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Barry is a Netherlands native, where he is the national lockpicking champion. It takes him about 10 seconds to open the kind of lock you might use to secure your luggage.
Bigger locks might take Barry a minute or two. He’s a master at the art of lockpicking.
Lockpicking competitions are rare and often underground in the United States, but are common in Europe, where Wels is a frequent contender. He is also president of a lockpicking club with about 75 members that meet weekly to test their skills against new locks.
I first posted about Barry on May 14, 2005 where he demonstrated how easy it is to open a Kensington laptop lock using a roll of toilet paper, gaffer tape, and a pen. It’s pretty amazing and I’ve tried it myself and it does work with a little practice.
Besides picking locks Toool members also study locks, sometimes finding huge and previously unpublished flaws.
Needless to say that the lock industry is not always too happy, although Toool feels they should be.
Lately, some smarter lock companies have started asking Toool what they think of a lock before commencing mass-production.
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