Having the right tools and hardware is an essential part of learning to master lockpicking and understand the ins and outs of physical security hardware. TOOOL is not a retail organization, and while we are happy to recommend certain products, we will typically point you in the direction of specialized vendors for most of your lockpicking needs. However, we do produce and sell a small number of specialized items that do not tend to be available elsewhere.
NOTE - Due to TOOOL's Philadelphia leadership being out of the country at events such as Positive Hack Days and CONFidence, orders are temporarily unable to ship until June 2nd. All orders which were pending as of this morning (May 17th) have been processed and are shipping out shortly. We thank you for your understanding and your support of the locksport community!
Limited Edition Pick Set - Two for $25
We are striving to offer the public alternate options for a decent starter kit while our Beginner's Blend pick sets are currently unavailable. We present to you, the limited edition double-ended pick and accessory kit. Manufactured last summer from the same high-strength, electro-polished steel as our Emergency Pick Cards (see below), these kits feature a single pick with two useful tips surrounded by an array of other decent tools. Even though our Beginner's Blend is not currently in-stock, you can couple this with one or two of our individual tool items in order to make up a seriously decent kit of your own!
The standard Beginner's Blend (currently in short supply) features two hooks, two half-diamonds, two rakes, and two turning tools. In an effort to help people duplicate this sort of set, we are making these limited-edition break-apart kits available in pairs. Getting two of these kits will yield two hooks, two half-diamonds, a whopping six turning tools and also additional useful items like handcuff shims and mini-knife sesame decoders. For this $25 price, you can augment these paired kits with some of our loose individual rakes (below) and have a really great set not unlike the Beginner's Blend at the same price!
This limited edition pick was made in the United States.
NOTE - We are making these picks available during the interim period when our Beginner's Blend kits are being redesigned. When the Beginner's Blend is reintroduced to the TOOOL equipment page, these limited edition picks are likely going to be retired and will only appear at limited public engagements and Lockpick Villages. Get yours today!
Beginner's Blend Pick Kit - $30
We have created relationships with vendors and suppliers of a wide range of lockpicking tools in order to be able to pick and choose specific items from their inventory and assemble them into a single, simple beginner's kit. By mixing an assortment of both flexible spring steel and hardened stainless steel we seek to give new lockpickers a wide range of equipment at the lowest price possible. Our beginner's blend set includes two hooks (a standard and a euro slim), two half diamonds (a thick hard model and a thin slender one), and two rakes (a snake and a Bogotá-style wave jiggler) and two turning tools. Our picks are made in the United States.
NOTE - This set should will be in limited quantity for the foreseeable future. By DEFCON this summer, you can expect a whole new offering featuring a greater variety of picks, stronger metal, improved turning tools, etc. Bear with us, and we will always keep our PayPal inventory quantities updated to prevent ordering if we are out of any items. We're exited about the new picks and we hope that you are, too!
Emergency Pick Card - $30
Designed and produced by The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers, this ISO-compliant wallet-sized card can be kept easily on your person without hassle or fuss, but should the need arise for picks in a pinch, simply snap the card apart and you have a nine-piece toolkit at your disposal!
It should be noted that a number of other "credit card" pick sets pop up from time to time, but these others tend to either be interesting novelty items or overpriced and under-equipped. This TOOOL card is a genuine and fully functional lockpick set made of commercial-grade steel, not stamped aluminum or plastic.
Our emergency pick card is made completely in the United States.
Fabulous Five Pick Kit - $50
This is another item designed and produced exclusively by The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. Meant to be a more advanced compliment to basic pick kits, the Fabulous Five set is a quintet of double-sided tools that are geared around offering more experienced pickers a suite of tools that they wouldn't normally encounter in other sets. Offset rakes, a rimple hump, a P-knuckle, a Sabana, and a whole assortment of interesting hooks will give you some very interesting tactics at your disposal.
Our Fabulous Five pick kit is made completely in the United States.
Flat Five Turning Tool Set - $30
Often popularly combined with our Fabulous Five pick kit (see package pricing above) these five turning tools are popular for use in more complicated keyways... however their wide range of sizes and thicknesses make them suited to all manner of locks, both basic and complex. The ends featuring smaller heads are grooved with teeth to provide the bite necessary for center-of-the-plug work.
Pry-Bar - $10
Perhaps the finest turning tool made by the folks at Peterson, we've truly never encountered any other item that can grab in the keyway and make as substantial a purchase as this one. Due to its shape, integrated teeth, and availability in specific thicknesses, there's hardly any keyway where you will fail to find a tight fit with this bad boy.
Progressive Picking - Training Locks - UPDATED ITEM
Basic - $80
Advanced - $55
Combined Package - $120
NOTE - If you were at ShmooCon 2013, you may have seen the very first of our new Progressive Locks. Our old supplier closed up shop, and now we are so pleased to announce that we are getting our hardware from Kaba Ilco. Their lock cylinders are an even better quality than before, with great attention to detail and more convenient packaging. At the present time, we are liquidating all of our old stock and transitioning totally to the new Kaba locks. For now (while we are shipping anything that we have) we will keep honoring our previous pricing. Once we are selling the Kaba locks exclusively, there may be some adjustment as needed. Stay tuned here, or follow @TOOOL on Twitter for updates!
