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A pre-sale of custom lockpicks designed by a competitive lockpicker to bring "Open Locksport" to market. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on September 24, 2010.

A pre-sale of custom lockpicks designed by a competitive lockpicker to bring "Open Locksport" to market.

About this project


I'm Schuyler Towne, a competitive lockpicker. I have been competing for about 5 years, but didn't really get anywhere until I started buying hand made tools from friends around the country and around the world. After getting accustomed to my custom tools, I couldn't find what I like commercially.

To rectify that I have designed my own line of tools meant for mass production. While you'll find different pick types than you can find commercially, more important is the care that went into the design of each of them. I wanted my picks to feel good in your hand, better than the popsicle-stick handles that rule the marketplace today. I wanted them to look good to and have created a more organic shape to the handle that shows off another unique feature of some of my picks, an undercut.

The undercut is a small curve toward the handle of the pick that, when a pin sets, transmits the feeling more dramatically than traditional straight-handles. However! Sometimes you need the firmness of a straight handle, so I have both in the collection.

It's important to note 2 things. 1: Lockpicking isn't illegal. In fact, there is a vibrant Locksport community. We have been covered positively in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, All Things Considered, Here and Now and many other places. I even recently consulted for a show on the History Channel and many of our community members consult with law enforcement and advance the security of locks all around the world. There are some states that restrict the use of picks in public, but I'll detail what you need to know and they are the rare exception, not the rule! 2: It IS illegal to send lockpicks through the USPS so I will be using whichever 3rd party shipping service offers the best rates.

I'm running this as a pre-sale to get the company started. The money you provide will net you the first run of these awesome tools and the profits will roll right back into the company allowing it to be self sustaining.

I'm updating the project at least once a week, more often twice a week with progress reports, stories, lockpicking demonstrations and answers to your questions! I'm trying to do the best I can to make these updates a real value-add.

Thanks so much for even checking the project out, and if you choose to pledge? You are wonderful beyond words!


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  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    33 backers

    Anyone who donates will get templates of the tools in EPS, PDF, PNG, SVG, etc. formats (basically every format I can export, which will include CAD files) along with instructions for making these tools yourself. I'll offer material suggestions and finishing ideas too.

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    Pledge $20 or more

    44 backers

    Practice Makes Perfect! A practice kit with 3 locks progressively pinned, security pins, tweezers, plug follower and instructions for repinning your own locks. All packaged in a lovely tin. [+ Templates!]

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    Pledge $35 or more

    269 backers

    Hors d'Oeuvres! A set of 5 picks! There will be two options available, either 5 advanced picks or 5 starter picks. Your choice! This selection will come with a small case as well. [+ Templates + Practice Kit]

  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    90 backers

    First Course! A set of 10 picks! There will be two options available, either the 10 starter picks or the 10 advanced picks. This selection will come with a large case as well. [+ Templates + Practice Kit]

  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    587 backers

    Main Course! The full set of 20 picks! You will get every pick I have designed from the starters right through to the advanced designs. This selection will come with a large case as well. [+ Templates + Practice Kit]

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    Pledge $100 or more

    103 backers

    Save room for Dessert! A hand screened, 2 color "Open Locksport" t-shirt and a bunch of other Open Locksport shwag. Temporary Tattoos? Absolutely! Stickers? Heck yes! And more! [+ Templates + Practice Kit + 20 Picks]

  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    Custom Kit & Full access to me! My Mother, who did all of the prototyping for the pick cases, will make you a custom, hand made pick case to your specifications, including any illustration or dedication you may want. Additionally, you'll be given everything I've ever written or recorded on the subject of Locks & get 3 hours of Skype time with me to ask questions, discuss locks, run demos, whatever you want. [+ Templates + Practice Kit + 20 Picks + Shwag]

  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    15 backers

    Lock Library! 50 Locks of various types, including pin tumblers, wafers, levers, and dial & sesame combo locks. 30 individual picks and the full set of 20 in a case. You'll also get handcuffs and a cutaway pin tumbler to help explain how they work. You'll also get all of the shwag of the $100 level! Great for new clubs and hackerspaces.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    2 backers

    Uber Lock Library! Everything in the Lock Library times 2! 100 locks! 60 individual picks! 2 full sets of 20 in cases! 2 different sets of handcuffs and a 2 cutaways! One of a pin-tumbler lock, one of the locking mechanism in handcuffs! In addition to all of this I'll send you training materials. Nicely illustrated guides to lockpicking, impressioning, bumping, overlifting, etc. etc! I can guarantee 10 different reproducible worksheets and I'm hoping to do 20+!

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    Pledge $2,500 or more

    2 backers All gone!

    Physical classroom! I fly to you! I'll bring the picks, locks, handcuffs, combo locks, cutaways, high security locks, and, most importantly, the knowledge, to run 2 days of classes for as many people you like. You let me know how many people I can expect and your nearest airport and I'll do the rest. Great for Colleges & Universities, Hackerspaces w/large membership, offices or law enforcement! (This offer open to continental US only. If you are outside of the US & want to subsidize the airfare, we can talk!)

Funding period

- (71 days)