me that in fact a four-pin tumbler lock is harder to open than a warded lock, or that a skeleton key will in fact open a bunch of different kinds of locks, or that warded locks would probably not be 3 inches in diameter or whatever else.  I suppose that's how things go.

Give me some data, and I'll change the table.

The double and treble locks idea hit me last night; I have no historical precedent for them, but I like the idea of a lock that requires the thief to have to make a successful open locks roll twice or three times in order to open.  I have priced these locks accordingly, using a base modifier of 4x for the double-lock and 16x for the treble-lock.  And of course they are larger than the ordinary lock.

I think the duplicating key price and the 'service call' price are a masterstroke.  I don't know why I never thought of them before.  Quite obvious, really.  I considered "lock installation" but in the period there were no door locks of that variety.

Hm.  I suppose I could have included brackets and a timber for blocking a door from the inside ... though that's really more of a carpenter thing.

Next would come the Luthier.  I might manage that today.

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