Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 24, 2010.

Update #90

Press and Progress


Slate did an article on this Kickstarter. Schuyler, Jason Scott, and several unnamed backers make appearances. The URL is here:

Schuyler has received the sheet of prototype pics. He has been tasked with taking photos of the picks and his experience with them. 

Apologies for the short update, but during this time we're going to err on the side of frequent updates.


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      Creator Schuyler Towne on October 17, 2012

      Schuyler has received the picks and will be providing photos tonight, but he had to go to work, when he uploads the photos, we'll update here immediately, but before he left for work, he rush-uploaded an unboxing and testing video:…

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      Creator Ryan Harp on October 17, 2012

      PhotoGuy, In all honesty it depends on the lock. Some will be harder than others depending on the machining process. You should be able to rake a standard 3 pin lock (without security pins) pretty quickly. I've found that some 5-pin locks open extremely easy even with single pin picking and other 5 pins of the same brand lock give me a very hard time. It just depends. If you really want to better your skills, slowly amass a large lock library that you can play with. I have a bunch of locks now and some of them are supposedly "high-security" and they are pretty simple to pick. I also have a couple that are my Excalibur - have had them for 2 plus years and haven't gotten them to open....Completely frustrating...

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      Creator PhotoGuy on October 16, 2012

      I have been using the practice locks with a set of picks that I bought about a year ago to help me wait for some better ones. They seem super easy compare to other practice ones I have gotten. Are the other ones abnormally hard or are these abnormally easy. I can rake even the 3 pin one open in 5 seconds top, not bragging because I'm not good at all.

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      Creator jos weyers on October 16, 2012

      Good article, very honest.

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    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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