In this chapter, you’ll start picking pin tumbler locks. You’ll explore various ways to hold tools and locks, learn what tool to use when, and practice some techniques.

You’ll need a lock to practice with; any pin tumbler lock will suffice, as long as it’s not in use and you can afford to damage it. We recommend using a regular lock rather than a clear acrylic practice lock. Although clear locks allow you to see what’s going on inside them, they’re made differently than regular locks and don’t feel the same when you’re picking them, so they aren’t great for real-world practice. You’ll also need a set of hooks ...

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