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A quick guide to locksmith tools (part 1)

Posted by Mark Stuckey on

A quick guide to locksmith tools (part 1)

There are many locksmith tools available to the professional and amateur, often the sheer number and variation of locksmith tools can be daunting to anyone looking to enter the field or just someone who likes the idea of learning new skills of lock picking and Non-Destructive Entry. Here we are going to give a quick rundown on some of the locksmith tools you are likely to come across in common use today.   Super Mica: The world famous credit card operating the door latch only this stuff works way better and can be used multiple times, comes in multiple cut...

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Will 'PICK X' open 'LOCK Y'?

Posted by Chris Dangerfield on

Will 'PICK X' open 'LOCK Y'?

Hello Lock Pickers

Mul-t-lock garrison lockOne of the most common emails I receive (apart from the endless 'Thank you for a great service and super-dooper, ultra-discount lock pick' ones, of course) is one of the many variations on the 'Will these picks open this lock?', accompanied by a blurry picture of an old rim-cylinder, padlock, bike lock, or tubular lock on an old safe. This email - if you know anything about lock picking is as simple as it is complicated to answer. For instance, were it a 6 pin cylinder, generic keyway, then yes, sure, a set of rakes, a pick gun, a pick set - even Mica - can open that lock. But it depends on a lot of things out of my control. What condition is the lock? Is it full of sand (locksmiths who live in hot countries by the beach - even cold countries near the beach - will know the amount of trouble sand can cause locks), is it full of bent and/or damaged pins where you (or someone) has tried to force it, snap it, drill it, etc. Without knowing the state of the lock I don't really know what will certainly work on it, and I never could. Assuming the lock is in perfect working order, what are your abilities as a lock picker? You may have bumped a couple of locks, you may have had a few lucky rakes (and as much as I love raking, isn't all raking a little bit lucky? That's the beauty of it, surely?). In many walks of life a small amount of success can give us a false sense of our own abilities, and then, faced with a new lock, you think 'I can do that!', I'll just send a photo to the nice people at UK Bump Keys and they'll send me the CORRECT lock smith tools.

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