We have looked through the videos that the LockPickingLawyerhas produced and put together a list that we think he would agree with are the LockPickingLawyer best locks.
The LockPickingLawyer doesn’t just look for locks that are hard to pick. there are a lot of factors that go into making a lock secure. this is because there are many more ways to get into a padlock than just simply to pick the lock. there are also many different types of cores and keys, some harder and some easier to pick for many different reasons.
LockPickingLawyer Best Locks
The LockPickingLawyer has tested many, many locks on youtube commenting on their physical strength, pick resistance, and showing if they have any data flaws. Here is our list of the LockPickingLawyers recommended locks that have scored the best at his hands. Some of them with a personal recommendation from the man himself.
LockPickingLawyer Best Padlocks
First up we have found what we believe to be a list of the top padlocks that the LockPickingLawyer has given a thumbs up to over the years. While the LockPickingLawyers doesn’t give direct recommendations, these are the ones he has talked about positively and from what we understand these are some of the LockPickingLawyers recommended locks.
ABUS Diskus 20/70
The LockPickingLawyer recommended this lock in this tweet as one of the best available on Amazon back in 2017.
While not the strongest lock in this list it is a very capable lock. Small enough for general use but not too small that is not strong enough to put up with some punishment.
Its not too big, not too small, not too heavy, it is, this really is the Goldilocks padlock.
|Shackle Thickness||10 mm|
|Lock Core||ABUS Plus|
|Weight||12.8 Ounces/ 360 grams|
If you are looking for a lock that is going to look the part and just turn away a thief just because of its look then this is the one for you.
With its hardened steel body and covered shackle, this padlock is one of the strongest medium padlocks you can get before going to something huge like the others further down this list.
Plus it’s matte black and everyone loves a bit of matte black.
|Shackle Thickness||14 mm|
|Lock Core||ABUS Plus|
|Weight||2.25lbs / 1 kg|
|Body||Hardened alloy steel with Black Granit coating|
|Shackle||Hardened alloy steel|
Abloy has just hit the mark with this lock, it is strong has a covered shackle to make it very hard to cut, hardened steel all over, and a great lock core to avoid anyone picking their way in.
This is just a super practical lock and it even looks great. Not something that is usually said about padlocks but in this case it is deserved.
|Shackle Thickness||15 mm|
|Lock Core||ABLOY PROTEC|
|Weight||2.8 lbs / 1.27 kg|
|Shackle||Case-hardened boron steel|
Just a the smaller brother of the SS100CS we have below. but this isn’t a bad thing because this one is more of a useable size, kind of…
This lock is still a beast, coming in at 2.2kgs this thing is huge and most thieves will be turned away simply by looking at this thing.
|Lock Core||Mauer MW4|
|Weight||4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg|
|Shackle||Hardened Boron Alloy Steel|
This lock was featured in this video by the LockPickingLawyer and BosnianBill where they shot the lock with several guns including a 50 cal rifle until it was destroyed.
This lock is simply not to be underestimated and as the LockPickingLawyer said himself this is the strongest lock in the world.
|Lock Core||Mauer MW4|
|Weight||8 lbs / 3.65 kg|
|Shackle||Hardened Boron Alloy Steel|
Bowley Model 543 Padlock
The Bowley Padlock is an innovative new type of lock that began its life as a Kickstarter. It uses a unique design that is extremely hard to pick and one of the most secure locks currently available. See the LockPickingLawyer discuss it in this video.
Primarily this lock will beat all but the very best attacker through its physical strength and also it’s very bizarre locking mechanism.
|Lock Core||Bowley Lock|
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We hope you have found what you are looking for here with our list of the LockPickingLawyer Best Locks.
How to choose the right lock
There are a number of factors to look at when buying a padlock. It’s not too hard to look at most of these points when buying a padlock. When the LockPickingLawyer and BosnianBill review a lock for its security they usually mention these factors in their analysis.
Often there are locks that will pass one area very well and completely fail in another area. For example, locks that have very good physical security with a big lock body and a very strong shackle that completely fail when it comes to resistance to someone picking the lock open.
Choosing a lock to suit your application
While the LockPickingLawyers best Locks are good reccomendations they may not always suit your applicaiton.
The first point to think about when looking for a high-quality lock is how you are going to use it and what it’s going to be protecting. there is no point in getting a very high-security lock just for something basic. Like a $200 high-security lock on your garden shed that only has a few garden tools in it.
Weak points in the security system are also important things to be aware of. If you are buying a lock with a decent 8mm hardened steel shackle just to be installing that on a hasp that is very thin then a thief will simply cut the hasp that the lock is attached to.
Physical security needs to be thought of holistically. This is also where a lot of lock companies fail in their lock designs as you will see mentioned by the LockPickingLawyer time and time again. Where a lock maker will produce a lock that is very resistant to picking only to have a plastic lock body or some other similar issue.
Types of Locking Mechanisms
There are countless varieties of different key and lock cores that have been produced over hundreds of years of lock production. Some of them more secure than others, and each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. Even the same type of lock can be very different in its actual security level and unfortunately, this is not something that you can see by looking at the outside of a lock.
Standard Locking Mechanism
First, we will talk about the most common type of lock and key, you surely have some of these on your keyring, and most locks around the world are made with these. They are very easy to produce but can vary in their security level significantly.
