Lockpick sets and locks
Cheap ~$5 set from China:
Basic set for a cheap price. It is recommended to smooth the picks a bit with sandpaper.
Decent ~$10 set from China
A larger basic set for a nice price. It is recommended to smooth the picks a bit with sandpaper.
Decent ~$20 set from China
Decent set for a decent price. It is recommended to smooth the picks a bit with sandpaper.
Best price/quality set (~$30, US + shipping)
“Tremendous Twelve Toolkit”, a very nice set made by Toool.
Cheap set of tension tools from China (~$10)
Create your own tension tools from wiperblades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrSl3H81I2Q
To create feelers to feel inside combination locks you can buy a set of cheap key extractors and smooth the ends (file and sand off the hooks):
See through locks
For beginners, great to understand how a lock works. Easily picked.
Look around the site for the best prices, but keep in mind the difference in quality and that the padlocks come in two different sizes.
Practice Locks from Sparrows
Very good practice locks:
Lock Disassembly Tool
To take apart and rebuild locks:
I recommend the following books about lockpicking:
- Visual Guide to Lock Picking, Mark McCloud (note: Be sure to buy the latest edition, which at the moment seems to be the 3rd edition)
- Practical Lock Picking, Deviant Ollam
- Keys to the Kingdom, Deviant Ollam
I recommend the following YouTube channels about lockpicking:
Toool is the The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers: