Ok, before you immerse yourself in the excellent world of lockpicking, you have to ask yourself the philosophical question: why do I want to learn how to pick locks? You really have to get this out of the way, because I can guarantee you that people will be saying snarky things like “what, you wanna be a cat burglar or something?” And looking at you funny at parties like you’re going to sneak into their bedroom and steal their cheap jewelry. Actually, that’s kinda cool
But no, really, other than the intellectual challenge of learning how locks work, and learning how to defeat them, and I can tell you right now 99% of people just won’t understand that, what do you tell someone who looks at you askance and asks you why in the world would you want to know how to pick locks?
We can all think of several satisfying things to say I’m sure. But they wouldn’t help advance the art of lockpicking. You have to point out the practical applications of the skill. And a little secret, everyone wishes they knew what you know.
A few months ago my mother-in-law locked herself out of her house, again. Normally i would leave her to the wolves, or the raccoons, whichever came first. But, I had just started learning how to pick licks, even before I had acquired any professional tools like they have here, and I opened her door without even having to kick it down, which I would have preferred. I was the hero of the moment, and I do mean moment, as soon as she got in I was a loser again.
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.