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* [http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?t=1069 Glossary of technical terms]
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* [http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?t=10743 Lever locks]
* [http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?t=10743 Lever locks]
* [http://www.lockpicking101.com/viewtopic.php?t=1543 UK lock types]

Revision as of 23:24, 26 January 2011


Members timm, Jonty, Mark
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Project maintained by timm, contact on IRC


Encouraging the wonderful sport of Lockpicking in London

There appears to be much interest in the wonderful Sport of Lockpicking. During the space warming party on 1 August 2010, a mini-workshop was held. The interest was simply amazing and many tried their best opening the few locks which were available.


All lockpicking equipment is currently stored in a plastic box in the back storage room. Feel free to leave your picks and locks here or in your box if you don't want to carry them with you.

  • Locks! We need many, many more locks.

Currently, we only have some locks (due to a very generous donation from the German Lockpicking SportClub). If anyone can come across any locks (like locks without the key -- useless for most but very useful for us :), please donate them to the Hackspace.

Regarding the quantity of locks, we should have at least a few hundred. This will assure that we have locks for all levels of lockpicking, from beginner's locks to locks for the more experienced.

Ideas for the new London Lockpicking Sportgroup

If you have any ideas for the lockpicking sportgroup, please pass them on, or discuss in Talk:Projects/Lockpicking


  • "Make your own pick set day". The grind wheel can be used to make each interested member their own pick set/ more sets for the hackspace. Very fun thing to do in my experience! -- Kal
    • "Make your own pick set day" would be a lovely idea. The metal strips on windscreen wipers make great tensioners. For picks, you need to find a metal which is strong but flexible (thin mealsaw blades do well). Opening locks with your own picks is really nice :) -- t.
      • I came across this video tutorial for making picks from old butter knives LINK -- Johannes

Pick sets

More info about pick sets.


The next lockpicking sport session will be on Saturday 12 February 2011, from 3 p.m. onwards. There will be a SportShop for those who would like their very own sportset.

The lockpicking sport session is on the second Saturday afternoon of the month, from 3 p.m.

All are welcome regardless of experience or shoe size. Communal picks/tension tools are provided if you don't have your own.

Recommended Reading

How not to pick a lock

Before you start lockpicking, reading some theory would be a good idea.

The MIT Guide to Lockpicking is very well written and will provide you with a very good introduction to lockpicking

MIT Guide to Lockpicking in English

MIT Guide to Lockpicking in German

MIT Guide to Lockpicking in French

Locksport International also has a very good guide:

Locksport Guide to Lockpicking

External Links

They are now around six/seven Lockpicking Sport Clubs in the world. Due to much interest in this sport, much growth is expected in the coming years. Let us profit from their experience!


Enough said ... Let's get our site in there soon!