You may be familiar with the „Lock Picking Lawyer“ on YouTube. A lawyer whose face is never seen on camera but you sometimes get a blurry reflection in the metal body of lock or shackle or from a piece of packaging. As the name implies, he picks locks.
He is famously known for his opening line „This is the lockpicking lawyer and what I have for you today is …“ and his ending „That’s all I have for you today. If you do have any questions or comments about this, please put them below. If you like this video and would like to see more like it please subscribe; and as always: have a nice day. Thank you.“ While he sometimes skips the „Thank you“ at the end, which I dearly miss.
What’s great about him is that the videos are short and professional, straight to the point, no unnecessary commentary, no fluff, no baiting as well as his funny remarks about product quality that are always respectful but can destroy a lock or a brand nonetheless.
He is also well known for certain phrases (kinda like Bart Simpson with the „I didn’t do it!“) like „… the pick that Bosnian Bill and I made“ which is always a fan favorite.
He has since launched his own brand of lock picking equipment which you can find here: Covert Instruments. The pick that Bosnian Bill and he made can be obtained at Sparrows Lock Picks.
This simple table is my attempt to quickly find information about his videos and – if you are ever in a situation where you need to pick a certain lock – to find the lock, the tools necessary to pick it and see on camera how it’s done and what needs to be looked after.
If it is of benefit to you, godspeed.
|Video #||Lock||Method||ttp||Comment||Video Link|
|||American Lock Series 1100 Padlocks||Single Pin Picking||0:57, 0:37, 1:12, 0:35, 0:44, 0:20, 0:30, 0:46, 1:42, 0:47||Ten Locks in a Row||Link|
|||American Lock Series 748||Single Pin Picking, 50.000 Prybar, 18.000 Peterson Standard Hook||1:03 and 0:44||Picked and Gutted, used signature opening line||Link|
|||Tri-Best Iron Padlock||Single Pin Picking, Wave Rake, 5 Pin Comb, Shimming, Hammer||Plastic Core||Link|
|||American Lock Series C70 Shutter Locks||Single Pin Picking, 50.000 Prybar, 25.000 Standard Hook, Comb Pick (5)||0:18 and 0:13 spp||Shame on you, American Lock!||Link|
|||Schlage, Arrow||Single Pin Picking, 50.000 Prybar, 25.000 Standard Hook (Schlage),||1:06 Schlage, 0:32 Arrow||hard tension for both locks, first challenge (from Subscriber Jeff Moss)||Link|
|||custom?||Single Pin Picking, 40.000 Peterson Prybar, 25.000 Peterson Standard Hook, Rocked open||1:42 spp, 0:02 rocked||Texas Jim Challenge Lock||Link|
|||Abloy Moomin Lock||Custom Made Disc Detainer Tool||1:35||Link|
|||Global Safe Hotel Safe||cheap (modified) impressioning key from China||0:35||can be single lever picked||Link|
|||Vaultek VS20 Gun Safe||The Pick that Bosnian Bill and I made||0:47||requires specialized tools so it will most likely keep a curious adolesent out||Link|
|||Master Puck Lock (6271D)||six pine comb picked||0:02||the flaw has been known since the 1930s||Link|
|||Stealth “SwiftVault” 2.0 Biometric Gun Safe||piece of wire||0:04||Link|
|||Card Lock||(1) dimple picking, (2) padlock shim||(1) 0:22, (2) 0:03||Link|
|||Honeywell 6110||wafer jiggler||0:02||Link|
|||Equipment Lock Model CDL-C Cargo Door Lock||Notch Decoder||0:06||Link|
|||MyPin Fingerprint Padlock||0:02||Link|
|||Ukrainian Abloy Lock Clone||Custom Abloy classic pick (disc detainer)||1:08||Link|
|||Burgwächter Profi 116/40||top of the keyway tension (40.000 thick turner), single pin picking||0:27, 0:18||paracentric keyway, spools||Link|
|||Rimgard (Assa Desmo Core)||2:41||Donut Media Challenge, picks counter clockwise||Link|
|||Curt Trailer Lock||wave rake and 40.000th turner, knive tool||0:02, 0:01||avoid||Link|
|||Zincker Electronic Doorknob||wave rake, 50.000th turner||0:02||Link|
|||Storefront Locks (Adams Rite style locking hardware)||Door Hook||0:01||Link|
|||UnicLife Key Cabinet||(1) Notch Decoder, (2) Hinge Pin Removal Tool||(1) 0:45, (2) 0:15||Link|
|||Retail AutoPegs||Reasonibly Powerful Magnet||0:02||Link|
|||“Reset” Puck Lock||(1) 40.000s thick turner, standard hook, single pin picking (2) wave rake||(1) 0:15, (2) 0:03||Link|
|||Kaycentop Trailer Coupler Lock||(1) shimming, (2) Cross Lock Jiggler||(1) 0:20, (2) 0:03||Link|
|||Trimax THP XL Puck Lock||6 Pin Comb||0:01||Link|