This small Presto nickel briefcase hasp is an appropriate replacement catch for many briefcase combination/ key locks. Do however check dimensions and detail closely, as slight differences in design may mean certain spares won't work with your briefcase.
This range of replacement parts is useful for practically minded people, who have a broken briefcase they do not want to part with and who do not have a saddler or luggage repairer in their neighbourhood.
Peel back the organiser section in the lid by about 5 inches. Don't worry about the stitching
as it is dummy stitched.
Peel back the leather that covers the underside of the hasp you wish to replace. Once again don't worry about the stitching.
You should by now have revealed the back of the rivets that hold the hasp onto the case. Two types of rivet are commonly used. The first type has two legs that can be straightened with a flat headed screwdriver and extracted. The second usually has a washer capping it on the inside which can be carefully drilled out with a cordless drill.
Put the new hasp on, tapping down the new rivets with a hammer and reverse the process gluing the lining as you go (Evo-stick is best).
My replacement lock arrived today and I’m delighted with it. It took a long time to get here, which is not your fault. But it’s an exact replacement for the previous lock on my briefcase and it was very easy to fit.
Thank you for all your help,
R.M., Qatar, March 2022
23 High St, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1BG, England