How to pick a lock with a business card

May 4, 2011

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The impressive multi-functional business card you see above belongs to “Melvin,” a hacker who decided some years ago to design a piece of business identification that was both appropriate and unique. He scored on both fronts, but most impressive is the card’s dual purpose: as well as providing contact info for clients, the card can be easily dismantled – each individual tool can be popped out and detached – and cleverly used as a lock-picking kit. It’s a great idea.

Below is a similar example, this one belonging to legendary hacker-turned-security consultant Kevin Mitnick. He actually commissioned the design as a direct result of seeing Melvin’s.

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Mitnick’s card was tested as a lock-picking kit after being handed out at at a conference in 2007. Below is video footage of what turned out to be a semi-successful attempt.

18 Responses to “How to pick a lock with a business card”

  1. Thanks for the share

  2. I want one

  3. Where can i get one!?

  4. i got a 10 piece set and know how to use it

  5. Super Awesome! *leaves e-mail address to get one*

  6. Thank you for taking the time to explain the terminlogy towards the beginners!

  7. For you people asking “Where can I get one”, don’t bother. If you can’t read the name, address and email address on the item you probably have no business trying to pick a lock.

  8. This is awesome, do you know where I could buy one of these babies?

  9. Awesome.

  10. I want one of these! Can I have one please?

  11. My email is I would like to get one of those cards please

  12. thats really a great stuff picking a lock with business card…..

  13. Brilliant idea, but a better version must be produced, :)

  14. Very nice, wish I could do that.

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