The best tool to pick a lock is the same as any other tool. It really depends on the type of lock you are trying to open. Just like hammers and screw drivers, lock pick tools are designed for specific locks. The most important part of being able to choose the right tool for the job is to practice your skillset. Being able to pick a lock takes practice with the correct tools. The easiest lock to pick is the ones on file cabinets. These allow you to get a feel for the finesse you'll need as you progress. From there, you can graduate to padlocks and doors.
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Do lock picking tools work?
Yes, lock picking tools work but only as well as the person using the tools. Learning this skillset is no different than any skill. It takes practice. Lock picking sets have been around for centuries. The tools have not changed much but have gotten better to match the sophistication of locks. If you're the kind of person that like to deep dive into how things work, learning to lock pick may be perfect for you.
Start with a quality set of lock pick sets preferably one with a wafer system generally used on file cabinets. These are the easiest to pick. After that you'll pick up doors and padlocks. Being able to open doors is a great asset that can help you as well as others in need.
Can you teach yourself to pick locks?
Yes, you can teach yourself to pick locks but just like any specialized skill, it requires practice. Once you have gained proficiency, you can save the day for someone because you were able to open a door. It's no different than shooting a gun or shooting a camera. Practice and patience allows you to perform or rather outperform others around you. Make the choice to learn this skillset. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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