The LockPickingLawyer uses many tools in his videos but there are some that are much more common than others. You can find all the tools we have discovered from his videos here.
We will break down the tools he uses to pick some of the most challenging locks out there, most commonly for each different type of lock that he picks. But more importantly, we will show you where you can get them.
LockPickingLawyer’s Lock Picking Tools
Other than the previous LockPickingLawyer tools there is still a large number that we see him using in his videos quite regularly. Some of them are seen quite often like “the pick that BosnianBill and I made” That anyone who watches his videos would have seen numerous times but there are also his regular picks and the infamous Ramset gun. All of these are below.
Lock Picks and Turning Tools
The LockPickingLawyer uses many different tools in his videos. He doesn’t have one single set of lockpicks that he seems to use and this makes sense as he has been picking locks for a long time and will have acquired many different ones from many different places.
See our page of Lock Pick Sets to find the best picks for you to get started lock picking.
Here is a list of a range of tools that the LockPickingLawyer has said he uses regularly for picking.
- Sparrows Short Hook
- Sparrows Deep Hook
- Sparrows SSDev 3 Hook Set
- Peterson Hook No:1 (various thicknesses)
- Peterson Hook No:4 (.025”)
- Peterson Hook No:7 (various thicknesses)
- SouthOrd Max Short, Medium & Deep Hook
- SouthOrd Slimline Short, Medium & Deep Hook
- Peterson Gem (.018”)
- Sparrows Prybar (.032” & .025”)
- Peterson Prybar (.050” & .040”)
- Peterson Toothless Prybar (.050” & .040”)
- Peterson Flat Five Toolset
- Sparrows Z Bars
- USALockPicks Tubular Lock Tension Tool
- Peterson SFIC Tensioners
- 6 Chinese Dimple Lock Z Tools
- Sparrows Triple Peak Rake
- Sparrows Worm Rake
- Peterson Shallow & Deep Bogie (.018”)
- Sparrows King, Queen, Rook, & Knight
- Mad Bob’s Prince & Princess
- SpooXe Small Flat Flag
- SpooXe Small Curved Right+Left Flag
- SpooXe Small Offset Right+Left Flag
- All 9 Sparrows .020” picks
- SouthOrd Slimline Half Diamond Small
- Peterson Half Diamond (.025” & .015”)
- Peterson Warded Pick Set
- Sparrows Wafer Key Jigglers
- Peterson Plug Spinner
- Sparrows Quick Jim
- Peterson Broken Key Extractor (saw tooth type)
- Peterson Knife tool and Mini Knife tool
- Broken Key Extractor (screw type)
- Peterson Padlock Bypass Tool
We usually see him using picks and tension tools that he has found are best for the lock he is picking in that video.
LockPickingLawyer Vice No:1
The LockPickingLawyer has changed his vise in the time he has been making videos. This is the one he is mostly using now. It is a great option for lock picking, especially with its suction base that will keep it fixed nicely to a table.
Another benefit of this is that the rubber foot will not damage any surface you place it on. The only downside is that it won’t fix onto wood or any other textured surface, but you can always just not use the suction.
LockPickingLawyer Vice No:2
The LockPickingLawyer’s other vise is a combination of the 302 vise base made by Panavise and the Super clamp from SMALLRIG. He has obviously put this combination together himself as it has a great large base providing the vise with a nice stable platform to work on. He has upgraded the vise head on this setup to take a simple clamp that is actually for cameras.
This setup does make a lot of sense as the DSLR clamp provides great grip to more round and oddly shaped objects like locks and at the same time is easier to manipulate and move into the correct position for when he films or just picks a lock.
Below you can see the two parts of his vise shown above.
SMALLRIG Super Clamp
We see the LockPickingLawyer using Lishi tools regularly in his videos. These are a specific type of lockpick that are great for beginners learning to pick locks and also for “decoding” or working out the cuts on a key so that you can create a new one.
Lishi Tools could be considered as the next generation of lock picks, they can do all and more than simple lock picking tools.
Their only drawback is that you need a lot of them. Because they only fit in specific keyways you will need a range of them to effectively be able to open a number of locks. This also means that they will never be able to fit into some types of keyways simply because they have not been made for it but also because there may simply not be enough space.
Note: There are many different types of Lishi tools out there, so make sure you get the right one. To find the right one we have an article with more information here.
In his videos we regularly see the LockPickingLawyer gutting the locks that he picks. When he does we see him mostly using this tray to place all the contents to keep them in organized.
