Master Locks Are Really Subs

Some days you just have to smile. I've been out at pdx42 and _sister_madly_'s house for the past few days house sitting. Today, I drove home for lunch and there was the package sitting on my table. I am soooo happy.

I grabbed a Master Lock I had recently purchased and opened it with the key, just to make sure it worked. One of the reasons I chose this particular lock is that the package claimed a "pin tumbler mechanism for maximum pesistence (sic) to picking." I an only wonder if the typo was deliberate to protect against lawsuits.

I locked the lock, opened my package and set to work on the lock. A few seconds later, the lock yielded to my brand-new lock picks. This is, in fact, one of the easiest locks I have ever picked. You practically breathe on the damn lock and it falls open.

For those curious, I picked up this 14 piece kit. For those wondering about the legality, it's perfectly legal in Oregon for me to possess these picks for personal use so long as I'm not committing a crime. When I moved back from Amsterdam, I'm left a set of lock picks behind because I had a connecting flight in Washington D.C. and mere possession of lock picks in D.C. is a felony for most people. Check your local laws.

Update: OK, it was beginner's luck. The lock popped open instantly on my first couple of tries and now it's not giving me any love. I'm terribly out of practice. Oh well, back to work.
  • Current Mood: excited excited
ohhh my ex alan has those. it was fun. we picked locks all the time just to say we could.

he couldn't pick my house lock though
so he crawled in through the window(I lost my keys)
This I will remember. I played around with lock picking when I was in high school. It's always good to remember which of your friends can get you into your house or car in a time of need.
I wonder if their proofreader or typist has Russian or another Slavic language as her native tongue since in Russian alphabet letter "p" marks the sound "r". If I am tired, I tend to miss the letter substitution typos, especially since in some part of my brain letter "p" marks both sounds "p" and "r" simultaneously.

Ok so you can buy them, but were to learn how to use them?
I've always wanted to learn how to pick locks... it would complement my pick pocketing skills (high school flirting technique) ;)
If you want to buy them, you can purchase them online at There are some online establishments which require you to send proof that you're a law enforcement professional, locksmith, or in some other profession which requires you to have lock picks. These guys don't. Further, they seem to have a good online reputation.

As for how I learned, I did it the hard way. When I lived in Amsterdam, I hung out with the Hippies From Hell (though I doubt they remember me). They had a club house where lock picking classes were available. I bought my first set of picks there and went to some of their classes. Unfortunately, I didn't stay long enough to get really skilled at it.

Perhaps the easier way you can learn is to check out They have a lot of resources and links. Plus, if you dig around, you can find a special 10% discount code for use with It's not as fun as Amsterdam, but you take what you can get.
another common data point
except for the part about Amsterdam..

I learned to pick locks from a former Secret Service agent-the year I graduated high school.

Fairie G
Learning to pick locks in Amsterdam qualifies you as an International Mystery Man of Many Talents, eh.