January 11, 2011

Lunatic Lock

Lunatic LockLunatic Lock is another puzzle that I purchased a while ago but haven't written about yet. I got it from Bits and Pieces, though you can buy it from Amazon, Puzzle Master, and a bunch of other places. I like puzzle locks, and this one is pretty cheap at $15. It was designed by Gary Foshee.

The finish on it was pretty crummy, sort of like this photo. The body is a brushed finish that had some dings, and the shackle is more polished but scuffed up. Also, the edges of the body could have used more of a bevel, they are a bit sharper than I'd like.

Despite the lackluster appearance, it is actually a pretty nice little puzzle. I think it took me a good 15 minutes or so to solve, but it could easily take a lot longer. It is possible to just randomly stumble upon the solution, and I'd bet that a lot of people solve it this way. After inspecting the parts, you can figure out what you did to solve it. If I remember correctly, I actually more or less deduced the solution, which was quite satisfying. Sometimes you just guess about how these things work and happen to be correct, but other times you can be way out in left field!

Overall, a solid puzzle that is worth checking out, just don't expect too much from the appearance and you won't be disappointed! Definitely not as awesome as DanLock, the best puzzle lock I've seen, but much more affordable.


  1. I got the Lunatic Lock about 12 years ago. I also remember figuring it out. Neat little gem.

    Gary Foshee also made 2 copies of Tommy Gun puzzle, which I crave!

  2. Wow, this one goes way back! I've heard of the Tommy Gun puzzle but couldn't find pictures online. Do you have any? What's it like?

  3. I think I have some photos of it somewhere (maybe an IPP book). I'll see if I can dig it up when you visit.

  4. Awesome post, I remember also the lunatic look.

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