It was a lovely drive to Wales to open this Fichet data cabinet. The key had snapped off in the safe and a local locksmith had no joy trying to open it so called on us. Having suspected that we would need to drill this one open it was a nice surprise to eventually get it open without damaging it. Patience certainly does pay off sometimes.
We were called by a client in Blackpool to crack their Fichet Carat safe. They had the key to open it but the handle would not fully turn to open the door. The safe was protected by a time lock which we could hear ticking but were assured that the time had elapsed for it to now be open. With everything else seeming normal the time lock was the obvious culprit and we discovered that a till draw which was stored inside the safe was blocking the time lock from releasing. With the till draw moved out of the way the door could now be opened.
This Fichet-Bauche Egide safe utilises a key lock and a very clever C2CP combination lock, alternatively called the rotating toilet seat lock due to its design. We were called to this one in Kirkham Lancashire as the key would no longer open the safe. We discovered that the combination lock had mysteriously been locked and the combination was unknown. We were able to determine the combination through a surgically placed 6mm hole which was easily repaired to put the safe back into service for the customer.
We were called to open this unusual Fichet-Bauche safe at a residence in Ormskirk due to a lost combination. The lock uses four separate clickers to set the combination after which the key can be used to retract the boltwork to open the door.
Fichet-Bauche is of French origin and came about through the merger of the Fichet and Bauche companies in 1967.