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What is Lock Picking?

What is Lock Picking? protective dogEspecially among newcomers to the art of lock picking, there is often some confusion as to exactly which lock pick should be used. Many of the modern lock picking tools are very similar in appearance and it can be difficult to distinguish between one tool and another. One of the first steps will be to accurately identify the kind of lock, which you would like to open. The next step will be to select the appropriate pick, which could be successfully used to open that lock. Extensive research may be necessary in order to understand the common types of picks which is available today and the specific kinds of locks for which they had been manufactured. Lock picking is certainly a very interesting skill to master, it has many legal applications, and furthermore mastering lock picking skills can actually help to create locks, which can be extremely difficult to pick. Anyone who has been researching the topic of lock picking will know that there is a very wide range of lock picking tools available today.

Different lock picks

One of the lock picking tools is known as the small hook and they have been specifically shaped to pick one pin at a time and they are mostly used with pin tumbler cylinder locks. They are often also used to rake over pins but this can result in scratches and therefore such tampering will mostly be noticed. There is also the large hook and they are mostly used in pin and tumbler locks, which have somewhat larger tumblers. They need the longer reach to be able to push the long tumblers past the shear line. Another lock picking tools is the single Ball and they are mostly used in disc tumbler or wafer locks. This is necessary in order to move the individual wafers or disks. Another variation is the double Ball which functions in basically the same way as the single ball and it should be used when problems is encountered with a single ball. There is also the small half diamond and they are used to pick those pins, which have very little variation in length, but for those larger variations, it is still better to stay with the hook. The next instrument is known as the medium half diamond, which is basically the same as the previous instrument however with slightly more height on the tip.

Other lock picking tools

There is also the broken key extractor, which is simply used to remove a key, which has broken off in the lock. This instrument has an aggressive tip, which can often be successfully used to hook the key fragment and to successfully pull it out of the lock. There is also an instrument known as the C Rake or the Snake, which is the best instrument to use when time is short. Although there is no specific lock-picking tool, which can open a lock quickly, but still it has been seen that this instrument is normally very quick on your typical household pin and tumbler locks. Such a rake is able to generate more movement than any of the other lock picking tools. It should be remembered to use heavy tension with this instrument in order to allow more than one pin to bind at a time. There is also several other types of rakes and each of them have their own benefits.

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