Belts

Locks Scheduled for Reclassification

From time to time we may change the rankings of certain locks. These changes may be due to refined or new picking techniques making locks that were once difficult to pick, less so, or simply because we’ve decided they were improperly ranked in the first place.

If a lock moves up a rank (e.g. from yellow belt to orange belt) that change will take effect immediately. If you notice a lock you picked last week has been moved up a rank and would now qualify you for a higher belt rank, message the mods to let us know that you should now be ranked higher.

If a lock moves down a rank (e.g. from orange belt to yellow belt) and you’ve already picked it, fear not, you’ve earned that rank, and we have no intention to revoke a belt rank that was well earned. We also understand that some locks require a significant financial and time investment, and you may have already purchased a lock and started working on it before we announced the lock is being reclassified. When we move a lock down a rank, we will make every effort to state that we are doing so publicly, and provide an appropriate grace period (generally one month) to allow anyone currently working on that lock to have time to get their accomplishment ranked at the old belt level.

Planned Changes:

  • American 1100 / A1100 / 2000 / 700 / 5200 (Blue->Green, effective July 1, 2022)
  • Avocet ABS / Federal UCF3100 (Brown->Purple, effective May 1, 2022)
  • 12-pin Bilock with 7-8 mastered pins (Brown->Purple, effective May 1, 2022)
  • Pollux 7 (Red->Brown, effective May 1, 2022)
  • EVVA 3KS with 1-3 mastered sliders (Black I->Red, effective May 1, 2022)

Effective Immediately:

  • See Changelog in the Discord for more information on all changes.

Current Belt Rankings List

Interested in seeing what’s coming up? Below is a spreadsheet with all the same locks as this list, and a column where notes are kept for the next update.

Click Here!

Rankings

White Belt

This is the beginning of your journey of self-discovery that will test the limits of your mind, body, and spirit. Your belt is white because you are like freshly fallen snow, pure, true of heart and ready to be molded into a lockpicking machine.

Both photos and videos of your picking accomplishment are accepted for this rank.

Requirements:

  1. Pick any lock with any tool.
    Here are some examples of locks that would qualify for white belt:
  • Abus 45 (laminated padlock) — Non-removable core
  • Acrylic Padlocks — Non-removable core
  • Brinks R80 disk lock — Non-removable core
  • China padlocks (granite look)
  • Cutaway Locks (any brand)
  • Mallory Wheeler
  • Master Lock #1 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock #2 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock #3 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock #4 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock #5 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock #6 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock #7 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock #8 — Non-removable core
  • Timpson Special Brass Padlock — Non-removable core
  • Tri-Nine Padlock

Yellow Belt

You understand the basic function of locks, and technique to pick them. Normal padlocks crumble at your very glance and you’ve moved onto higher quality cylinders, some of which may even contain security pins.

Both photos and videos of your picking accomplishment are accepted for this rank.

Requirements:

  1. Pick one of the locks on this list or similar:
  • Abus 55/30
  • Abus 64TI Titalium — Non-removable core and 4 pins or fewer
  • Abus 65/35 or smaller — Non-removable core
  • Abus 84/35
  • Abus EC75 75/30 — Non-removable core
  • Abus MyLock
  • Abus Nautic (40mm and up)
  • ACE laminated 40mm padlock — Non-removable core
  • Arco 7 Lock
  • ADW
  • ARFE
  • Assa Abloy Tesa TE-5
  • Befa
  • Bond
  • Börkey
  • Braslock
  • Brinks Brass Padlocks — Non-removable core
  • BSS
  • Burg Wächter Atlantik
  • Burg Wächter C-Line
  • Burg Wächter Look
  • Burg Wächter SecuLock
  • Burg Wächter Yacht
  • Casesa
  • CIB
  • Citadel
  • Cotica
  • Dulimex (DX)
  • Eagle 37110
  • Egret 5-pin padlock — Non-removable core
  • EMR
  • Esco
  • Faithfull
  • Favour
  • Fermod
  • FF
  • FFF
  • Flora
  • Glip
  • Guri
  • HiK
  • HP+
  • IBAU
  • Kale Killit
  • Kinzo
  • Koala
  • Kwikset mortise
  • Laperche
  • Lifetime
  • Mako 227 — Non-removable core
  • Mannesmann
  • Master Lock 130
  • Master Lock 140, 141 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock 4140 (V-line) — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock 930
  • Master Lock 6004 N (DG stamp on lock) — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock Magnum — Non-removable core
  • McGeiz
  • Mecanimax
  • Metal
  • Modeco
  • Multi XL
  • Multicar
  • Owa
  • Power Line
  • Santos
  • Schlage Mortise
  • Stabilit
  • Südmetall
  • Tara
  • Wolfdog

