Ivation, Biometric Safe

This product is one of the more widely circulated generic safes to come out of China, and Ivation is among several importers marketing the safe in the United States. The bypass lock installed on this device is a form of cross lock, easily opened with rakes designed just for opening this type of lock.

A few Chinese manufacturers I’ve communicated with won’t sell safes fitted with this lock anymore, though plenty of manufacturers still use the lock for a bypass. Ultimately, this safe and its bypass typify the breakdown in communication between Chinese exporters and American importers. Somehow, the lock and the tools made for opening it—all of which are available online—got into circulation with the relationship between the lock and the tools being entirely lost in translation. This safe was examined April 4, 2018.