It’s well known that picking locks is a rite of passage for many self proclaimed Geeks. However there’s a real world application for a small set of picks in the IT space.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone into a site and asked for the key to the IDF or networking cabinet only for them to come back empty handed.
This is the reason I always have a couple of picks in my bag. Recently I was shopping for a self contained set that was not likely to get broken while jostling around with my other tools. After reading this article at lockpicking101.com I was sold. The article has great insight from seasoned locksmiths but I wanted to add my opinion from an average guy that just needs to open some relatively simple locks.
- Extremely well made with the body formed out of a solid block of aluminum
- The picks lock into place and stay there. You will probably break the pick before you get it to budge (apparently this is an issue with the thumbscrew variety)
- Speaking of breaking picks replacements are a mere $1.99. Being a novice this will come in very handy
- The aluminum model has 8 picks that are likely all you need for every day situations but can easily be swapped out for any combination you like.
- The tension wrench snaps into the body tightly but is still a breeze to remove
Honestly this tool has all of the attributes that I was looking for. It’s solid, useful, and repairable. What else could you ask for?