Introduction: Gerber Multi-Tool "Covert Entry" Tool Mod

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This instructable is about installing a small lock picking tool selection into a common military issued Gerber Multi-Tool. The reason I made this is because there was a file that had broken off of my Multi-Tool a long time ago (that I never used anyways) so I thought I would install a more useful tool(s) in the empty void that was left. A total of 3 lock picks and 1 tension tool all fit where 1 metal file was installed from the factory! This lock picking tool selection is the basics you need to get into most locks.

Step 1: Disassembly

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It's time to pick what handle you want your new tool selection to go into. When you have picked; you need to undo the tool selection retaining fastener. Some have hex heads or require a special tool to get off like mine.. Which I Dident have so I used needle - nose pliers. In the 2nd picture of this step you will notice all of the tools laid out. The small one at the very bottom is all that is left of the file after it broke. I will replace this broken piece with my lock pick selection.

Step 2: Measurement Collection (Blue Printing)

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Now I needed measurement to ensure everything will be modified correctly for full functionality. With a caliper I measured the thickness of the broken file end to compare to the thickness of the lock picks. In my case; the file piece and 3 picks were the exact same thickness. I used a drill bits outer diameter measurement to determine the size of hole I would require to drill in the pick handles . In image 6 I am sliding the picks into the handle void to see just how far I can go before hindering the sliding pliers function. Once I determined how far I simply used a Sharpy marker to draw a line at the base. Also note that I marked where the holes will have to be drilled on the green tape that I put around all 3 picks.

Step 3: Modify

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Time to modify the picks by first using a relatively small and sharp punch and with a good hammer blow marking the picks. This creates a nice dimple for the drill the sit in for accurate drilling. When the holes are marked cut them down to your pre marked length. Once they are cut to length this is when I drilled the holes. Using a file you can shape and smooth the modified areas of the picks.

Step 4: Assembly

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In reverse order of disassembly (minus the broken file bit) assemble your tools back into the handle of the multitool.

Step 5: That's Only 3 Picks? Where Is the Tension Tool!?

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When you are picking a lock you will naturally need the tension wrench completly free of the Multi-Tool so instead of being attached like the picks; it's stored by using a friction fit between the picks and the interior wall of the handle for quick deployment, ease of design and use.

Step 6: Completion!

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That's it! 100% functional compact lock picking kit installed in an already handy multitool by replacing one unused tool. Now you can breach a door by non destructive means! Stay legal.

*The picks are manufactured by Southhord.


taylorbanks (author)2015-04-11

FYI, we just put up a post about the legality of lock picks in the US and beyond, referencing a few of the best sources we know for authoritative information:

ksnewells (author)taylorbanks2015-04-11

Thanks for your comment, a good read to shed some light on lock picking.

Sundevildaddy (author)2015-04-24

Legalise.... blabber, jammer, gabber gabber.

Great -Ible-! Sorry it's been muddied with everyone's expert legal advice.
Let's put the debate to rest, shall we?
Here is a fantastic idea to create/mod something that may/may not be legal in your jurisdiction, county, country, state, province, city, town, country store, opinion or basement.
Use this INFORMATION as you see fit.
You're an independently thinking, intelligent (subject to debate) individual who knows your intent and has the wherewithal to check with your local Law Enforcement (LEO, DA, etc.) or Statute to find out if it's legal to possess.

Give credit where credit is due. Applaud this individual for thinking of/creating something you may not have, absorb the the information and possibly express a little gratitude for their sharing of this idea.
Again, great instructable. Great pictures, fine instruction and delivery.
Carry On

mrgw98 (author)Sundevildaddy2016-01-10

Thank you! Please listen to this people!

zhan1967 (author)Sundevildaddy2015-05-21

very well said....I am in total agreement

LokiWartooth (author)2015-08-17

Great idea!!

Battlespeed (author)2015-04-13

Posted 3 days ago with 20K views and 400+ likes? Right.

Schlag96 (author)Battlespeed2015-04-14

Well, when it goes to every email inbox on the site....

Battlespeed (author)Schlag962015-04-16

Nope, that doesn't explain it because it's not happening with others. This definitely is NOT organic traffic.

Schlag96 (author)Battlespeed2015-04-16

Well I only clicked on this one because it was interesting. It appeals to the little larcenist in all of us. Maybe you should ask yourself why you care and why you are so bitter that an instructable is getting traffic.

Battlespeed (author)Schlag962015-04-20

Just don't like anything phony, Sporty, including views and likes.

ScottE4 (author)Battlespeed2015-04-18

Wrong, it is a topic that rings of the over stepping of lawful authority of enforcement agencies which is epidemic world wide right now. Just because you don't recognize this issue doesn't mean it doesn't exist, There are literally MILLIONS of people in the US alone who are standing up against this issue. Yes this IS organic (to use your term) traffic. A vast majority of these people subscribe and share instructables because it supplies information on independent and off the grid low cost living. So don't deny that which you are unfamiliar with.

ksnewells (author)Battlespeed2015-04-13

Lol its blowing my mind. I Didn't see this comming.

ksnewells (author)2015-04-19

I'm loving the comments "shoot-out".

jmarkw (author)2015-04-15

i see that you used a gerber but can this be done with any multi-tool and any lock picking kit, or is it item specific, and if not what brand lock picking tool did you use?

