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The UK's original and best LOCK PICKING shop.
Successfully trading online for 7 years.
About 9 years ago I had a couple of pretty bad experiences buying lock picks online from those spy/lock pick/hacker/sex dolls kind of ‘anything goes’ shops. And while understanding we all make mistakes, I was disappointed not only with the product, but with the level of customer service, the lack of interest in my concerns and questions, and the long drawn-out process of rectifying the errors. In short, I always felt like they’d taken my money and ran – often without even supplying the product. I decided it couldn’t be too difficult to offer a quality of product whilst maintaining a quality of respect and honesty with the customer. I set about building a shop. People like to communicate, especially when handing over hard-earned money to a screen!
This coincided with the giant steps I’d made with a lesser known tool that for years had floated about the lock picking/smithing scene quite innocently and with little apparent controversy called a ‘bump key’.
Convinced there was more to this peculiar little object than previously thought I set about acquiring some locks. Some locks. Some 945 locks at last count. Familiarizing myself with the depths and spacings of all the major key profiles I set about with some needle files, a load of blank keys, and weeks of sleepless nights. The ‘clack ! clack! clack! of a bump key hitting pins. Hitting 6 pins. Hitting 6 X 945 pins. That’s a lot of clacking.
Realising that different types of pins (the subtle differences in manufacturers ‘standard’ pins, worn pins of older locks)responded to different types of bump patterns , and not necessarily just a line of triangles I experimented with many, settling for the three we still use today. Then realising that the shoulder of the key limited it’s range and could be replaced with small washers – ‘dampeners’ – effectively giving you an adjustable shoulder to your key. The bump key suddenly went crazy. They worked! They worked better than anyone had ever seen!
Today, bump keys the world over imitate mine. Most can’t be bothered with the time consuming and labour intensive work of removing the shoulder and hand-polishing every key. Some can’t be bothered to keep their patterns fresh with re-mastering regularly. None spent as long as I did with that many locks and that devotion to the task to also bump every lock several times with one of a huge pile of possible dampeners. I don’t shove a couple of washers in a bag and call them dampeners! I tried and tested loads, worked out the right widths, materials, sizes and strengths. I didn’t quite literally work my fingers to the bone making the best bump keys possible to then stick Polos on them! The same effort and research that went into the keys went into their accessories. It’s that consistency and attention to detail is why 9 years later UK Bump Keys is known all over the world for innovation, outstanding customer service, faultless communication and refreshingly honest value for money. We buy in huge quantities and sell loads at a small profit. Everyone’s happy.
The time and passion I gave to those original bump keys, making them the best they could be and proud of each and every one that got tested, wrapped up and posted, has grown with the company. The engagement with both the product and customers that has meant UK Bump Keys have survived and grown through years of recession and amateur competition from non-specialist outfits selling cheaply made guesswork is now stronger than ever. With new and exclusive products being manufactured under our own name and with well established contacts the world over, you can be sure you have all the advantages possible when you sit opposite that lock and ready your weapons.
Now with over 150 lock picking tools and a world class reputation I’m still the owner, I’m still the boss and I’m still up to my neck in locks. I also still care about my customers. We’ve over 40,000 names on our mailing list who choose to hear what we’re doing next, who want to hear from the UK’s largest and most trusted lock picking outlet. To each one of you I say thank you, there’s more exciting new things on the horizon. To the new visitors I say welcome, you’re about to start an amazing journey in exactly the right company.
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