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NOTE - These are not like the regular items featured in our main equipment shop, but rather these specialized packages are for conferences and professional events seeking to have a TOOOL Lockpick Village for their attendees. If your event has been in contact with us, we have likely worked with you in order to establish the necessary size and scope of the equipment necessary to support your event. You can order everything here and have it shipped directly to you... we look forward to having lots of lockpick fun with everyone present!

 

Full Lockpick Village Kit - $260

The hardware in this kit is capable of supporting a Lockpick Village for approximately a dozen people at a time. If your event is larger and you have arranged a more substantial TOOOL presence, you will be ordering more than one of these kits. Refer to your correspondence with TOOOL organizers for specifics.
 

Public Lockpicks
$25

The Lockpick Village Kit includes an assortment of public tools for people to use. There are a total of 19 items in this standard compliment of items... 3 hooks, 3 snake rakes, 3 half-diamonds, and 10 turning tools (5 standard and 5 twisted). The handles of these picks are in a rather unconventional "ripple" design in order to help prevent them from being mixed in with other people's personal tools.

 

Basic Progressive Locks
$75

These are the same locks that are sold elsewhere in our equipment catalog, but we try to offer these at a modest savings since they are going to get a lot of rough treatment at the hands of many beginners and will likely have a short life-span after one event, unless you choose to have them re-pinned.

 

Basic Master Padlocks
(these are no longer included but we'll reimburse TOOOL chapters for them)

A set of four simple Master brand padlocks are perfect for showing novices the basics of picking and raking. While the Progressive Lock sets are the best for slowly building someone's skill level, it's also terrific to give people a real-world feel of actual hardware store padlocks.

NOTE - This item is not included in the Lockpick Village kit but if a TOOOL chapter is preparing a village or public event we will often reimburse them for the cost of this. Otherwise, event organizers should reimburse the local TOOOL chapter for the cost of these locks

 

Advanced Progressive Locks
$45

These are the same locks that are sold elsewhere in our equipment catalog, but we try to offer these at a modest savings since they are going to get a lot of rough treatment at the hands of many beginners and will likely have a short life-span after one event, unless you choose to have them re-pinned.

 

Black Master Padlocks
(these are no longer included but we'll reimburse TOOOL chapters for them)

This set of Master brand padlocks typically includes some pick-resistant components in order to give people some experience with tackling spool and serrated pins. They are also vulnerabe to comb-pick overlifting attacks, if that's something anyone wants to discuss with folk.

NOTE - This item is not included in the Lockpick Village kit but if a TOOOL chapter is preparing a village or public event we will often reimburse them for the cost of this. Otherwise, event organizers should reimburse the local TOOOL chapter for the cost of these locks

 

Wafer Locks
$8

Wafer locks operate on a very different mechanical principle than traditional pin tumbler locks, but they are also very common in the real world, so we like to allow people to try them out. The Lockpick Village kit contains two such locks of medium difficulty.

 

Tubular Lock
$8

It is particularly difficult to find decent tubular locks for practice purposes. Most locks of this design are either high-quality and high-security products (often of the ACE or ACE II design which are exceedingly difficult to pick) or they are low-grade products of weak fabrication that fall open so easily as to not provide any real practice challenge. This lock strikes a good balance and can be opened... but only with the right dedication and care.

 

Two Spare Cylinders
$20

While TOOOL does not tend to make a big fuss over the issue of lock bumping, we have found that having a least one bumping demo is helpful. We include two five-pin lock cylinders which may be used for either bumping or impressioning.

 

Locks for Shimming
$7

Padlock shimming, like lock bumping, is one of those "holy cow!" topics that really drives home the notion of physical security for most people. These padlocks are some of the best demonstration tools for shimming.

   

Key Blanks for Impressioning
$25

Impressioning is the fascinating science of creating fully-functional keys using nothing but a blank, a file, and dedication. We include a baggie of blank keys (if possible, and if we have them in stock, we will prepare them as 0-0-0-0-0 cut keys) that may be used to attempt impressioning.

   

TriPik Stand & Clamp
$47

Holding a lock in one's hands is often the means by which many folk will participate in LockSport events, but being able to mount a cylinder in a stand is a big help when it comes to attempting picking, bumping, and especially impressioning. This stand and clamp will do the trick.

