Many of us entering the world of lock picking are looking to buy their first lock pick set, however, the mass number of products flooding the market can sometimes seem daunting. On top of that do we really need all these picks? Do we really need to throw down $200
Jesse is a former United States Marine, and Iraq War Veteran. He started picking locks in 2006 while serving in Fallujah, Iraq as an Artilleryman. After his two deployments to Iraq were over, he was selected to represent the Marines on the All-Varsity Marine Corps Submission Wrestling Team, aka The Marine Corps MMA Team. There he competed in 6 Amateur MMA Fights as a 204lb Light Heavyweight Fighter (record 3-3-0). After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Marines, and a few broken bones as an amateur MMA fighter, Jesse went on to become an Apprentice Locksmith in 2010 in Denver, Colorado. After finishing his apprenticeship with over 600 hours of training, he took up Law Enforcement as his next profession, graduating from the S.P.A.G. Law Enforcement Academy in 2011 in Lubbock, Tx. However after receiving his TCLEOS certification, he elected to work for the Department of Defense as a Private Security Contractor in Afghanistan in 2012 as a Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar-Operator (C-RAM). There he worked alongside the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in Kunar Province. After Afghanistan, he moved to Austin, Texas to become a Defensive Tactics instructor for Central Texas Gun Works. During this time he also worked for Central Texas Pop-A-Lock, and received over 50 hours of training in Vehicle Entry Techniques and worked as a Technician for Pop-A-Lock for 3 months allowing him to open more than 1,000 different vehicles. Jesse is a Licensed Bodyguard and a Licensed Armed Guard for the State of Texas, and a Certified Martial Arts Instructor with a 2rd Degree Black Belt under UFMA Founder Tom Cox. Jesse has been actively engaged in the Locksport Community since 2010 and since then has discovered there are 31 different ways to open a Master Lock #1 Padlock!
In his free time, Jesse is an avid Martial Arts enthusiast and has trained in over 30 different styles.
Martial Arts Background
1999 Wrestling-Middle School (175lbs+) – 1 Season (3rd Place District Champion)
2001 Wrestling-High School (215lbs+) – 1 Season
2001-2002 Shaolin Kung Fu – Chris Frazier – 1 Year
2002 International Tae Kwon Do Federation – Master Michael Preisendorf – 6 Months
2002-2005 Catch Wrestling – Tom Cox – 3.5 Years
2002-2005 Combat Karate (Freestyle Shotokan)- Tom Cox – 3.5 Years
2002-2005 Competitive Point Style Karate/Kickboxing – Tom Cox – 3.5 Years
2002-2005 World Tae Kwon Do Federation-Tom Cox – 3.5 Years
2003 Catch Wrestling-Gene Lebell – 3 Day Seminar
2003 MMA-Bas Rutten – 3 Day Seminar
2003 Sambo/Hayastan-Gokor Chivichyan – 3 Day Seminar
2003 Isshin-Ryu Karate – Instructor Unknown – 2 Months
2005 International Tae Kwon Do Federation-Master Michael Preisendorf – 4 Months
2005 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – Tom Crouch – 3 Months
2005-2009 MCMAP / Marine Corps Martial Arts Program-Various Instructors – 4 Years
2007 Aikido – Sensei Stephen Toyoda – 5 Day Seminar
2007 Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – Paulo Fernando-3 Months
2008 MMA – All Varsity Marine Corps Submission Wrestling Team (204lbs) – 6 Months (TAD)
2008 California State Pankration Championships 204lb Lt Heavy Wt. (1-2-0)
2008 All Armed Forces Pankration Invitational 204lb Lt Heavy Wt. 2nd Place (2-1-0)
2008 Subfighter Jiu-Jitsu – Rick Estrada, Corey Bennin – 6 Months
2008 Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu – Corey Bennin – 6 Months
2008 Muay Thai – Khun Kru Ruben Rowell Jr – 3 Months
2008-2009 Pekiti Tirsia Kali – Russ Nagtalon – 6 Months
2008-2009 Yip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu – Sifu Bok Fu – 9 Months
2009 Danzanryu Jujitsu – Chris Love-2 Months
2009 American Kenpo Karate – Sensei Mike Stricklin – 4 Months
2009 Kickboxing Instructor – Brighton, Co – 5 Months
2009 Ninjitsu – Sensei Mike Stricklin – 4 Months
2010 American Boxing – DaVerryl Williamson – 15 Private Lessons
2010 Filipino Combat Systems – Guro Mike Jennings – 1 Month
2011 Catch Wrestling – Tom Cox-3 Months
2011 Kickboxing Instructor – Burlington, Ky – 3 Months
2011 Coached Youth Wrestling, Cooper Middle School in Burlington, Kentucky – 3 Months
2011 Police Academy Defensive Tactics-Walt Bushey – 45 hours
2012 Muay Thai-Khun Kru Ruben Rowell Jr – 1 Month
2012 American Boxing-Art Cardenas – 6 Private Lessons
2012 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-Mario “Esfiha” Queiroga- 3 Months
2012 Russian Sambo-Grant Gilliam – 2 Months
2013 Martial Arts of Austin Kickboxing Instructor – Chuck Greer – 3 Months
2013 Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-Jose Portillo – 3 Months
2014 Level III Security Guard Defensive Tactics – Ace Cabellero – 4 Hours
2014 Dutch Style Kickboxing – Toby Imada – 2 Months
2015 Texas Level III Defensive Tactics Instructor for Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, Tx
