gibson wrote:Go with the Kwikset. Some store brands might contain spool pins, which if you are just starting to learn picking might be a distraction (to say the least). Most of the lower priced deadbolts all disassemble pretty much the same way, with a c-clip in the rear holding the plug in, so IMHO it's a toss-up as far as that goes.
Thanks for the advice, gibson. Please pardon my ignorance, but I was wondering if the c-clip is the only tool I'll need to disassemble the lock? Also, is this a common tool found in any tool section of a store that sells tools? Thanks.
squelchtone wrote:Make sure it is not a Kwikset Smartkey, those are a different animal and do not use 'normal' pin tumblers inside, so picking them is a little different. The Smartkey version has a small slot next to the keyway that a change tool goes into in order to rekey the lock to a new set of keys.
Brinks deadbolts from Walmart and Defiant deadbolts from Home Depot cost about $12 and are fun to practice on. Some even have some security pins inside to make picking more difficult. They are called Spool pins, search for them here or on Youtube for more info.
Thank you for the information here, squelchtone. I didn't see an additional slot next to the keyway, so I don't think I need to worry about this issue for now. I've noticed that the padlocks I've looked at will say they have spool pins if they have them. Will it say that on the package for deadbolts, too? Also, I was wondering if you (or others reading this) think I might be better saving my money and getting a few cutaway practice locks instead buying retail deadbolts? Thanks.
Thanks again for the advice and information here, you two. I really appreciate it!