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The Lockpicking Thread - Gear and Practice Setup/Technique discussion only!!

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by Chimay, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. hal_chase
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    They are simple and discreet....I travel everywhere with a titanium set pinned inside a pocket. Picking anything more than a 4 pin lock with one spool pin though is quite challenging. You can rip a 3 pin EURO lock quite quickly though ;)
     
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    I really need to buy a set. I just can't figure out what everything is for and don't know what to buy.

    The first locks I popped (a couple deadbolts and padlocks) were at a hacker conference a couple years ago. Ace Hackwear sent a care package, and I apparently really got along with their half-diamond single pick. Unfortunately, nothing was for sale. And while they had a bunch of pouches, wallets, and a plastic credit card looking thing, all the picks and wrenches were just spread out loose on the table.

    I really want to set up a little practice station for my home office. I'll probably start buying all the toys when I finish putting up the acoustic treatments.
     
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  3. hal_chase
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    Get a tension wrench, a hook and a half diamond that's all you need to learn. Then borrow or buy a small 2 pin padlock and a MasterLock 3. If your budget allows buy a 3 pin Euro Cylinder type lock and one of those cheap desktop hobby vice things.

    Use the vice to hold the lock cylinders and padlocks while you learn about tension required (not much!!!) and feel your way carefully, paying attention to the feedback you feel through both the pick and the wrench.

    Also get on YouTube and look for Bosnian Bill....the guy is a legend and his tutorials are awesome.

    If you have a local t00l meet then go along, you'll learn more from others than 20,000 hours watching YouTube

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    I need to get my kit out and start practising again. It's been a while
     
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  5. hal_chase
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    Ditto buddy....my box of tricks is gathering dust.

    Lock picking needs very regular practice !!

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    My set.
     
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    Rake & hook is a good combo

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    Yeah I put too much torsion on the bar last time I used it. But it still works. I don't think I've ever used the ball pick lol
     
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    Balls I've never found much use for, not sensitive enough.

    Very little tension required, the more pressure you put on it the less you'll 'feel your way' and you'll also False Set pins.

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    Balls are what you want for something like a double-sided wafer-tumbler lock.
     
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  11. Chimay

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    Hal has pretty much summed up my the bogotas. I would point out that for most cheaper locks out there, your standard hardware store locks you can probably take them with bogotas quicker than single pin picking. Check out Bosnian bill on you tube, he can rake locks scary quick and he typically tries raking a lock first every time, not necessarily on camera, but he's said several times it's worth raking as a first step on a typical lock for up to one minute unless you know that mode can be "over lifted" (I think is the right term) or can be punched (typically pad locks).

    I'd say they are worth it, they are light weight, easy to carry, etc. you can take a spring out of a pin and slide them in to keep them together then run a safety pin though the spring to pin them to keep them in place etc.
     
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  12. Chimay

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    Hal hit the nail in the head here. I basically watch Bosnian bill and built a shopping list. I went with sparrow picks for my first set which I believe I mentioned and post pictures of earlier in the thread. Need to see about updating the pics I think I have a few newer things than what's in the thread.
     
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    Thanks, Chimay. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this thread now that I've found it. I look forward to the updates of the pics and new conversations on the topic.
     
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    Here's some pix from my EDC thread that I've cross posted here in case they are of use :)

    Peterson 14 piece Government Steel Pick Set
    Mad Bob Jackknife
    Mad Bob Titanium Bogota's (working set and spare set)

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    Euro Bogota on the left (0.9mm I think), standards 2nd + 3rd

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  15. Chimay

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    That government set, are those the Peterson picks? How do you like them? I've been thinking about buying another set so I'm not having to remember to put them back in my bag after practicing.
     
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    Yep Peterson.....there's no better picks as far as I know :) Sparrow and Southord are good but the quality on these is next level, what's also cool is the blue ones (plastic handles) are thinner which are good for European key ways so you basically get two sets in one.....my preference is the black, rubber handled picks.

    You also get several types of torsion bar/tension wrench in the kit. Deffo worth the money ;)
     
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    The jack knife, does that have a torsion bar as well?
     
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    Who'd have thought that you guys would have been interested in locks/ lock picking too. Lol

    Good thread by the way.
     
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    Less EDC than end of society ;)
     
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    It does have a small one, it OK but not great....probably fine if your Jedi skills were strong (mine aren't).

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