Dead tool: Retractable Cable Combination Lock

Regarding the Master 2 Ft. retractable cable lock reviewed on December 27, 2013: More than a few commenters were skeptical about the strength of the lock. Some said it is easy to pull the end of the cable out of the lock. I bought a lock and tried to yank the end out, but failed. Others said the cable could be easily cut. I used a pair of sewing scissors and was able to cut the cable in a couple of seconds. In our view, this lock is not a cool tool. We are unrecommending it and have recategorized it as a “dead tool.”

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-- Mark Frauenfelder