Many homeowners and tinkerers are fascinated with locks, whether it’s because they’ve wondered whether they can repair or replace the ones they have in their home, or from watching spy movies where lockpicking seems like the easiest thing in the world to do. As any Charlotte NC locksmith will tell you, “It ain’t as easy as it looks!” But that doesn’t deter some people from trying to learn the craft on their own.
Experience, knowledge and practice are the three most important factors in creating a good locksmith. But any craftsman is only as good as his tools, so would-be locksmiths often look to find out whether they can buy the tools of the trade. The answer to this question however is two-sided: yes, it’s legal in most areas of the U.S., including North Carolina, to own locksmith tools if you can show that you have an intent to use them legally. But many states (also including North Carolina) prohibit their sale to anyone who isn’t a licensed locksmith, and most online stores won’t even carry them. That can make it quite difficult to acquire the tools for complicated lock repair.
However, if you are in a region where you can own and buy these tools and you are interested in learning the art, you can have a lot of fun and learn a lot by playing with your own locks or safes. Remember that once you use the tools for anything other than legal purposes, however, you’re probably breaking the law.
Choosing the Right Tool
In areas where locksmith tools are available, a common mistake made by most beginners is that they tend to buy tools that are a bit advanced to start with. At some point, they often get disappointed in their performance and eventually quit. For starters, all you really need is a tiny hook, a tension wrench, and a half-diamond. Complex tools such as rakes should be left for later stages of your training, or for expert Charlotte NC locksmiths.
Beginners should concentrate on single pin picking at first, and then move up the ladder slowly as they develop more skills. It is only after mastering the simple tasks that anyone should consider purchasing more expensive and complex lock picking tools.
Owning Locksmith Tools
Having your own set of picking tools can be a cool conversation starter, and also a smart thing (if you know how to use them), since the tools allow you to help friends and family if they’re locked out of their house or have a problem safe, as well as do your own work at home. Most people associate lock picking with criminals, but there are many positive uses for the skill once you’ve acquired it.
So if you take up lockpicking and locksmithing in the mindset of learning an ancient hobby, and saving a few bucks by avoiding calls to locksmiths, it can be quite rewarding. It does not mean you’ll be able to take up work as a locksmith, however; you need professional training, experience and certification to take that step.