The art of lock picking is a fascinating hobby that gives you access to a new way of thinking, a community of likeminded people and a new appreciation for a device we use every day without giving it much thought. It’s not easy, though – it takes a lot of time, patience and practice to become proficient at this skill. It’s also important to remember that lockpicking is illegal in some jurisdictions if you’re not authorized to break into an area secured by a lock.
The goal is to achieve a relaxed concentration that allows you to read the feedback the lock is giving you. Then, you can choose manipulations that allow you to overcome its personality traits and open it.
The Art of Lock Picking: Mastering the Skill of Entry
For example, most pin tumbler locks have a few “personality traits” that make them harder or easier to pick than others. These traits can be exploited to speed up the process. For example, if one of the pins seems to be reversing its direction (stopping the rotation of the plug), easing off the pressure on it will allow you to move onto the next pin.
Lock picking is a perishable skill, so it’s important to practice everyday. That doesn’t mean you have to spend hours finagling locks until your fingers bleed, but do take 15-20 minutes out of each day to practice and improve your skills. It may help you save a loved one in a pinch or even save someone’s life one day!