Common Lockpicking Tools for Beginners

The world of picking locks is a complicated thing. It’s not easy to do - there are a lot of complex parts you need to learn about and specific tools you need to use in order to be able to get a lock open. After all, locks were designed to stay locked. But if you’ve found yourself intrigued by the idea of picking a lock, there are some basic tools you need to get in order to start your journey into becoming a locksmith. Source for more about lockpicking. 

Basic Tools

Before anything, get a tension wrench. This is the most basic tool that every good locksmith needs to have in their toolbox. It will be used by inserting into the keyhole like a normal key. Then tension is applied to hold the pins of the lock in place once they’ve been aligned for opening. 

You will need a few other picking tools of different variations, in order to be able to open a variety of different locks, since not all locks are built the same. The other tools you will need for lockpicking are: 

  • Warded Pick: This is also called a skeleton key. It is used to open warded locks which use sets of obstructions (called wards) that prevent the lock from being opened by the wrong key
  • Wafer Pick: Wafer picks are used for wafer locks, but some people argue that a regular pick can be used for wafer locks.
  • Rack Pick: Also known as a snake, this is the most essential pick you will need.
  • Ball Pick: Ball picks have a half-circle shape in the end, and are used for wafer locks
  • Hook Pick: The most basic type of pick, used only for working on individual pins
  • Half-diamond or Triangle Pick: This is the most versatile tool that can be used for wafer locks and disc locks. Every tool box needs this pick in order to be successful 

All these tools make up a good arsenal for picking locks.

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