Learning to pick locks

Why would one want to learn to pick locks?

Ever since I was a little kid, I have been fascinated by locks. For some reason, I really liked locks and watches when I was growing up. Anytime I could get my hands on a new lock I would. Even though I had no real need for a lock, I would find things around the house to put a lock on. I guess I am just a strange person. I always enjoyed a trip to our local locksmith with my dad. Seeing all the keys, locks and lock parts was really interesting.

I recently started looking into the techniques involved in picking locks. Here are a few things I have learned:

  • There are many types of lock pins, for example standard, spool, security and serrated.
  • It is possible to push a pin too far with a pick, which will not allow it to open without releasing pressure and resetting the pins.
  • Just the right amount of light tension must be applied with a tension tool to allow the pins to lock in the correct position, without binding.
  • There are many types and qualities of lock pick tools, but a few basic and most common types are the "standard hook", "rake" and "double peak".

I have found two great YouTube channels that go into great depth about the techniques. The first is Bosnian Bill who is great at teaching you how locks work and which locks to avoid. He also does daily giveaways over at Lock Lab.

Another great channel on YouTube is Lockpicking Lawyer he is a great teacher and resource.

Picking locks isn't about being a criminal, I actually have 10 years of Law Enforcement experience and have no intention of doing anything illegal. For many, including myself, it is the challenge of being able to accomplish something that at first seems impossible. It also helps you to understand which locks are most secure for you and your family to protect their property. It's an exciting hobby and the more I learn, the more excited I get. If you have some experience in lock picking, please feel free to share some of your favorite picks and resources for us new guys.