The art of lock picking is the craft of unlocking a lock. Picking a lock is possible when a locksmith is manipulating the pins without the original key.
In addition, lock picking should not damage the lock itself. By picking a lock, we also able to re-key without the presence of the original key. This is especially important with antique locks that would be impossible to replace if destructive entry methods were used.
Although lock picking can be associated with criminal intent, it is an essential skill for legal profession of locksmithing. For this reason, lock picking often pursued by law abiding citizens as a useful skill to learn or simply a hobby.
Moving toward combination locks and high security hardware, such as safes, was intended to remove the weakest part of the lock; its keyhole.
In normal situations, it is almost always easier to gain access by some means other than lock picking.
Most common locks can be quickly and easily open using special tools, such as drill, bolt cutters, and others.
Locks are often used in combination with alarms to provide layered security.
Some people enjoy picking locks recreation-ally, which may be referred to as locksport. Lock pick kits can be purchased openly via the Internet.
Many different selections are present. Nine-piece sets and a 32-piece set equipped with a pick gun (an automated bump key). For example differ in value and price greatly.
However, many lock pickers state that for most simple locks, a basic set of five picks (or even a single pick) is enough. Therefore it is unnecessary to carry around a wide variety of professional lock picks.
Lock picks can also be improvised from common items, or machined at home with relative ease, which is also the case with warded locks.
This process of picking pin / tumbler and wafer locks is concerned with causing the two sets of pins. Driver (or top) pins and key (or bottom) pins to separate such that the cylinder will turn.
The point at which the pins properly separate when the lock is unlocked. This point call “the shear line.”
This type represents the vast majority of American and European domestic locks.
A different tool set (such as the Hobbs pick) is required for more complex locks which are not easily fabricated.