Orange Belt

Those security pins designed to keep you out are powerless against you. You’re starting to find locks containing them easier to pick than those without. Your family is also starting to look at you and your growing collection of locks a bit strangely. It’s OK — we understand you. Let’s get an orange belt on you to confuse them further.

You must submit a video of your picking accomplishments for this rank. Videos must be in one, continuous take.
Photographs will also be accepted for locks that cannot be disassembled.

Requirements:

  1. Pick one of the locks on this list or similar:
  • Abus 41/40
  • Abus 45/40 (brass) — Non-removable core
  • Abus 54TI/50 Titalium — Non-removable core
  • Abus 55/40 — Non-removable core
  • Abus 60/50 — Non-removable core
  • Abus 64TI Titalium — Non-removable core and 5 pins or more
  • Abus 65/40 or larger — Non-removable core
  • Abus 82/63 — Non-removable core
  • Abus 83/40
  • Abus 85 — Non-removable core
  • Abus Buffo (Ecoline)
  • Abus C51
  • Abus C73/C83/C90 (old pinning, standard and spools)
  • Abus Cisa
  • Abus Diskus (normal pin tumbler, not dimple)
  • Abus Monobloc
  • Basi CO
  • Basi ST
  • Brinks Mortise/deadbolt cyinder with security pins
  • Brinks House Key
  • Brinks Weatherproof 44mm laminated padlock (black plastic case) — Non-removable core
  • Burg Wächter Boccia
  • CES KB
  • CES PS5
  • CES WM 5
  • CES WZ
  • CFG
  • Cocraft 6-Pin Padlock — Non-removable core
  • Corbin Arco Cromato
  • Corbin Standard cylinder
  • DOM 333 RNT (standard cylinder)
  • F3
  • FAB 100
  • Fanal 5-pin padlock — Non-removable core
  • FCV
  • FUG
  • FXL
  • Garrison 40mm Brass Padlock — Non-removable core
  • Gege ANS-2
  • Gera Iseo F5
  • Gloss
  • GTV Padlock
  • Kaba Gege Ap 1000
  • Kasp 160 series Diskus
  • Lockwood 110/40
  • Master Lock 150 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock 4150 (V-line) — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock 532 — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock 570, 575, 576 — Non-removable core
  • S&S
  • SIB
  • SMB
  • Snowstar
  • SOLXD
  • Starlet
  • Tech 5
  • TOP
  • Trelock Euro Cylinder
  • Trimas
  • Urbis
  • VEB
  • Wilka 5 Pin
  • Winkhaus AZ
  • Winkhaus VS 5-pin
  • Yale Y110/40 — Non-removable core
  • Yale 125/40 — Non-removable core
  • Yale Mortise
  • Zeiss Ikon DS

Green Belt

Higher quality locks with even more security pins. Some of these locks have dead cores, and it’s not just because you’ve picked them to death. It might also be that you have started down the dimple lock road. You’ve also started your development as a lock surgeon, gutting them and getting them back together again.

You must video picking and gutting accomplishments in one continuous take, pictures are no longer accepted at this rank, even for locks that cannot be disassembled.

  • FOR NON GUTTABLE LOCKS (IE. Master 410LOTO) Video documentation of gutting and reassembling a different lock will be accepted.

