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DrDevice

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:10 am

New picker (sort of)

Hello -
I'm sort of new to picking - I used to do it casually in high school, but never got any good - and I have a couple of dumb questions. Hopefully someone answer them or direct me to the appropriate sub:
1. I started up again about a month ago, and being a bit more serious this time around, I'm actually improving somewhat. In fact, I've picked the best that my local hardware store has to offer, so I'm looking for some more challenging locks. What is the best (and hopefully most economical) place to find good practice locks?
2. I've been working with what I picked up almost twenty years ago now, and while they're functional, I definitely need a few upgrades. What is a good place to purchase tools? For starters, an .050 tension bar would be immensely helpful.

For reference, this is the best lock that I found locally:

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Thanks.


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MHM

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:38 am

Re: New picker (sort of)

Welcome to the group mate, good to have you here.

The answers to both of your questions depend a lot on where you are. But in general,

If you're in the US, https://www.sparrowslockpicks.com/ or https://www.thinkpeterson.com/

If you're in Europe, https://www.lawlocktools.co.uk/

If you're in my part of the world, https://www.pickpals.com.au/

If you last bought gear 20 years ago you genuinely will not believe the range of stuff now available to hobbyists.



As to where to get locks, in no particular order:

Locksmiths, scrap metal merchants, building demolition yards, ebay job lots, double glazing installers, aluminium joinery fitters, self storage places (they sometimes cut padlocks off of non-payers), car boot fairs, garage sales, swaps with other hobbyists, and as a last resort and only when you start getting into high security stuff, buy retail.
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DrDevice

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:13 am

Re: New picker (sort of)

Now I really feel dumb - I didn't think about asking the local locksmith. What's a good way to approach that?


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MHM

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:32 pm

Re: New picker (sort of)

Buy something. These guys are there to make a buck, after all.

Some look at you like you're from Mars. Some don't want anything to do with hobbyists and will spend time telling you, wrongly, why what you want to do is illegal and immoral etc etc etc. But some guys are great and are as enthusiastic about locks as we are.

So yeah, my way of dealing with them is simply to bowl in, introduce myself and ask to buy a lock, and then get started about "If you've got any scrap locks that you're sending to the scrap metal guy I'll be happy to give you some money for those too..." etc.
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DrDevice

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Post Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:20 pm

Re: New picker (sort of)

Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a whirl when I get a chance.


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