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.
Just a reminder: TOOOL is a volunteer-based organisation, not an established retail operation with loads of employees. While you can always rest assured that your purchase here will go 100% toward the sportpicking community, please understand that orders are packed and shipped only once a week or so. When TOOOL volunteers are tied up with appearances at conferences, science fairs, and other similar events, this can lead to delays in order shipping. We will always do our best to get things out as soon as possible, but we can't be as fast as typical high-sales operations. We thank you for your understanding and your support.
The Wicked Waves - $30
Our new wave rakes represent years of research and development, including evaluation of the Raimundo Bogota and various commercial wave rakes, mathematical modeling, finite element analysis, and multiple rounds of prototyping. We believe they are the most effective rakes available. They are made of the finest acid etched and finished 301 high yield stainless steel, for smooth operation and maximum durability. The waves span a full inch to eliminate the need for precise insertion depth and enable simultaneous interaction with 7 pin stacks. The wave rakes are uniformly tapered from shaft to tip to maximize strength and eliminate stress concentrations that cause lesser picks to snap. The long plow tip lifts pin 1 instead of slamming into it. With good technique, instant opens are often possible.
Cycloid curves are the model for the waves, as they can be precisely defined and drawn using parametric equations in CAD programs, and have characteristics that result in great rakes. Many cycloid wave shapes were tested to determine the optimal parameters. Most commercial wave rakes have sharp peaks and steep slopes that impede smooth raking and damage pins. Our curtate cycloid wave rakes have a sine/cosine ratio of .25 to provide grabby action ideal for easy locks while still functioning more smoothly than most other wave style tools currently on the market.
Our sinusoid wave rakes have a sine/cosine ratio of 0 to provide even more gentle action during operation, which is ideal for harder locks which require even more delicacy and finesse.
Both of these wave shapes have been created in both a "Quad" 4-hump version for large locks and a "Quint" 5-hump version for small locks. You will be amazed by their performance!
Quad: 1/4" waves for large locks Quint: 1/5" waves for small locks Cycloid:
for easy locks
for hard locks
This research and development was made possible by your contributions to TOOOL. These picks are made in the United States.
Tremendous Twelve Toolkit - $30
In 2013 we totally redesigned our basic lockpick set. While in the past we once offered tools in various thicknesses and metal stocks, we have since focused our efforts on delivering only the best picks, often tailored to our particular specifications. This set of twelve tools contains six picks and six turning tools none of which have ever been available in such an essential single set before.
The lockpicks consist of two hooks (a medium depth hook and a deep reach curve) two diamonds (a standard medium-sized half-diamond and an offset Deforest diamond) and two raking tools (a hollow half-diamond a.k.a. P-Nuckle and a Bogota-style wave rake). All of these tools have been tweaked and adjusted from the manufacturer's original design, according to TOOOL researcher recommendations. The deep curve and Bogota-style rake in particular have had their dimensions significantly improved and all of the pick tools have gone through a mass-finishing process to help polish and shape the surface in ways that few other manufacturers will attempt. (The wave rake in particular has been subjected to substantial mass finishing.)
The turning tools are all-new and were fabricated in a custom bending jig that our manufacturer sourced and implemented under our guidance. There are three long-headed turning tools (most suited to edge-of-the-plug placement) and three small-headed tools (geared toward center-of-the-plug placement) all in differing thicknesses so you're almost guaranteed to find one that will fit snugly into any keyway you encounter.
This set is a terrific step forward for the sport picking community and we are proud to offer it at an extremely affordable price. And, as always, all the picks and turning tools are made in the United States.
Emergency Pick Card - $30
version 3 version 2.5
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 cards are made completely in the United States.
Tremendous Turners - $10
These are the six turning tools included as part of our Tremendous Twelve kit seen above. Each one is distinct and offers unique fit and thickness in order to accomodate a wide range of locks. Three tools are of a "standard" style with longer heads suited to edge-of-the-plug usage. The other three have smaller heads for center-of-the-plug positioning. In both categories, the turners are offered in thin, medium, and robust thicknesses. This is hands-down the most comprehensive set of turning tools of which we are aware from any vendor. See this very complimentary review!
Our Tremendous Turner are made completely in the United States.
Flat Five Turning Tool Set - $30
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.
Progressive Picking - Training Locks
Basic - $80
Advanced - $55
Combined Package - $120
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.
Learning to pick is a skill achieved by feel more than by sight. One of the best ways to learn lockpicking 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) and are now being produced by Kaba Ilco.
Few outlets sell progressive training kits. The most popular site we've seen offers a mere five lock kit for $100.
Clear See-Through Locks - $20 & $40
These clear-plastic locks are designed to allow the inner workings to be seen while the locks are in operation. While clear locks are not designed for live pratice, they are exceptional teaching tools if you want to see how locks function or demonstrate these principles to others. These locks are available in both conventional padlock style as well as a remarkable ten-pin dimple style.
Tubular Pick - $85
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.
Tubular Lock - $10
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!
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.
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.