Without lock pick tension tools such as wrenches, picks themselves are practically useless. They are inserted into the keyway and turned slightly, acting as the keys themselves. This movement disengages the plug from its surrounding housing unit—just like a door or wall—and creates a sort of internal ridge along which the pins can sit. When each pin has been expertly manipulated to the shear line, the plug is no longer bound to anything, allowing it to turn as it would with the appropriate key.
Similarly, tension wrenches are a little more than flathead screwdrivers. Aside from its size that allows it to snuggly fit inside a keyway, they also must be small enough to work hand in hand with the picks they support, familiarising the locksmith with the pins they are attempting to manipulate.
Lock pick tension tools and the art of feedback
Envision yourself in a dark room feeling around the walls for a light switch. Each time you bump your hand against a picture or a piece of furniture, critical information is sent to your brain about where you are in relation to objects, and how you ought to move in response to that. Akin to lock picking, this scenario takes place “in the dark” and relies on a precise feedback system with the tension tools acting as the medium. Applying too much pressure may cause successfully bound pins to come undone. Not applying enough, on the other hand, may prevent pins from setting. Most newcomers are able to hone this feedback loop through years of experience and practice.
Even if you’ve read all the lock picking books in the world and have managed to understand its processes, you will never fully understand it if you’ve never set your hand on locks and keys. Hands-on experience allows you to develop the sensitivity and touch necessary for success.
Learn more about lock pick tension tools by giving Emergency Locksmith Belfast a call on 02895-320646.