About Howsar Portable Lock
How did the Howsarlock come about?
After forty years teaching Design & Technology and having taken retirement I continued to have an interest in designing. In 2006 I developed the Howsarlock, not thinking at the time that the lock was likely to ever reach the production stage!
My initial idea was to produce a simple locking device for domestic use. I saw the need for a portable locking system for use on internal doors. After considerable time and effort designing the lock I decided to have a prototype professionally made. After minor modifications, I was happy with the final design.
I was fortunate to receive financial help from the Wales Innovators Network sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government. I was invited to exhibit my lock at the British Invention Show in London – the result being a Silver Medal! Following this I exhibited at the worldwide Inventors Show held in Geneva and this resulted in Howsarlock winning a Gold Medal! We were on our way!
The lock has a number of unique advantages
- Made of reinforced nylon, lightweight and inexpensive
- Simple & quick to install & release – a matter of seconds
- Adaptable to most inward opening doors
- Unlikely to damage the woodwork of the door and frame
- A simple design incorporating only 2 parts with a connecting tie
- Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand
The lock is currently selling worldwide with positive feedback. As well as the general public, a number of stores, travel companies, sports shops and security companies purchase our locks – most of these loyal customers date back 10 years. More recently a number of schools and colleges both at home and abroad have bought the locks. The locks are being used for college guests’ accommodation and for “lockdown” situations in schools.