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HI Terry
interestingly i inherited a Fisher Bauche safe
i have the combo 2,3,0,1
but there is no "0" on it...
and they key turning/dial combo and back to '0' are all very confusing instructions i have received
any help would be awesome
sincere thanks
have been trying about 100 times to date and am tired
if it wasnt so heavy would pitch it
many thanks

Hi Boyd,

The safe is actually a "Fichet-Bauche", made in France.

This is a special lock Fichet-Bauche has been using for around 100 years.    The dialing sequence is in two parts.

The dial ring has four positions marked 1 through 4.    Each position has about 10 clicks, using the key.

1.  Place the outer ring at position one, using the key rotate the inner plug, counter clockwise fully, and then count clockwise "two" (2) clicks.
2.  Place the outer ring at position two, then using the key, again rotate the inner plug, counter clockwise fully, and then count clockwise "three" (3) clicks.
3.  Place the outer ring at position three, then using the key, rotate the inner plug, counter clockwise fully and leave it at this position (0).
4.  Place the outer ring at position four, then using the key, rotate the inner plug, counter clockwise fully, and then count clockwise "one" (1) click.

5.  Move the key over to the left hand key hole position, insert it and if everything is correct, when the key rotates, it should retract the bolt work and the door should open.

If the safe still doesn't open, then you either don't have the correct combination, or the numbers are not in the correct sequence.

If you can't get it open using the above sequence and/or the numbers you have, then you will need a trained safe technician, familiar with this lock.

Hope this helps.


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