>>855205 >but I've never even tried to pick a single lock. If you have some shitty locks around the house, like a lock in a filing cabinet or something, you could bend yourself some paper clips with some plyers, and have a go. It's lots of fun.
>>855510 What should I look for in a pick set? I can't tell the difference between different picks yet, so should I just get something really basic with a couple of straight picks, a couple of rakes and a torsion wrench?
Or should I get a bigger set that I'll be able to do more with down the line?
>>855512 >What should I look for in a pick set? When you're a beginner, you're much more likely to wear down and damage your tools. Because of that, it might be a good idea to get a large set with a variety of tools for cheap.
Once you've broken and worn down a few tools, you might develop more of a preference for techniques and tools, narrowing down what you're likely to use. You could then buy picks and tension wrenches individually, making yourself a finely developed set or two.
Peterson is a good higher-quality brand.
What I use the most are a smaller hook, a Peterson gem, diamond, and a snake rake. For wrenches, keep around 6 with me, all hand made, double ended, in variety of widths. I keep one end short for top of the keyway tension, and the other end longer for bottom of the keyway tension.
>>855579 What pickset would you recommend for a beginner hobbyist on a budget? I went to a lockpicking club a while back and they told me not to spend more than $20-$30 maximum on my first set, but that club is now defunct so I can't ask them for specifics.
So years ago I tried to learn to pick locks. I bought some picks, this book, and a padlock from Home Depot to learn on. I was never ONCE able to get a single pin set. How do I learn? What did I do wrong?
>>855583 >>855631 http://www.amazon.com/Ubesta-Portable-Durable-Steel-Unlocking/dp/B010DR1I8W/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1451692141&sr=8-7&keywords=lock+picks This lets you try a decent small variety of tools, and it's less than $20.
Personally, I babied my first set of tools, and they last me a while even though they were shitty and weak.
>>855738 >>855822 There're things like that, but there could also be timed trials. >whoever picks this lock the fastest wins
>>855820 I haven't read that book, but it could've been that the look was too difficult.
I'd suggest getting this padlock, it's got a dead hasp, so you get a good feel for the tension. http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-570DPF-Aluminum-Padlock/dp/B016YKP9YG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451692932&sr=8-2&keywords=master+570dpf
You might want to get yourself a clear lock, or one you can pin yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjuT_63Ioig
>>855583 >>855631 This is a pick set that's about $20, and it comes with a clear lock to practice with. The lock picks and locks are relatively small, though. Padlocks are generally smaller than door locks, though. The smaller locks would also wear down more quickly. http://www.amazon.com/Mazu-11-Piece-Unlocking-Extractor-Transparent/dp/B014PET8W2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451692141&sr=8-2&keywords=lock+picks
Generally, from my personal experience, I've found that door locks have more room to work with, and have a different tension feel compared to padlocks. I've put it off for a while, but I've been meaning to make myself a lock pick set made smaller for padlocks.
I'd advice not practicing on only padlocks, but also buying some cheap door knob locks and deadbolts to practice on.
Raking can get expensive, even if you apply different raking methods. Raking can only get you so far, so to be effective, you'd need a variety of rakes, along with the skill and knowledge of advanced raking.
These are also a bit interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inGiNLQtHYo
>>866131 >And where can I get more? Locks can run you a good amount of money. To get the most skill out of the most locks, you should get a repinnable training lock with a bunch of different pins. You can get the experience of picking various types of pin lengths, pin numbers, pin types, and their combinations, all with one lock.
I spent at least $100 on locks when I was starting out. I just bought locks from Home Depot, Fred Myers, Wal Mart. Padlocks, dead bolts, door knob locks, bike locks. Home Depot had a good variety of locks, but I mostly went there for the duct tape.
I had fun taking apart locks, it's a lot easier with a repinnable training lock, though. I remember getting the pins mixed up on a lock once, it was a pain in the ass to repin it correctly for the key.
I also dabbled a bit, need to get back into it. I just bought a cheap 4 pick + wrench set and a plain cylinder lock. Then I took the lock apart and left 1 pin in. Then added another once 1-pin got too easy, repeat until you're picking the entire lock. I found the best way to keep up with the pins and springs was to wrap them in tape and label each set with a marker.
>>856051 >You might want to get yourself a clear lock, or one you can pin yourself. I always heard that clear locks were bad because they teach you to rely on sight. A re-pinnable one might be convenient after you get a thorough understanding of normal lock components tho.
I used to switch out the locks on my bedroom door, so I'd get the feel of picking different locks that were mounted on a door. I also used to have a slab of wood from an old desk that I drilled a hole into so I could mount locks into it.
I got a lockpick set for Christmas, and I think I need some practice locks (at most I've been able to set 1 or 2 pins on my back door's deadbolt). Can anyone recommend some? Everyone seems to be sold out.
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