I've always believed that an important part of life is developing a better understanding of the world we're living in. While I work on mastery of a couple areas daily, but my other hobbies and interests provide a broadened perspective that supplement my most important focuses. With that said, my long overdue adventure into lockpicking has finally begun. A quick warning: it's addicting. Over the years I've watched a lot of lock picking videos. Upon the arrival of my first set and lock I quickly went to work and had picked it multiple times within a couple minutes.

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Stratoscope on Apr 14, If anyone is wondering, everywhere the guide mentions "sheer force" and "sheer line", that should be "shear force" and "shear line".

It's like "wind shear". What's interesting to me is how pervasive this misspelling has become. A Google search for "lock picking sheer force" finds 17,, matches, but "lock picking shear force" finds only , I wonder if all these misspellings originated from this MIT guide, or if there was something else before that?

The best gloss of "sheer" in this context would be "pure", which would mean something like "force, devoid of any other tool or method". Like, "I moved the rock with sheer force" would imply I just pushed it and didn't use a lever or anything. You are correct that it's the wrong word choice, of course; the above is not what the author is meaning to say.

Rest assured, soon there will be only one word, with multiple, conflicting meanings - same as the last hundred or so conflicts. That's living language for you! Eye no. However, states often have laws against "possession of burglary tools". In my jurisdiction, if they can establish intent to burglarize -- ie, you're also carrying an empty duffel bag, a crowbar, and a map with the bank circled on it -- its a class II felony.

I repeat; I am not a lawyer. Tyrannosaurs on Apr 14, Presumably then the issue is more about carrying them with you when you're out and about rather than having them in a toolbox at home?

In the same way you can have a big knife at home but carrying it in your bag is a problem. Then you should just build them into your business card. I like how the torsion wrench works, thats clever. I used to carry a similar card. It was a fake credit card that opened up, and had a small set of picks inside. I kept it in my wallet in case I was ever locked out. In it this very issue is addressed including the advice "It may be a good idea to carry around a xeroxed copy of the appropriate page from your state's criminal code.

An obvious hack to get around this would be to put 'Locksmith' on your business card, or get a set of cards advertising a side business as a Locksmith. Bingo, they're not burglary tools, they are required tools of the trade for your profession, similar to knife exemptions for Chefs. Most states require locksmiths to be certified and advertising services without being licensed is a bigger infraction than carrying picks.

Depends on where you live - in Japan, you probably don't want to be carrying them around.. Why does most of the world continue to use the pin tumbler locks, when the disc tumbler lock invented in is almost impossible to pick? Burglars in general do not read MIT guides.

Even if some might, security is still a weakest link problem. The easiest way into a house is by window, the letterbox, etc, speaking of locks in general it's easiest just to use a bolt cutter. Theodores on Apr 14, Locks are mere tamper-proof seals, lock-picking is the art of breaking into those seals without breaking them. I have seen a lot of broken locks in my time I worked in a the bicycle industry.

I have also removed quite a lot of locks in my time the days working in a bike shop. Even the most expensive locks are fair game for this basic approach, the biggest fear is that there is some CCTV somewhere.

The amount of 'pin tumblers' makes no difference. In the bike shop where there is the choice of the bolt-croppers, the oxy-torch, the disc-cutter, the vice, the big hammer and so on one doesn't think for one moment 'oh, I will just download that lock-picking guide off the internet, follow the instructions and be in here in a minute The feature I always found charming was how many bicycle locks have a plastic coating around the cable.

This makes it very easy to use a normal saw. The plastic works as a guide meaning the saw does not slip. The canonical quote is that "we lock our doors to keep honest people honest. But we erect barriers to help enforce societal norms regarding security and privacy.

These can be explicit measures such as door locks and deadbolts, and more holistic things like living in a good neighborhood, meeting your neighbors, preempting the broken windows effect, etc. The only guarantee, in terms of home security, is a great insurance policy with riders for your major possessions. Which is why I never understood the Master Lock commercials where they shoot a bullet into the body of one of their padlocks showing how tough it is.

No, I think you understand the commercial just fine. And most ironically, no one take notice of the person nonchalantly carrying 36 inch bolt cutters. But, as to your actual question of "why" there is a lot that goes into it.

Henry Robinson Towne is a central figure in particular, but so is the great lock controversy of , which was a watershed moment in how most english-speaking societies dealt with mechanical security ever after. I wonder if "The Browser Wars", or something of its ilk, will have the same ring to it in years. A veteran, yes.

I remember being happy when we could develop for IE7 compatibility Hah, that's funny. I often forget that we may be participating in some future historians most exciting discovery Think the late 's is most fascinating period in economic history. Adirael on Apr 14, They're very difficult to pick but not impossible. It can be done but it takes time and expertise.

Is it more difficult because the locks are less common? Says Wikipedia: "Picking the lock is not impossible, but requires a lot of time, a dedicated, professionally made tool and special expertise. Thanks, I can read Wikipedia.

The point is that picking a tumbler lock requires those things too. So does a half decent pin-tumbler lock. Abloy has patents on many of the unique features of disc locks and keys that make them harder to pick.

In this case the patents help prevent unauthorized duplication of "secure" keys. Best guess? Pin tumbler locks are probably cheaper to produce. I believe one of the more famous Richards were mentioned in this everlasting classic: Richard P Feynman, who, on having picked a certain lock, complained that "[t]he trouble with playing a trick on a highly intelligent man like Mr. Teller[0] is that the time it takes him to figure out from the moment that he sees there is something wrong till he understands exactly what happened is too damn small to give you any pleasure!

A really invaluable skill. Picking locks has saved me on multiple occasions, to get into my own property. It has also made me rethink the way I secure my valuable goods.

If only for this second reason, I think basic picking skills should be learned by everyone. I've had to pick a lock twice, once on a closet in my work place office and once on my sister's basement door. Both times I used paperclips for pick and torsion wrench. Very handy to not have to tear apart the entire door. I have not been able to pick front door locks the same way. Probably need real tools for that. Plus some locks have wards in the way which are harder to deal with when using a fat paperclip.

I've seen the MIT guide bouncing around the internet since forever, but never fully digested. That's a pretty cool channel. I've ended up spending like 30 minutes watching him pick different locks and its fairly entertaining. Also writes articles for locksmithing mags, etc. ColinWright on Apr 14, After I saw this guide a while ago, I got really interested in lock picking and ended up buy a kit.

There a decent subreddit and it's a good resource to get started. I purchased the kit they recommend PXS, and it works great. I remember I picked my first lock in about 5 minutes and then spend another hour trying to do it again. It takes a while to feel right and become consistent. Of course, its up to personal preference, they are both great brands.

The goal of your [physical? And there's still a chance to get away with it. A chance, however slim. I remember reading this as a teenager and buying my first keychain lockpick set. One of my favorite sayings is that, "In order for a locksmith to fix a lock, he must first understand it's inner workings. Just like a locksmith, before we can understand X, we must understand how it works first. These days lock technology makes some locks very difficult double-mushroom pins, etc , so I usually can only do the medium difficulty locks.


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My name is Solomon, and I am a pickaholic. Actually, my name is Mike. Solomon is the handle I use on various forums dedicated to picking. And this is my guide to picking pin tumbler locks. The most comprehensive one you're likely to find, I might add. I've put together everything a newbie could possibly want to know, all in more detail you could ever ask for. All the good stuff, none of the shite.


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