A lockpick (or pick, pick lock) is a tool used in lockpicking to manipulate components to their proper positions. The type of lock being picked and the preferences of the lockpicker will determine which type and style of lockpick used. In most cases, a tension tool is used with the pick to successfully pick the lock. Picks that are specifically designed for rake picking techniques as known as rakes.
The possession of lockpicks is considered illegal in some parts of the world. Lockpicks are categorized as "burglary tools" in many places, but most laws do not consider them such until they are used with the intent to commit a crime.
Types of Picks
- Pin-tumbler picks
Pin-tumbler picks are typically flat, thin pieces of metal. The tip of the pick comes in various shapes designed to facilitate movement and feedback in the lock. Common handle materials are metal, heat shrink tubing, plastic, rubber, and wood.
- Ball / Round
- Deforest pick
- Long hook
- Half ball
- Reach pick
- Short hook
- Snowman / Figure 8
- Rakes (commonly snake, C rake, S rake, M rake, L rake, City rake)
- Bogota rake
- Dimple picks
Dimple picks use small, "flag" style picks that are rotated rather than raised. These are smaller than pin-tumbler picks and come in a variety of designs. Dimple rakes are also common. Traditional pin-tumbler picks can also be used to pick dimple locks.
- Disc-detainer picks
Disc-detainer picks typically use a 2-in-1 Hobbs style pick which provides independent torsion and manipulation controls.
- Lever picks
Lever picks come in the form of bent pieces of wire as well as the traditional 2-in-1 Hobbs style picks.
- Tubular picks
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- Wafer picks
Wafer locks share picking tools with pin-tumbler locks but also have their own variety of picks which include wavy, smooth designs. Wafer picks are often marketed as "jigglers" due to the heavy emphasis on raking techniques to open these locks.
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