Welcome everyone to my first blog! I am the HelpfulLockPicker also known as Doug. I work as a nurse in the Emergency Department at a Level III Trauma Center. One common question many people have but might not ask is “How Did You Get Into Lock Sport?” Today, I hope to share this with you.
I first got into Lock Sport in September of 2017. I got into if for more or less practical reasons. I had several deadbolt locks (keyed differently) that took the same keyblank but I had lost the keys to them. At the time, my goal was to make all the locks work on the same key. As I did my research online I learnt that I could do it myself and it could be fun. I had the option to either “shim” the lock open or “pick it.” I quickly found that picking would be a more fun approach and I went onto Reddit and found r/lockpicking. From there, I read everything on their wiki and tried to take in as much information in as I could. I went through every tutorial that I could find and searched for the best tools to do the job. I bought my first set a Peterson Hook 1 Reach in 0.025” and a top of keyway tensioner in 0.040” and 0.050”. Once these came in I was off to try to pick my first lock!
The locks that I worked on where Kwikset locks which are traditionally very beginner friendly. I was able to get them open in just a few minutes. After this, my whole perception on security changed, I became very interested in Lock Sport, and wanted to continue to learn more!