This instructable is about installing a small lock picking tool selection into a common military issued Gerber Multi-Tool. The reason I made this is because there was a file that had broken off of my Multi-Tool a long time ago (that I never used anyways) so I thought I would install a more useful tool(s) in the empty void that was left. A total of 3 lock picks and 1 tension tool all fit where 1 metal file was installed from the factory! This lock picking tool selection is the basics you need to get into most locks.
Step 1: Disassembly
It's time to pick what handle you want your new tool selection to go into. When you have picked; you need to undo the tool selection retaining fastener. Some have hex heads or require a special tool to get off like mine.. Which I Dident have so I used needle - nose pliers. In the 2nd picture of this step you will notice all of the tools laid out. The small one at the very bottom is all that is left of the file after it broke. I will replace this broken piece with my lock pick selection.
Step 2: Measurement Collection (Blue Printing)
Now I needed measurement to ensure everything will be modified correctly for full functionality. With a caliper I measured the thickness of the broken file end to compare to the thickness of the lock picks. In my case; the file piece and 3 picks were the exact same thickness. I used a drill bits outer diameter measurement to determine the size of hole I would require to drill in the pick handles . In image 6 I am sliding the picks into the handle void to see just how far I can go before hindering the sliding pliers function. Once I determined how far I simply used a Sharpy marker to draw a line at the base. Also note that I marked where the holes will have to be drilled on the green tape that I put around all 3 picks.
Step 3: Modify
Time to modify the picks by first using a relatively small and sharp punch and with a good hammer blow marking the picks. This creates a nice dimple for the drill the sit in for accurate drilling. When the holes are marked cut them down to your pre marked length. Once they are cut to length this is when I drilled the holes. Using a file you can shape and smooth the modified areas of the picks.
Step 4: Assembly
In reverse order of disassembly (minus the broken file bit) assemble your tools back into the handle of the multitool.
Step 5: That's Only 3 Picks? Where Is the Tension Tool!?
When you are picking a lock you will naturally need the tension wrench completly free of the Multi-Tool so instead of being attached like the picks; it's stored by using a friction fit between the picks and the interior wall of the handle for quick deployment, ease of design and use.
Step 6: Completion!
That's it! 100% functional compact lock picking kit installed in an already handy multitool by replacing one unused tool. Now you can breach a door by non destructive means! Stay legal.
*The picks are manufactured by Southhord.