Novice-Level Security: Nu-Set Hidden Shackle Padlock
Greetings, fellow lock enthusiasts! Today, we’re examining the Nu-Set Model 5373B3 Hidden Shackle Padlock, which is sold on Amazon for $45. The padlock claims to offer “maximum pick resistance” and is supposedly made from 304 stainless steel. In this post, we’ll put these claims to the test and see if this lock truly delivers the security it promises.
Before diving into the pick resistance test, let’s first address the claim that the padlock is made from 304 stainless steel. While it can be challenging to verify a metal alloy, 304 stainless steel is known to be weakly attracted to magnets, if at all. Using a powerful magnet, I tested a bar of 304 stainless steel and found virtually no magnetic attraction. However, when testing the same magnet on the Nu-Set padlock, it was strongly attracted to the lock. This suggests that the padlock may not be made of the material it claims to be.
Now, let’s move on to the pick resistance test. I used a 50,000 stick Turner in the bottom of the keyway and a wave rake from the Genesis set, which is available at CovertInstruments.com. Surprisingly, the lock opened almost instantly. To confirm this wasn’t a fluke, I tried again and, once more, the lock opened with ease. Curious to see if another tool would yield similar results, I tried the single-sided Jiggler from the Covert Companion set. Again, the lock opened quickly.
Based on these tests, it’s evident that the Nu-Set Hidden Shackle Padlock falls short of its claims. The lock can be easily picked by a novice, making it a product to avoid if you’re seeking reliable security. If you have any questions or comments about this lock, please leave them below. Don’t forget to subscribe for more lock reviews and insights, and as always, have a nice day and happy picking!