While not something you will need at first when you start picking, a pinning tray can be very useful when you get a bit more advanced and want to start taking your locks apart and changing the internals of the locks.
You can either buy a pinning tray or if you have a 3D printer you can just make one, there are many free designs online.
If you are looking for a pinning tray this one that the LockPickingLawyer uses is a great option. Here is another 3D printable option from LockNoob that is very similar but has a bit of a different style.
Disc-Detainer Lock Pick
(LockPickingLawyer and BosnianBill Design)
Blah blah blah disc detainer lockpick, blah blah.
Ok, we won’t give you the same description as Sparrow’s website does. This lockpick is one that was designed by none other than the LockPickingLawyer and Bosnian Bill themselves. As far as a tool from the community goes this is by far one of, if not the, most famous one.
It’s great to see that these two guys wanted to give back to the community so much that they just gave the design to Sparrows to produce. All in the hope that it would be created and made available to all those that want to use it.
If this isn’t a great case of giving back to the community we don’t know what is…
Needless to say, this is an upgrade to all disc-detainer picks that have come before it, with superior tolerances, shape size, and really everything about it is improved over any other design that you will find, nice work guys…
Dimple Picks – Sparrows Black Flag
Reviewed by the LockPickingLawyer in video number 703 and praised as being the best dimple pick set on the market right now for their price point.
These dimple picks have all that you could want for the price point. They are high quality and have all the best features that a dimply pic set should have. There really isn’t much more to say about these picks, they don’t flex a lot, they look good and feel great in the hand with plenty of grip.
LockPickingLawyer’s Everyday Carry Kit
In Video number 1089 the LockPickingLawyer was kind enough to show us his daily carry tool kit. While this may not be what anyone would carry around, it is very interesting to see the LockPickingLawyers Tools and can give you some inspiration for how to build your own daily carry kit. Here is the video but we will break it all down with links here for your convenience.
Off-Grid Knives Elite Series – Black Mamba V2
The LockPickingLawyer kindly shows us his preferred pocket knife in his video number  where he uses it to test the slash resistance of a “slash proof” portable safe. Needless to say the portable safe doesn’t last long. He very easily cuts through all the different materials with this knife.
We can confirm that this really is a beautiful knife, it feels great in your hand. Being made of titanium it has a great balance of being heavy enough to feel great while still remaining lightweight. The tang for flipping it open is very easy to use so you will always find it easy to open even without looking at it.
Diodrio EDC Leather Pocket Pouch
The organizer the LockPickingLawyer uses for his small daily tool carry pack is a simple little leather pocket organizer.
This is a small and versatile package, there are also a number of variations of it, some that fit in your pocket, others mean to go on your belt. There are ones with more pockets and different colors too like black so you can find the color you like.
With strong stitching and soft but durable leather, this is the kind of pocket pouch you will only buy once. Maybe you will have to get another one in 10 years if you are using it all the time but this could very likely be a once-in-a-lifetime buy.
Fisher Space Pen Bullet
The first item that he carries is not really related to lockpicking but is extremely useful and high-quality nonetheless. It is simply a pen, very elegant and really good quality from Fisher.
Simply very practical and high quality as we would expect to find in the LockPickingLawyers Tools.
Designed for spaceflight, this pen writes perfectly in any orientation, although I don’t think there will be that many times you will need it in zero-g 😛
Again not a tool specifically for lockpicking but it is always very useful to have a lighter around. If you are a bit of the handy type you may find that you use a simple flame a lot and having a lighter like this is great.
Especially because of how small this one is, it’s also refillable and high quality so it should last for years and years. The metal body feels great and is super easy to use because of how open the striker is on the top when you use it.
Olight LED Flashlight
Another very useful tool that is included in the LockPickingLawyes kit is a simple little flashlight. One of the great benefits of this little one is that it neatly fits inside the leather pouch and can be used without removing it. This makes it fast and easy to get access to and use.
The specific model that he uses is the Olight I3T EOS.
Like all the things on this list, this one is super high quality and the light from this tiny little flashlight is surprisingly powerful for its size.
For his simple keys, he carries this exact keyholder. It comes in a number of colors and sizes for a different number of keys but works great with the pocket organizer to keep everything together and not move around in your pocket.
Similar to the Covert Companion from Covertinstruments, this little key holder is perfect for installing some lockpicks and other tools, kind of like a DIY Swiss army knife.
