Saru Lock, for those who don’t know, is a Japanese manga character who has his own series and has been made into a TV show and action movie. Yataro Sarumaru, nicknamed ‘Saru’ is a high school kid whose fathers is a locksmith in Asakusa, Tokyo. Saru has the ability to pick just about any lock he comes across and has a number of mysterious adventures on this basis. This young, girl obsessed, ace locksmith teenager is one cool looking dude with all the tools of the trade to pick the locks that get in his way. Saru Lock, a Japanese locksmith superhero.

The History of Locksmithing

Locksmithing itself is an ancient profession and began, it is thought, in Ancient Egypt and Babylon around 4 millennia ago. Locks were made of wood in the beginning and were large and cumbersome devices. Ancients in Greece and Rome kept their valuables under lock and key. Similarly, in the orient in China and Japan, wealthy individuals locked up their valuables via the devices created by locksmiths. Metalworking was the new technology in ancient times and the Japanese have a fine reputation as master metalworkers and smiths. Iron and brass were the early metals employed by these pioneering locksmiths.

New Trends in Japanese Locks

In today’s Japan, there is a bit of a revolution happening, with residents replacing their disc-cylinder locks with newer advanced lock technology. The National Police Agency has promoted an anti-lock picking program to reduce the amount of break-ins by this method by some 70%. Their Japan Crime Prevention Association established a new certificate system for locks which cannot be easily picked. Check this site out as an example of the state of locksmithing in Sydney, Australia in the 21C. Rotary tumblers are popular as locks that are very tough to pick in the modern era.

Saru Lock Obsolete Skills?

Saru Lock may soon find himself out of a job or having to develop some new skills in a hurry, if he is to maintain his reputation in a changing Japan. Lock picking may rapidly become a thing of the past. Police reports indicate that a burglar with give up on a lock, if it takes more a few minutes to crack the lock. Meanwhile, governments are more worried about things like cyber security in places like Japan, than the old lock and key. The youthful Saru Lock may be have to go high tech to survice in a rapidly changing world.

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