How to Pick a Lock (Basics) 🔓

  • Added:  2 years ago
  • I show how pin-tumbler locks work and how they can be opened using lock picks. This is a fairly basic view about lock picking but I wanted to make it comprehensive to give people a good idea of the concepts. As well as a foundation for beginners in lock picking to get a better view of how a lock works and how it can be exploited. The pin-tumbler is a very common lock mechanism that uses pins of varying lengths to prevent the lock from opening without the correct key. Most locks around the home or office are simple pin-and-tumbler locks and can be relatively easy to open using a pick and a tension wrench.


    While the process is simple and can be mastered with practice, picking such a lock requires a great deal of patience. It can be a hobby as well as a practical skill. Locksmiths define lock-picking as the manipulation of a lock's components to open a lock without a key. To understand lock picking you first have to know how locks and keys work. Most locks are based on fairly similar concepts but they do come in all shapes and sizes, with many design variations. As this is just to cover the basics I don’t go over security pins or more advanced techniques. This video is for educational purposes only.

    More Lockpicking Videos:
    How to make a Lock Pick:

    🔫How to Open Locks with a Lockpick Gun🔫:

    How to Make a Simple Lock Shim:

    💼How to Open Locked Suitcases/Baggage without a Key💼:

    Lock Picking a Master Lock No.3 and No.21:

    The lock picks that I use (The Tuxedo Set) plus some extra stuff:
    1 x Best Buster Snake rake 0.025 Thick
    2 x Triple Rake 0.025 Thick
    1 x Small Half Diamond 0.025 Thick
    1 x Offset Hybrid 0.025 Thick
    1 x Short Hook 0.025 Thick
    1 x City Rake 0.025 Thick
    6 x Tension Wrenches
    1 x Homemade Pry Bar
    3 x Homemade Picks (Hook, Half Diamond, Snake Rake)

    The diagrams and information on pin-tumbler locks:

    Lock picking is the art of unlocking a lock by analyzing and manipulating the components of the lock device without the original key. In addition, ideal lock picking should not damage the lock itself, allowing it to be rekeyed for later use, which is especially important with antique locks that would be impossible to replace if destructive entry methods were used. Although lock picking can be associated with criminal intent, it is an essential skill for a locksmith, and is often pursued by law abiding citizens as a useful skill to learn or simply a hobby. The move towards combination locks for high-security items such as safes was intended to remove the weakest part of the lock: its keyhole.

    Music: YouTube Audio Library
    Tracks: Without_A_Sound, Up_Above
    Artists: Letter Box

    ©2017 Von Malegowski. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 7 days ago

    "Alright. If you get arrested, don't blame on me." - Vex

  • Sickbear Carr
    Sickbear Carr 10 days ago

    Lmao before the video was about to start i saw a security ad

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  • Caleb Smith
    Caleb Smith 12 days ago

    Or, ready, you could use this thing called a key.

  • Hobi Hobi
    Hobi Hobi 15 days ago

    remember to use the theif stone!!!

  • Shadow_ Wing101
    Shadow_ Wing101 17 days ago

    Its an expert lock!!!

  • inari the fox
    inari the fox 21 day ago

    This helped me a lot, thank you very much!
    Plus, Now that I learned, lockpicking is a lot easier than expected (at least on basic levels obviously!)
    It took just about a minute to pick a lock with the 3 peak rake

  • Alexi Jones
    Alexi Jones 24 days ago +1

    Stop right there! You have committed crimes against Skyrim and her people. What say you in your defence?

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  • Someone
    Someone 25 days ago +1

    hate those big subtitles so anoying

  • LolBait
    LolBait Month ago

    when you get the Nimble skill...

  • BlueJake_PL
    BlueJake_PL Month ago

    It's 1AM. I will try this trick with local shop.

  • Shabooka Zalaknke
    Shabooka Zalaknke Month ago

    That was awesome

  • sypher0101
    sypher0101 Month ago

    How do the raking picks differ from each other? the use of each seem the same.

  • Jarno Datema
    Jarno Datema Month ago

    until I get a set for my birthday im only picking my nose

  • JonahDePona
    JonahDePona Month ago

    is a can you use a lockpick only one time or multiple?

  • The real Lucas
    The real Lucas Month ago

    I love my new TV thanks for the vid guys ; )

  • King Kong Da Savage Pom

    I just wanna learn this to get in people's lockers in middle school.

  • Marcus Swell
    Marcus Swell Month ago

    all you need is one Bobby pin nothin more.