Some of the factors that contribute to the security of a normal keyway are.
- Number of key pins used
- Bitting of the key and pins
- Different metals used for the key pins
- Different security types for the key pins
- The shape of the keyway
A low-security type of lock would be something like the one in the picture, where it only has 4 pins and the key does not have very great bitting to make it harder to pick.
To find a higher security lock look for one with a key that has a much more pronounced pattern and more complex with more ridges and valleys than the one we have pictured here.
Disc detainer keys look very different from normal ones and they work in a different way to standard locking mechanisms. They also look very different and generally speaking are more secure than standard key mechanisms mainly due to they require special tools and skills to be able to pick them open.
They are used regularly on bike locks, high-security door locks, and in some higher security padlocks. While not a failsafe type of key as there are tools out there to pick them they are generally quite secure.
While combination locks are very convenient, they are notorious for being very insecure. this is because even the best ones simply need time to break into. If you have a lock in a remote location where someone has a lot of time, then even someone without any skills will be able to get into it by simply trying all the available combinations.
Obviously finding one with more wheels on it will make this harder but ultimately they are very insecure simply because you don’t need any special skills or tools to get into them you just need time.
Then we come to the security flaws and while there are combination locks out there that don’t have any flaws there are a lot that have major flaws that make them very easy to get into for someone with minimal skills. I Personally have gotten access to a combination key lock box on a building in under 3 minutes when I had never seen that model of lock before.
Combination locks are suitable for very low-security applications where you merely want to deter someone from accessing something. Only use them in a situation where if someone were standing trying to access the lock for a couple of minutes they would look suspicious.
Other Locking Mechanisims
There are many other types of locking mechanisms out there. If you are looking at a lock that has a different type, we recommend that you do a bit of research into the type of mechanism. Have a look on the internet at the securtiy of that particlual tpye so that you know if it will be secure enough for your intended use.
Next is the type of lock that you will be looking for. there are many many different kinds of locks on the market and we will cover a couple of the most common ones here and their uses. But if you have a bit of a different application then you might want to look for something more specific like motorbike disc locks, or trailer hitch locks.
Standard Shackle Padlock
These are the most common types of padlocks and for most situations they are perfect. They will protect your belongings and be fine. But you should still try to get one that doesn’t have any major flaws that will allow someone quick access and it should be strong enough to put up with some punishment from typical tools used to beak them. Like pliers for small locks and bolt cutters for medium locks. If you need something that will take something that will take punishment from an angle grinder then you should be using a closed shackle padlock most likely.
Standard padlocks are perfect for garden sheds, gates, boxes on a ute, and other small to medium-security applications like this.
They come with different keyways and you should try to pick a keyway that matches the physical security of the lock.
Closed Shackle Padlock
Closed shackle padlocks are very similar in design to standard shackle padlocks but they are a higher security design, you don’t often find smaller versions of these as they are designed to be medium to high-security locks so having a closed shackle small padlock doesn’t really make much sense.
the big difference they have is that the body of the lock extends up to protect the shackle from being cut. They are especially effective when the door or lock they are attached to has a shroud that covers the top of the lock further making cutting the shackle of the lock almost impossible.
Keep in mind this kind of lock isn’t really suited to use with a chain, although it would work the chain is very exposed and would mean that protecting the shackle for the lock is redundant as someone could just cut the chain.
When combined with the right mounting hardware these locks are extremely secure and are some of the highest security options available.
Disc locks are a variation of the two lock designs above and they come with some benefits but also some drawbacks. Where the other two designs are hundreds of years old the disc-style padlock is much more of a modern invention.
The rounded body of a disc lock makes them much harder to hold onto with tools to cut the lock this makes them better at standing up to an attack from an angle grinder as the locks are prone to slip causing the cutting wheel of the grinder to get stuck and possibly explode during cutting.
While not as protected as the closed shackle padlock the other benefit of the disc lock is that the shackle is protected in the circular housing. Making the lock much harder to cut the shackle.
Physically they are generally more secure than a standard padlock. But you must be careful as there are many chinses versions of these locks with terrible locking mechanisms making them very easy to pick even for the least experienced of picker.
For this reason, we would recommend getting a disc lock with a disc detainer or dimple-style key so that the security of the mechanism matches the physical security of the lock.
The ABUS 20/70 and 20/80 are great examples of a good version of this lock.
There are many other types of locks for more specific purposes available, too many to cover here. But the basic advice is the same, if you are looking for a lock for a specific purpose match the security of the lock to the value of the item that it is protecting.
If you are looking for a lock to protect your motorbike then you shouldn’t just pay $10 for a lock to protect something worth thousands of dollars
Find a lock with the right physical security and the right mechanism for your application.
Flaws in the lock design also known as bypasses.
while this is something that is very hard to tell of discover when looking for yourself a simple google search when looking for a lock will help you to find if the lock you are looking at has a fatal flaw that makes it unusable. There are many mass-produced locks these days that have major design flaws that allow people to bypass them in a matter of seconds. The LockPickingLawyer has discovered many and his signature saying is…
“Inexcusable design flaw”LockPickingLawyer
To try and find if a lock has any design flaws before you buy, simply type into Google the lock name then the word “bypass”. You should quickly see if there are any major issues with the lock in question.