Top 10 Locksmith Tools for the Beginner Locksmith

Top 10 Locksmith tools for the beginner locksmith by Mr. Locksmith.

  1. Locksmith Tweezers: Special Tweezer with the ends rounded to hold pins.
  2. Follower: HPC 4 pc follower set to remove plug from cylinder.
  3. End Cap Removal Tool: You can use an awl, ice pick or pick but the end cap tool makes the job easy.
  4. Kwikset Cylinder Removal Tool: This inexpensive tool makes removing Kwikset cylinders and rekey locks easy.
  5. Key Gauge: Several manufactures make Key gauges, I like the ProLock 4 in 1 Key Gauge (Kwikset, Weiser, Schlage, Westlock). I just found the new 5 in 1 that has added Master Padlock.
  6. Shims: See the new upcoming video on “How to Shim a Lock with No Key” Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for updates.
  7. Pick Set & Tension Wrenches: Hook, Rake and Diamond Pick. The best lock pickers mostly use the Hook pick. You decide which is best for you.
    * Note: I use a hook with a diamond (Peterson Hooked Diamond or Deforest pick Pick).
  8. Pin Kit: Just get a Lab Universal Pin Kit (.005 or .003)
  9. Pinning / Work Mat: Lab Workbench Pinning Mat is the best I have used.

Coming soon: Key Machines, more “How To” and More List on Locksmith Tools.



Watch my upcoming videos for detailed instructions on How to use the Locksmith Tools, rekey locks, etc. Also, my personal evaluation of locksmith tools (drills, hand-tools, tool boxes, etc.), key machines (duplicators and code machines).

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