  • Vicious Vomit
    Vicious Vomit Month ago

    You practice lock picking....I target practice with my 9mm. Just saying....

    TANER DOGAN 2 months ago

    i want to get into lock picking. trouble is i dont know what picks to but as many of them are cheap and thus poor in getting the job done. can i get some help in buying expert lock picks please. i bought a set for £20 and they were terrible, the rench was too big for example. thank you.

    EAST COAST TAE KWON DO 2 months ago

    Great Vidoes. Keep them coming.

    You don't have to be a criminal to appreciate the art of lock picking. It is a potentially life saving survival skill. Imagine you are in a burning building and a lock was what was between you and escape. Lock picking was a standard skill of the historical ninja. Just like with martial arts it depends on the intentions of the user whether the knowledge is good or evil. Heroes like James Bond and MacGuyer have been shown to use lock picking to save theirs or some else's lives. Just because one wants to learn this skill doe not make them a criminal any more that one learning martial arts means they go around beating people up. Most people have never been in a fight, but would like to know how to defend themselves if they had no other option.

  • Gabriele De Mattia
    Gabriele De Mattia 2 months ago

    So people could break into my house so easily and without making any noise at night?

  • EonSpectra
    EonSpectra 2 months ago

    Gosh this helped me with that Very Hard lock I've been wanting to open. Thanks for the great Fallout 4 guide!

  • TheGamerJad
    TheGamerJad 2 months ago

    im coming to steal your house with this trick lol

  • Zadnja Sadaka
    Zadnja Sadaka 2 months ago

    Nice video but i need help,when I picking the lock goes only half way,why ????

  • Marco Ruiz
    Marco Ruiz 2 months ago

    great video! i bought one set on ebay. now I'll wait to arrive at home :)

  • LyricMetalMan
    LyricMetalMan 2 months ago

    when u hype skyrim or dying light and try lockpicking

  • Ivan Kalashnacov
    Ivan Kalashnacov 2 months ago

    Dude you realize that some of the people here are bugalers not me but some

  • Daniel Vasquez
    Daniel Vasquez 2 months ago

    or you can go do some quests and aquire the skeleton key and spam auto attempt on any lock and eventually it will open

  • naqib syafiq
    naqib syafiq 2 months ago

    Literally picked my first lock while watching this video!!!

  • graphkid
    graphkid 2 months ago

    Very helpful man thank you.

  • Zom Bee Nature
    Zom Bee Nature 2 months ago

    what keeps the key pins from falling out into the keyway? I also wonder why you need different shaped lockpicks if you just rake the key pins out of the way with all of them anyway. It doesn't matter, this is just more useless info to add to my collection, along with the difference between a zip drive and a flash drive, how to make a first-class buggy whip, how to quickly divide a number by 19 in your head, how to keep pillbugs (isopods) as pets, and how to use gold foil as edible ice cream decorations.

  • Eli Channel
    Eli Channel 2 months ago

    Pick the lock? I BREAK THE LOCK! Lol joking.

  • tony archuleta
    tony archuleta 2 months ago

    hello I am a beginner picker and I wanted to see if u have any old locks or picks u don't use anymore that I would be able to get so I can use to practice than u for ur time

  • Nicholas Mo
    Nicholas Mo 3 months ago

    You are using the city rake wrong btw.

    • Von Malegowski
      Von Malegowski  3 months ago

      I understand how it was designed to be used, but I've had more success using it my way so that's what I show.

    • Nicholas Mo
      Nicholas Mo 3 months ago

      no.. not really it was designed to used with a rocking technique

    • Von Malegowski
      Von Malegowski  3 months ago

      It's not wrong if it works, there's more than one way to do something.

  • N¡nja•k¡††y

    xD i knew nothing about nothing and boom take a rusty old crappy swiss knife and jimmy a lock open in just a few minutes

  • 皓哥
    皓哥 3 months ago

    (Where can I get the unlocking tool?)

  • Ahmet Mete
    Ahmet Mete 3 months ago

    Lock Picking increased to 48

  • Nerd Plays
    Nerd Plays 3 months ago

    New Skill: Lockpicking!

  • Holo Wise Wolf MPP
    Holo Wise Wolf MPP 3 months ago

    thanks so much i got a fastest personal time of 2.23 seconds

  • Virtus. Throw
    Virtus. Throw 3 months ago

    fuck shit, i don't have that kind of picks!

  • Sivert Nakken Jdjj
    Sivert Nakken Jdjj 3 months ago

    what music?

  • Hid. jpg
    Hid. jpg 3 months ago

    This video really helped.. Thanks!