ScottE4 (author)jmarkw2015-04-18

I agree with The "crazy Mexican's" ( Yeah Mex I got it!) comment about the Gerber's weight, so I would dig out a cheap and light took from my junk box

Mex5150 (author)2015-04-12

Would the extra weight of the multi-tool hanging off the end of the pick not make it *VERY* dificult to get a good feel of the pins?

ScottE4 (author)Mex51502015-04-15

that's why you use a cheap Chinese knockoff, made out of cheap thin sheet metal and a light stamped metal pliers head

ksnewells (author)Mex51502015-04-12

I'd be lying if I said it was just as easy. But I've been successful with a little practice. it took me a bit to figure a way to hold it but none the less I found a way that provides enough feed back. single pin picking and raking/zipping. I had the same concern when I made this.

wdsims63 (author)2015-04-12

This makes me want to buy one of the cheap Chinese knock offs of this type of tool and do this. Awesome use for a broken (and generally pretty useless) item in the multi-tool.

Also, never ask a cop about laws. They are woefully ignorant on actual laws and generally default to "I don't like it, so it's probably against some law."

Yes, they are supposed to know the law they are protecting and upholding, but generally they are given a tutorial about what they can and can't do, and what things will put them in trouble. Then they are sent out on the streets.

If you want to know what the law is, look it up yourself, and then ask a lawyer to explain anything you can't understand. Nothing beats first hand knowledge.

Very good advice. Never trust the opinion of a cop or anyone for that matter and always inform yourself first hand. The reason why cops are people you particularly need to be weary about is due to the power that society provides them with. It can seriously affects peoples lives in negative ways when you just agree with everything being told to you due to ignorance and being naive in think that cops know what they are talking about.

ScottE4 (author)40wolvesadancing2015-04-15

Cops don't have the power everyone thinks they have, which is the problem we face today. Not enough people stand up and file false arrest charges against BOTH the officer and the department. There is a myth that an officer cant be held unless they committed a felony. The truth is "an officer is held blameless in the LAWFUL execution of their duties" even most lawyers don't understand what tis means. In plain English, they have to be 100% inside the LETTER of the law or they have no legal protection, and you can sue them personally.

ScottE4 (author)wdsims632015-04-15

Not to be hyper critical of the officers, but the number one broken rule they are taught in the Academy is "NEVER GIVE LEGAL ADVICE". A cop only knows basic traffic laws and the most obvious criminal laws. This is why they have 48 hours to hold someone before they have to release them unless they charge them. Its to give the DA time to look up the pertinent laws...

crashzoom (author)2015-04-14

Where did you get the picking tools?

ksnewells (author)crashzoom2015-04-14

Southhord website

anode505 (author)2015-04-12

Cool hack!

My only issue, and a slight one is that its kinda heavy for something needing a light touch.

enonorez (author)2015-04-12

Excellent DIYer. I could have used this a week ago.

Canibul (author)2015-04-12

Very nice idea. Thank you. I've got a Leatherman tool with some broken parts and this should work out well. I've got some some early thoughts about modifying the movable scissors half to disassemble into a workable tension wrench.

ksnewells (author)Canibul2015-04-12

That is an awesome idea. If I had the scissors in mine I'd try that forsure.

acatello (author)2015-04-11

that's awesome I'll have the same multi tool now just to figure out what to take out and put some pics in

ksnewells (author)acatello2015-04-11

maybe once you finish it you can post a pic on here, I'd like to see your set up. Another way of deciding what tool to take out is just by measuring the amount of picks you want to add and then removing the closest size tool for a great fit.

cain2622 (author)2015-04-11

Everyone's a lawyer. Can't just tell you, nice job.

Stan1y (author)2015-04-11

in the UK you would be looking at a charge of "going equipped"

ksnewells (author)Stan1y2015-04-11

Well that's why made it in Canada where it's perfectly legal considering I have no criminal intent. Personally this I made it for police, military and fire fighter applications in mind. Only good intentions.

hardlec (author)2015-04-11

There are some places where lock picking tools by themselves are illegal, others where the ownership and use of such tools is regulated, (you need a license) other places where the tools are just tools. Check with a Cop. Out in the boondox where I currently live, I'm more likely to help a Cop or Trooper help someone who just locked his keys in his shed as anything else.
There is a local ordinance that says agricultural irrigation pumps have to be locked. A padlock on every pump head. I think all the local Ranchers carry lock picks.
I'll definitely be showing this working.

tomatoskins (author)2015-04-10

This is a great idea! Nothing like making your multi-tool more moltipurpose. Thanks for sharing!

ksnewells (author)tomatoskins2015-04-10

Thankyou for your positive comment. I hope to bring more good ideas in the future of instructables

ksnewells (author)2015-04-10

In Canada, possession of lock picking tools, with the exception of key duplication tools, is legal. Lock pick tools fit in the same category as crowbars or hammers, meaning they are legal to possess and use unless they are used to commit a crime or if it is shown there was intention to commit a crime. Section 351 of the Canadian Criminal Code criminalizes the "possession any instrument suitable for the purpose of breaking into any place, motor vehicle, vault or safe under circumstances that give rise to a reasonable inference that the instrument has been used or is or was intended to be used for such a purpose", and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.[7] Some provinces require a license to carry lock picks.[8] Unlike most laws in Canada, the onus is on the defendant to prove that they have a legal purpose to use the lock picks. The Government is not required to prove that the defendant has an unlawful or malicious intent.[7]

Battlespeed (author)2015-04-10

Please be aware that carrying burglary tools is illegal in many jurisdictions unless you're a licensed locksmith or have some other special exemption.

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