You are here:

Antique Safes/Reliable Sage And Lock Inc. Covington Ky Safe


I am looking into buying a Reliable Safe and Lock Inc. Covington Ky Safe, The seller has the combination to the safe but after about 100 failed attempts at getting the safe to open were stumped. It is the kind that has a 4 digit combination and does the right, left, right left... or at least thats the way the combination was written. The internet has offered little help, when looking to problem solve on this safe. Are we doing the combination wrong? Should it be left, right, left right? I wish i would have taken some pictures when we were there. The combination is in the middle of he safe with the handle thats in the center too as one unit. We're stumped, any suggestions?

Thank you for your time,

Hi Lacey,

The Reliable Safe & Lock Company was in business from 1916 until about 1941.   They were acquired by Mosler in the early 1940's.   So currently the safe is not an antique, though it is collectible.

The correct dialing sequence for the lock on your safe should be:

4 times left to the first number,
3 times right to the second number,
2 times left to the third number,
1 time right stopping on your fourth number (should be between 18-28.

turn the handle clockwise about 80 degrees to open 6 o'clock position to almost 9 o'clock position.

Note:   Left is counter clockwise, right is clockwise.   DO NOT count the revolutions of the dial, count the individual number as it ARRIVES at the 12 o'clock index mark.   For instance if your first number is 25, you will turn the dial counter clockwise, stopping the fourth time the number 25 arrives at the index mark.

If it still won't open, then either you are continuing to make a dialing error, or the numbers are not correct.

Many times combinations are passed on the way previous owners understand them and NOT necessarily the way the lock operates.   It is possible to dial this lock as RLRL, though the numbers may not be the same (different numbers), so the dialing sequence WILL matter, depending on how the lock combination was originally recovered.

If you can't get it open using these instructions, then it may be time to contact a local safe company to have their safe technician (NOT a locksmith), check it out.    If there are any charges for the service, these should be borne by the safe owner or deducted from the cost of your purchase price.

Hope this helps,  

Antique Safes

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.


44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association

The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes

Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

Awards and Honors
2009 - 2015 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

Past/Present Clients
US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service area is Northern California - Fresno to Oregon, including western Nevada

©2017 All rights reserved.