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Homebrew pick set

When it comes down to it there is nothing better than manual tools for your Lock pick Set, whether they be retail, homebrew, macgyver style. DIY'ers look here.

Homebrew pick set

Postby pick_maker » Thu May 13, 2004 8:47 am

Hey. FNG here. Just wanted to share a set I may or may not have made after lurking here since January. Some post in March recommended a plumbing snake- - which is a hand-cranked drain unclogger- for a good source of spring steel. For about $6.00 I got almost sixty 5 inch lengths from a 25 foot snake. The black baton-looking thing is a fitted leather case I made which holds 24 picks and tension tools.


For the warded picks and jigglers I used steel from a crosscut saw. The different key shapes indicate different steel thickness. I made pick templates using the Autoshapes in Microsoft Word97 and then laser printed on sticky back label paper.

That pick gun is made from an old coat hangar and the tip has been thinned and slimmed. The steel properties of clothes hangars and coat hangars are not the same so don't dash off and raid the closets. Coat hangar steel is more tensile because coats are heavier. After my first thumb blister healed I tried picking again- 4 out of 5 pins. More pics soon.
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Postby WhiteHat » Thu May 13, 2004 9:34 am

:cry: *sniff* it's....it's....beautiful....
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home made set

Postby PYRO1234321 » Thu May 13, 2004 10:22 am

Hard core sweet
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New pick set

Postby Romstar » Thu May 13, 2004 1:02 pm

I am VERY impressed. It's not often that you see workmanship of this quality. Keep up the excellent work.

In the meantime, perhaps you could share the shapes with everyone else. There seems to be a huge lack of templates out there.

This set should be a standard by which others are judged. Aspiring pickers take note, THIS is what you can do when you set your mind to it.

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Postby maldotcom2 » Thu May 13, 2004 1:16 pm

That is...SO....COOL
The best lock pick is C4 followed by a sledge Hammer
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Postby yungning » Thu May 13, 2004 1:54 pm

is that a tension wrench in the middle?
for wafer locks?
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Postby mbell » Thu May 13, 2004 4:38 pm

WOW - Really nice picks.

Obviously been some time spent making them rakes...
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Great Job

Postby RodVT » Thu May 13, 2004 7:08 pm

Very impressive.

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Postby pick_maker » Fri May 14, 2004 2:16 am

Thank you all for the feedback! Made my day. When you have standard size material you can really crank 'em out. Two weeks on the whole set. All pick shapes were found on the 'net. I call the first one on the left (top pic)-- the finger.


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Postby pick_maker » Fri May 14, 2004 2:20 am

A standard tool and a rendition of the Falle torqe tool. These were bent cold i.e. without a torch and it is tricky to do sometimes, especially on the Falle.

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Postby CitySpider » Fri May 14, 2004 2:21 am

How effective is the faux-Falle?
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Postby pick_maker » Fri May 14, 2004 2:25 am

When making picks yourself, the tricky part is making sure the business end of the pick is the right proportion to the distance between the pins. I cut apart this cheap $5 Defiant cylinder to first use as a training tool. Watching the pick in action close up you can see how the pins respond to the pick shape, which pin set first, third et cetera.

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Postby pick_maker » Fri May 14, 2004 2:35 am

Because it is not adjustable the Falle will only work in certain keyways. I have to keep a thumb and index finger on it to create torque- else it will fall out of the lock. It does leave a lot of open room for a pick unlike a L-shape tool.
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Postby Mad Mick » Fri May 14, 2004 6:16 am

Jayzus!! That's a beautiful set Pick_maker. I'm guessing you probably work with your hands for a living, as tools of that quality are rarely produced by a pen-pusher. Congratulations, you've set a benchmark.
Image If it ain't broke.....pull it down and see how it works anyway!
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Postby lock_assassin » Fri May 14, 2004 8:42 am

Definetly a nice pick set! Those look better than some of the first picks I ever bought. They are for sure the nicest homemade set I have seen yet. Thanks for sharing!!!

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