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Learn to Pick Locks

This class will teach you how to successfully pick a variety of locks that require different skill levels.

Instructor: Jeff Toth is a professional lock picker and information security expert.

Cost: Free for members, $15 for non.

http://locksporttampa.com/ for local information, meetups, reviews and write ups, check us out. I also need help running everything, so if you'd like to volunteer, hit me up

You do not need to bring anything, just your willingness to learn. If you already have lockpicks or practice locks, you are welcome to bring them and suggest it, but I will be providing lockpicks if you do not have them. (If you want to use this as an excuse to purchase a set online, you can blame me )

I will be bringing with me a set of progressive locks from TOOOL, which include locks pinned 1-6 pins and Advanced Spool 1-4 pins, various padlocks, cabinet locks and the collection that keeps growing. I also have a pretty cool re-configurable lock with various security pins.

In case anyone is wondering, it is completely legal in the state of Florida to own and use lockpicks, providing you are not committing a crime. You must show criminal intent in order to be charged with possessing lockpicks. (for more information: http://toool.us/laws.html­­) Before we go into techniques at all, I will be covering ethics, do's and do not's.


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  • Patrick C.

    good primer. very informative. the problem is that it is difficult to teach something that is based on feel alone. i would have liked to see more demonstration, but i know that is difficult, ie. maybe a lock with transparent cylinder or maybe a fiber-optic camera to display the inside while you pick it.

    March 28, 2014

    • g3k

      I'm actually building plans to have a big acrylic clear lock so people can get a good look into what's going on. The problem is time and I have a huge deficit at the moment.

      March 28, 2014

    • g3k

      But I agree totally with the sentiment, it's easy for me to explain how the lock works and let you guys play with them. Like I mentioned in the class, a clear or cutout lock actually builds bad habits. Practice makes perfect :)

      March 28, 2014

  • g3k

    Thanks everyone for commenting and reviewing the class :) If there is any criticism or anything you'd like to see in the future, please let me know!

    March 28, 2014

  • Justin B.

    Awesome class.

    March 26, 2014

  • g3k

    Thanks everyone from coming out, I really enjoyed getting to meet you all!

    March 26, 2014

  • Carolyn

    What a fun class! I learned a lot and am so excited to learn even more!

    March 26, 2014

    • g3k

      Glad you enjoyed it! Great group out tonight.

      March 26, 2014

  • Atif

    Apologies, something important came up

    March 26, 2014

  • g3k

    Hey guys, the lock pick kits came in today, here is what they look like http://i.imgur.com/V8TwHDA.jpg

    March 25, 2014

  • g3k

    Hey guys, I'm hoping to have high quality lock pick kits available to buy from Southern Specialties for $25. Let me know if you are interested and I have them available regularly.

    March 24, 2014

    • g3k

      I don't have a link yet, they are a custom bulk order a friend of mine did with Southern Specialties. I will have them at the class and try to have a supply at every class.

      March 24, 2014

    • Devin C.

      Okay cool, I'll be coming to the April class since I can't make it this week because of work. Really looking forward to learning how to do it and I will definitely want to buy a kit at the meeting.

      March 24, 2014

  • g3k

    Hey guys, if you can't make it into this class, we will be holding another one April 23rd. They are usually scheduled the third or fourth Wednesday of the month. If you look at the main Tampa Hackerspace scheduled events, you'll see the next few events below this entry.

    March 24, 2014

  • Devin C.

    I won't be able to go because of work, will there me another one next month?

    March 24, 2014

    • g3k

      Every month :) To answer your previous question, it'll be cash or credit if my Square comes in this week.

      March 24, 2014

  • Justin B.

    Glad a few slots opened up. See you there

    March 24, 2014

  • Patrick C.

    how often do you have this class? i would like to go but wed's are not good for me.

    March 24, 2014

    • g3k

      We have them only on Wednesdays so far, if enough people would like it rescheduled we can do that.

      March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do you become a member? And will there be enough events for a 14 year old to justify becoming a member? Thanks

    March 6, 2014

    • Cameron H.

      Onna, we'd love to talk to you about how to create more appropriate classes. As a non-profit, our primary mission is education. And if you're willing to donate a little bit of volunteer time to help us delivering appropriate classes, we all win :)

      March 7, 2014

    • g3k

      Also, it is totally cool to have kids come to the class. We go over ethics and legalities of lockpicking before we even touch locks. It's a good lesson!

      March 7, 2014

  • g3k

    You do not need to bring anything, just your willingness to learn. If you already have lockpicks or practice locks, you are welcome to bring them and suggest it, but I will be providing lockpicks if you do not have them. (If you want to use this as an excuse to purchase a set online, you can blame me )

    I will be bringing with me a set of progressive locks from TOOOL, which include locks pinned 1-6 pins and Advanced Spool 1-4 pins, various padlocks, cabinet locks and the collection that keeps growing. I also have a pretty cool re-configurable lock with various security pins.

    In case anyone is wondering, it is completely legal in the state of Florida to own and use lockpicks, providing you are not committing a crime. You must show criminal intent in order to be charged with possessing lockpicks. (for more information: http://toool.us/laws.html­) Before we go into techniques at all, I will be covering ethics, do's and do not's.

    March 5, 2014

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