Poor Man's Paperclip Lockpicks





Introduction: Poor Man's Paperclip Lockpicks

Using a squashed paperclip, and a tension wrench you can begin learning the art of lock picking!

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:
1. Fairly large paperclip
2. Hammer
3. Something to smash the paperclip on, anvil, rock, concrete
4. Tension wrench

Possiblities for tension wrenches:
1. Small screw driver with a bent tip
2. Another paperclip
3. Model rocket engine clip
4. An actual tension wrench out of a lock picking set

Step 2: Straighten the Clip

Straighten out the paperclip as shown

Step 3: Flatten

Flatten out the end of the clip thats poking out, this makes the paperclip rigid and flat enough to fit into the lock.

Step 4: Test Out Your New Pick!

Picking locks takes practice. Check out the basics on how stuff works , another good document is the "MIT Guide to Lockpicking"

If you really are interested, purchase a lockpick set (around $15 for a basic one from southord). Be sure to check your state laws reguarding lock picking tools and the legality of it all, its always a good idea to see how deep you are getting before you jump in!

Attached is a video of the paper clip lock pick in action. The first section is using a small paper clip as the tension wrench, the second section I used a tension wrench out of a normal lockpick set.

Video is taken with my "stick the camera halfway in your pants" method



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    If i had a lock picking set why the hell would i try to make one out of a paperclip, this is just stupid.

    lol, i like the name SMASHER

    I made a set awhile back and one of the best things for a tension wrench was cutting open an old windshield wiper blade and using the metal part.. It worked great!

    Think you could use a vice tightened all the way?


    no, I don't think so, a hammer works great

    I can't get the paper clip to get flattened.I tried using a vise and a pair of pliers but it own't work.As for the screwdriver tension wrench, I can only bend it like a millimeter.

    I believe that the clip of a uni-ball pen can be bent and used as a tension wrench although I haven't tried...

    I'd hate to bastardize such an amazing mechanical pencil, but the clip from a Zebra M-301 is also a pretty good tension wrench

    there is no more "MIT Guide to Lockpicking" !