2015 Defensive Knife Skills Level 1 – Leslie L. Buck, Jr – 4 Hours
2015 Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu – Professor Alexandre Ferreira “Dande” Santos – 4 Months
2015 Austin Kickboxing Academy – Coach Randy Vera – 1 Month
2016 Texas Level III Commissioned Security Officer Defensive Tactics Instructor – 6 Months
2016 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu – Coach Curtis Hembroff – 1 Month
2016 Krav Maga Worldwide – Brandon Philips – 1 Month
2016 American Kickboxing – Ryan Gillespie & Omar Garza – 1 Month
2017 Brazilian Top Team (BJJ) – Daniel “Maozinha” Galvao– 2 Months
2017 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu -Murilo Bustamante – 4 Hour Seminar
2017 Houston Grand Prix Grappling – 1st Place Ultra Heavy Wt. Absolute Division
2018 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu – Lonnie Vickery – 1 Month
2018 Muay Thai / Kickboxing – Matt Wald – 1 Month
2018 Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu – Alex Morono – 1 Month
2018 Sayoc Kali – Brian Majul – 2 Months
Stuff By Jesse
Anyone that has been picking locks for sport long enough has very likely run across the name Waddac2 or has even stumbled across his epic YouTube channel full of nuggets of wisdom.
As well as being a very accomplished picker, he is also an astounding photographer and has given us some of photos to scatter throughout this interview!
Without further ado, here is Waddac2!
Ratyoke’s custom lock picks are the most admired and desired lock picks this world has to offer and today we get the amazing insight on how Ratyoke himself crafts one of these masterpieces! If you are not yet familiar with Ratyoke nor his work, be sure to check our interview with Ratyoke to learn more about him and his magnificent work. In this step by step guide, Ratyoke will be crafting an Ebony and Holly short hook using Peterson government steel blanks.
Ratyoke is known throughout the entire world for making the best lock picks in the history of Locksmithing and Locksport. A master jeweler and world traveler, this full time goldsmith puts his skills to work with his 100% custom, 100% handcrafted artisan lock picks. Exotic woods and fine metals are abound in his rare and highly sought after works of art. Read further and find out how he became the world’s finest lock pick maker!
Today we are looking at the very first exploit of the Kwikset SmartKey Generation 3. Chris Ahrens has been making huge waves in the Locksport community this past year, boasting over 100 picking videos on his new YouTube Channel, and is now the very first lock picker in the world to exploit this challenging lock. Read further and find out just exactly how he managed to accomplish this amazing feat!
Larry Newberry created the #1 best selling locksmith tools the world has ever seen. SouthOrd Tools are celebrated by master locksmiths and beginner locksport enthusiasts alike. They are highly coveted in the United Kingdom, Australia, North and South America, Canada and just about every country and continent in between. Find out in this interview what makes SouthOrd the #1 tool distributor in the world, and how President Larry Newberry practically owns the locksmith market with his unmatched high-quality tools and unrivaled distribution.
Today I am reviewing the Perseverance Survival Lock Pick Set by the veteran owned and operated company, Perseverance Survival.
This set comes with 4 picks in stainless steel and features spot welded stainless steel handles. The steel used is 304 stainless and came spotless with an almost a mirror like finish right out of the package. The owner of Perseverance Survival, James Keeling, has recently made a name for himself by offering a large array of SERE (Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape) tools for the online market. This is very befitting since Mr. Keeling is a full-time SERE Instructor for the United States Marine Corps.
Chris Dangerfield is known throughout the world for his prolific adventures and storytelling. Over the years he has amassed a life of thrills, dangers, catastrophes, and personal enlightenment. He is as diverse and intellectually capable as his go-to lock picking set.
As a writer, comedian, adrenaline junkie, and expert lock slayer, Chris has created an empire in the Locksport community. In this interview, Mr. Dangerfield will be telling us how he got to this point and reveal some techniques he is using to maintain his kingdom for now and many years to come.
Alongside practicing law, the Lock Picking Lawyer also runs one of the most popular, most viewed, and most respected lock picking YouTube Channels there is. With more than half a million subscribers, he is a force that inspires both newcomers and seasoned pickers alike. Learn more about his journey into
I would like to cover budget lock pick sets, but I first felt it necessary to put in my thoughts on the best lock picks to look for in a set, and why. This will be more of a guide on the different types of lock picks and their purpose.