MIT Guide to Lock Picking

MIT Guide to Lock Picking
Ted the Tool
September 1, 1991


Copyright 1987, 1991 Theodore T. Tool. All rights reserved.

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Contents

1 It's Easy
2 How a Key Opens a Lock
3 The Flatland Model
4 Basic Picking & The Binding Defect
5 The Pin Column Model
6 Basic Scrubbing
7 Advanced Lock Picking
= 7.1 Mechanical Skills
= 7.2 Zen and the Art of Lock Picking
= 7.3 Analytic Thinking
8 Exercises
= 8.1 Exercise 1: Bouncing the pick
= 8.2 Exercise 2: Picking pressure
= 8.3 Exercise 3: Picking Torque
= 8.4 Exercise 4: Identifying Set Pins
= 8.5 Exercise 5: Projection
9 Recognizing and Exploiting Personality Traits
= 9.1 Which Way To Turn
= 9.2 How Far to Turn
= 9.3 Gravity
= 9.4 Pins Not Setting
= 9.5 Elastic Deformation
= 9.6 Loose Plug
= 9.7 Pin Diameter
= 9.8 Beveled Holes and Rounded pins
= 9.9 Mushroom Driver Pins
= 9.10 Master Keys
= 9.11 Driver or Spacer Enters Keyway
= 9.12 Vibration Picking
= 9.13 Disk Tumblers
10 Final Remarks
= A.1 Pick Shapes
= A.2 Street cleaner bristles
= A.3 Bicycle spokes
= A.4 Brick Strap

= B Legal Issues