You'll hear it said time and time again, "lock picking is 99% tension!", and while that's probably a slight exaggeration, you can't avoid the fact that unless you know how to use a tension tool, you probably won't pick any locks.
The tension wrench is the first item to go into the lock, and you use it to apply a light amount of pressure. Doing so creates a very tiny ledge - along what we in the trade call 'The Shearline' - meaning whether you're picking, raking, bumping, whatever, the pins have somewhere to 'sit' while the other pins are being worked. Get all 5 pins to sit on the shearline and the lock opens. Tension is VERY important, and so are your tension tools.
Whether you're picking lever locks, pin-cylinders, wafer locks or others, unless you have a dedicated tool, the chances are you'll require a tension tool.
We have an excellent range of many types, and I would advice you ensure you have a variety at your disposal. Variety is the key to lock picking, and with a pun like that you know I must be right!
Other names for tension tools include Torque wrench and Tension Wrench. So if you want to know how to use a torque wrench, how to use a tension tool or how to use a tension wrench, you're in the right place to get started.
Doing this allows you to rake, pick, jiggle, pick gun, whatever tool you're using, in such a way that when the pins rise up over the shearline,
As I've said before and I'm sure I'll say again, lock picking is about 99% tension. Here's why: Too much tension and we actually prevent the lock opening. Too little and should we do all the rest correctly, whether it's single pin picking, raking, bumping, or even an electric pick gun, too little tension means the plug won't turn, Having said that, I don't think I've ever seen someone using too little.
In much the same way our High Tech Wriggler Rakes are my favourite little raking secret, I'm equally reluctant to say too much good stuff about this wrench.
I love it.
Even the word 'wrench' seems to brutal for something so sensitive and well considered in design and construction.
Believe me, lock picking is mostly tension, the rest can be worked out logically, tension is the silent and invisible agent, working in the dark.