 

Mini Lockpick Village Kit - $95

The hardware in this kit is geared towards very basic hands-on sessions for pure novices. Alternately, the inclusion of one kit like this is often enough to augment our "Full Lockpick Village Kit" directly above if you have an event with more people than a single package can sustain but which is not large enough to necessitate the purchase of multiple large kits. Refer to your correspondence with TOOOL organizers for specifics.
 

Public Lockpicks
$25

The Lockpick Village Kit includes an assortment of public tools for people to use. There are a total of 19 items in this standard compliment of items... 3 hooks, 3 snake rakes, 3 half-diamonds, and 10 turning tools (5 standard and 5 twisted). The handles of these picks are in a rather unconventional "ripple" design in order to help prevent them from being mixed in with other people's personal tools.

 

Basic Progressive Locks
$70

These are the same locks that are sold elsewhere in our equipment catalog, but we try to offer these at a modest savings since they are going to get a lot of rough treatment at the hands of many beginners and will likely have a short life-span after one event, unless you choose to have them re-pinned.

 

Basic Master Padlocks
(these are no longer included but we'll reimburse TOOOL chapters for them)

A set of four simple Master brand padlocks, which are perfect for showing novices the basics of picking and raking. While the Progressive Lock sets are the best for slowly building someone's skill level, it's also terrific to give people a real-world feel of actual hardware store padlocks.

NOTE - This item is not included in the Lockpick Village kit but if a TOOOL chapter is preparing a village or public event we will often reimburse them for the cost of this. Otherwise, event organizers should reimburse the local TOOOL chapter for the cost of these locks

 

Organizer's Supply Kit - $222

This is what TOOOL members bring with them to any official Lockpick Village being conducted with our hardware packages seen above. It is not generally sold to the public, but is instead available TOOOL chapters so that they can run public events where others can learn the joy of lockpicking!

Shimming Metal
free

We always want to have metal from beverage cans available for people to try making their own homebrew padlock shims. If we have some, we'll include it.

 

TriPik Stand & Clamp
$47

Holding a lock in one's hands is often the means by which many folk will participate in LockSport events, but being able to mount a cylinder in a stand is a big help when it comes to attempting picking, bumping, and especially impressioning. This stand and clamp will do the trick.

 

Scissors
$5

For cutting can metal into shims. Scissors always wear out with that sort of abuse, hence the inclusion of a fresh set in this supply kit.

 

Impressioning File
$20

The only way to impression locks. Mark this one as TOOOL property if we haven't already, so that it doesn't get mixed in with anyone's personal supplies.

Be VERY careful to not let people "saw" with the file... only forward-push strokes should be used in order to preserve the file's life.

   

Vice Grips
$10

Used for holding blank keys during impressioning. If we manage to source some really good impressioning handles, they will replace this item in the Organizer's Supply Kit.

 

TOOOL Promotional Materials
$5

We include a batch of TOOOL business cards and/or TOOOL stickers to be spread out on the public tables amid all of the locks and picks. We also include a packet of signage and stationery to use whenever you need to label things or make notes and announcements.

 

Bumping Hammer
$20

While it's possible to bump locks with butter knives, screwdrivers, or even the heel of a shoe, nothing beats a proper Tomahawk-style hammer. Mark this one as TOOOL property if we haven't already, so that it doesn't get mixed in with anyone's personal supplies.

 

Tubular Pick
$85

Yes, they are expensive... but we have determined that all public Lockpick Villages should feature a public tubular picking tool for people to try out. Be sure to mark this one as TOOOL property if we haven't already, so that it doesn't get mixed in with anyone's personal supplies!

 

Disinfectant Spray
$5

Every day at the conclusion of the Lockpick Village you sort all of the equipment into rows to inventory it. Before packing things away, spray them all down with a blast from this can. It really helps prevent the spread of germs over time and can keep you healthy in your travels.

 

Red Gaffer's Tape
$5

Useful for hanging signs, repairing boxes, and generally securing things to other things.

 

Red Kevlar String
$5

Rated for an insane amount of weight, this is what we use for hanging TOOOL banners from ceilings and for supporting demo locks that have been suspended from pipes or display racks in the past.

It's also sort-of useful for securing things like expensive TOOOL hardware (like tubular picks, vice grips, etc) to a table in order to discourage them from walking away when no one is looking.

