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QUESTION: Hello, I have a Kumahira wall safe that I have forgotten the combination sequence to. It doesnt look like it has any other details on it apart from what looks like a serial number in the corner.
This is what it looks like:

Is there any chance you would be able to help me out?


The photo you indicated is virtually worthless - it is basically a postage stamp photo with no details or ability to zoom in to look at details.   I checked Kumahira's catalog and they didn't show a similar product.

The best that I can do is give you the basic dialing sequence.   If it doesn't work, then I will need much more information.   Serial numbers don't do anyone but the manufacturer any good.   Makers never release any information concerning safe construction, serial numbers or combinations - so this info isn't readily available.

Standard dialing sequence is:

4 times left to the first number,
3 times right to the second number,
2 times left to the third number,
1 time right until the dial stops.

If your safe has a key lock, unlock it now - turn handle or pull door open.

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.

Hope this helps,

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Safe serial?
Safe serial?  
QUESTION: Sorry about that! I have some photos which shows all of the information about the safe that I have.
As far as I know, the safe has a 4 number combination, not a 3.


Ok, this is the extra info that I needed.

These import safes use a fairly cheap combination lock.   These locks can dial either LRLR or RLRL, however the combination is NOT the same for each sequence (because of lock design).

So using the original instructions simply change the last line as follows.

4 times left to the first number,
3 times right to the second number,
2 times left to the third number,
1 time right to the fourth number - stop - turn key to open.

If this doesn't work, try reversing these instructions, or RLRL vs LRLR.

Hope this helps,


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