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How to learn picking locks (to be a locksmith)

Always was interested in picking locks, and saw a lock picking kit on black Friday sale. Brought it, struggled with the practise locks for 2 minutes, but now can do it in 10 seconds with my eyes closed.

My problem is I need locks to practise on. I want to be quick when picking locks, and need more experience. I also need some new tensioners as some keyways are tight and need top of keyway tensioners. I don't have much money but will get a bursary in Christmas. So I'm struggling with money for the next 3 weeks.

My question is how can I get many locks, with or without keys I don't really care, for cheap? I want to practise on a lot of different locks. I'm 17 years old, but if I could learn how to do it, I would be quite happy. It's something that could even make me money (But I won't rely on it). If I could pick locks quick by 18 I would be very happy. Also, do you know locksmiths? How are they doing? Do they make a killing or are they struggling to pay the bills? Would be an interesting avenue I could go into.

I managed to pick my first proper lock today. Took me 15 minutes to get my kitchen window open.
Just wanted to add I'm not planning to be a criminal. I want to be legal...
Beyond the practice ones, I just picked up the odd cheap padlock or lock cylinder or any abandoned ones I saw. If i was less lazy i'd mount them all into a board or something...

What pick set did you get? One of the leathery double case jobs that has 3 tension bars but 2 are huge? I got that and also one of the small folding lockpicks (Brand names Godpick, H&H, Loboo) ...the actual picks are a bit rattly but it comes with a v petite and light weight tension bar...between the two small ones i've always managed.

I dunno anything about this as a job, it just makes my life as a contractor a bit easier.
Original post by StriderHort
Beyond the practice ones, I just picked up the odd cheap padlock or lock cylinder or any abandoned ones I saw. If i was less lazy i'd mount them all into a board or something...

What pick set did you get? One of the leathery double case jobs that has 3 tension bars but 2 are huge? I got that and also one of the small folding lockpicks (Brand names Godpick, H&H, Loboo) ...the actual picks are a bit rattly but it comes with a v petite and light weight tension bar...between the two small ones i've always managed.

I dunno anything about this as a job, it just makes my life as a contractor a bit easier.

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That's the set I got. I had another tensioner that was big but lost it down the sofa :frown: I've got it off Amazon. Called luxebell lock pick set. I would probably do this as an odd side job, for an emergency lock out or something along then lines. Wouldn't rely on it. But thanks for the advice. Might order a "joblot" of locks of eBay, some really good prices, might even chance bidding. I've done the kitchen window a few more times and love it, makes me feel like I've achieved something lol
V similar to my set, same tension bars (I don't have the 2nd one though, i have a weird set of double ended pincer looking things)

The small twist shaft tension bar in your set plus the straight shaft one on the folding picks I mentioned compliment each other well, far lighter spring to it. Realistically between the two you should be able to apply pressure to any axis...i've never actually used the big flat ones.

If you haven't already, try opening your practice locks without using a tension bar at all.
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I don't know much about lock picking but I do watch a lot of lock picking videos.

I highly recommend the LockPickingLawyer.
Original post by StriderHort
V similar to my set, same tension bars (I don't have the 2nd one though, i have a weird set of double ended pincer looking things)

The small twist shaft tension bar in your set plus the straight shaft one on the folding picks I mentioned compliment each other well, far lighter spring to it. Realistically between the two you should be able to apply pressure to any axis...i've never actually used the big flat ones.

If you haven't already, try opening your practice locks without using a tension bar at all.

Didn't even know you could open a lock without a tension bar! Guess you learn something new everyday. But I'll give it a shot.
Original post by DiddyDecAlt
I don't know much about lock picking but I do watch a lot of lock picking videos.

I highly recommend the LockPickingLawyer.

I watch a few YouTubers. I want lockpickinglawyer as well as Bosnian Bill.
Reply 8
Looks interesting, but you really think that video from youtube so helpful? I don't quite understand exactly where they teach locksmiths, but I do know that there are places to go to work. As an example, emergency locksmith there's always a demand for specialists. And let's be honest, people still lose their keys, jam locks, and so on, so the profession is relevant.
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If your up for a challenge (and want to do something good) go somewhere where people have been romantically pulling railings/ bridges over by attaching lovelocks Aka padlocks.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/14/the-lock-of-love-padlocks-on-bridges

An uncomprehensive list of locations https://lovelocklocations.co.uk/uk-locations
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...nah i'm ok with that, and i'm not cool with breaking locks where I don't have permission. Plus I'd likely use the ancient Excalibur of padlock arts, the bolt cutter & a happy tune, which removes the challenge somewhat.
Original post by StriderHort
...nah i'm ok with that, and i'm not cool with breaking locks where I don't have permission. Plus I'd likely use the ancient Excalibur of padlock arts, the bolt cutter & a happy tune, which removes the challenge somewhat.

Actually the locks are a complete nusence to the locals as they can pull over the structures that they are attached to.
I know a wire fence nearby with many padlocks attached but don't want to draw attention to myself, it's a very busy area and police always patrol
Original post by glassalice
Actually the locks are a complete nusence to the locals as they can pull over the structures that they are attached to.

Oh I get the idea, I just think the locals can do their own dirty work. No challenge for me busting open padlocks and it wouldn't look good.
Reply 14
Have you ever tried to ask a local locksmith tower hill service if they train? Something like an internship
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