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Re: Swing lock

Post by Louis » April 25th, 2014, 6:52 pm

The metal swing lock is right here right now, and it is very impressive! It is good looking in shiny metal, the same weight as a Revomaze, and rattling like a confusing puzzle. Not to mention the two (or four?) keyholes with additional confusing features! When handled exactly the right way in the right sequence, it opens in a remarkably smooth and satisfying motion. After that, even closing it can be a puzzle if you don't know exactly how the internal mechanism works. Having seen and tested this trick lock since the very first prototype, I am happy to say it only got better each time Splinter came up with a new version in a different material. Yesterday's final improvement to the metal version made it work perfectly!
To top it all off, the internal (surprisingly simple) mechanism can be seen in action behind a transparent window once the lid is removed, which is just damn cool!
This is another puzzle project to be proud of Splinter!

I will bring the metal swing lock with me to the puzzle party this weekend, for any interested puzzlers to see & try out!
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Re: Swing lock

Post by TheJuggler » April 25th, 2014, 7:07 pm

Thanks for the comments Louis. Does the metal version come with the transparent cover?

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Re: Swing lock

Post by Louis » April 25th, 2014, 8:58 pm

Yes, all verslons have a non-transparant cover that comes off when the screws are removed. Behind that cover there is a transparent 2nd cover which shows the mechanism. This is definitely an added value in my view!
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Re: Swing lock

Post by Splinter » April 27th, 2014, 6:40 pm

Louis wrote:I will bring the metal swing lock with me to the puzzle party this weekend, for any interested puzzlers to see & try out!
I hope it was a good party, and that the Swing Lock survived it ;-)
(and also survived the personal test -do I like it or not- of various people)

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Re: Swing lock

Post by allardwza » April 28th, 2014, 7:55 am

Great news Splinter ... now when will they go into production...? :-)

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Re: Swing lock

Post by Splinter » April 28th, 2014, 8:13 am

allardwza wrote:Great news Splinter ... now when will they go into production...? :-)
They are...
For the last evenings I've been gluing plastic layers together to create the parts for the plastic Swing Locks. :silent:

The metal Swing Lock: I've collected the metal parts in Venlo last week. But early this week I'm expecting a small updated piece so that all those locks will function as Louis describes.

So.... as indicated above, I'll have both versions released by end of this week. :shh:
For each buyer, I need to do a final assembly and a check of the lock. As maybe the metal version will attract more buyers, needing a similar piece from the plastic lock (or vice versa). And I don't want to first assemble it in a plastic version and then needing to break it loose because metal versions were ordered...... :cry:

I could have released the plastic versions earlier, but I did not like it to tempt you to buy a plastic version first (because it's new) and offer a metal versions shortly after. So all now have a fair choice which looks (in accordance with depth of the pockets maybe) are more appreciated.
For me, offering now 2 versions will show which one is more appreciated (related to price point). So that I'll know if my future puzzles should be better offered in metal or plastic. Or both.

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Re: Swing lock

Post by Splinter » May 2nd, 2014, 9:40 am

Well, the good news is: the Swing Locks are released for sale.
The even better news for my previous customers that were informed and pre-ordered it: the metal Swing Locks are all ready, and will be shipped on Monday.
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A whole stock of Swing Locks
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I originally thought this first run of metal locks would not sell out immediately (and promote it now in public), but it did within 4 hours. (That's the good news for me). But: I'll order new stock, so if you're interested you can notify me beforehand if you don't want to miss out on the next run.

There are a few plastic versions available, but you can also wait for the first reviews and impressions that will probably be coming in the next weeks.

http://www.mfave.nl/en/webshop/more-fun ... plastic-88
http://www.mfave.nl/en/webshop/Puzzles- ... k_metal-89

Best regards,

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Re: Swing lock

Post by Orko » May 2nd, 2014, 6:37 pm

Looks very nice. :thumbup:

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Re: Swing lock

Post by Splinter » May 4th, 2014, 9:18 am

Mfave's well utilized packaging department:
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Mfave packaging
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Parcels
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Re: Swing lock

Post by bluesign2k » May 4th, 2014, 1:33 pm

Ha! Excellent! :thumbup:

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