Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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.