3 of the Most Common Lock Picking Tools

What locksmiths do can often be complicated. It requires a lot of equipment and a lot of know-how to be ready to tackle any problem a customer may come to you with. But if you’re hoping for a temporary fix to being locked out or losing your key, there are a few simple tools you can have on hand to get by. Here’s a list of just three of those tools, and what you can use them for.

Lock picks

Before We Get Started…

Before picking up a lockpick, it’s essential that you have a tension wrench. This tool will need to be used in conjunction with whatever pick you choose. The tension wrench will be used to hold the pins in place as you make your way through them.


1. The Triangle Pick

The triangle pick is the most versatile kind of pick and can be used in a variety of ways. It’s also one of the best choices if you’re only going to pick one kind of lockpick.


2. Rake Pick

The other essential lockpick that can be used to tackle a variety of jobs is the rake pick. This pick works by “raking” all the pins at once to push them above the the sheer line. At the same time, the tension rod turns the plug, and some or all of the pins fall into the correct position after removing the pick.


3. Hook Pick

The hook pick is what people usually think of when they think of a lockpick. It’s the most basic kind of pick, and works by lifting individual pins into the correct position one at a time.
These are the three most common types of lockpicks, and the best choices if you’re looking on stocking just the basics. Check out our second article on this subject – 3 More of the Most Common Lock Picking Tools– for more lock picking essentials.

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