Check out the KOD guide to making pick and gut videos if you not familiar with the process. Remember, vertical video hurts.

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate your ability to gut and reassemble locks
  2. SPP (single pin pick) one of the locks on this list or similar:
  • Abus 72/40
  • Abus 74/40 LOTO — Non-removable core
  • Abus 75/50 / 75IB/50 — Non-removable core
  • Abus 76/40
  • Abus Brady 71/40 LOTO (Lock Out Tag Out)
  • Abus C73/C83/C90 (new pinning, serrated/T/spools)
  • Abus C83N
  • Abus Bravus 1000
  • Abus Bravus 2000
  • Abus E-series (E20-E90)
  • Abus EC (spool pin version, not 700/800)
  • Abus Integral / Pfaffenhain Integral
  • Abus Pfaffenhain
  • Abus Titalium 80TI — Non-removable core
  • Abus WavyLine / Pfaffenhain WavyLine
  • Abus WavyLine Pro / Pfaffenhain WavyLine Pro
  • Abus XD25
  • Abus XP10
  • Abus _14 (without active side pins)
  • ACE Brass 40mm and up Padlock — Non-removable core
  • ACE laminated 44mm and up padlock — Non-removable core
  • American Clone
  • American 700 (Blue until July 1, 2022)
  • American 1100 / A1100 (Blue until July 1, 2022)
  • American S1100
  • American 2000 puck lock (Blue until July 1, 2022)
  • American 5200 (Non Bump Stop models) (Blue until July 1, 2022)
  • Bab Ikon DS
  • Bab Ikon P031
  • Basi AS Pro
  • Basi CX6
  • Bks 51-SL
  • Bks 88
  • Bks Detect 3
  • BKS Helius
  • Bricard Serial
  • Burg Wächter Diamant
  • Burg Wächter Karat
  • CES with dustcover
  • Chateau C970 disk padlock — Non-removable core
  • Commando IC3 Tactical — Non-removable core
  • Commando Marine — Non-removable core
  • Commando Peacemaker — Non-removable core
  • Corona
  • Corona M
  • DOM IX 5N
  • DOM IX HT
  • DOM RS 5
  • DOM SC
  • DOM SV
  • EVVA FPS
  • EVVA Standardcylinder (Normalprofil)
  • EVVA TSC
  • Fab 200RS
  • Federal Lock 5Y3110
  • Federal Lock 6Y3110
  • Gera Iseo MC 6500
  • Gera Iseo MC5
  • Gera Iseo R6
  • Guett Dern
  • Kaba Micro
  • Kai Kai
  • Kasp 14040
  • Kale 164 CE
  • Kenaurd (pin-in-pin) (4 pins)
  • Kryptonite 6-pin padlock
  • Lockwood 120/50 — Non-removable core
  • Lockwood 334M45
  • Mako 425
  • Master Lock 410 LOTO (Lock Out Tag Out) — Non-removable core
  • Master Lock 6835
  • Master Lock 911
  • Master Lock 931
  • Master Lock Pro Series
  • Master Lock S32 LOTO (Lock Out Tag Out) — Non-removable core
  • Mauer Elite 1
  • MCM SCX
  • Mottura Champions C10
  • Mul-T-Lock 7X7
  • Paclock 90A
  • Paclock 95G
  • Paclock 100A
  • Paclock 100G
  • Paclock UCS
  • Schlage Everest
  • Tokoz Beta
  • Vachette standard cylinder
  • Vachette VIP / VIP+
  • Wetzel Pfaffenhain
  • Wilka 1400
  • Wilka 3600
  • Wilka 3VE
  • Wilka Primux HX
  • Winkhaus RAP
  • Winkhaus RAP+
  • Winkhaus VS 6-pin
  • Winkhaus ZRV
  • Winkhaus ZRV6
  • Yale 210C/51
  • Yardeni
  • Zeiss Ikon K2 (with Zeiss Ikon Core)
  • Zeiss Ikon N1
  • Zeiss Ikon P031
  • Zoo Hardware V10

Blue Belt

Transitionary phase in your mastery. You are leaving the relative calm and predictable world of standard locks behind and dipping a toe into the strange and bizarre world of high-security locks. You are frequently pinning your own locks, making challenge locks, and helping newer members of the lockpicking community as they progress.

