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The LockWiki glossary of terms and abbreviations found in locksmithing, lockpicking, locksport and the lock and safe security industry in general.

float picking - Float picking is a term used to describe the use of manual counter rotation while setting the pins. To aid in controlling the direction of the roation, two turning tools or one tight fitting tool may be used.

gin pin - A pin tumbler with a narrow groove at one end, resembling the shape of a bottle (see spool pin).

lockpick - A tool or implement used to manipulate the components (pins, levers or wafers, etc.) inside a lock without the key.



  1. Lock Industry Standards and Training Council. 2019. "The Professional Locksmith Dictionary". [1]
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