Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How I Got Started In Lockpicking


If you’re here reading this, then you already have an interest in lock picking  Maybe you’re an experienced lock picker  maybe a locksmith,  and you’re just here to buy quality tools at great prices. But maybe you’re a neophyte, just getting started on your lock picking journey and hungry for knowledge. I’d like to share my personal story of how I got started in this hobby, and I’d love to hear yours. Lock picking is a bit of a lonely pursuit at first, not many people are familiar with it, and when you try to talk to friends and family about it, you inevitably hear “what, are you going to be a cat burglar now?” Luckily you soon find there’s a thriving picking community online with like minded fellows.



I had an interest in lock picking  for many years, but I never followed up on it. Before the advent of the Internet there were very few resources to learn from. I can’t say really what sparked my interest originally, maybe a movie. Anyway, one day I was browsing a forum dedicated to every-day carry items and I decided to start a thread about lock picking  I was amazed at the response! Seems there were lots of people interested in learning, and a few who were experienced in lock picking  A police detective from Kentucky, an expert who made his own picks and used them in the course of his work, kindly sent me a set and gave me guidance on how to get started.


I opened my first lock within the first hour of trying! I was giddy. Then I started working on as many locks as I could find, and reading the excellent primers to be found online. With every triumph I gained confidence.


Now I look for old locks at every garage sale and flea market I go to. I have a couple I haven’t defeated yet, but I will. I’ve put my newfound skill to work helping my MIL get into her house after she locked her keys in (I would have rather kicked in the door lol).


Lock picking is a great hobby with real world practical value. I encourage everyone to pursue it and this site is an excellent place to start.


Bob Price

About the Author:
Bob Price was the creator and host of an outdoors radio program for two years, discussing many types of outdoor sports and activities. Bob still finds time to pick a lock every now and again.