You must video picking and gutting accomplishments in one continuous take.

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate your ability to gut locks and get them back together again
  2. Demonstrated history of helping new pickers, either on the sub and/or in the Discord channel
  3. Have built a “Challenge Lock” and shared it with a fellow picker. Please see the information at the top of this page for more information on this requirement.
  4. SPP and gut one of the locks on this list or similar:
  • Abus D6
  • Abus D10
  • Abus Bravus 3000
  • Abus EC (serrated pin version, not 700/800)
  • Abus XP1
  • Abus _14 (with active side pins)
  • Ace A527
  • Ankerslot Infinity (without magnet)
  • Assa 500
  • ASSA 700 with graduated spools and no countermilling
  • ASSA Flexcore
  • ASSA R502
  • Bricard Bloctout
  • Bricard Serial S
  • Burg Wächter Gamma 700 — Non-removable core
  • Cantol high-security line (10-pin)
  • Cisa Astral S
  • Cisa C3000
  • Corbin Pyramid
  • De Guard interactive clone (4 pins)
  • DOM IX 5KG
  • DOM Plura
  • DOM RN
  • DOM RS Sigma
  • DOM S (with circle)
  • EVVA DPI – Pin Tumbler version
  • EVVA DPS – Pin Tumbler version
  • EVVA DPX – Pin Tumbler version
  • EVVA EPS – Pin Tumbler version
  • EVVA GPI
  • Fab 2000
  • Federal Lock 6KD3110
  • GeGe AP2000
  • GeGe AP3000
  • Guard NVL
  • HQ High Security interactive clone (4 pins)
  • Kaba 8 (2-rows)
  • Kaba 8 (3-rows) (<9 pins)
  • Kaba L-10
  • Kale Kilit 164 YGS SE
  • Kenaurd (pin-in-pin) (5 pins)
  • Kryptonite Disk Detainer
  • Lince C4
  • Lockwood 334B45 (Spool drivers)
  • Lockwood 356S63
  • M&C Color / Color Pro / Color+ (<4 sliders)
  • Mako 427
  • Mauer RedLine G
  • Mauer RedLine GM
  • MCM A6
  • Medeco Biaxial (4 pins)
  • Medeco BiLevel
  • Medeco Original Camlock (≤4 pins)
  • Metal Zx5J
  • Mila Evolution
  • Milencio Magnum (short format, 5 pins)
  • Miwa DS
  • Mottura Champions C28 / C29
  • Mul-T-Lock Classic (standard drivers)
  • Mul-T-Lock Integrator
  • Nemef NF2
  • Nemef NF3
  • Paclock 90A Pro
  • Paclock PL410
  • Pisla 860 — Non-removable core
  • Ruko R501
  • SEA slider lock / Vidmar
  • Securemme K22
  • Securit S20##
  • SFIC format locks — Picked to 1 shearline
  • Takigen 10-pin
  • TESA T60
  • Tokoz Tech 300
  • Trioving (Vingcard) 55## (with trampoline pins)
  • VSR 9-pin (2 rows)
  • Winkhaus N-Tra
  • Winkhaus Titan
  • Yale 500 series
  • Yale Superior (short format, 5 pins)
  • Zeiss Ikon Sk6 vector
  • Zeiss Ikon SK7
  • Zeiss Ikon Undercut

If picking an SFIC, be sure to review the guidelines listed under SFIC Filming Requirements for validating your lock in the picking video.


Purple Belt

You are now picking locks that are categorically hi-sec. They have two or more discrete locking mechanisms and are considered unpickable by nearly every locksmith on the planet. You are helping new pickers frequently and sharing challenge locks.

You must video picking and gutting accomplishments in one continuous take.

