We had an opportunity to visit the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. last week. The museum was definitely worth the visit if you’re ever in the nation’s capital. It’s only a couple of blocks from Chinatown which makes it convenient for an interesting day of spy swag and lo mein.
One surprising thing about the spy museum: no lock picks in any of the exhibits. There were watch cameras from the 1950’s, James Bond cars, glove and lipstick guns, and cypher machines – but not one lock pick.
I thoroughly enjoyed the museum but was hoping to see some covert entry tools represented.
The Ultimate Practice Lock is made from Brass. Brass is a great choice for high quality lock cylinders because brass is self-burnishing. As brass keys slide across brass pins thousands and thousands of times, the brass surfaces polish each other instead of grinding away at each other. If locks, pins, and keys were made of iron or steel, repeated use would wear all parts. This happens less with brass.
Brass does have one downside – brass will corrode and loose it’s shine. Fortunately, the solution is easy. The old standard for keeping brass polished to a shine is Brasso brand brass polish and it does work great. But if you want a quick solution to tarnished brass, you can soak your lock in white vinegar for a couple of minutes and the dirt and corrosion will disappear.