If you missed part one of this mini series you can find it here.
In part one, we went through the theory of the Kronos EPG and also showed some practical examples where we showed it in action picking a selection of locks.
In Part two we go through everything else, and that’s quite a lot! The full kit version of the Kronos is packed full of additional tools to make your life a little bit easier all wrapped up in a nice foam cut case. As you will see from the unboxing, there’s plenty of gadgets inside.
Probably my favourite thing (other than the Kronos itself) is defiantly the circular tensioning tool (TNT-20-v3) allows you a lot more vision when attempting to pick, it also allows a more steady pressure because you can keep your hands still and it’s really the spring that keeps the tension on the barrel of the lock. As you’d expect from Multipick a perfectly machined piece of aluminium and as an engineer, I love the attention to detail with the small ball bearings to centre the guide. It won’t fit every lock and that’s why they gave you the additional tensioners but 9/10 times it’s extremely useful.
Next, we have the Flip-it tool, I will confess I’ve personally not needed to use this… Yet. I can see where it would be useful, if you had to relock a door after picking or if the lock only functioned in one direction and you, unfortunately, had guessed the wrong direction. I guess it really allows you to use a tensioner in any direction that is comfortable for the pick and worry about the direction of the cam after, which is a nice feature. A electric shutter door lock also comes to mind:
So all in all a fantastic kit, and though I did toy with the idea of buying the Kronos alone without the kit, the extras pay for themselves just by making your life a bit easier.
The Kronos by Multipick is an extremely powerful tool for any locksmith or locksporter. In the video, I go into a brief explanation of how and why it works but in short its a very simple exploit but is usable on most standard locks. I show a few examples of locks and how well it does, some locks you will breeze through, the first lock I show in the video I know I can reliably get through in a few seconds with the Kronos whereas others can take a lot longer if I can get them with it at all.
It really can get you out of a jam, and fast. It’s part of my daily tool kit and though I’m not a locksmith by trade only so I only have to get through a lock once a week or so I’d not be without it. On a few occasions all I’ve had on me was the Kronos and some picks (No destructive tools), hands frozen from the winter wind dreading having to attempt to pick the lock when enters the Kronos and gets me in in seconds!
I won’t lie, other times I’ve spent 30mins trying to buzz a lock with no luck and had to resort to other methods. So it won’t get you through every door but what will?
Battery life is brilliant, I’ve never run one down enough to worry and thankfully the kit comes with 2. I would have liked it to have come with a GB USB power supply but honestly, it’s only 0.25 amps so a computer or laptop USB is probably as powerful.
I will go into the extras that are also included in the box in part 2 but it’s all of an extremely high standard, you can really feel the quality, yes you can make a makeshift version of this with an old electric toothbrush but it will be nowhere near as powerful or reliable.
I’d highly recommend this to any locksmith who needs to use non-destructive methods.