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Lockpick night - DIY picks

While Null Space Labs is busy reformatting their space, I think I'll take the lead and keep some local Locksport classes going. Picking a lock is a vital hacker skill, but have you ever found yourself without your fancy HPC kit, still in need of pick tools? Show up to 23b Shop for Lockpick Night, and I'll show you how to make picks of your own, from random pieces of metal!

We'll have our play locks bin strewn out about the place to level up, and I'll be giving demonstrations all night on how to form and grind your own picks using basic shop tools. The only way to know if a lock pick works is to test it out! If you can open a single lock with your handmade pick, then it's not just a random piece of metal, it's a homemade disruptive tool! Toward the end of the night, we'll have a lockpicking contest, where the winner will receive a special prize!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    In advance of the class, I have a question that cuts to the chase. Which brand(s) of padlocks offer the best values these days (relatively hard to pick, not too expensive)? Or, at least, on the flip side which ones are worthless and should be avoided? I'm asking now because if I do any upgrading between now and the class, then I'll be starting a collection of play locks of my own to bring along.

    June 3, 2014

    • machinist

      if you want to be serious about locks and keys, buy medeco or assa or abus. anything less is junk.

      June 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I couldn't make it to the class, after all. Something came up at the last minute. But thanks for the advice on brand names. I ordered a quad-pack of Abus locks to replace 3 old Master locks. Next time you have a meetup I'll bring in the 3 Masters and the spare Abus and we can have a shootout.

      June 23, 2014

  • Patrick

    Made my own picks and picked locks with them. Frigin awesome.

    June 21, 2014

  • Patrick

    Made my own picks and picked locks with them. Frigin awesome.

    June 21, 2014

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