Start by moving your knife gently up and down to get it into and out of the lock. Keep going like this for 10–15 seconds. If the lock still won’t open, take away the lock’s turning force and let any pins you might have set wrongly fall.
Without a key, it can be hard to open a drawer. Side tables, dressing tables, and cabinets all have drawers. They can both save space and keep your things safe at home.
Some doors with keyholes that are more complicated can be opened without a keyhole at all. A thin knife blade can be slid between the door and the door jam if there is enough room. Once you’re there, move the blade up and down until you find the bolt at the striker plate. Push the knife in and try to get it around the bolt to force it out of the unlocked position.
With a short-bladed pocketknife, all you have to do is carefully move the blade in and out while wiggling it up and down. You’ll get a feel for how each tumbler fits together.
If the lock is simple, all you need is a pocketknife with a small blade, similar to the size of your standard, red Swiss army knife.
I was dying to get a piece of paper out of my desk drawer today. I chose to give it another shot. I don’t pick things. I’m not very good at picking locks either, but a paper clip I keep in my wallet and a small pocket knife I always carry have helped me in the past. I try to turn the tumbler by pressing it with the screwdriver/file on the knife, and then I rake the pins in the lock. This has worked in the past with locks that weren’t very good. When I was in college, I did this to unlock the hard disk write locks so I could install Netscape on the PCs in class that only had Internet Explorer. Today, my old way of getting into a lock didn’t work, so I tried something new. I’ve seen locksmiths change the keys to locks before. I’ve never understood how they got rid of the old tumbler. They just wrenched it out with a special tool and put in a new one with a different key. So today I found out. I might also mention that I accidentally took the whole tumbler out of my desk lock with a paper clip. After I did it, I was determined to figure out HOW I did it. I was able to explain this because I had a spare key for my desk, which was hidden in the locked desk drawer. It also taught me a lot about how locks work in general. Even though I already knew the basics, this helped me remember them. There are six pins in all. When you put the key in, it touches five of these, putting them in the right place so that the tumbler can turn. The tumbler is then hooked up to a different part that makes the drawers open. The sixth pin is just there to hold the tumbler in place. By hitting the sixth pin, I was able to open the lock. The full tumbler then showed up in my hand, whether or not the key was there. Then I could use my pocketknife to turn on the mechanism that let the drawers open.
How do you open the drawer if you don’t have the key?
One paper clip can be used to pull the cloth tighter, while the other can be used as a rake pick. Hold the lock with a light grip in the same way that a key would. Pull the pins apart until all of them are open. You can open the drawer because the lock will turn.
How do you use a paper clip to open a drawer?
To open the lock on your filing cabinet, start by straightening a paperclip and leaving one end bent. Then, slide the curved end of the paperclip into the keyhole while holding it vertically and pressing down on the inner pins.
How do you open a lock if you don’t have the key?
On the side of the door that doesn’t lock, there should be a small hole in the knob. To open the door, you have to push a small button that is hiding in the hole. To open it, you only need a strong, straight tool. Use a paperclip that has been straightened or a tiny screwdriver made for fixing glasses.
How do you use a bobby pin to open a lock?
At the end of the straight piece, make a small bend. With the closed end of the second bobby pin, bend it to the side to make a 90-degree angle. This safety pin can be used as a lever. Turn the lever to one side to make tension after putting the bent end of the lever into the lock.
How can a lock on a drawer be broken?
To open the latch, turn the pins of the lock with a paperclip. Let the parallel paperclip move along with the internal parts as they press on the lock cylinder. While you look for the key, open the drawer and leave it slightly ajar.
What common things can you use to open a lock?
Find something you can use to open the lock. The best tools to use are a strong paperclip, a hair pin, or a small screwdriver or hex wrench. You can also use a cotton swab with one end cut off or a bamboo skewer from the kitchen.
How hard is it to get in?
Because lock picking is easy to understand and do, you can quickly learn all of the key ideas and techniques. Even though some locks are harder to open than others, if you know the basics of picking locks, you can open most of the locks used today.