Some people place a lot of stock in learning lockpicking visually... you see sites selling "cutaway" or "see through" locks for training purposes. While we think that cutaway locks have a purpose (and some of the well-made ones are really beautiful works, indeed) these are more suited to learning how locks function than to learning how to pick them open, in our view.
Learning to pick is a skill achieved by feel more than by sight. One of the best ways to learn lockpicking, in our view, is to practice with cylinders of increasing difficulty. Our progressive kits are made using "copies" of the same lock... most of which have had pin stacks removed. So you start out by getting a feel for the lock with just one pin stack, then you try two pins, then three, etc... by the time you've reached five and six pins, you're picking like a pro!
These progressive kits are available in a basic configuration (a simple one through six bitting) and an advanced configuration (which incorporates pick-resistant spooled driver pins).
Few outlets sell progressive training kits. The most popular site we've seen offers a mere five lock kit for $100.
Leather TOOOL Pick Case - $25
All of our pick kits come in a snug, plastic tube and that will serve you well. However, if you want to hold your tools in greater style (and help support our organization by proudly displaying the TOOOL name) you can opt for this genuine top grain leather pick case instead. Featuring a two-piece pocket covered by a snap closure and an additional pocket on the rear side (sized specifically to fit our Emergency Pick Card), this case should allow you to carry just about any tools you'd need on a day-to-day basis. Our pick cases are made in the Canada.
Tubular Pick - $85 - UPDATED ITEM
For attacking tubular locks, sometimes referred to as "Chicago" locks or "ACE" locks, this tool allows for adjustable stiffness on the feeler arms. This tool is capable of being used in both 7-pin and 8-pin tubular locks, and is manufactured with all-metal construction.
NOTE -This is a new item. Originally, we sold picks that were exclusively for 7-pin Tubular Locks. This new tool is adjustable, and converts between 7-pin and 8-pin functionality. It also comes with a full service and spare parts kit as well as a plastic case to contain all the parts. A price adjustment may take place on this item in the near future.
Tubular Lock - $10 - NEW ITEM
In the past, we have had difficulty finding tubular locks that are good for practice picking. Most tubular locks fall into one of two camps: very tough or totally awful. The former is not a good choice for practice picking, particularly for first-timers. Spooled driver pins, mushroomed key pins, and varying strength springs all make for a rather difficult experience. The latter, however, are equally frustrating... locks that are so badly-made as to fall immediately open upon the first application of a tubular pick might be a neat party trick, but they do little to actually teach someone about technique. These tubular locks are ones that TOOOL HQ found after a long process of research and they present a real but surmountable challenge. You should be able to get them open within 5 minutes or so, given an adequate pick tool. Just adjust your firmness and use a good technique and it should all work well for you!
NOTE -This is a new item. We are still working out how best to manage our supply and inventory quantities, but it should be relatively in stock whenever you try to obtain one!
Plug Spinner - $60
Manufactured by the Peterson company, a supplier of some of the most intricate and specialized tools in the lockpicking world, this plug spinner tends to not only be one of the most reliable we've ever encountered, but it's also absolutely the "flattest" in overall design, making it much nicer for inclusion in your pick case or tool kit.
U-Bend-It Tool - $15
While we offer seemingly no end of interesting and varied turning tools above, some people like to customize their own. That's where the Peterson U-Bend-It comes in... specially designed out of especially thick, ultra hardened steel, this tool will make quick work of bending even the most robust metal stock into any shape at all that you might wish. Customize your own turners right on-the-spot when you encounter a particularly problematic or strangely-mounted lock!
Individual Tools - $3 & $4
If you fall madly in love with one or more of the tools featured in our most popular pick kit, the Beginner's Blend, and simply have to have an extra in your case, there's no need to purchase an entire additional kit (although we won't stop you!) All of these picks and turning tools can be ordered individually. As mentioned above, all these tools are made in the United States.
Swiss Impressioning Files - $25 & up
Used for the intricate yet highly effective practice of impressioning, these files are some of the best you can find for intricate work. Find me ten locksmiths, and I'll show you at least nine who would swear by Grobet Swiss files for this task. Select your desired style of file and handle above.
Impressioning Kit - $150
Here it is... the whole ball 'o wax. If you want to get started with impressioning, this is absolutely everything you could need all in a single package. One of our most covert files (seen in the section above, as well) in half-round shape with a removable handle will give you the ability to prep your keys and cut down bitting positions. A wide range of blanks are included for seven different keyways. Vice grips are a great way to hold your key as you work, and the 45x mini-magnifier with LED lighting can reveal all of the tiny details that you'll have to spot as you inch your way to success. All items are packed in a beautiful and rugged zipper case available in a selection of colors.
TOOOL Shirts - $20 & $25Some folk might insist that this is not a piece of lockpicking equipment, per se... but who can argue with the air of respect and admiration you'll command as you shout "Open!" while sporting a TOOOL shirt. Show your support for the hobby of lockpicking and the field of locksport in style. Available in light gray (not a heather gray... just a solid, light shade called "light slate"), dark gray (a shade known as "asphalt"), and black (TOOOL members only). Our shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton American Apparel shirts made in the United States.