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate your ability to gut locks and get them back together again
  2. Demonstrated history of helping new pickers
  3. Have built a “Challenge Lock” and shared it with a fellow picker
  4. SPP and gut two different locks on this list (locks have to be from separate lines on the list) or similar:
  • Abus Bravus 4000
  • Abus EP10
  • Abus TS5000
  • Abus XP2s / Abus XP20s / Cisa AP3 / Bricard xp s2
  • Agent LS3 / LS4 / LS5
  • ASSA 600 (with barrel spools and matched countermilling) / ASSA Neptun 1900
  • ASSA Desmo (6 sliders)
  • ASSA Desmo (8 sliders) (1-3 mastered pins)
  • ASSA Guideline
  • ASSA Twin Combi (2 fingerpins)
  • BiLock (8 pins) (3-4 mastered pins) / BiLock (12 pins) (7-8 mastered pins) (Brown until May 1, 2022)
  • Bricard Chifral (all versions) (<15 pins)
  • Bricard Supersureté
  • Burg Wächter Alpha 800 — Non-removable core
  • CEI “Five Colors”
  • Illinois Duo
  • Chubb Biaxial
  • Codkey Locksys (<15 pins)
  • DAF Kilit DBS02
  • DeGuard / HQ High Security interactive clone (5 pins)
  • DOM ix6SR
  • DOM ix10 (no fins)
  • DOM ix Twido
  • Eagle “Supr-Security” (without front shutter)
  • Elzett X11
  • Emhart (4 pins)
  • EVVA DPI/DPS/DPX/EPS (Slider version)
  • Fichet 450 (10 levers, no false gates)
  • Gerda HSS †
  • Ingersoll CS
  • Iseo Perfecta (requires 360)
  • Kaba 8 (3-rows) (≥9 pins)
  • Kaba Ace (<13 pins)
  • Kaba Gemini (<13 pins)
  • Kale Kilit 164 BNE
  • Keso 10RS / 2000S / 4000S (Omega) / Lips Keso (door cylinder) / Lips Octro (<13 pins)
  • Kwikset Smartkey (Gens I & II)
  • Kwikset Smartkey (Gen III)
  • Kwikset Smartkey SC1 Gen I
  • Lips Keso padlock
  • Lockman Megacross (9 pins, mushroom drivers)
  • Lockwood MT5***
  • Lockwood Twin
  • M&C Color / Color Pro / Color+ (≥4 sliders)
  • M&C Condor / M&C Move
  • M&C Matrix
  • Magnum Atlantic
  • Medeco Original Camlock (5-6 pins) **
  • Medeco Biaxial / M3 Camlock **
  • Medeco Original / Biaxial / M3 (5+ pins)**
  • Miracle Magnetic
  • Miwa Magnetic Camlock
  • MLock
  • Mottura Champions C30 / C31 / C39 **** (cannot be picked with C38 for Purple)
  • Mottura Champions C38 **** (cannot be picked with C30/31/39 for Purple)
  • Mottura Viper
  • Mul-T-Lock Interactive / Classic / Junior (spooled driver pins)
  • Mul-T-Lock MT5 (Without Sidebar)
  • Nemef NF4
  • Opnus UX
  • Rav Bariach Locxis
  • Rielda rekeyable lock
  • Sargent Signature
  • Schlage Everest 29SL
  • Sepa HDS
  • SFIC format locks (unless otherwise specified) — Must be picked to both shearlines in one take***
  • Securemme K5
  • Tesa Tk 100
  • Titan T250
  • Tubar
  • US Star Tech “Hi Security”
  • West 916
  • Yale 5000
  • Yale Superior / Milencio Magnum (7 or 9 pins)
  • Zeiss Ikon sk6 vectorprofil rib extra (5 sliders)

If picking an SFIC, be sure to review the guidelines listed under SFIC Filming Requirements for validating your lock in the picking video.

** Must be raked prior to picking to reset pin combination

*** Exempt from rule regarding minimum master wafers

**** Must be picked with the bible oriented down

† If picked with a tool that the picker has made themselves or modified significantly from other tools, then this lock counts as Brown Belt


Brown Belt

You are entering the realm of ultra high-security locks and becoming a pillar of the lockpicking community. You find yourself picking locks that are so difficult tools sometimes don’t even exist to open them, requiring you make your own. Tight keyways, rotating sidebar fingers, telescoping keypins, and countermilling are the norm for you.

