03 July 2007
Are you a fan of Dan Brown? you know, the guy that wrote the bestselling novel "Angels and Demons" and more recently the very controversial "The Davinci Code"? Are you interested in cryptography, keys, codes? Today we have the papercraft model (replica) of Dan Browns' "cryptex", which was mentioned in his book and also used in the blockbuster movie of the same name starring Tom Hanks.
"The word cryptex is a neologism coined by the author Dan Brown for his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, denoting a portable vault used to hide secret messages. It is a combination of the words cryptology and codex; "an apt title for this device" since it uses "the science of cryptology to protect information written on the contained scroll or codex" – although actually a "codex" is a term for early forms of what would now be called a "book", as opposed to a rolled "scroll". It is claimed in the novel that the original design came from the secret diaries of Leonardo da Vinci. In reality, there is no record of him having designed such a device". - wikipedia
This should keep you busy for the week, have a safe and fun 4th of July.
Update: Some naughty people have edited the version that we've shown before but now we've confirmed that this papercraft model was designed by Deutsch papercrafter Skubu and he has presented us with a better quality version, in other words, the original pattern. Dankt Skubu!
Davinci Code Papercraft Cryptex [via mediafire]