Introduction to the Art of Picking
Vilnius - 17/05/2013
“Lock picking is the art of unlocking a lock by
analyzing and manipulating the components
of the lock device, without the original key.”
Pin Tumbler Lock’s Anatomy
Shell: contains all of the internal
Plug: is the active and rotating component
of the pin tumbler lock.
Keyway: limits the number of keys that can
enter the lock.
Key: is the device used to unlock the lock.
Pins: also called tumblers. Provides the
security locking mechanism.
Springs: force each tumbler-set into the
plug and maintain the integrity of the pin-
stack while the key is inserted and
Shear line: is the level to which all pins
must be raised in order for the plug to
How to Pick a Lock
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1) Apply torque in the same direction that you would
turn the key
2) Use the pick to push up the pins
3) Since most locks are not built absolutely perfect…
4) The goal here is to press each pair of pins until you
hear a “click”.