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The art of Single pin Picking Masterclass

A Real and structured way of learning the craft of lock picking!


What is the art of single pin picking

The Art of Single Pin Picking is not just an online course, but a mission.

A mission with the goal of teaching more than simple cookie-cutter techniques and instead instill within you a deep knowledge and understanding of how each of our actions can effect the lock.

The lock will always tell you how to pick it, we only have to learn how to listen.

This masterclass will teach you how to adapt your picking to the different variables and challenges a lock can provide and help you develop true skill that is consistent and repeatable.

You’ll accomplish things with simple metal picks that you once perhaps thought impossible.

This isn’t the same old way of looking at lock picking. This is new and deep material that won’t only have you slaying locks, but doing so with a logic, focus, and grace that has never been taught until now.

So join me and learn the art of lock picking!

This Masterclass has been carefully designed from the ground up with the purpose of teaching introductory lock picking to those that are new or are currently struggling.

Everything has been broken down to the barest of bones and presented in a manner that builds up itself. This course is highly focused on how each of our actions can effect the lock. This deep knowledge results in an extremely accelerated learning process that goes beyond simple technique.

At the end of this masterclass you will be picking locks with 100% confidence in what you are doing.

The scope of this masterclass is introductory lock picking. If you are a picker that is already successfully slaying locks with security pins and doing so with grace & confidence, you are likely beyond this masterclass.

However, if you wish to refine your single pin picking skills, this course may be to your liking. Check out the course syllabus below or throw me an email here and we can figure out if this course is right for you!

Right now, there are 6 chapters and 48 lessons, with another 4 chapters and 22 lessons on the way. After that’s all published, I have plans to add content on 4 additional topics.

Beyond that, any additional lesson will be based upon the questions and feedback that I receive from those in the course. This masterclass will never stop growing in size and quality! It’s my baby and I want to see it become the best version of itself!

Early access is a way to get early feedback about the course and it’s contents. It also allows me to give it away at a very very steep discount to those who don’t care waiting a couple more weeks for the rest of the chapters!

Want a sample lesson?

Chapter 6 – Lesson 2: Pick Control & Finger-Fu

Course Framework

Chapter 1 – Introduction To The Course

Everything in this world is always changing. Everything is evolving at some rate or another. So what good would an online course be if it wasn’t constantly evolving as well? 

It would kinda suck. 

I don’t want this course to suck. As a matter in fact, it’s not only my mission to make it not suck, but also to ensure this course is a living and breathing being. A creature of rapid evolution. Something that is always changing and growing into the best version of itself.

Lock picking has a very subtle nature about it. Not only is it a very soft and silent technique, but it also leaves behind little to no trace of ever being performed. Utilizing minimal equipment — typically two small pieces of metal — lock picking can often be performed anywhere without drawing attention.

But even with this subtle nature, lock picking’s elegance is granted primarily through its artfulness.

Locks are very simple and stupid creatures based on ancient technology so old, we haven’t an inkling of whom first invented them and when. That being said, is learning the skill of bypassing these simple critters an easy task? Or is the road to mastery one of pain, tears, and naughty words? Will you lose your entire life savings to the curse jar?

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We all had those moments when we are in the zone. Maybe we where reading a book, playing a video game or having a conversation with a friend, when we become so absorbed in what we where doing.

How can we replicate and utilize this focus to help us learn lock picking at a seemly superhuman pace?

Chapter 2 – Ethics And Legality

A heart to heart about the societal outlook of lock picking, why it is there, and what we as lock pickers can do to erase the bias. 

So is lock picking illegal? Do we as hobby lock pickers need to hide our lock picks deep within our dresser behind that weird grouping of socks we never wear?

Let’s take a look into why and how they are considered legal in some places and not in others.

Your good friend Betsy calls you up one day in a complete state of panic. She has just locked herself out of her apartment and is in desperate need of your lock picking skills.

