For the longest time, I've had an interest in lockpicking. Many IT professionals also happen to have lockpicking as a hobby. I occasionally volunteer and help TOOOL out at conferences like HOPE. I also am starting a Lockpickers of New Jersey meetup group. We will have regular meetings in the Bridgewater, New Jersey library. This may not be our permanent home, however. The end goal is to gain enough members to be an official TOOOL-NJ chapter.

Bypass Tools - The Mule Tool

            In the video B and E: A to Z, we see an individual describing a Mule Tool, and it's use. A Mule Tool, otherwise known as an Under The Door tool is a tool used to discretely or covertly open a door from the outside, without the use of lockpicks, and without leaving much of a trace that the door was opened at all. (Screenshots and a video capture will be here at a later date)

            In the above video, the individual shoves the tool under a door and with clever manipulation of the tool, opens a door from the outside. There are variations of the under the door tool these days; and they are widely available; usually only to locksmiths. The most common is the Keedex K-22. It is fairly inexpensive, and mostly just various pieces of metal and steel wire strung together. This tool is made primarily for lever doors, but variations exist that can open knob doors. Photos here, along with measurements courtesy of Fenwick23 on Reddit. (Thank you!) Also, measurements & other info.

            Despite the difficulty of obtaining such a tool, occasionally they do show up on DealExtreme. This is a pretty good price, but the tool requires some modifications. Here is the album of photos of the tool. The tool would need modifications at the head where the rubber band is located because it doesn't even reach the door knob.

            I don't know the origin of this tool, but it has always fascinated me. Unfortunately, most tools like this are hard to acquire unless you are licensed locksmith. Information is equally sparse because this tool is so coveted. If you make a forum post about this on lockpicking101, the thread will get closed. It also only gets talked about in places like Lockcon. I believe making this knowledge public can only increase security for those in need.

            If you happen to have one of these tools and are willing to part with it for a short time, please get a hold of me. I'm looking to do research on the variety of tools like this to present at HOPE in the future. I'd like to get my hand on a variety of these tools as if at all possible.

     UPDATES:      User Blakhal0 from Reddit created his own Mule Tool from the instructions I provided and linked to. You can see it on his site here. Seems easy enough. If you have success in making one of these tools, please let me know here, on Reddit, or on Keypicking.

Ultimate Handcuff Key

I haven't seen anyone else go about posting the file for this, but here is the Solidworks part file if you wish to create the ultimate handcuff key yourself. You should be able to convert it to the correct open source formats if necessary. Note that this is using the exact specifications listed here:

NOTE: If you come up with a working version, or an improved version with some changes, please e-mail me the updated file.

/r/lockpicking Exchange

Occasionally, I partake in lock and pick exchanges on Reddit. Here are what I've sent, or received.

August 2012
August 2012
Spring steel for tensioners!


/r/lockpicking on Reddit - I spent most my time here, and exchange locks, picks and ideas with other members. My ideas, thoughts, and success/failures can be found there prior to being posted on this site.

The Amazing King - Jon King's website - tons of information here, security, lockpicking, cryptography, and so on. Extremely knowledgeable guy on locks. Occasionally on /r/lockpicking as well.

Keypicking.com - a great forum community. Some members also visit /r/lockpicking on Reddit.

LockpickShop.com - An awesome lockpick website. I've given them quite a bit of my business and will continue to do so. Based out of New York. Fast shipping, great customer service. High quality picks. This site got me started on lockpicking.

LocksmithArmy - A website ran by one of the users from Keypicking.com - some awesome links here and references. This site motivated me to build this webpage to showcase my interest. I highly suggest checking out the links on their site.

Blakhal0's blog - A fellow Reddit user's blog going into some nice tear downs on how certain bypass tools work, how to build your own, and so on. Awesome stuff here, and constantly growing. Thanks for the link blakhal0!