The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 54

54 • HINTS&TIPS Take Your Pick Mark Ward of Anglia Locksmiths explains that as with all locksmith tools - it’s not the tool that does the work it’s the practice and techniques learnt by the locksmith sat in front of the television at night or in the workshop which brings perfection and makes the job look so easy at times in front of customers. When it comes to a picking gun, you will find that your success rate in opening cylinders will increase immensely with the following advice… » » “NOWADAYS THERE IS AN ARRAY OF EPGs (Electric Pick Guns) on the market ranging from under £50 up to £500. When buying one,it’s the same old adage, you get what you pay for. Once you have your gun, you need to take a look at the picking blades which either come with the pick gun or are available to purchase separately. You have a choice between thin stainless blades or the heavier black steel type. For everyday use, the black steel blades should be sufficient and will last longer but with some of the higher security profile cylinders you will have no choice but to use the thinner stainless steel version. With both types it is always a good idea to get some fine wet and dry paper or emery cloth and then smooth the rough edges and polish the blade. This will allow the blade to move much more freely within the keyway ‘with some of the higher security profile cylinders you will have no choice but to use the thinner stainless steel version’ ensuring you of a higher rate of success in opening the lock. They both come in an array of different shapes and sizes but I personally still prefer the standard straight flat blades. Secondly - and the one where I see most people doing it wrong - is to make sure you insert the picking blade correctly. If you look at a blade you will see that there is one straight edge and LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | Loksafe.co.uk | Insafe.com another edge which has a curve. The strength in the blade is on the straight edge and should be the edge that always strikes the pins. You will definitely break far more blades when it is inserted incorrectly, that is upside down. So if picking a rim cylinder the straight edge should be at the top and if picking a Euro cylinder the straight edge should be at the bottom. Another reason for fixing this