The question is…

Can you ethically help her — or just as importantly, could you possibly face legal issues if you did?

The answer?

Chapter 3 – Lock Picking Tools

So what tools do you actually need to begin with and, furthermore, what do you need to progress? Do you need that set of 148 picks and 52 tensioning gizmos, or can you accomplish just as much with a couple tools?

So let’s take a look at some of the better and most common picks starting with hooks!

While the focus of this course is explicitly on single pin picking and developing your skills with the hook, I do believe that a basic knowledge of rakes is crucial for those looking to snag their first set of lock picks. So let’s touch on rakes a bit!

When selecting your picks you should also consider quality and thickness characteristics. These can affect the lifespan of your picks, the feedback they provide you, and the overall effectiveness they have in the lock.

Let’s touch on these characteristics such as thickness, materials, manufacture profiles, euro vs. standard, and much more.

When it comes down to choosing your turning tools, the most important thing to remember is that the majority of the feedback you receive from the lock comes from tensioning.

Because of this it is absolutely crucial that you select a turning tool that will provide you with the most feedback possible. So let’s cover the differences between each type of turning tool and which ones will provide you with the most feedback!

Vises are amazing tools for holding locks while you pick them and will eventually become essential in progressing your lock picking skills. Let’s look at few advantages of using a vise, then we’ll cover when it’s appropriate to start using one and my recommendation for a good cheap vise.

Chapter 4 – Lock Selection (Coming Soon)

This chapter will be released soon and is still in early access development! (Expected 9/7/19)

While challenging yourself is crucial to getting better, picking locks that you don’t yet have the developed senses and skill to pick is only going to frustrate you and perhaps even deter you from continuing to pick locks at all.

Patience has its limits and its limits are like beating your head against a wall… one way or another you are eventually going to lose.

Lock picking is suppose to be fun and the quickest way to get better is to make sure that it stays fun.

Chapter 5 – Lock Theory: How It All Works

In this lesson we are going to completely dismantle the pin tumbler lock into it’s simplest form and introduce a true understanding of how each component works, why it’s there, and how it all works together.

In order to master the art of lock picking we need to fully understand the vocabulary and components of the common lock. With this knowledge, we will able to truly understand how a lock works and how it can be manipulated with out picks!

Okay so now that we have a solid grasp of all the core components that make up the basic pin tumbler lock, let’s take a moment and look at how everything functions together!

There is not a single thing in this world that is perfect. Nothing can be produced without flaws or some variation from its ideal design. There can never be that perfectly round circle or flawlessly squared square with absolutely perfect 90 degree angles.

Everything in this world is designed with some tolerances in mind and when it comes to any mechanical thing, the standard of accepted tolerances while manufacturing will highly determine the quality of the product — the lock is no exception. 

So how is it that we keep the pins at the shear line? What kind of crazy voodoo magic must we summon to make them stay in the middle of their pin chambers under the pressure of the spring? Everything thus far has led us to this binding defect and binding pin, but what’s the freaking significance of these two things and how can it perform this miracle?

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Chapter 6 – Introduction To Single Pin Picking

For us lock pickers, feedback — vibrations, clicks, friction — is our 6th sense. It is our mind’s eye painting a picture of what is occurring as we poke and prod within a lock.

Feedback is everything.

It is what speaks to us pickers. The lock wants to be picked and it is telling us how to do it — we only have to learn to listen.

Before we cram our picks into the keyway let’s cover the best methods to hold and use our lock picks. There really is no right or wrong way, but there are some several factors to take into consideration that may make things considerably easier and sway how you go about holding your tools.

In addition, there are several gold standard grips that many pickers find themselves using that provide some interesting benefits.

Most pickers learn to orientate themselves while they learn to pick, however by developing this mini-skill prior to picking, you will find yourself able to focus more on what you are feeling than trying to figure out where you are in the lock!

