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A fantastic book but needs a little more detail on a couple of lock types
on 4 September 2016
This book was got for me for my birthday along with a some padlocks and a beginning lockpicking toolkit. I am not an expert at lock picking so please only take this as an amateur's review.
The book is brilliantly in-depth and started off not with silly anecdotes about how lock picking is so cool and glamourous in the movies or how it has been an ancient technique for thousands of years. It went straight into why people lock pick, the ethics of it as a hobby and then the basic construction, mechanics and uses of locks. This is a textbook for lockpicking with the proper structure and flow you would expect from an educational text rather than a little half fictional novel knocked up by an enthusiast. You never have any doubts that the writer is a trained professional, very comfortable with their subject and every piece of advice you are getting is right on the money.
The book taught me how to get through padlocks within the space of a day and even teach my wife how to do the same after half an hour once I was happily clicking through them. I will say that practice locks are very different to normal locks and we made the mistake of going out to purchase extras and actually got a very cheap lock. This was a mistake as the book explained only slightly later because cheap locks are very hard to pick but vulnerable to a plethora of other techniques so not good for any purpose I had in mind anyway.
The book has four stars however because while it does explain how to get through deadbolts, wafer locks and car locks it did it in much less detail and I would have preferred an even spread on all subjects. I feel far less equipped with techniques to cover unusual wafer and deadbolt locks than pinned mortice locks which are now bread and butter to me. It is only a small niggle and likely only brought to mind by how detailed the rest of the book is. This is definitely worth a buy and even for its minor flaws you won't find a superior product on the market.