Tension Tool Tips
Sometimes a pin might offer more resistance than usual and requires you to achieve a bit of leverage to pick it. It's not uncommon to use the wards in the keyway - the zig-zag-like shape providing a variety of small surfaces you can use as a fulcrum. If the wards aren't working, the tension tool can provide a perfect fulcrum upon which you can get your leverage. You can even insert and place the tension tool in such a way to provide the fulcrum precisely where you need it. It's worth practicing even when you don't need it, so you're familiar with the process. Give it a go - it's a revelation!
I'm a real fan of lock raking. But without 'pulsing' there would be no raking. Pulsing is the act of repeatedly applying and releasing pressure on your tension wrench as you're raking the lock. You're feeling for changes, for pins setting, or for pins locking up - and you're responding accordingly. That response could be less or more pressure, it could be faster or slower pulsing, it could be a change of pick or rake. The more you practice raking, the more you'll get used to interpreting the feedback from your tension wrench and your lock pick, and thus you'll learn the right course of action. Pulsing makes sense because just as the rake is moved around in the lock, hoping to create the right condition in the lock to set a pin, so must the wrench. Rather than trying to maintain the same tension when raking, let the wrench and rake dance together, so the changing relationship between the two increase your chances of creating the right circumstances to set a pin. Give it a go - Pulsing brings Raking to life!
Advanced Tension Tools
Having options makes lock picking easier. Different lockpicks, different techniques, and of course, different tension wrenches. We already discussed the magic of top of keyway wrenches (or 'TOK' as they're known). But there's all manner of tension tools that you might like to investigate. Round Tension Tools are very good for Lock Pick Guns. The Feather Touch Wrench is very good for pulsing. There's a great set of Sprung Tension Tools that you can bend to fit the situation in hand. Perhaps my favourite tension wrench might tempt you, the z-wrench. This is most handy were there is an obstruction to stop you using a standard tension tool ie like a door handle, so instead of the tension tool being at either 3 oclock or 9 oclock were it would hit the handle , its at 12 oclock were there is no obstruction, Give them a go!.
Here at locksmith training merseyside we show you how to use all the different tension tools thats out there .