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New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:05:56 pm »
On a whim and out of curiosity, I bought a $10 lock pick set off of Amazon.  Combined with 7 other things I bought in the last three months, I'm positive to now be on the top quartile of at least 5 government watch lists.  LOL

Anyway, it has proven to be a fun past time to do while watching TV with the spouse at night.  I'm finally starting to learn instead of just getting lucky every now and again.  But some locks with safety pins (spools) are really giving me fits.  Any other hobbyist lock pickers in the crowd got any tips?  What is the most complicated lock you ever picked?  Right now I'm 50/50 on Master Locks.  Older are easier.  Newer are a little more random.
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #1 on: September 01, 2020, 11:03:40 pm »
    On a whim and out of curiosity, I bought a $10 lock pick set off of Amazon.  Combined with 7 other things I bought in the last three months, I'm positive to now be on the top quartile of at least 5 government watch lists.  LOL

    Anyway, it has proven to be a fun past time to do while watching TV with the spouse at night.  I'm finally starting to learn instead of just getting lucky every now and again.  But some locks with safety pins (spools) are really giving me fits.  Any other hobbyist lock pickers in the crowd got any tips?  What is the most complicated lock you ever picked?  Right now I'm 50/50 on Master Locks.  Older are easier.  Newer are a little more random.

    I'm watching this thread.  :coffee Should bring up a few laughs or interesting comments. Congrats on the master lock picking. They old ones have 4 pins on average. The newer ones have a little trick to them. Hint: use more tension on the much larger master locks. Less on the spools if needed to get a better feel for them.
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #2 on: September 02, 2020, 06:05:50 am »
    "Dont look at the dogs, work the lock."   :rotfl


    Good luck, sounds like a worthy pursuit.
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #3 on: September 02, 2020, 03:38:19 pm »
    Well there are other ways to pass the time:


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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #4 on: September 02, 2020, 04:50:20 pm »
    That is hilarious!  Ernest P. Worrel. Also, a really good idea. 
    I wonder if that is rascist to do? Lol!
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #5 on: September 02, 2020, 05:28:34 pm »
    GT, sounds very cool and something I've pondered starting myself. I just might do it. Keep us updated on how it goes.

    "Dont look at the dogs, work the lock."   :rotfl


    Good luck, sounds like a worthy pursuit.

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    This is a genius idea. I've joked about a need to do this anytime you see a Biden or Bernie sticker, slap a Trump one over it.  :rotfl no I have not done it. Haha.
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #6 on: September 02, 2020, 06:54:40 pm »
    Back in high school we used to pick the locks on freshman and sophomore lockers and switch them around so nobody had the same lock they started the day with.   That prank and the punishment for it and the aftermath of it still makes me smile.  I have since reformed and become marginally respectable. 

    That's my story and I'm sticking with it.   ;-)
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    « Reply #7 on: September 02, 2020, 08:21:17 pm »
    Back in high school we used to pick the locks on freshman and sophomore lockers and switch them around so nobody had the same lock they started the day with.   That prank and the punishment for it and the aftermath of it still makes me smile.  I have since reformed and become marginally respectable. 

    That's my story and I'm sticking with it.   ;-)

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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #8 on: September 02, 2020, 08:45:33 pm »
    I'll stick with pornhub.com for the duration!  :thumbup

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    « Reply #9 on: September 02, 2020, 08:51:51 pm »
    I'll stick with pornhub.com for the duration!  :thumbup

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    « Reply #10 on: September 02, 2020, 09:13:34 pm »
    I'll stick with pornhub.com for the duration!  :thumbup

    now that's funny

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    There is no such thing as Overkill. Die Lehrer Klaus Horstkamp.

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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #12 on: September 02, 2020, 10:54:49 pm »
    Well there are other ways to pass the time:

    I LIKE IT!  :thumbup
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #13 on: September 02, 2020, 11:11:25 pm »
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/22-secrets-a-locksmith-won-t-tell-you/ar-BB18EbWt?ocid=msedgntp

    Thank you. I will be reading this later and watching the video as well. Can never have too much info and knowledge.
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #14 on: September 03, 2020, 07:00:20 am »
    I'll stick with pornhub.com for the duration!  :thumbup

    I was chafing.  Had to find something else to occupy my hands.
    The only thing that separates man from animal is our affinity for toilet paper.
    Once we, as a society, lose that affinity, we begin to descend back into the animal kingdom, and after three or more days you will find the food chain beginning to invert on itself.

