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What is a Cryptex?

A Cryptex is a portable cylindrical vault that can contain small items or a message on a scroll of paper.

Why is it called a Cryptex?

The name Cryptex is taken from the words CRYPTology and codEX.

Who invented the Cryptex?

The Cryptex was first imagined by Dan Brown for his intellectual thriller  “The Da Vinci Code”.  In his novel, Dan Brown accredited the invention of the Cryptex to Leonardo Davinci.

Da Vinci Code Book and Cryptex

How is a Cryptex opened?

The Cryptex is opened by turning several external dials until the correct letters line up along the code line.  Once aligned, the inner and outer chambers are free to slide apart.

How was the Cryptex used in The Da Vinci Code?

The Cryptex was used to secure a scroll of papyrus paper that contained the secret location of The Holy Grail.

How was the secret message of the Cryptex protected?

Within the inner chamber of the Cryptex was a small vial of vinegar.  Any attempt to force open the chamber would break the glass vial allowing the vinegar to destroy the papyrus before the secret could be read.

Where to buy a Cryptex?

Our online store has a variety of Cryptex colours for you to choose from.  There is also a Cryptex enamel pin which is great as a small gift that fits inside the inner chamber of the Cryptex.

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What is the code to open the Cryptex?

The 6 dial cryptex is opened with the default code ” I L O V E U “

What to put inside a Cryptex?

The perfect gift inside the Cryptex would be another Cryptex.  The enamel pin fits neatly inside the inner chamber.

Cryptex Pin in Cryptex

Can the code for the Cryptex be changed?

There are 6 rotating rings on the outside.  Each ring contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet. There are no blank spaces, numbers or symbols on the dials.

The opening code can be set to any 6 letters.   See below for a list of suggested codes for your Cryptex.

Cryptex Operating Instructions
Cryptex Password Setting

What phrases or words could I use for the Cryptex code?

Below is a list of phrases and words that you could use for your 6 letter Cryptex code.

C A L L  M E

L O V E  M E

I LIKE U

LUV YOU

U R MINE

I NEED U

BE MINE

IN LOVE

GOOGLE

THANKS

CHEERS

LOWERS

ANSWER

BELONG

CLEVER

SUMMER

DETECT

EASILY

ESCAPE

FUTURE

GOLDEN

LUXURY

MASTER

NUMBER

POETRY

RANDOM

REVEAL

SECRET

SIMPLE

TRAVEL

WINNER

WINTER

What riddles could I use for the Cryptex code?

Below is a list of riddles that you could use for your 6 letter Cryptex code.  Click on the question to reveal the code.