  • Fakten der Welt
    Fakten der Welt 3 months ago

    I plan a new video with facts from the world. I would like for my next project some excerpts from the videos you can find on your channel. Is it ok for you if I can use sections of different videos? A link from your channel I will put into the description. Can I do this?

  • UltraGaivalas
    UltraGaivalas 3 months ago +1

    lock-picking is fun

  • Sebastian Knox
    Sebastian Knox 3 months ago

    Ha I have the see through lock

  • rayyan nugraha
    rayyan nugraha 3 months ago

    i came here because of splinter cell , anyone have a same reason ?

  • Peter Gegg
    Peter Gegg 4 months ago

    sorry for my bad english i hope you can understand what i mean anyway. Do you have to put every "bolt" up and it stays there and you do the next or do you have to make everyone at the same time because they would go down again

    YOLO TV 4 months ago

    Next video please tell us how to break prison cells

  • LOL HI :D
    LOL HI :D 4 months ago

    lol from the game thief xD

  • Battal Gazi
    Battal Gazi 4 months ago +1

    I was searching for post apocalytic games, so watched videos of Fallout 4, then landed here. I love the internet

  • Flaviusworld L
    Flaviusworld L 4 months ago

    awesome video

  • Oloruntola Deed
    Oloruntola Deed 4 months ago

    im about to rob me a nigga..just joking

  • terry7893
    terry7893 5 months ago

    Good Lord, every negro in town will want to watch a video like this. I just came here to see if I could fix my lock, but negroes want to break in your home to steal all your stuff.

    • Oloruntola Deed
      Oloruntola Deed 4 months ago

      u racist shit head.. white people do crime too.and there is more white people population than black people population so white do most crime.

  • Erick Severiano
    Erick Severiano 5 months ago

    I have a quick question about lock picking, if I pick a lock, will the lock still work after

    • Von Malegowski
      Von Malegowski  5 months ago

      Yes, lock picking is meant as a non-destructive method to open locks and they should work the same as before.

  • Lion & Lamb Leather
    Lion & Lamb Leather 5 months ago

    hey guys i am not a criminal or nothing but can you rocomend a good but cheaper set of lock picks maybe on amazon .

    • kevo598
      kevo598 5 months ago

      I wouldn't recommend any pick set off amazon tbh, the metal they are made from is cheap and will break after a while. If the lockpicking hobby is something you think you'll really get into then I'd recommend the Dangerfield PRAXIS Dual-Gauge 21 Piece Complete Lock Pick Set from it works out at €43.45 which might seem a bit steep but trust me, for the quality of this kit it's an absolute steal.

  • Ken Of Btd
    Ken Of Btd 5 months ago

    Thx bro I got a new house

  • brandon viera
    brandon viera 5 months ago

    Thanks for my *NEW* tv :DDD

  • Rock Boo
    Rock Boo 5 months ago

    a manual for thieving! very nice!!

  • Gryphon Gamer
    Gryphon Gamer 5 months ago

    My neighbors are on vacation

  • SOLID MARIO ソリッドマリオ

    Lost Karma for picklocking a toy safe

  • Illuminati confirmed
    Illuminati confirmed 5 months ago

    thanks now my lockpicking increased to 16

  • Sergey Shchelkunov
    Sergey Shchelkunov 5 months ago +1

    For the 3rd method... can you attach your lock-pick to some sort of push-pull that vibrates ? - essentially, you will have a gadget that actuates your lock -pick back and forth, - the same you do with your hand. A turning wrench can be a part of the gadget. The gadget can be battery-powered. You insert it into a lock, let it vibrate (to exercise the method #3), and the only thing for you to do is to apply slight pressure to the "wrench". Hey, with modern computers (micro-chips) you can even record the amplitude and frequency of oscillations that helped to lock-pick a given lock, associate it with an input that characterizes the lock (by maker and model number), and the next time when you see the same lock, you simply revoke the most-fastest-to-lock-pick regime from the gadget memory. This lock-pick can be apart of your iPhone (e.g. a USB driven plug-in gadget), that is equipped with some app, that memorizes the lock-picking regime (for each lock model you opened).

  • A L
    A L 5 months ago

    What kind of door opens turning the key to the right?

  • Paul Cheyne
    Paul Cheyne 5 months ago

    bought a set from Amazon and have become brilliant with the one with the pins you can see, however I'm trying it with a normal lock it's really hard, how do you know what you're hitting ? I use the same thinking but I've had little success. I did unlock a decent lock which my work used to lock up laptops, not a cheap one but I did it by accident when I was passing it to a friend to try. I have preferred the single pin method, but raking does look like a quicker method. Good video mate, I'll keep trying..

