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(700) How to Pick Serrated Pins


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  1. So with serrated pins you do the same thing as normal pins just more then once. You repeat the process as many times as there are serrations?

  2. I have always been interested in lock mechanisms since I was a kid. You produce the best quality instructional videos I have seen on Utube. You should think about opening a school for inspiring locksmiths. Keep the great videos coming.

  3. I will comment here since it's the video that introduced me to your channel.
    Man. Your are awesome. There is just nothing more to it. I love every single one of your videos. I find them really interesting, entertaining, teaching and even funny. You once mentioned you don't get groupies, but I totally think you should.
    Keep up with the good work, and thank you very much for everything you teach us. Youtube is a better place thanks to people like you.

  4. bosnianbill, If you do any training for agents, you could set-up torque transducer with digital display to show pressure level on your torque bar.

  5. That is a great Sparrow practice lock. It taught me a lot about picking the evil serrated pins. Your demo was a good demo and I enjoyed watching your technique and great explanations.

  6. Hi Bill would you ever do a video discussing how to pick just standard pins in high precision cores? Sargents, Lockwoods, Corbins and others seem to be a bear to pick with little feedback for sets.

  7. At 3:12, how do you know that you over-picked pin 5 if you can't see inside the lock? That is my biggest problem with lockpicking in general: not knowing if I've over-picked a pin! Any help would be EXTREMELY helpful! Thanks!!

  8. Also GREAT video! I'm currently on a security pin kick, trying to push myself as you know. This video is perfect. Every night I line up about 10 American Locks, and slowly pick my way through them. Soon I will move on to even more tricky ones. This video enlightened me on an area where i've been hitting a wall. Thanks!

  9. I have a similar cutaway, however mine has cuts down the plug as well making the entire length of the pin cylinders visible. Also you can see your pick inside while working. Do you use the style you have over the style I have intentionally, or is that just the one you happened to buy?

  10. Words of wisdom and experience from the Master is always appreciated. Congratulations on 700. Was expecting you to reach 750 by the end of summer, but Adrian must have distracted you too much.

  11. Thanks for the great video. Your how too on spool pins helped me to conquer all my padlocks that had spools. now I find them the easiest. I've been waiting for a how too on serrated. thanks again
    Off to attack my American locks

  12. You said that springy pins might be unpicked OR picked? Can you explain me how picked pins can be still springy? How lower pins can go upward if pin is set and the sheerline set?

  13. Bill this is a SUPER VIDEO thank you for the Great explanation. This explained a lot around the "tension" if you got more of those,… I will be one happy viewer ( other videao's are also great 🙂 bust this is really super) one pupil in the Netherlands. I thorn apart some old wind screen wipers and this winter is the theme to start making a couple of 'picks'.

  14. Great as always Bill-It's very rare to see a negative comment on this site,yet thumbs down appear from time to time-If there's something you thumbsdowners don't like-tell us what it is or stick it back in your juvenile mouth.
    Phew-I feel better for that.

  15. It's like they aways say, you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you have to be Bill to pick a lock with serrated pins and make it look that easily. Wait I don't think thats what they always say but maybe they should.

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