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Stop using that light tension! Just kidding… sort of… Perhaps the greatest misconception – and honestly one of the greatest hindrances – many lock pickers have is the inclination to only ever use light tension. That anything other than the lightest touch on our turning tools is one of the
This pick, that pick, what are all these different types of lock picks for?
What is the purpose of this squiggly pick or that squiggly pick? Is there a big difference between this pointy hook and that flat hook? What are the best lock picks?
But, most importantly, should you invest your hard earned cash into all these different types of lock picks and will they benefit your ability to open locks and progress your lock picking skill?
Let’s tackle all of these questions and then go into the primary purpose of many of these different types of lock picks — their strengths, shortcomings, and when to best utilize them!
One of the greatest misconceptions that plagues the name of lock picking and locksport is that the craft itself is born from malicious roots.
That lock picking is a skill based upon criminal intent and anyone wishing to learn of it beyond the scope of locksmithing must have some mischievous underlying purpose.
But if we for a moment take a step back and look at the data regarding lock picking and home burglary, along with some logical reasoning to explain it, we will see that lock picking isn’t the monster that society believes it to be.
As we are about to see, most criminals don’t pick locks.
Is lock picking illegal? There is no greater question, nor deterrent, for those wishing to learn lock picking than the fear of breaking the law in the process. And rightfully so. The very nature of lock picking is to subtly bypass locks. So questioning its legality is totally understandable. So
Sadly, making mistakes is the primary method we mortals use to learn. We learn to walk by falling hundreds of times. We learn to talk by babbling a thousand wrong babbles. Mistakes are the necessary evil that grant us progress — in whatever area we seek. BUT, they don’t always
When it comes to advancing your physical security, it can sometimes be a daunting task as at first glance there appears to be an infinite number of different types of locks. And even more disheartening, trying to determine the degree of security these different locks offer. But in truth, all