Academy Guides

  • Introduction
  • Lock Picking Guides
  • Misc Skills

Introduction to Lock Picking

Lock Picking is a craft that seemly everyone wishes to venture in, but at first glance are discouraged by the fog of mystery and vagueness surrounding it.

In this very first lesson we will lift the veil and look at lock picking in its truest form —unhindered by bias and mystery — so that we may take our first confident step forward in this exceptional journey that is lock picking!

When it comes to advancing your physical security it can sometimes seem to be a daunting task as there can appear to be an infinite variety of options in terms of the lock. And even more disheartening, trying to determine the degree of security these different types of locks offer. But in truth, locks are very simple creatures in theory and shouldn’t be feared.

The purpose of this guide is to aid you in two ways: to help determine what types of locks could best suit your needs and to enlighten you of what security considerations to be aware of for each lock type.

So many picks to choose from! So expensive!! What should I buy?
Well, let’s answer first why I should buy this or that particular set.

There are essentially 2 different types of picking methods when compromising a pin tumbler lock. We have Single Pin Picking (SPP for short) and Raking. Sure, you can combine the two and it’s called “Bitch Picking” but it’s not a real technique someone should spend too much time on, it’s just something you can do when frustrated, or you have a really cheap lock. Bitch Picking uses luck. SPP and Raking use skill.

Lock Picking Guides

This lesson is for the absolute beginner and comprehensively covers all the essentials required to successfully pick basic locks including:

  • How locks work
  • Why we can pick locks
  • Basic lock picking tools
  • How to pick a lock

As you will come to see, locks are extremely stupid creatures that put up little defense against anyone trying to bypass them — with that, let us get started.

 Someone recently asked me for advice on how to get better at single pin picking (SPP). While drafting a response I thought this might be useful to others so I’ve decided to make it available publicly. I know that some of this may sound self-righteous or incoherent and rambling, but this brain dump is my best attempt at explaining it to those who might value my opinion.

If the order in which the pins are binding have been memorized, then, in theory, you should be able to manipulate the lock a second time, in the exact same order. This is the binding order. It is also believed that you cannot open the lock until the proper binding order had been achieved.

Within are my concepts and theories on finding a binding order for any given pin-tumbler lock.

To we lock pickers feedback is absolutely everything. It is our sixth sense, our third eye, our perception within the lock that is beyond ordinary sight. The feedback we sense through our tools is what guides us and without it, we are but lonely souls probing the dark depths, looking for any signs of life — but forever finding none.

So what better way to hinder our lock picking efforts than to distort and defile that feedback we so rely on? To make those sensations that we have spent so long learning to identify act against us rather than for us.

This is the purpose of security pins, to take everything we as lock pickers have acquired — our knowledge, our experience, our techniques, and our developed sense of feel — and plot it against us.

Misc Skills

There is a strange satisfaction that comes with using everyday items such as bobby pins to pick locks. A satisfaction that brings with it a level of confidence that screams to the heavens, “I am the master of my destiny, let no door, padlock, nor any such annoyance stand in my way for I am a lock picker, master of pins and destroyer of security!

If you too would like to scream these words into the night and learn how to pick a lock with a bobby pin then keep reading as this guide is for you.

A simple fact of life is that you never know what the future holds or what insane circumstances you will one day find yourself in. Furthermore, what crazy and confounding skills could aid you in such a situation. Just about anyone can legally purchase and carry a set of handcuffs, therefore learning how to pick handcuffs is one of those oddball skills that one day may help you escape from a problematic situation, such as being unlawfully restrained.

Fantastic thing is, with a little practice, breaking out of a standard pair of ratcheted handcuffs is a fairly simple skill to acquire. This comprehensive guide will instruct you on how to pick handcuffs and how these devices themselves operate.

We’ve all seen the movies where our savvy hero pulls a Mastercard from his wallet and with a quick push and wiggle the door swings open. But how practical and realistic is this? Is it just movie fiction or can we too acquire these spy-like abilities and learn how to pick a lock with a credit card?

In terms of its practicality, using a credit card to unlock a door is not always the best method as there are many other means of bypassing doors and locks — such as lock picks or using improvised tools such as using bobby pins. However, if you ever find yourself in a pinch, using a credit card to pick a lock is always a viable option if the door you are attempting to bypass is of the right type.