When picking locks or bypassing them open the goal is to use your tools and knowledge to exploit its greatest weakness. Shim tools generally exploit the latching mechanisms inside the lock or door frame, allowing you to open the lock. They are easy to use and generally small.
What kinds of Shim Tools Does Sparrows Carry?
Shims generally come in metal or plastic and a variety of thickness all dependent on the area you are trying to work them into. For door frames, our plastic door shims are designed to flex around the door frame allowing you to disengage the door latch. What's great with shimming locks open is you generally only have one target for attacking. Compared to picking 5 sets of pins in a lock you are only going after one latch. This makes shims also an easy tool to teach others to use. Fire departments often carry shims tools because they are highly effective and require minimal training. For padlocks you can use a padlock shims that can be pushed down the hasp of the lock allowing it to push the locking latch out to the way. Core shims are another great option. These are extremely thin shims that slide along the top of the core right at the sheer line. This fantastic shim then lets you lift and set pins above it as you slowly push it further into the lock. While slowly being pushed in, it will hold the position of the pins that you have already set. When you lift the last pin the lock will open. Just like the mechanisms of a lock, shims come in a variety of different forms.
Locks often suffer from multiple vulnerabilities and shimming them open is just another option to getting them open.
Can beginners use Shim Tools?
If you already own a set of picks, adding shims to your collection is a great way to expand your tool set and increase the number of options you have when attacking locks. Adding shims gives you more options, more options often leads to more success. Given the lightweight and ease of use, these tools are perfect for all skill levels and for on-duty work.
Why Choose Sparrows’ Shim Tools?
All Sparrows shims have proven field use and are made from high quality materials for maximum results