  • SheSocrates
    SheSocrates 5 months ago

    Why can't they make see-through locks? They are so beautiful. Great vid! Really enjoyed it.

  • AAproductions
    AAproductions 5 months ago

    New car here I come!

  • Bruno Henrique
    Bruno Henrique 5 months ago

    Pretty coolio

  • Christina Phillips
    Christina Phillips 5 months ago

    thank you so much, I got one of those practice locks and tools like you (from if anyone wants one) i spent roughly 45 min after watching you, now can nearly get it everytime! :-D

  • Paul Jones
    Paul Jones 5 months ago

    I play gta5 better now 🍕👍

  • Alex Merritt
    Alex Merritt 5 months ago

    I think the video would be more effective if, instead of overlaying the information you want as text, to instead have a voice-over and talk about what it is you're doing :)

  • how to be full savage
    how to be full savage 5 months ago

    yall active with the use of picking locks. like i just saw a comment that said they have a ps4 from this video

  • Grubbdown 1783
    Grubbdown 1783 6 months ago

    I bought a little kit online that came with the same lock. Very helpful

  • thomas nottellingyou
    thomas nottellingyou 6 months ago

    i know it says raking but i read it as raping

  • ramazan kaya
    ramazan kaya 6 months ago

    If you subscribe me I will subscribe you really:)(for everybody who see this)

  • The Stoned Videogame Nerd

    Well realy anyone can open a "Bullkeys" Lock like you used here,the clear can shove into the Keyway what you want,tension it,it opens...Its a horrible horrible training lock.
    Even when you try to spp it you most times end up raking it open by accident ,)
    Its a ridiculous unsafe bad lock
    Get yourself a Abus Discus...i needed like 2 Hours before i had it open for the first time...4 Pins,2 are can rake the whole Day and it wont open ;)

  • Ethan Myers
    Ethan Myers 6 months ago

    with these upgrades you never stood a chance

  • Haiku Master
    Haiku Master 6 months ago

    Nice :)

  • Kenny Sun
    Kenny Sun 6 months ago

    player.additem bobbypin 100

  • Niño Valium
    Niño Valium 6 months ago

    5M views LOL. I'm setting traps at my house asap

  • liang longlong
    liang longlong 6 months ago

    i dont understand why in the americas they use locks like that.... in the nordics we have much more complicated lock mechanism on our door locks....

    • J.D. Salinger
      J.D. Salinger 5 months ago

      What are they called if they have a name?

    • Von Malegowski
      Von Malegowski  6 months ago

      It's probably easier and cheaper to mass produce these simpler locks.

  • Ratu Ose
    Ratu Ose 6 months ago

    Thank you veery much ! I often misplace my keys and end up hacksawing & buying another new lock. This has definite saved me time and money as it allows me time to look for my lost keys after getting into my house.Very educational, bro. Bless ya !

  • sandsideapache
    sandsideapache 6 months ago

    Nope , still none the wiser . Can we have one on ' throwing a brick through a kitchen window ' ?

  • Vextroiz
    Vextroiz 6 months ago +1

    Thank you.I got a new bike.....!

  • yug0
    yug0 6 months ago +1

    Anyone get inspiration from "Mr. Robot"?

  • Noah Hess
    Noah Hess 6 months ago

    lockpick skill increased!

  • Steven Belfer
    Steven Belfer 6 months ago

    Thank you sir! This worked well.

  • Myron Inthavong
    Myron Inthavong 6 months ago

    welp time to go use this for evil xD

  • Dimitar Mitev
    Dimitar Mitev 6 months ago

    music ????

  • Monkey
    Monkey 7 months ago

    I have to be Lvl 37 Lockpicking to open this lock in skyrim :(

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    benedikt jung 7 months ago

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  • f f
    f f 7 months ago

    ... yeah 😈

  • Marie Hermans
    Marie Hermans 7 months ago

    departure majority infection yet client inevitable lost.

  • Kingmax
    Kingmax 7 months ago

    boys this video teach you how to pick a lock when zombie outbreak happen so make sure you remember

  • zablacena_ponozka
    zablacena_ponozka 7 months ago

    First song name pls

  • Jorge Rodz
    Jorge Rodz 7 months ago

    lo bueno que los Brayan, el Kevin y compañía no saben inglés jaja

  • tsotna
    tsotna 7 months ago

    yes lockpick skill increased!

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