Home Lock Picking for Beginners (24) How to “Rock” Open a Lock in Seconds

(24) How to “Rock” Open a Lock in Seconds


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  1. I've just started watching your videos tonight, as I want to learn how locks all work before my first set comes in the mail. I'm just getting a Southord Jackknife Pocket set, but it's just so that I can get the basics in before I go for my apprenticeship in locksmithing. You really know your stuff, and it's cool to see how all these different techniques and locks work. Thanks!

  2. Hey Bill! Been watching a lot of your videos recently and have become an instant fan. Very educational for someone just getting into picking, by way of your videos I have accomplished so much! In your videos I often hear you mention that you "give locks away" and I was wondering if it would be possible to have you send me a few practice locks of increasing difficulty to hone my skills. Please pm me if you have the time, thanks Bill!

  3. I'm still waiting for my first pick set to come in the mail. I've been watching a lot of your videos Bill and they are great. I'm curious though. In this video it looks almost effortless when you rocked the pick and opened this lock in seconds. To me that screams that this lock is actually junk and not very good at all. Is that correct?
    Also, for a newbie such as myself, what factors would you say we should consider when trying to determine what technique to use? (i.e. rocking, single pick, rake, etc…)
    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  4. Cool Technique Bill. This is what I used when I started Picking Locks back in 2001 When I got my First Pick Set From Snap-On for Automotive Lock Picking. Great Video. Keep up the great work. Nick.

  5. Nicely demonstrated! This is a fantastic and grossly overlooked technique. The majority of cylinders over here use the Y1 profile (or 1A as we call it) you mentioned, and it's just as effective. It's just a matter of angling the shaft the right way, you don't really need to snake around the keyway too much unless the pins are all very deep setting. Definitely harder on the really wacky keyways though; asec are pretty common and they're fairly nasty but I've even opened a few of those like this.

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