Using a squashed paperclip, and a tension wrench you can begin learning the art of lock picking!
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Step 1: Supplies
You will need:
1. Fairly large paperclip
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