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whitneyllu
Oct 06, 2021
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Here is a quick rundown of some of the most common lock picks on the market and what they are used for. Hook Picks Distinguishable by its hook-shaped tip, a hook pick (also called "lifter") is typically used for single-pin picking. You may find that a hook pick allows you to feel and manipulate individual pins more easily than other types of lock picking tools. You can find this style of pick in a variety of lengths and shapes. Some include Short Hooks, Long Hooks, Gem Hooks, and Gonzo Hooks. You'll see them with flat and rounded tips. Gem hook lock pick You'll be able to identify a diamond pick by the triangular shape of the tip. While full-diamond picks exist, half-diamond picks are more common.Like hook picks, half-diamond picks (the smaller ones in particular) tend to be used for single-pin picking. Small half-diamond pick: Smaller than a large half-diamond pick. Large half-diamond pick: The large half-diamond takes up a considerable amount of space when picking a lock. Some find that larger diamonds work better for raking than for single-pin picking. large half-diamond lock pick set A hook pick and/or a diamond pick will probably be your tool of choice when it comes to single-pin picking. For wafer locks, or for raking, you'll want to explore other tools. Ball Picks Distinguished by a circle or a half-circle tip, ball picks have lots of names:Snowman, aka double ball pick: Think of a two-ball snowman with a small head and a large body. Half-snowman, aka double half-ball pick: Picture a snowman pick cut vertically, and you'll know what a half-snowman pick looks like. Half snowman lock pick Half-ball pick: This one is just as it sounds — a single ball, cut in half. While ball picks look like they might make good single-pin picks, they're usually less effective at picking pins than diamond and hook picks.Instead of using you ball pick for a pin tumbler lock, we recommend using them for wafer locks. Rake Picks Rake picks are used to open a lock by sliding a pick across the pins in an attempt to set all of the pins, rather than picking single pins individually. Rake picks were originally designed with common key bitting patterns in mind. Wedge rake: You will rarely see wedge rakes ("W rakes") in the lock-picking world, as they aren't considered particularly useful. But still, it might be worth trying out if you're struggling to open a lock (or if you prefer your pick to resemble a toothbush). Long Rake Lock Pick Snake rake: Also known as the S rake, this type of rake is another favorite in the lock-picking community. Snake rake lockpick from SubtleDigs We hope this article will give a better understanding of the common types of picks available and the locks their best suited for. We provide this information purely from an educational standpoint, not an illegal one. We strongly believe this is an important skillset to have, and should be used appropriately.
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