You must video picking and gutting accomplishments in one continuous take.

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate your ability to gut locks and get them back together again
  2. Demonstrated history of helping advancing and advanced pickers
  3. Have built a “Challenge Lock” and shared it with a fellow picker
  4. Have made at least one specialized tool
  5. SPP and gut two different locks on this list (locks have to be from separate lines on the list) or similar:
  • ABA 109582
  • Abus Plus †***
  • Agent GMD-500
  • ALC Galaxy
  • Alke
  • Alpha FB (<15 pins)
  • Anchor Las (disc detainer) †
  • Ankerslot Infinity K
  • ASSA 1800 / 4800 (3 fingerpin combi)
  • ASSA 600 (with gin spools and matched countermilling)
  • ASSA d12 / ASSA P600
  • ASSA Desmo (8 sliders) (no mastered pins)
  • Avocet ABS (Red until May 1, 2022)
  • Basi K10
  • BiLock (8 pins) (0-2 mastered pins) / BiLock (12 pins) (5-6 mastered pins)
  • Bks Multipin
  • Bricard Chifral (all versions) (fully pinned)
  • Cavers Cavith
  • Clavis T-20 (<15 pins)
  • Codkey Locksys (≥15 pins)
  • CX-5 Scorpion / Marks High Security Lock
  • Dierre New Power
  • DOM ix10 (with fins)
  • DOM ix10kg
  • DOM System D
  • Eagle “Supr-Security” (with front shutter)
  • Fab Dynamic
  • Federal Lock 11KDCF3110
  • Federal Lock UCF3100 / USC3100
  • Fichet 450/484 (10 levers, w/ false gates) (4-6 mastered levers)
  • Fichet 666
  • Gerda Tytan ZX
  • Goal D9
  • iNAHO Tierkey
  • Izis (Red until 30-Nov-2021)
  • JPM 405
  • Kaba Ace (≥13 pins)
  • Kaba Gemini (not pluS) (≥13 pins)
  • Kaba Gemini pluS (<14 pins)
  • Kaken KXR
  • Kale Kilit 164 CEC
  • Keso 10RS / 2000S / 4000S (Omega) / Lips Keso (door cylinder) / Lips Octro (≥13 pins)
  • Laperche Rols
  • Magnum Mont Blanc
  • Mauer NW4 / NW5 / NW6
  • Medeco Duracam — Non-removable core **
  • Miwa EC
  • Miwa PS / Tostem DN (<7 unmastered wafers)
  • Mul-T-Lock Interactive / Classic (serrated driver pins)
  • Mul-T-Lock Classic/Interactive (spooled w/ 3+ countermilled outer keypins)
  • Pollux 7 (Red until May 1, 2022)
  • Robur Safe Deposit Lock (>2 standards, barrel drivers + matched countermilling)
  • Robur Safe Deposit Lock (>2 standards, gin spool drivers + matched countermilling)
  • Rosengrens 32A / 32A8 †
  • Schlage Primus / Everest Primus (Side pins MUST be SPP’d)
  • Schlage Everest 29 SL Primus XP
  • SFIC with security pins **** — Must be picked to both shearlines in one take
  • Thirard Cobra
  • Trioving d12 level 1 (aka d13, no long pin)
  • U-Shin Showa NX (<13 pins)
  • Vachette Radial NT/NT+ (<13 pins)
  • Van Lock
  • VSR (3 rows)
  • Winkhaus KeyTec X-Tra (<9 pins)
  • Zeiss Ikon tk5 sperwellenprofil (with smooth fingerpins)

** Must be raked prior to picking to reset pin combination

*** If picked with front tension, counts as one belt lower. This does not apply when the front disk is a butterfly disk. Locks picked this way must be gutted to demonstrate this.

