When it comes to the services offered by locksmiths, one of the most valuable tools used is a lock pick kit. In fact, most locksmiths use this tool on a daily basis for a variety of reasons. Although lock picks are beneficial in all situations, they are extremely helpful when dealing with an unfamiliar locking mechanism.
Although lock pick kits come with different tools, for the most part they all offer the same items.
– Also referred to as a tension wrench or feather touch wrench, this particular tool is designed to apply torque to a lock’s plug. With this, pins are held firmly in place during the picking process. Once picked, the wrench is then used to turn the plug, which in turn opens the lock. Usually, this tool is shaped like an “L,” and those used for gaining entry to a vehicle will resemble a pair of tweezers.
Half Diamond Pick
– Another common tool associated with a lock pick set is the half diamond pick. This tool is highly versatile and used primarily for picking locks with individual pins as opposed to those with multiple pins. With a triangular shape, this tool measures between 0.098 and 0.480 inches with angles forming the base. Depending on the exact lock, this tool will have a shallow or steep base.
– Also called a “finger” or “feeler,” this tool is similar to the half diamond pick. However, the shape is diamond rather than triangular. Of all tools in a lock pick kit, this is the most basic. A hook pick comes in several different shapes and sizes as well to handle different needs.
– This is another beneficial tool included in a lock pick kit. By using a rake pick, a professional locksmith has the ability to rake pins by sliding the pick past all the pins quickly and repeatedly. This bounces the pins so once they reach the shear line, the lock opens. In most cases, a rake pick is used on inexpensive locks.
– Modern decoder picks have a changeable height. For this, the pick can be screwed into a blade base or, if preferred, adjusted from the handle while the key is inside the lock. In addition to giving a locksmith access, this pick actually makes a template so a replacement key can be cut.
Other tools that come with a lock pick kit include a slagle pick, bump keys, ball pick, and warded pick. Remember, picking locks with tools of a lock pick kit is a craft and, therefore, something that should be left to a qualified locksmith. Otherwise, there is risk of the lock being seriously damaged.