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I have a Saga saf-d-posit safe. I have the combination to get into the safe. My problem is, I can't find the key to the safe. The model number is 1145. Please help if you can.


The simple solution would be to take the safe to a local locksmith or safe company to have them simply pick the lock.   Once it is open, you can continue to look for the keys, or you can try to have some made.

Saga safes were a Chinese imported safe, and have not been around for over 20 years.    If there is no key number stamped into the face of the key lock, then keys will have to be hand made - which means that either I - or a local locksmith or safe tech, would need to have the lock in our hot little hands, to make a key for it.

Once the lock is picked open, the locksmith SHOULD be able to hand fit a new key to the lock.   if they can't then I would probably look for a different locksmith!

These locks really aren't that difficult for us to work on, so if your locksmith indicates that they have to drill it, then you need to find a better locksmith.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but there is no factory to refer you to, and without the safe being here, I can only point you in the right direction.

Hope this helps, and if they can get it open, but not make a key, simply remove the lock and send it to me.


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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 40 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of two Tilton & McFarland safes from the 1860'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.


40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. 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

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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 - 2014 - 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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