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A pre-sale of custom lockpicks designed by a competitive lockpicker to bring "Open Locksport" to market.
A pre-sale of custom lockpicks designed by a competitive lockpicker to bring "Open Locksport" to market.
1,159 backers pledged $87,407 to help bring this project to life.

Store Bundle Mailed Out - Looking Forward


The first batch of items from the new Open! Locksport Surplus store have gone out. Not surprisingly, this cleared out the lockpick sets set aside for fundraising. T-shirts, practice locks, and cases are still in healthy supply. Most people in the US should expect their package in a couple days.

The lockpick sets will come back in the store when there's more to set aside for fundraising - but everything being finished up right now will go to backers. The more surplus is sold off, the faster the picks can be built. Also, some surplus is going to be held to fulfill some straying rewards folks didn't get up to now.

I will continue to maintain the store, and keep the inventory accurate, and add anything that might pop up for sale. Meanwhile, continue to send in address updates if you're still awaiting more rewards and have moved. Thanks.

Quick Clarification on Rewards Sent Out: No Lockpicks Went Out Below $500 Level

Jason Scott, speaking for the board again.

First, thanks to everyone ordering from the store. It has meant a lot to have so many people willing to purchase items for the good of the project. Orders will be fulfilled overnight and mailed out tomorrow - as said, these are all items that are in this physical location.

Second, and I am writing this because some people were confused and I am worried others will continue to be:

We believe we have mailed out every reward except for lockpicks for levels of backers at $250 and below. In other words, you should now have everything you are owed except for lockpicks if you contributed at $250 or below.

Lockpicks have only been mailed out (so far) for contributors at $500 and above. Individuals at that level were owed multiple sets, so that has eaten the initial stocks of lockpicks. More are coming and we will continue to fulfill until we either run out of funds or every last person has gotten their lockpicks.

This is an entirely understandable mix-up - people aren't all interested in reading these updates for something in the rear view mirror from years ago.

The main issue is that some people might still be waiting for (say) practice locks, or lockpick cases, or some other item besides their picks, and we're under the impression all those have gotten out. It was expected there would be people coming forward for some time - this just seemed an excellent moment to call out for more.

Again, if you are expecting anything other than your lock picks, this would be a good time to mail and discuss your situation. 

Thanks again.

Open Locksport Store is Open (And Other Info)

Jason Scott, speaking for the board.

This morning, we opened the Open! Locksport surplus store, which allows the purchase of practice locks, t-shirts, cases, and the 20-pick lockpick set. All proceeds from this store are going into the account for the purchase of more materials and etching of the metal to make the picks.

As discussed previously, there is no pressure or requirement for backers to patronize this store - as we move through the list, you will be sent your items. Feel free to tell others about the store... it is not a secret.

The store is here:

I (Jason) have the inventory and will keep the "available" numbers to items in my personal possession. There are no pre-sales or backordered sales at the store.

Two other bits of note:

Soon, we'll be generating a set of statistics that will show up at the bottom of future updates. It'll list how many picks/sets this kickstarter promised, how many have been sent out, and the current level of backer owed picks. (Some backers might be owed other items, and those are being worked out.) In this way, you have better feedback as to how the queue is working. Currently, we're still servicing $500+ level backers.

Next, we currently believe all non-lockpick rewards at $250 or below are fulfilled. If you have not gotten your promised non-lockpick rewards, please contact us at There is a good possibility your package went to some crazy place, or someone at your old address swiped something, or any of a bunch of issues. Over $6000 worth of postage has already been paid out to get the packages of non-lockpick rewards out, so most everyone should have what they were expecting. At some point, we will run out of the reward surplus, so it would be good to get in contact about it sooner rather than later.

That's it. Talk again soon.

It's On Me


 Jason Scott, speaking for the board, and apologizing.

There were a dearth of updates and information between the October update and now. That is entirely my fault. The repair board defaults to me as the speaker, and I'm the only one who has written updates. When I didn't, they didn't. So you were in the dark for a couple months. I caused that.

Last year, I said "yes" to too many things, and I spent 220 out of 365 days traveling. I'd come home from a bunch of travel, find my housemate had piled all the mail and packages on my bed, get them out of the way, fall asleep, and then begin packing for the next trip when I woke up. The result was that I was often having trouble answering mail and shipping out my own packages, much less working with the boxes of picks that Schuyler has been steadily sending me.

Last week, a bunch of picks went out of $500 backers. More will go out Monday. Sales of pick sets to offset costs will continue and are likely to be on a Shopify store, along with the promised sales of locks and shirts and cases I mentioned last year.

Schuyler has been working steadily on picks, refining his process, and has been putting money into the (separate) account we set up for buying material, as was promised. The process, while relatively slow, is continuing.

There is no point in giving time estimates, but be assured I would like this all in the rear window of everyone's life as much as everyone else, including Schuyler, who has returned to a healthy and happy life and is happily making his picks as well as his work researching lock history and his day job that gives him the structure (and health insurance) he needed.

Do not let us lag, next time. My e-mail is Feel free to comment here, but also please mail me - it has been a very involved year, and this year is me saying "no" to a lot of travel and commitments so I can clear out my backlog, including this project.

The Long March Begins - And Short Ends


Jason Scott, speaking for the board.

The first set of what will hopefully be many backer-directed picks have come in from Schuyler. They'll start being distributed shortly.

I wanted to talk about the logistics of this, and how we're going about distribution.

The way picks are going out is to go down the tiers, from the $2,500 backers, down to the last level which was promised picks, which is the $35 level backers. Additionally, there are people who paid in direct to Schuyler at various levels outside of Kickstarter (we have those records as well). In each set, the general plan is to go down alphabetically, although weirdness with usernames will probably put a few people out of order. That's the general set, though. 

We chose this because we think it's only fair in terms of money contributed to the kickstarter, and to keep an eye on how many picks have gone out.

As we think we've completed a level, we'll update folks here, so they can keep an idea of how things are progressing.

As it stands, the top tiers have quite a few picks owed them, so we're working through that. It means that for the small batch Schuyler sent, they'll all be going to these high tiers. As we get to the $100 level, things should even out more and an incoming backer batch will get distributed out to many more folks.

Sitting in my inbox are a number of other odds and ends with backers, be it shirts, cases, and boxes that didn't arrive. Those are being gone through now and I hope we'll be done with those as backer-owed items soon. Thanks for everyone's patience on that.

We're also about to open the Shopify store to sell off surplus items. A collection of items will be kept to ensure backers still can get something they're owed.

Schuyler continues to refine his process with the lockpicks. He has changed his welder parts slightly to improve his welding, and has been working steadily on making more pick sets. That said, I think it unwise to give estimates as to how long these rounds of sales and manufacture will take. I personally think it would be nice of Schuyler could attend DEFCON 22 (August 2014) with all this behind him - but there's still a lot in the air.

Thanks again to everyone, and for being patient as we continue to close out this kickstarter.