Lockpicking Techniques

Here we have page devoted to picking techniques, tips, and tricks. This may turn into an index of general articles about picking, but for now this is it.

Single-Pin Picking

SPP is the act of picking open a lock by manipulating each pin one-at-a-time. It is delibrate and involves skill, practice, and an understanding of how locks work. In this article, you will find a basic description of how pin timbler locks work and a technique that can open all but the most advanced of them. The skills you learn by practicing single-pin picking will carry over to every lock you open.


Rakewalking is just a type of outward rake/scrub. This page details my computerized search for the most effective combinations of rakewalking movements. Mostly theoretical stuff here, but we'll see how it pans out.

Lock Analysis

This one is sort of a mish-mash of thoughts about analyzing new and interesting locks. It's mostly here to get the reader thinking and asking questions as they approach new mechanical puzzles.

Sourcing Locks and Tools

Beginners and even advanced pickers are sometimes confused about where to get locks and picks. On this page, I'll share the places and people that have helped me build up my collection. Hopefully, you'll spot an idea you haven't tried out yet for getting hold of the equipment needed for this hobby we love.