To understand what it is that we are looking for, it is important to understand what we are not looking for. It is easiest to understand something that is hot when one also understands what is cold.

Before we start hunting pins, we need to develop a baseline feeling for what we are not looking for!

Alright, this is the last training exercise before we learn how to use our picks to hunt down those pesky binding pins! This exercise is going to be very short and may even seem trivial, but I promise that it is an important little component of lock picking that if you spend a little time with — even just a couple minutes — will have a very positive effect on your first attempts at picking!

We at this point understand the importance of tension, how to apply it to the plug to create a binding pin, how to hold and use our picks, have orientated ourselves within the lock, and understand the tender feeling of a non-binding pin.

In this lesson we are going to learn how to locate our first binding pin and deal with the ugly struggles that may present themselves.

At this point we have learned everything we need to know about locating our binding pin, now it’s time to get rid of it by pushing it to the shear line.

But how do we as pickers know how far to push it and how do we know for certain if it is set? Remember, every question you ever have about picking, the lock will always have the answer!

At this point we have learned everything we need to know about locating our binding pin, now it’s time to get rid of it by pushing it to the shear line.

But how do we as pickers know how far to push it and how do we know for certain if it is set? Remember, every question you ever have about picking, the lock will always have the answer!

So here we are, the final lap. It’s time to take everything that we have learned, smash it all together, and pick our first lock!

This lesson is going to be broken up into two sections. The first section is going to be a simple walk through of the entire process of picking a lock from tensioning it to…well.. an open lock. Then we’re going to run through a virtual emulation using our handy dandy animated lock to hit everything home.

Let’s not waste anymore time and slay our first lock!

There are those that are cursed with the disease of left handedness. If you are among these poor souls, you are unfortunately going to have to swap a few things up. Good news is I have an alternative method of picking for you that will be published to this course very soon!

Chapter 7 – Mastering Tension: The Heart Of Lock Picking (Coming Soon)

This chapter will be released soon and is still in early access development! (Expected This Friday!)

Chapter 8 – Mastering Single Pin Picking (Coming Soon)

This chapter will be released soon and is still in early access development! (Expected 9/7/19)

Chapter 9 – False Sets: The Lock’s Secret Voodoo Magic

 let’s switch gears and cover a major sticking point that plagues many beginner pickers – the false set.

The false set alone has sent tens of thousands of unaware lock pickers spiraling into the depths of frustration, despair, and naughty words – some to lose their entire life savings to the swear jar.

But good news! With a little knowledge in identifying, fixing, and even preventing these little predicaments, your sanity will be safe.

The underset can trick a picker into believing a pin is set because, like a true set, the key pin will no longer be under the pressure of the spring and will free fall back into the plug.

The overset is a slightly different monster.

It occurs when the picker raises the pin stack too far to where the key pin crosses the shearline. As a result, the key pin becomes the binding pin rather than the driver pin.

Now that we understand these two types of false sets, let’s look at a very common situation that can truly cause you to pull every hair out of your body — yes your full body.

Chapter 10 – Gutting Locks (Coming Soon)

This chapter will be released soon and is still in early access development! (Expected 9/7/19)

Early Access Information

Early access is basically a beta launch. As I finalize and edit the last few expected chapters and lessons of this course, I wanted to start allowing people to go through the curriculum. This allows you the chance to get into this course for a steep discount and for me to gain early feedback before launching the final course. Everybody wins!

As of this moment this course has 6 of the 10 planned chapters and 48 of 72 lessons published and ready to for you to crush! Over the next couple weeks I will be rolling out the final chapters at which point the course will launch at full price. Those who enrolled at the early access price will have full lifetime access to this course and all future updates and added content!

I do plan on closing this early access launch at 1,000 students, so this discounted price can disappear at any moment!

There is a 30 day, no questions asked, 100% money-back guarantee!

If you don’t like the course just throw us an  email here, and let us know! We’ll get your rolling with a refund immediately!