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    « Reply #15 on: September 03, 2020, 09:12:11 am »
    I was chafing.  Had to find something else to occupy my hands.

     :ohmy  :rotfl
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #16 on: September 03, 2020, 09:20:28 pm »
    The difficult ones I can usually get with a Chicago rake or a bump key. Really though, while padlocks are good picking practice, you might try a board with a few deadbolts mounted. Swap pins and tumblers at random for practice. Most padlocks can be shimmed much faster than picked.
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #17 on: September 03, 2020, 10:12:43 pm »
    bump key. Chicago rake
    I have yet to use one.  "Chicago rake"  that's a new one to me. got a picture?
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #18 on: September 04, 2020, 06:25:32 am »
    <== NOVICE HERE FWIW

    I think the Chicago Rake is the same as the "City Rake"
    The only thing that separates man from animal is our affinity for toilet paper.
    Once we, as a society, lose that affinity, we begin to descend back into the animal kingdom, and after three or more days you will find the food chain beginning to invert on itself.

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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #19 on: September 04, 2020, 07:03:47 am »
    good skill to have, learned it decades ago, has in fact saved me bacon on occassion, enjoy the moment,

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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #20 on: September 07, 2020, 09:18:59 pm »
    I got interested last year and bought a set from Sparrows https://www.sparrowslockpicks.com/23_piece_lock_pick_set_p/s4.htm . They have a lot of gear.

    I found it concerning how easy some locks are and frustrated on others that I would not have thought would be that hard. I've noticed that the tension is the most important part, sometimes requiring different tensions between pins.

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    « Reply #21 on: September 08, 2020, 09:26:13 pm »
    I'm not a fan of Sparrows.  Can't stand the way their grips look.  I know I know - just started and getting bougey about my pick sets when all I have is the cheap ones off of Amazon. But really.  I much prefer the other ones with the textured grips.  They just look better made to me.  It's an aesthetics thing for sure.  Oh well....

    Agreed on the ease of some locks.  They are barely more than a Post-it(R) note that says "do not steal."
    The only thing that separates man from animal is our affinity for toilet paper.
    Once we, as a society, lose that affinity, we begin to descend back into the animal kingdom, and after three or more days you will find the food chain beginning to invert on itself.

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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #22 on: September 18, 2020, 10:39:56 pm »
    I got interested last year and bought a set from Sparrows https://www.sparrowslockpicks.com/23_piece_lock_pick_set_p/s4.htm . They have a lot of gear.

    I found it concerning how easy some locks are and frustrated on others that I would not have thought would be that hard. I've noticed that the tension is the most important part, sometimes requiring different tensions between pins.
    Sparrows good quality picks. Yes tension is important. Hint on the real light thin tension wrench that bends easily use tension about equal to the weight of a one ball of 00 buck shot pushing down on the wrench freely. The difference between a top of the keyway tension wrench and the stand of the shelf one will make a difference.

    I'm not a fan of Sparrows.  Can't stand the way their grips look.  I know I know - just started and getting bougey about my pick sets when all I have is the cheap ones off of Amazon. But really.  I much prefer the other ones with the textured grips.  They just look better made to me.  It's an aesthetics thing for sure.  Oh well....

    Agreed on the ease of some locks.  They are barely more than a Post-it(R) note that says "do not steal."
    The textured grips or the ones that are rubber were originally made for people with arthritis. One advantage is picking in the rain.  In the future when you keep practice picking you eventually may take a look at buying a better set. The flexibility of the steel and the thickness of the picks will help.

    Yes on most of the standard of the shelf locks that you can buy are easy for even the novice picker. They are a post it note for honest people.  :whistle Just to keep honest people honest. Try a Grade 1 lock with anti=pick pins in it.
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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #23 on: September 19, 2020, 05:54:15 am »
    Already gave the kit to my daughter because she was interested in it.  Setting my sights on a nice set soon.
    The only thing that separates man from animal is our affinity for toilet paper.
    Once we, as a society, lose that affinity, we begin to descend back into the animal kingdom, and after three or more days you will find the food chain beginning to invert on itself.

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    Re: New Corona Hobby - Lock Picking
    « Reply #24 on: September 19, 2020, 04:27:39 pm »
    <== NOVICE HERE FWIW

    I think the Chicago Rake is the same as the "City Rake"

    yep. Chicago/city are the same critter. Fastest rake out there.
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