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(800) Review: Sparrows Night School


Sparrows Night School


Material Quality9.0
Reader Rating: ( 13 votes ) 5.4


If you want at kit that will help you progress from basic lock picking all the way through spool and serrated pins, this little kit is a bargain!  It comes with what is basically a Sparrows Tuxedo kit with dipped handles and three locks.  All the locks are potentially 6-pinners (but are only pinned up with 5 pins) and have the side of the bible milled away so you can see what is going on inside.  This is VERY useful when learning so you can see exactly what is giving you the feedback and helps greatly when learning pick placement.  With this kit you won’t have to spend a fortune finding progressively more difficult locks because they are already in the case.

With the Canadian economy in decline for the past few years the exchange rate is incredible right not, at a 4-year low.  This makes this $115 Canadian kit sell for only $88 US dollars.  An amazingly low price for a kit of this quality.



  1. What would a good tension tool for top of the keyway be? I tried the sparrow ones but they are too narrow.

  2. ive got something similar to this set,,, but my case is different and pick count is higher, has a slight honeycomb pattern on it… looks mint!

  3. I am confused about Sparrows?
    Inspired by this video, and not having won, I ordered from them (without registering, since it´s a one-off order), paid by PayPal.
    a) I never received the order confirmation
    b) The PayPal confirmation came from another website (canadalockpicks.com)
    c) In trying to clarify this, ALL emails bounced back because of no MX record (no mailserver configured) for the sparrowslockpicks.com and canadalockpicks.com websites and also for the email my PayPal transfer was sent to. No other contact info anywhere on either website.

    Is this just a glithc/misconfiguration, bad customer service or have I fallen for a scamming operation?

  4. @ 3:27 [quote] if you look closely at this, you can see some kind of preservative film ~~~ either that or these picks are heat treated to a light straw temperature, and it's just the natural color of the oxide film (which for stainless, does contribute to passivation… so sure, it's a preservative film hehe)

  5. A warning to anyone interested in Sparrows picks – I just ordered a Tuxedo set and a Wizwazzle set. I was SUPREMELY disappointed when they showed up. These picks are only about 65% the size of a standard pick. They are FAR too small for me to grasp comfortably, and I had trouble picking even modest locks with them. I am contacting Sparrows to see if I can get a refund. I am honestly shocked this hasn't come up in Bill's or any other reviews for that matter. In addition, the flat on the hooks is so tiny it is very difficult to keep the pick on one pin. I couldn't possibly be more disappointed – so much that I'm almost feeling taken advantage of by Sparrows – and am a bit angry. This set is nearly unusable in my opinion.

  6. I want this kit so bad, I just started learning and I really regret not getting this to start off. (I got a random kit on a different website that has a 5 pin padlock and the same picks as the tuxedo kit, but no case.)

  7. Hi Bill, thanks for making this review video on Sparrows beginners kits. Sparrow also made the Vorax kit with some interesting looking additions, could you make a review video on that kit please?

  8. I have some "BKS" cylindric locks, i think they are made in germany. Do you know how I open them up to get access to the pins?

  9. I looked on your page for a review of this when I ordered this kit last week. Didn't see one, but I figured I'd order it anyway. It just showed up yesterday. I'm glad I did though.

  10. Fantastic beginner's kit, those cutaway locks are very interesting. I would have liked to see a close up view of how the spools look when they're performing their duty!

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