Piano Wire Hook
One of the smaller tools that the LockPickingLawyer made for his daily kit is this little hook made from high carbon steel wire or music wire. This is there for outward opening doors.
If you look around all you need is to find some spring steel or some other high-strength wire then bend it to the shape you require. This is a DIY tool and not one that you will find on many pre-made tools surprisingly.
Also included in the keyholder is a simple comb pick that is perfect for accessing a lot of low-quality padlocks.
These are super easy to use and will get you access to a bunch of different low-end locks in seconds, they are very light and you only need to carry a couple of them so they are certainly worth having in your daily carry.
The specific one that is in the keyholder is a titanium comb pick from southern specialties.
Original from southern specialties but modified by the LockPickingLawyer. Useful for so many different things.
Metal bypass knives like this can be used to open doors in place of a credit card, some padlocks and be shimmed with one of these, and even some bike locks and trailer locks can be opened in seconds with these.
Here is a link to the original product.
Wafer Jiggler set
Southern Specialties set of wafer Jigglers only 25 thousandths think allowing access to many key ways.
Another easy-to-use low skill tool that will get you into a bunch of different locks without too much trouble.
This is one of the LockPickingLawyer’s most used tools in this kit.
Very basic but these are great for creating a simple jiggler, lockpick, or anything else you might need in the field.
Sometimes you just need a bit of strong wire that you can shape into a particular shape. Bobby pins are perfect for creating a one-use pick, a turning tool if you don’t have one and so many other things. There are many times I wish I had one of these on hand but didn’t.
A piece of firm plastic sheet
This is for opening inward opening doors. one of the most basic items in the kit but highly useful. It is always something that is impossible to find when you need it. So it’s one of the simplest but also very useful tools in this kit.
Although this is a specific tool in this kit it could just as easily be replaced by an old credit card. Just keep in mind cards usually get damaged when using them like this.
Lock Picks from Emergency Card
The main set of lockpicks is actually from an emergency card because of their small size. Attaching these together with a rivet is perfect for giving them a bigger handle for use.
The original ones used by the LockPickingLawyer can be found on the Toool website.
For tensioning, there are 3 long tensioning tools from Southern Specialties. With various sizes, they will fit in the most common keyways.
These are a nice set of tension tools that are nice and small so they can easily be carried daily. They cover a good range of sized keyways and will get you by most of the time.
Stainless Steel Collar Stay
This is a bit of an unorthodox use for a simple collar stay but it is actually very practical. If you get some strong stainless steel collar stays then they are a great size for a mini screwdriver in an extremely small and light package. Obviously not what it was designed for but it does a great job nonetheless.
LockPickingLawyer’s Destructive Tools
Here we are including some of the other tools that the LockPickingLawyer uses in his videos. These are some that we have seen him use and some that he has featured but we have not seen him using regularly. Nevertheless, these are great tools and can be very useful.
Hinge Pin Removal Tool
This is not a tool that is used often by the LockPickingLawyer but we included it on this list because it is a very useful and very powerful tool.
This is such a basic tool effectively it’s just a punch and hammer in one piece but with its small size and ease of use, this can be really effective at removing hinge pins but also for various other purposes where you need a strong punch on a small area.
Ramset Cobra+ Lock Breaker
If you are looking for the ramset tool that the LockPickingLawyer uses in a number of his videos to destructively open locks then this is the one. This is the newer version 0.27 cal rather than the 0.22 cal, that he upgraded to with a bit more power.
This ramset has been used to break a number of locks by directly firing it into the body of a lock.
LPL Tools Questions
What knife does the LockPickingLawyer use?
The LockPickingLawyer uses a black mamba knife from Off-Grid Knives.
You can see a list of all his tools here.
What vice does LockPickingLawyer use?
The LockPcikingLawyer uses a general purpose vise with a ball head to allow for easy adjustment and a suction cup base. They can be found at Walmart, Amazon, or eBay easily.
You can find the vise he uses here.
To Sum Up
The LockPickingLawyer has so many tools it would be impossible to include them all in a single list. But we have done our best to give you a list of his most commonly used tools. We hope this helps you find what you are after.
He does seem to go with the absolute best tools all the time and some on this list are surprisingly expensive, and there are a lot of other options to these tools around so don’t be afraid to change it up a bit and choose the tools that suit you the best.
If you still don’t have what you are looking for then maybe you will find something in our list of lock picking tools here.