**** Must have a total number of security pins that is equal to or higher than the number of pin stacks (see “confirmed SFIC’s with security pins”)

† If picked with a tool that the picker has made themselves or modified significantly from other tools, then this lock counts as Red Belt


Red Belt

Ultra high security is your middle name. Your lock collection is worth more than your first car and you constantly troll eBay for deals on insane European locks. You are frequently making custom tools to pick difficult locks, and you are acting as a mentor to folks at the blue, purple and brown belt levels.

You must video picking and gutting accomplishments in one continuous take.

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate your ability to gut locks and get them back together again
  2. Demonstrated history of helping advancing and advanced pickers
  3. Have built a “Challenge Lock” and shared it with a fellow picker
  4. Have made at least one specialized tool
  5. Mentor a more advanced picker through the process of getting into a difficult lock
  6. SPP and gut two different locks on this list (locks have to be from separate lines on the list) or similar
  • Abloy Classic †***
  • Abloy Disklock †
  • Abloy Disklock Pro †
  • Abloy Exec †
  • Abloy High Profile †
  • Abloy Protec †
  • Abloy Sentry †
  • Abus EC 700/800
  • Alpha FB (≥15 pins)
  • Anker (MIWA/Ankerslot) 3800
  • ASSA dp2400 / dp10
  • ASSA 700 (With gin bottle and/or christmas tree pins and matching countermilling in 4+ chambers, <2 tree pins)
  • Banham m2002
  • BiLock (12 pins) (3-4 mastered pins)
  • BKS Janus (<14 pins)
  • Cism Atlas
  • Clavis T-20 (15-19 pins)
  • DOM Diamant †
  • DOM ix Saturn
  • DOM RS8
  • Elzett Magnet
  • Emhart / Emhart Interchangeable Core (6 pins)**
  • EVVA 3KS (without false gates or with >0 mastered sliders) (1-3 mastered sliders Black I until May 1, 2022)
  • EVVA Dual (>4 mastered sliders)
  • EVVA ICS (>2 mastered sliders)
  • Fab NZS3A
  • Fichet 450/484 (10 levers, w/ false gates) (1-3 mastered levers)
  • Fontaine Dynaxis
  • FTH Surveyor
  • Goal V18 / Goal GP (<14 pins)
  • Goal Z (≥2 standard drivers)
  • JPM Surf
  • Kaba Gemini pluS (≥14 pins)
  • Kaba 20 / MIWA JN / Kaba Star (4 directions) (<15 pins)
  • Kaba Star (5+ directions) (<16 pins)
  • Kaba Quattro / Kaba Expert (<15 pins)
  • Kaba Penta (<15 pins)
  • Miwa E6
  • Miwa PR (<7 unmastered wafers)
  • Miwa PS / Tostem DN (7-8 unmastered wafers)
  • Miwa U9 (<8 unmastered levers)
  • Mottura Champions C55
  • Mul-T-Lock MT5+ / Mul-T-Lock 800 / Lockwood MT5 (not mastered) / Zeiss Ikon R10
  • Picard Vigie
  • Robur Safe Deposit Lock (<3 standards, barrel drivers + matched countermilling)
  • Robur Safe Deposit Lock (<3 standards, gin spool drivers + matched countermilling)
  • Rosengrens 32A81S / 32C81P †
  • Ruko Combi 2
  • Sémag Euromag
  • Tokoz Pro
  • U-Shin Showa NX (≥13 pins)
  • Vachette Axi’Home / Axi’Tec
  • Vachette Radial NT/NT+ (≥13 pins)
  • Winkhaus KeyTec X-Tra (≥9 pins)
  • Xylock
  • Yuema 760
  • Zeiss Ikon Verso
  • Zeiss Ikon tk5 sperwellenprofil (with serrated fingerpins)

** Must be raked prior to picking to reset pin combination

*** If picked with front tension, counts as one belt lower (only possible on old models)

† If picked with a tool that the picker has made themselves or modified significantly from other tools, then this lock counts as Black Belt


Black Belt

Zen music plays when you enter the room. You wake up from dreams in which you are trying to figure out ways to pick the unpickable. You have mentored two or more pickers at the brown and red belt levels and you have published the specs to at least one custom tool of your own design.

