Tool recommendations, information on your favorite automatic and/or mechanical lockpicking devices for those with less skills, or looking to make their own.
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Was surfing the web last night and fell across the fiber lockpick tool. Does anyone know anything about this tool as far as how well it works? For the price i would certainly hope so.
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I don't think they are terribly popular. The idea is that the fiber has just the right strength to overcome the springs on a specific lock.
Doesn't sound like much fun to use.
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Was offered some in trade once but I refused. The guy only had them for a couple weeks and he was ready to trade them.
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I asked a question about these soon after I come on here - I knew I'd seen them somewhere, but could not remember their name. This group is so knowledegable, that they not only knew they were brush picks, but even found the website I'd seen them on some time before!
They look good and seem like they should work, BUT apparently they don't work that well. The bristles have to be JUST springy enough to lift the pins, but not overlift them. Some deep pins and some short pins either get too much force or too little from the bristles to work really well.
Not only that, but you have to slide them along specially-prepared lower halves of keys. So it can get quite expensive and there were (are?) only a limited number of keyways available.
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Well, this is my first post Gentlemen just because I own a couple of Fiber Picks. Since only one company still sells them for a reasonable price I decided to took the plunge... I ordered the kwikset one first and I have to say that they work as described.
They are sure pricey ($80) but you understand why when you see the whole deal. The fibers are basically hand-glued into the eye of a needle and you get about ten different picks for each set (Schlage or Kwikset) and two handles. Some bristles are too shallow others two high and rigid...It took me a while to figure it out but once you got it down they work like a charm. The tension tool is also nice because it acts as a 'lead' for the pick as well as providing uniform tension while picking. It also has three holes where you can hang onto and adjust the right tension with two different weights (supplied). It took me about an hour to figure the system out but then I could open my Kwikset deadbolt as fast as inserting a pick and pulling it back out...(under 5 seconds) even thou the second pin code is a depth 2. I don't want to say that it's the ultimate system out there but certainly a nice adition to your arsenal. Unfortunately the tension tool supplied can only be inserted on the left and it doesn't work if the lock is installed on the right side of the door. I will find out if they sell the tension tool individually so that you can just bend one in the other direction.
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Used to be a site called "pickmasters.org' or something like that sold them.
the little brush addresses only two pins at a time. The come in different stiffness of bristles, and if I remember, some of the bristles are nylon and others are stainless steel. I would buy one if they made the bristle tip longer to address more pins simultaneously, and I'd like it to have a mix of bristles, nylon stainless, etc, and I would make the bristles top edge cut to be a bit wavy rather than even and straight.
They don't make that one though so Im not interested
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Correction on my above post: I meant the tension tool can only be inserted on the left facing the lock. In other words it only works on locks installed on the right side of the door NOT left side. The tension wrench has a unique guide that slides/rides along the (first)bottom ward. It will therefore only work in one direction. When I talked to the vendor he told me that this was the initial 'flaw' of the system. Unfortunately you can't order a spare tension tool-and perhaps bend it the other way unless you buy another set ($80).....The company (pickmasters) went out of business a couple of years ago.
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