about lockjudge

About LockJudge

LockJudge is a website run by lockpickers, the website uses the information from the lockpicking community to help consumers make a good choice when purchasing security products.

We put a lot of time and effort into researching all security products so that only recommend the best.

Our Mission

1. Find the Best Security Products

We want to help everyone buy quality locks at a reasonable price and the best way to do this is by using the expertise of the lockpicking community combined with testing and independent security ratings.

We want to do this for 2 reasons,

First: To help customers buy high-quality locks. There are many locks out there that have flaws that are present in so many locks and security products that are still for sale.

Second: To push the lock industry to make better products. Helping normal people buy better locks, will naturally force the security industry to make better-quality products because lower-quality ones will not sell.

2. Create the best source of information for Lockpicking Community

Lockpicking is a great hobby that is not only fun but helps develop a number of skills that can be used in other areas.

From learning how locks work and how to manipulate them with tools to thinking more deeply about security there is a lot that goes into lockpicking as a pastime.

This is why we try our best to create the absolute best information we can.

Our Story

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LockJudge is the answer to something that from what we saw did not exist previously. A voice from the lockpicking community about locks and security and devices.

Much the same way as the LockPickingLawyer calls out companies for poor designs. The idea is that Lockjudge will to call out good and bad locks so that customers know what they are buying.

So the idea of LockJudge is to stand as a portal between the world of lockpicking and the consumer world.

We are passionate about lockpicking and the lockpicking community, and at the same time feel a responsibility to call out good and bad security products.

Our Team

Our Methodology

We perform extensive research and/or testing for each of the products that we talk about on LockJudge.

We use information from trusted organizations like Sold Secure, StichtingART, and the European CEN as one of the metrics that we use to choose the locks we recommend.

We also use the advice of people in the Lockpicking Community like the LockPickingLawyer, BosnianBill, and others.

Lockpick ratings are used from the r/Lockpicking SubReddit as they have a large number of locks rated by their difficulty to pick and this is a perfect measurement for use to rate locks with also.

Finally we also test and review, locks ourselves to make sure that the test and claims by all the people and organizations above actually stack up for each lock.

How is this different?

Most other lock rating and ranking websites merely look at the best-selling locks and suggest those as the best ones to buy. We Prefer to go with the evidence of what is actually the best. What has been tested and what will give the highest security possible.

This is why you may find that some of the options we recommend are not the cheapest. This is simply because they are chosen for their quality not how many of them have been sold.


While LockJudge does make money from the sale of locks, lockpicking tools, and other products through the links on this website we do not accept money for the promotion of any specific product. We simply review and provide you with what we believe are the best products on the market.


We are only human, and while we have a mission to provide the best information possible we are only human and mistakes can be made. We do not guarantee the effectiveness of any locks on this site and any issues with any products you find on this site should be raised directly with the manufacturer. Please let us know if you find any issues so we can resolve them.


I hope this has given you all the information about LockJudge that you need.

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If you have any questions or suggestions please head over to our contact page and send us an email.