Lock401's flagship product: a curated collection of the must-have tools for learning impressioning. Built on 10+ years of in-the-field experience and refining our own impressioning "every-day carry" kits.
Impressioning is a covert, non-damaging technique used to create a working key from a lock. For more information about how impression works, check out our Impressioning 101 page.
The Impressioning Pack is a curated collection of the must-have tools for impressioning. With this pack, you have everything you need to learn, perfection and apply your impressioning skills in the field.
The pack is built on 10+ years of in-the-field experience and refining our own impressioning "every-day carry" kits.
Need extra practice blanks? Check out our Brass Blanks Pack.
To see the impressions left on the key blank, a magnifying tool is required.
The Lock401 Magnifying tool is purpose built for impressioning. It can work with natural light, desk light and flash-light - adapting to all conditions encountered in the field.
It has an embedded mirror system which projects incoming light perpendicular to the key edge, allowing for easy identification of marks.
Pocket-sized, well built and with no moving parts, the Lock401 Magnifying Tool is the tool that Lock401 has been using on a daily basis for over 10 years.
While natural light is the preferred light source - providing full spectrum light - for low-light or covert situations, an artificial light source is required.
The Mini MagLite uses an high-CRI bulb, which provides a warm, full-spectrum light making mark identification easy.
The Mini MagLite fits perfectly into the Magnifying Tool with no light-leak - perfect for covert situations.
Impressioning requires torque and movement to be applied directly to the key and pins. If the key is not held rigidly, impressioning is literally impossible - meaning pliers or fingers are out of the question.
Lab401 uses and recommends genuine Vice Grips: The key is locked firmly into place, without any chance of slipping. The Grips included in the pack are perfectly sized to provide the right amount of torque and leverage without snapping the key blanks.
In order to have an even surface to see marks, high-quality files must be used.
The Lock401 Impressioning Pack includes two Vallorbe files. These files are world-renowned for their quality, and typically used by jewellers.
The files are the perfect width for key cuts, and come in two versions: The Vallorbe T0 File and Vallorbe T2 File, corresponding to a coarseness - allowing you to control the amount of material you remove - if you want to work quickly or precisely.
Level 1 & Level 2 Practice Locks
The right choice of practice lock is crucial to ensure to steady progress, avoid frustration and develop skills that are relevant to the locks you'll encounter in the field.
The Lock401 Impressioning Pack contains two practice locks: Level 1 and Level 2, allowing for learning and perfecting your skills respectively.
Universal Brass Blanks
The right choice of blank is vital for successful impressioning. Brass is the preferred material - it is soft enough to receive marks, but strong enough to resist the torque and leverage applied.
These blanks are compatible with both practice locks.
Please see the individual product pages for more information about each product.
- 1x Magnifying Tool
- 1x Mini MagLite
- 1x Genuine Vice Grips
- 1x Vallorbe T0 File
- 1x Vallorbe T2 File
- 1x FTH 5-Pin Level 1 Practice Lock
- 1x ABUS 5-Pin Level 1 Practice Lock
- 20x Brass Blank Keys
Shipping & Packaging
- Each pack is dispatched from Europe - no need to worry about slow shipping times, import duties or damaged goods.
- Packed in a sturdy compact box.
- We provide world-wide shipping with express options.
SHIPPING & PACKAGING
Do you provide free shipping?
For European Customers, orders over 100€ have free shipping.
For International Customers, orders over 250€ have free shipping.
Customers that qualify for free shipping can still select rapid shipping options.
When will I receive my order?
Average order times can be estimated below.
Average shipping estimates can be seen by selecting the destination country / region below.
- Express: days
- Standard: days
While actual shipping times may vary - these estimations are built off our real delivery statistics. To receive an order as quickly as possible, we recommend:
- Use the express delivery shipping method
- Use same day shipment by placing the order before 12PM GMT+1
Where do you ship from?
All items are dispatched from our EU-based warehouse. You will receive a tracking number upon item dispatch. The address used on your purchase is printed as a label - please double check your address to avoid mistakes.
When will my order be dispatched?
Lab401 dispatches orders Monday - Friday.
All orders placed before 12PM GMT+1 will be dispatched the same day. All orders placed after this cutoff time will be dispatched the next business day.
- An order placed Friday, 9AM GMT+1 will be dispatched the same day.
- An order placed on Friday, 6PM GMT+1 will be dispatched Monday.
- An order placed on Saturday will be dispatched Monday
For any questions, please contact customer support.
What shipping options are available?
We provide four types of shipping:
- EU Standard Post
- EU Express Post
- International Standard Post
- International Express Post
How are import duties / customs handled?
For all European Union destinations, all shipments are DDP - Delivered Duty Paid. This means all applicable VAT/TVA, shipping costs and customs fees are pre-paid.
You will not be charged by the courier service / post office or customs.
For all destinations outside European Union, all shipments are DDU - Delivered Duty Unpaid. This means that your country's custom service impose a VAT/TVA/Import Duty on your shipment.
I am charged VAT ?
Lab401 (ETOILE 401 SAS) is an EU-Registered entity. VAT is applicable to purchases delivered within the EU, with exceptions for VAT Registered entities. VAT is calculated at checkout. For your convenience, you can browse Lab401 with prices Including VAT and Excluding VAT.
Sales are contractual
Please note - a purchase is an explicit agreement of our terms and conditions. Any products refused by clients will not be refunded.
Purchase Security Validation may be applied
To protect against credit card fraud, orders may be flagged for Purchase Security Validation. In this instance, we will reach out to the customer to perform a manual verification process.
Orders that are flagged for Purchase Security Validation are considered to be incomplete until validated. Our delivery deadline obligations begin only when an order is validated.
Is my delivery protected?All Lab401 shipments are insured with the carrier.
We also provide an advanced insurance, Lab401 Delivery Protection.
Lab401 Delivery Protection means we remain fully responsible for the package right up to delivery. If the package is lost or damaged, the package can be resent immediately (48 business hours) upon receipt of proof.
For orders without Delivery Protection, lost or damaged packages will pass through the carrier's protocols, which can take up to 30 days.
For orders that are time-sensitive, we recommend Lab401 Delivery Protection.
Delivery Protection can be purchased at checkout easily and cheaply.