I’m semi-nervous about even posting about this. I’ve been going back and forth whether or not to share it at all but heck, why not. Let’s do this! This past Christmas my buddy Dante Kube came through with another amazing gift idea for me that allowed me to cross another item off my life list. The imaginary blog-readers in my head are shouting “Tell us already!” Well if you haven’t guessed by the title, ……

My girlfriend of coure knew what I was getting for Christmas from Dante before I did and teased me to know end that I would probably play with it as much as I have played with my new XBox 360. What on earth could that be? Okay okay I’m sure you are ready to punch me by now. Dante was thoughtful enough to find a Beginners Lockpicking set. Complete with tension bars, rakes, picks, instructions and 3 practice locks. (1) 2-pin tumbler, (1) 3-pin tumbler, and (1) 5-pin tumbler.

It did take me a little while (a few hours) to practice and apply techniques to be able to unlock the 2-pin. Eventually I took the set to work and during down-time I would fiddle with the 5-pin until I was able to unlock it with some consistency. It only took me a few weeks to be able to pick my own front door. So at least now, if I have my picks with me I don’t have to worry about getting locked out of my house!

Now I only learned this for educational purposes. I’m not going into business and I actually don’t carry them with me everywhere I go. I think of it more like a challenge or puzzle that needed to be solved. Which is kind of cool because I can take the practice locks to a store and have them re-key it and start all over again. I’m considering this goal completed though the Art of Lockpicking is never something truly completed. There are special security pins and so many types of locks that I could spend the rest of my life trying to figure them all out. I do intend on extending my knowledge of lock mechanics but as far as the goal is concerned, I feel I’ve accomplished a childhood dream! (Maybe not childhood, but I was pretty young when I saw some movie pertaining to some grand heist…)

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