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Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:17 pm

Hi everyone,

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I came across this forum while doing some research for someone on a non-related forum who just bought an old safe with something inside it!

Don't worry - I've read the rules so I know discussing getting into safes is not allowed, however it was what brought me here....

I am a complete novice to lock picking - I got one of those transparent plastic padlocks online and messed around with it and have had a go at a locking desk drawer at home as well as my old front door lock (I changed it for something a bit more secure once I'd seen how easily even a novice like me could get in!)

I've seen a few online 'how to' videos and I've enjoyed playing around so I thought I'd join and see what the 'next step' is.

I'm not sure if it's better to keep at one style of lock for a while to develop some proficiency or if trying something which I've never attempted (like a lever lock) as a different challenge will be more fun.

Anyhow - I'm sure I'll learn a lot from the more experienced members here and look forward to doing something different.

Cheers!

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Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:58 pm

Hi :welc:

Have a read of the rules and a good look around. welc :06: welc

You've come to the right place for all things Locksport. :08:

Lots of friendly folk to help you along your journey. :88:

Ask loads of questions and post loads of pics. welc

Personally i'd stick with picking pin-tumblers, until you've picked quite a few different makes and models. Then look at learning dimple or lever locks.
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:21 pm

Fantastic username and thread title mate, +1. Whereabouts are you?
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:28 pm

Thanks Gazz & MHM

I'm in the UK, East Anglia.,

Been having a browse around the forum trying to get an idea of where to start.

Saw a great tutorial vid on making your own tensioner tools from wiper blade inserts and thing I'm going to give that a go at some point.

Also starting to navigate my way around some of the jargon. TOK and BOK had me stumped for a while (for anyone else wondering, it's Top of Keyway and Bottom of Keyway).

Thanks for the suggestion on pin tumblers, I'm going to try to find a source of them to experiment with and start my journey there. Got to learn the basics first, right?
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:20 pm

There a few guys over your way @sparkplug . Yeah, I'd entirely agree with Gazz - standard pin tumbler locks are the best place to start for a whole lot of reasons - very simple overall concept, readily available tools, almost infinitely complex as you get better, and a shit ton of knowledge and advice out there. Plus, they're cheap...
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:07 pm

welc

Welcome aboard, @sparkplug !
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:19 pm

As all ready mentioned, i would also stick with pin tumblers in the beginning.

They are a bit more straight forward than the rest in my opinion. Also, you dont dont have to buy picks/tool for different things but can stay with 1 set and save some money (to spend on more locks :85: )

And wellcome to the forums.
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Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:55 pm

:051bye: and :welc: .

Looks like your reading your way around the site.

Ask tons of questions along the way and the folk here will be more than happy to help.
:GL: and see you around :08:
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Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:11 pm

Howdy @sparkplug! welc
Great username as MHM also stated. Reminds me that it's almost spring and soon time to start up the old bikes =)
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Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:26 pm

:s_hi: and welc sparkplug

Great to have you here, you’ve come to the right place to continue your Lockpicking journey. So many knowledgable and generous people on here. Post lots of pictures, ask lots of questions and get involved.

See you around,

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Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:19 pm

hejsan @PacMandalore! (my wife is from Skåne)

I like old bikes too!

What do you have?

My first bike was an MZ - not a real challenge in terms of locksport!!!!

For those that don't know them every single MZ for many, many years had the same key.

It looked like this.

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Simpler times, when this was enough of a deterrent to stop someone stealing your motorbike...
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Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:19 am

How do :welc:

Have a read of the rules and Solomon's guide and check out lots of videos and pictures

Ask lots of questions and enjoy
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Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:06 pm

welc :s_hi:

Nice to meet you :) read the rules, check out some old threads and join in the fun!

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Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:36 pm

sparkplug wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:19 pm
hejsan @PacMandalore! (my wife is from Skåne)

I like old bikes too!

What do you have?

My first bike was an MZ - not a real challenge in terms of locksport!!!!

For those that don't know them every single MZ for many, many years had the same key.

It looked like this.

img..

Simpler times, when this was enough of a deterrent to stop someone stealing your motorbike...
Hallå där @sparkplug!
I used to live in Skåne for some years while working in IT, now I'm back in the woods of Blekinge =)
I don't have any fancy old bikes but a couple of Honda CB from 74, 2 yamaha DT, a piaggio scooter, a couple of random scooters, a KTM 125exc and a couple of mopeds. Also got some old boat engines, a chevy c10-86 pickup, a couple of homemade vehicles and an old Massey Fergusson 35 =)
Almost all the machines where bought cheap as scrap but with papers.. It's fun to restore old things to working condition and sometimes make them shine like new.
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