Introduction: Lock Picking Set Template

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This is not a how-to post. If you are interested in lock picking there are plethora guides available online from people much more talented than myself.

When I first became interested in lock picking I found it difficult to find decent templates of actual lock pick sets.

So, here you go!


To make your own set, use any type of "springy", thin, resilient metal.  What I have used myself:

   * Hacksaw blades (best bet)
   * Leaf rake tines (a bit thick for some locks, but have a nice spring to them)
   * Aluminum cans (not so much "springy" as "bendy" but will work for picks, not for tension tools)
   * Hammered thin nails, screws (not very "springy"...I'm just saying I've made it work.)

Use a hacksaw and grinder/file/dremel to shape as needed.

As I have pictured, these were all scanned as 4 5/8 inch total length, with (not pictured) approx 1/30 inch thickness.
All picks had about 1/4 inch flex at 1 inch from the tip without warping.
Your tension tool will warp.  It happens.

I'm most definitely not a pro at lock picking, but I'll answer any questions as well as I can.

Comments are welcomed!


saadyah (author)2015-11-23

REALLY AWESOME !!!!!! Ive been trying to learn to pick

scoochmaroo (author)2011-09-20

Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that leave me a message so that we can publish your work.

Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

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