There’s a new hobby to stimulate mental capacity and at the same time great for practical reasons: lock picking. Learning to lock pick might sound offish and some might find it unfamiliar. But believe it or not, this is no longer a skill used only by the delinquents of society, as hundreds of thousands of hobbyists around the world are already practicing it. It is addictive to most but it’s also very useful.
Recreational lock picking has been around for centuries. In fact, it is well documented that King Louis XVI of France enjoyed designing and manipulating locks. One school of thought is that a lot of people who are of high intellect or who like solving puzzles get into locksport as a hobby. Others express that they like partaking in something that is a little unconventional, but not illegal.
Let’s take a look on how Lock Picking is as a hobby.
Are there any “rules”?
When it comes to the recreational picking of locks, there is a certain code of ethics to discourage criminal activity. The number one rule is that you may only pick a lock that you own or one which you have explicit consent by its owner to pick. Another big one is that you are not supposed to pick any locks that are currently in use. As long as you keep the security of others your foremost priority, you should have no trouble.
How do you pick a lock?
There are actually several different techniques and methods used to pick a lock in this day and age. You could start by researching various brands of professional tools from which to practice with. An excellent start would be using the Bogota Lock Pick.You should also seek out a mentor who can teach you this art step by step, preferably in person, so that you will be able to put your best foot forward.
How do you find others involved in lock picking?
To start, you could go online and look up your local chapter of Locksport International. This way, you could meet others like yourself who could also teach you more about lock picking. Several other organizations also hold annual conventions and contests for lock picking enthusiasts! You may also find groups, forums, and chatrooms of other locksport enthusiasts online.
Could you put this skill to use?
If you’re wondering, yes, learning how to pick locks for fun can be an extremely practical thing to know. If you are a well-trained locksport hobbyist, you may be able to rescue yourself or other loved ones if locked out of a home. You may also put your skills to use and become a full or part-time working locksmith. After all, there is no shortage of need for people in this particular line of work.
As you can see, this is a fun, intellectual art which many other have partaken in across the world for hundreds of years now. And if you should find yourself in a tight spot, it is also a very useful skill to have in your arsenal. Happy picking!