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Tension Wrenches & Tools

Lock Pick Tension Wrenches & Tools

You'll hear it said time and time again, "Lock picking is 99% tension!", and while that's probably a slight exaggeration, you can't avoid the fact that unless you know how to use lock pick tension tools, you probably won't pick any locks.

The tension wrench is the first item to go into the lock, and you use it to apply a light amount of pressure. Doing so creates a very tiny ledge — along what we in the trade call '”The Shearline” — meaning whether you're picking, raking, or bumping, the pins have somewhere to “sit'” while the other pins are being worked. Get all 5 pins to sit on the shearline and the lock opens. Tension is very important, and so are your lock pick tension wrenches and tension tools.

Whether you're picking lever locks, pin-cylinders, wafer locks or others, the chances are you'll require a tension tool. We have an excellent range of many types here at LockPickWorld, and I would advice you ensure you have a variety at your disposal. Variety is the key to lock picking, and with a pun like that you know I must be right!

Other names for tension tools include torque wrench and tension wrench. So if you want to know how to use a torque wrench, how to use a tension tool, or how to use a tension wrench, you're in the right place to get started.

What Are Tension Wrenches For?

If you want to learn how to lockpick, a set of tension wrenches is one of the best tension tools to have in your lock pick set, in fact, they're essential.

These lock pick tension tools are the backbone of every lock pick kit. Pin tumbler locks are the most common locks used in house doors. Tension wrenches are used to apply pressure to the bottom of pin tumbler locks to keep pins from being pushed down by the springs after getting set correctly by lock picks.

What Can I Use Instead of a Tension Wrench?

Any small piece of flat metal can act as a tension wrench or tension tool. A common substitute for a tension wrench is piece of wire from an underwire bra. Even a windshield wiper insert can be used as a tension tool.

Using an alternative for a tension tool may work for the meantime when a tension wrench set isn’t available in the moment. Alternatives also may not work as well as an actual tension wrench when the alternative is too big, wide, or thin for the lock you’re picking.

Tension wrenches were designed to be conveniently and comfortably held while picking locks. Alternatives to tension wrenches may be difficult to hold, or may even break before you open the lock.

You might think you’ll be fine using alternatives now, but the best way to learn and master how to lock pick is to get your own set of reliable and quality tension wrenches. Lock pick tools make it easier to learn how to pick locks, which means you can get the job done right away.

Ideally you will have a combination of bottom of keyway (BOK) tension tools, and top of keyway (TOK) tension tools. But if you're just starting out, BOK is fine.

Browse Our Selection of High-Quality Lock Picking Tools Today

If you’re on the search for quality wrench sets, lock picks, and other tools, LockPickWorld is the right place for you. We only offer high quality tools that don’t hurt your budget. You can set the price high to see our high-end items, or set the price low if you want to get high quality tools for a modest price.

Regardless of the price, our tools are guaranteed to last as long as you want to practice lock picking. If you want to see how, pick a lock using your tools from LockPickWorld, and you’ll see how reliable our tools are no matter how many locks you’ve picked!