 

Red Nail Polish
$5

If equipment belongs to TOOOL, it's a very good idea to keep it marked, especially if it's going to be laid out on a table among other people's gear. Put a dot of red nail polish on anything that you don't want to see lost accidentally.

If you are at an event featuring more than one TOOOL chapter, it's also often a good idea to tag specific items with your chapter's abbreviation, as shown below in the "Village Equipment Tips" section.

 

First Aid Kit
$10

It's just a good plan for TOOOL happenings to have a small aid kit stashed somewhere. With so many people cutting metal, poking tools into tight spaces, feverishly working with files, etc... folk will experience a small cut or scrape now and then. This little aid kit, coupled with the disinfectant spray, will help you treat any minor injuries and send people on their way with a smile.

 

Some Notes About Supplies

It's important to keep in mind the distinction between TOOOL Chapter supplies and Lockpick Village supplies. Beginning in September of 2012, local TOOOL chapters started to be given red equipment bags as part of their regular care package shipments. These are for the purpose of holding each chapter's public meeting gear. People who are in charge of coordinating local chapter meetings are responsible for keeping track of these red bags and seeing that they come to each meeting.

Items that are purchased using TOOOL funds or donated to TOOOL for members to use get placed in this bag. These red bags and the items in them are not usually set out at Lockpick Villages where members of the public are learning about lockpicking for the first time. For public events like that, brand new locks (usually in packages like the ones seen above) are laid out. Having a specific and limited selection of locks, all of which can be relied on to perform as expected, is best for encouraging effective learning.

Sometimes Village supplies can be re-used a few times if they are not damaged and have only been laid out for limited numbers of prior guests. The following pointers and tips may help you to adequately keep track of equipment in such situations...

Marking TOOOL Property

At local chapter meetings and also even at some public Lockpick Villages it is common to see a whole lot of gear spread out on tables. TOOOL hardware often becomes mixed in with personal locks and supplies.

Use red nail polish (such as the Hard As Nails included in the Organizer's Supply Kit above) to mark a red dot on anything that is TOOOL property.

NOTE - Sometimes events that purchase Lockpick Village kits opt to retain them after the conclusion of the day's activities. These kits are not TOOOL property unless the hosting event decides to donate some of the gear... so don't automatically mark everything with a red dot when you see it!

 

Just a Little Red will Suffice

Have a look at these handcuffs. The red "TOOOL mark" has been applied on the small post in the middle of each keyway.

While there is a risk that a dot in this spot will be subject to some scratching or disturbance from picks and tools, it is nicely out of the way and does not detract from the look of each item.

 

 

Tagging with Chapter Details

If you have some gear (particularly Progressive Locks) owned by your local TOOOL chapter, consider marking those locks with your chapter abbreviation.

If you are appearing at a larger event where multiple TOOOL chapters are joining together, this will make clean up and sorting of gear after-the-fact a lot easier.

 

Stripes at Every Village

If you have equipment that is going to be laid out for a public Lockpick Village (and thus subject to some more rigorous handling by novices) it is a very good idea to mark such locks with a stripe, as seen in this photo.

Do this at the start of the first day, by the way, while setting up the Village. It is much easier and less likely to be forgotten.

Keeping track of how many public appearances locks have had will ensure that older, veteran locks are retired at an appropriate time.

 

Stripes on Padlocks

Other locks can be marked with stripes, as well. The progressive locks (seen above) are easy to mark, given their label stickers. Padlocks will also take a line from a Sharpie marker, but keep an eye on them. It is more likely that these marks will be worn off by handling.

If necessary, reapply these marks when you are packing up the Village at the end of each day.

 

More Marks means More Service

It is often possible to set some locks out as many as four times in Lockpick Villages, if care is taken to monitor the people picking them.

However, even if great caution is taken and novice pickers are instructed to not be too rough, usually three or four times is the max for any lock before they should be disassembled and re-pinned... or just retired from Lockpick Village service.

Such locks don't have to be discarded, of course... they can simply be moved into a chapter's "red bag" and used at TOOOL meetings, possibly after some maintenance.

 

Organizing Bags

It's often a good idea to keep locks nicely packed and separated within chapter supply bags.

Let TOOOL know if there is ever anything that we can do to help your local chapter be better organized, just let us know!