Lock Picking

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  1. james gormley

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    Finally picked my Master #3 open today. Took the damn thing out of the vice and just held it and opens no problem now.
    Now I need to spp it. I have the progressive lock set comi g from sparrows on monday. I'm also waiting for the reload kit and decoder pick.
     
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    I've had this set of Ti SERE Picks for several years but never used them. Finally gave it a shot last night. Success in a matter of minutes! Lots of fun. I'll be doing more of this in the near future :)
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  3. Mudman

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    I've been doing it off and on a few years, love it. Pretty much got stuck at the lower end Abus locks. Eventual goal, would be picking "best" style locks to control, where you could remove the core. I have a practice lock that can be re-pinned with varying levels of difficulty. Right now I'm at 6 pins with 1 serrated and 2 spools.
     
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  4. Kevo

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    I've picked to control a couple times and it's been sheer luck lol. Even with keys for reference, I can't tell the difference by feel.
     
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    Nice. I’ve been into Lock picking forvthe past few years. It’s definitely been a cool and interesting subject to study and learn.

    I use / carry a Sparrows Tuxedo set with a few added extras.
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    I’ve had to pick quite a few lockers at work since my coworkers seem to always lose their keys.
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  6. Mudman

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    haha still exciting though I bet. I can't do it at all. Although the cores I have are hard to clamp up in a good position for work. Developing the sensitivity for higher end locks takes a very long time, but disappears super quick. At some point I was up to a 5 pin setup with 4 spools and a serrated, after several multi hour sessions, I could effectively get it within 20 minutes (still super long). I take a 1 month break, and couldn't open a single spool 5 pinner in 15 minutes. :oops:
    You know your focusing too hard, when your sweating in an air conditioned room- doing little to no physical exertion.

    Recently broke a bogata rake, need a new one now. My first time raking too, must be doing it wrong.

    Some of the hardest locks I've picked, were masterlocks that were stuck from grime. :mad:
     
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    ^ flush them with silicone lubricant spray
     
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  8. Mudman

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    It was a personal challenge to myself. :)
     
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    Interesting anecdote happened last night. My neighbor accidentally locked himself out while taking the dog out. Normally I'd just invite them in and pull a chair, but we are dealing with some bitter cold, so I don't want to see a locksmith or maintenance man outside unless it's absolutely necessary. So with some apprehension, I let him know that I could probably get him in there quickly. I did not pick the lock, but simply shimmed the knob strike with a thin but of plastic. This usually raises eyebrows and puts you on a bad radar. Thankfully, it actually lead to a really good discussion about home security and safety! Remember, always use your deadbolt folks.
     
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    For the man on the go or the DIY , the inside of windshield wiper blades will provide some great material.
    For Rakes, a chainsaw file will make a serviceable Bogota, or can be faked with a Leatherman.
    The stainless steel also makes some really good tension bars, different blades will provide different widths
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    If traveling a lot, it is handy to be able to whip up a set if needed.
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    I've made some out of wiper blades, but didn't like them much. Maybe too spoiled with my Sparrows? I used a hairpin a few times and really like those, but they only last about 2 or 3 picks before something breaks.
     

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