Make A DIY Lock Pick Set From A Windshield Wiper

There are many practical and legal reasons to learn lock picking, (we covered this last week in our guide on how to use your dark side for good) but the picks can be expensive and hard to obtain. You can make your own set with the spring steel from a wiper blade, a small propane torch, and a rotary (Dremel) tool or grinder, and two pliers.Photo by ITS Tactical

Tactical gear blog ITS Tactical offers this method of making a pick and a tension wrench.

Lock Pick(s):

  1. Cut the material to a comfortable length for your hand.
  2. Use the grinder or rotary tool to grind the blade into a basic pick blank shape, making sure to dip the metal in a cup of cold water every so often to avoid overheating the metal (which will make your pick too brittle)

Once you have the pick blank you can shape it into the specific pick needed for your application. When you're finished, sand the rough edges down to a smooth finish so your picks can glide over pins in a lock.

Tension Wrench:

  1. Light the propane torch, grip a length of steel with one pair of pliers, and when the metal is cherry red in colour bend it 90 degrees with a second pair of pliers.
  2. Immediately dunk the bent wrench in a cup of water.

Oil your picks and wrenches to prevent rust and start practising!

How to Make a DIY Lock Pick Set from a Windshield Wiper [ITS Tactical]


    A friend of mine made me a set out of two metal pen clips (you know, the ones on the lids) when I was back in high school. One was bent as a tension wrench, the other was straightened and ground like the story.

    Played around with picking my own padlocks, got bored and never used them again, but was still pretty cool with such basic elements.

    I used to make tension wrenches out of snapped off bristles from street sweepers. Keep an eye out walking down the street and you'll come across them. For picks, a good old straight side of a bobby pin (with the plastic knobby bit removed) always did the trick. Girlfriends and sisters are usually good sources of those. ;)

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