- Practice Locks
- Cutaway Practice Lock
Our Cut Away Practice Locks Are Available in a Number of Configurations
Sold regularly to U.S. Government agencies for training purposes, these are the best cut aways you'll find anywhere!
We offer these practice locks with a host of user-selected options: SC or KW keyway; Choice of top pins (standard or pick resistant); Choice of pinning scheme (5 or 6 pinned). Additionally, these locks are repinnable (you can rekey them at will) either through the conventional re-keying method or simply by "popping" off the removable top chamber retainer with a flat blade screwdriver, dumping the contents, and creating your desired combination by re-arranging the existing bottom pins. The top retainer is then easily snapped back into place without the need of tools. (For an even easier rekeying experience, consider our EZ Rekey practice lock!)
Our Key-in-Knob (KIK) style CutAway Practice Locks are unsurpassed in quality and workmanship, and are absolutely priceless in shortening the learning curve when used with good lock picking tools. We have been producing the finest cutaways for over 10 years and our practice locks are still the best you can buy in a reasonable price range.
CutAway style practice locks are recommended for beginners to the art/skill of lock picking, whether he or she be a hobbyist or a student of the trade. By making visible the inner workings of the lock cylinder, a student can learn a lot in a very short time simply by observing the results in real time of his or her lock picking technique. Once an entry level of skill is achieved, the same lock can be of equal use as a "standard" practice lock (simply by NOT observing the inner parts as the lock is picked). This means you need not purchase standard practice locks in addition to cutaways.
Cut Away Locks for Picking Practice and Educational Training Aids
The top portion of the lock, also called the pin bible or top chamber, has been precisely milled in such a way as to reveal the top pins and springs without allowing them to escape. This gives the user an unimpeded view of those components and an opportunity to monitor the action of any key being inserted and, more importantly, the results of his or her lock picking attempts.
We've also milled a slot at the foot of the top chamber that gives a clear view of the shear line. When a working key is inserted (we provide one working key with every practice lock), the plug can be rotated and this gives a view of the pins in the plug forming a smooth shear line.
These locks are HANDED - the right-handed model is actually cut away on the left side of the top chamber and for left-handers the lock is cut away on the right side. This is because, in the act of picking the lock using a pick in one's dominant hand, there is a tendency to want to lean to the opposite side to view the cut away area. Right-handers will lean to the left, and it's opposite for left-handers. Be sure to select the proper handing when you make your purchase.
Available in a variety of configurations:
Two keyways to choose from:
Available with standard or spool drivers.
All our Practice Locks are rekeyable using standard rekeying tools and techniques. In addition, our EZ-ReKey Practice Locks can be rekeyed without tools of any kind, and with no prior experience.
Each Cut-Away Lock is supplied with both a working key and an incorrect key, to better illustrate how keys align the pin tumblers.
Includes highly detailed, illustrated instructions along with valuable tips to make your practice sessions more effective.