To earn a black belt, world-class picking is necessary but not sufficient. Mentoring others is necessary but not sufficient. You must deviate from your comfort zone and complete at least two epic quests of sufficient complexity and difficulty. Black Belt Pickers are extremely rare, and while this system was designed with a degree of levity, earning one is true honor and something to be very very proud of.

You must video picking and gutting accomplishments in one continuous take, If there is a sidebar it must also be displayed to show nothing has been tampered with. There are no exceptions to the gutting requirement for videos of black belt locks.

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate your ability to gut locks and get them back together again
  2. Demonstrated history of helping advancing and advanced pickers
  3. Have built a “Challenge Lock” and shared it with a fellow picker
  4. Have made at least one specialized tool and published the specs
  5. Mentor at least two advanced pickers through the process of getting into a difficult lock
  6. Complete at least two of the “Epic Quest Options” listed below
  7. SPP and gut two different locks on this list (locks have to be from separate lines on the list) or similar
  • Abloy Protec2
  • ASSA 700 (With gin bottle and/or christmas tree pins and matching countermilling in 4+ chambers, ≥2 tree pins)
  • ASSA dp4400 / dp11 / Trioving dp / Ruko Garant+
  • ASSA Twin 6000 / Twin Exclusive
  • ASSA Twin Exclusive 5700 (Baltic)
  • ASSA Twin Pro / Twin Maximum / Twin v10 / Twin Global
  • ASSA Twin Combi / ASSA Triton / ASSA Neptun 4900 / Trioving System 10 / Trioving Twin Control / Fab Variant
  • BiLock (12 pins) (0-2 mastered pins)
  • BKS Janus (≥14 pins)
  • Bowley door lock
  • Bowley padlock
  • Chubb Detector
  • Clavis Q-18 / F-22
  • Clavis T-20 (20 pins)
  • DOM ix Twinstar
  • EVVA 3KS / 3KS+ / 4KS (With false gates and no mastered sliders)
  • EVVA Dual (1-4 mastered sliders)
  • EVVA ICS (1-2 mastered sliders)
  • EVVA MCS gen 1 / MCS gen 2 / Zeiss Ikon M
  • Fichet 450 / 484 (10 levers, w/ false gates) (no mastered levers)
  • Fichet F3D
  • Fichet-Bauche M2B / M3B / MxB
  • Goal Grand V
  • Goal v18 / Goal GP (≥14 pins)
  • Goal Z (<2 standard drivers)
  • Kaba 20 / MIWA JN / Kaba Star (4 directions) (≥15 pins)
  • Kaba Star (5+ directions) (≥16 pins)
  • Kaba Quattro / Kaba Expert (≥15 pins)
  • Kaba Penta (≥15 pins)
  • Kromer Protector
  • Miwa PR (≥7 unmastered wafers)
  • Miwa U9 (≥8 unmastered wafers)
  • Mottura Champions C43 / C44 / C48
  • NATO Mersey (10 levers)
  • NATO Mersey (14 levers)
  • Sargent Keso
  • UrbanAlps Stealth Key
  • West 917
  • Western Electric 29B
  • Western Electric 30C
  • Yuema 750 / Forte Enigma
  • Zeiss Ikon sk6 Sperrwelle Extra Code
  • Zeiss Ikon WSW

Epic Quest Options (all subject to approval):

  • Develop and demonstrate an “Extra Skill” that is related to picking or physical security
  • Complete and document a “Master’s Project” of sufficient difficulty and complexity
  • Select and pick two additional Black Belt level locks from the list

Examples of “Extra Skills”:

  • Group 2 safe lock manipulation
  • Electronics projects that decode or bypass locks
  • Key impressioning
  • Advanced and refined Pick making
  • Machining cutaway locks
  • Exceptional knowledge of locks and keyways

Examples of “Master’s Projects”:

  • Make a lock from scratch
  • Formation and leadership of a TOOOL chapter or other community organization

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