The possession of tools/practice of lock picking is not legal in every country/state/province. Make sure that you follow the laws in your area! In Toronto,
“Every one who, without lawful excuse, the proof of which lies on them, has in their possession any instrument suitable for the purpose of breaking into any place, motor vehicle, vault or safe under circumstances that give rise to a reasonable inference that the instrument has been used or is or was intended to be used for such a purpose” Dont do illegal/stupid things with your lock picks and you should be fine.
Why it interests me:
Remember that movie moment when the hero (or villain) takes a hair pin and picks their way out of some handcuffs/jail cell? Well thats actually NOT the reason I gravitate towards this hobby….
Just like Graphic Design where you walk down a street and recognize typefaces, graphic styles and techniques, locks are mechanical objects that we have absolutely everywhere in our environment. Being able to identify, understand and know the techniques to open that type of lock is quite alluring to me.
However, being able to pick your way out of some handcuffs is pretty badass xD
“I’d suggest starting with reading Practical Lockpicking by Deviant Ollam” by duder145
“Once you get it, you got it.” by bro_digz
Price + Equipment:
I would start with a basic set that would run you around $30
like this one at Lock Pick Shop
You also want to start accumulating locks that you can practice on. What I probably would do is to buy a basic lock at your local hardware store/dollar store. This will probably run you ~$15. Now Google the lock, watch some videos and conquer it!
There are many different types of locks out there so once you have overcome one type of lock, either do it faster OR move over to a mechanically different lock and try to conquer that! Look at This video
by Bosnianbill which shows a series of master locks that have different mechanical differences.
I think that it follows the same progression type as a Rubick’s cube, you know how to solve the object, however you want to now go faster or try more complicated cubes, then go faster with those!
Basic Lock Picking Demonstration: