How to Make a Paperclip Lock Pick that Works

Posted: September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

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Today we’re going to show you how to create a Lock Pick Rake and Tension Wrench using two simple paperclips and a Multi-Tool.

As we’ve mentioned in previous Lock Picking articles, the Rake/Tension Wrench is the most versatile combo to carry for bypassing standard pin/tumbler and wafer locks.

In our last Lock Picking article on the SerePick Bogota Entry Toolset, a lot of people commented that they were unable to purchase Lock Picks, and couldn’t get involved in learning the skill-set.

After today, you’ll have no excuse not to make your own simple picks, buy a cheap padlock and work on your raking technique. In fact, while we demonstrate creating a rake, you could also make a feeler pick to start learning how to “feel” the individual pins and how they move/bind under tension.


Paperclip Lock Pick 02The first thing you’ll need is a supply of larger paperclips. These that we’ll be using are not the standard small paperclips, but the larger versions. One will be needed for the Rake and one for the Tension Wrench. As you’ll see in the video below, it’s easy to snap these as you’re bending the rake.

This will happen if you bend one direction, and then try to re-bend it in the opposite direction. If you keep to a single bend direction though, these will last a long time and remain strong.

A Multi-Tool works the best to create the necessary bends and twists for the combo. You’ll be mimicking the bends of a “C” Rake, and the right angle of a tension wrench with the second paperclip.


Rather than try to explain the bends and twists, we’ve created a video that will help show you a hands on demonstration of the creation and successful bypass of a pin/tumbler lock. This DIY combo will take a bit longer to use than a standard Rake/Tension Wrench, but nevertheless just as effective.


We encourage everyone reading this article to get involved with lock picking as a skill set through various lock sport groups such as Toool and Lock Sport International. There’s a large community out there of people who understand the value of this skill-set and also like to have fun picking locks.

Here’s the Lock Sport code of ethics, which sums things up nicely:

“You may only pick locks you own or those you have been given explicit permission to pick.”

Lock sport is an honest, ethical, and legitimate hobby. Unfortunately, the whole world hasn’t figured that out yet (though we’re working on it!). Because the lay person has a tendency to perceive what we do as somehow nefarious, it is extra important that we commit to following a strict code of ethics. For this reason, the above credo is non-negotiable in the locksport community. Lockpicking should never, ever be used for illegal or even questionable purposes. Please do not misuse this information. We assume no responsibility for your actions, and in no way condone immoral activity. Help keep locksport fun for all by following strictly the one rule.


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