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Mini Wall Safe
Mini Wall Safe  
Hi Andy
There is a wall safe in every master bedroom of each flat in my complex (South Africa), and the landlord has said that he does not know the combinations for any of the safes. I have been searching online for the make of this safe and I cannot find anything that would help me acquire the combination for it.
The only distinguishing feature of these safes is the word "Mini" on the dial.
It has a red dot at 9 O'clock and the dial has numbers between 0 and 49. It is 20cm (about 7 inches) in diameter.
Iíve tried a few hundred combinations turning  4xleft 3xright 2xleft  1xright and 4xright 3xleft 2xright 1xleft, but what I have noticed is sometimes it would get stuck on the number 20 and not go any further, I then try to pull, twist or do anything but it still will not open.
I was hoping that you could tell me a little bit more before I call a locksmith who will charge me my life savings to drill a lil hole.
Thanks for any help. Tim

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Tim,

This is a new one on me.   It may be a manufacturer that has copied someone elses design, or one that was made with the logo for a distributor.

Does the landlord have any idea where they came from???   If not, another place to check would be the builder of the complex.

There were several safe companies in South Africa, that might have manufactured these safes, but as they were never exported to the US, it isn't something I recognize.

Before contacting a locksmith, I would check for local safe companies.  They may have a better idea of what you have, where it was made, what type of lock it has, etc.  

The following company is a manufacturer in South Africa, and they might have some idea of what you have, and/or a recommendation of a safe tech in your area.

http://www.mutual.co.za/index.php


Mutual Austen Group
P.O. Box 35641
Pretoria, South Africa

Sorry, I couldn't find a phone number for them.

Well at least this is a start, hope it helps,

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 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.

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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. 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 Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

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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.

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2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert 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

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