Rip off lock picking supplies in the UK

5 years ago it wasn’t possible to buy lock pick supplies in the UK unless you were a genuine trading locksmith. This has all changed now and there’s quite a few places in the UK selling pick sets, bump keys, mortice picks and other tools.

It’s astounding however how bad the bulk of these websites are, and the extortionate prices that they charge.

First up, North East Locksmith Supplies.The website looks bad enough that I certainly wouldn’t want to give them card details, and I’d be surprised if anything I paid for actually turned up. They sell the 32 piece Klom pick set for £32.99. Dealextreme have it for $32.49 (about £21). That’s a hell of a mark up.

<removed the following one by request and clear indication they have changed>

Next up, xxxxxxx. The website is marginally better but still looks dated and cheap. They sell this set of comb picks for £14.99, which is $11.13 at Dealextreme – or about £7.50. Worse still is the price of the bump keys themselves. 6 keys will cost you £35. These are blank keys, cut deeply on a cutting machine with the shoulder ground off – if you are making 10s of them it is a very quick process. That’s almost £6 a key!

But it gets worse – Walker Locksmiths. At least their website looks decent enough – but they are charging £85 + VAT for 8 bump keys. That’s £12.50 for a key!

Then we have – another quick look round shows the rip off prices they charge for cheap imported pick sets. – would anyone part with their cash on a website that looks this bad? The only upside is that some of the kits are relatively good value.

Devon Locks seems to be the best of a bad bunch – they seem to have restricted themselves to more quality products.

North East Locksmith Supplies, and don’t even have an business address on their website. I bet it’s pretty much impossible returning anything to them.

I can imagine this will result in me being banned from a couple of forums, but anyway.

19 thoughts on “Rip off lock picking supplies in the UK

  1. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    March 26, 2014 at 12:21am

    Very good points. I’m finding exactly the same. Rip-off Britain. I’m now buying my lockpicks from–sperrwerkzeuge/lockpicking–schloss-manipulation/picksets–einzelpicks/picksets

    They stock Peterson, which are hard to come by but very good.

    I would be interested to know how you actually found the companies to be when buying from them? Or are your views just based on first impressions, as mine are?

    Obviously some of the UK sites are just plain expensive – but I’d be interested to know if the crumby looking sites actually deliver the goods.

    Personally, I’d pay the little bit more and go with the link I gave you.

    At least you know you’re getting good stuff.

    • Permalink  ⋅ Reply


      March 26, 2014 at 1:59pm

      I’ve bought from a couple (Walkers, and one other, don’t recall) as they were the only place I could get some bits and pieces from. They took a lot longer to arrive than they said they would. Nothing much outside of this.

      I’ve ordered from Multipick and a few US shops. It costs more, but I get nicer things…

  2. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    August 20, 2014 at 2:18am

    So the conclusion is that if you buy stuff in UK its expensive so your better off paying more and buying from outside the UK?

    • Permalink  ⋅ Reply


      September 20, 2014 at 9:48am

      If you want to pay more than the going rate for poor quality Chinese stuff, the UK is the way forwards.

      Otherwise buy good stuff from reputable overseas companies, or go to banggood/aliexpress/dealextreme etc.

  3. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    November 17, 2014 at 3:10pm

    Where can you sell unwanted lock picking equipment..
    ebay won’t allow it on there ?
    any help would be great..
    Cheers Stu

    • Permalink  ⋅ Reply


      November 21, 2014 at 12:05pm

      I’m not sure of anywhere – maybe try the lock picking subreddit?

  4. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    September 19, 2016 at 9:06pm

    I’d like to think things have changed! I own UK Bump Keys – we’ve been going over 10 years now – maybe an update?

    • Permalink  ⋅ Reply


      May 14, 2019 at 6:18am

      Thanks Chris – after checking the situation again, I have updated.

  5. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    August 24, 2017 at 6:16pm

    I’ve used UK bump keys a few times recently and they were OK. I got a set of bump keys and universal no1 and reverse were actually the same but other stuff was OK and came pretty fast.

  6. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    October 18, 2017 at 9:36pm

    Walker locksmiths. Don’t try and return faulty goods. They will verbally abuse you and blame you for any faults

  7. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    June 13, 2018 at 7:21am

    Out dated information how wrong are you

    • Permalink  ⋅ Reply


      June 13, 2018 at 8:10am

      The article is clearly dated from 8 years ago.

      Maybe if you pointed out which site you had an issue with, then it could be corrected?

      • Permalink  ⋅ Reply


        February 25, 2019 at 1:34pm

        All of the websites ! Half of them are out of business & the ones that are there have been on top of there games for 10 years !
        Walkers, uk bump keys & uk lockpickers are all good websites uk lockpickers hardly has any imported Chinese tools
        Walkers is a locksmith shop fair enough there customer service in 1/10 but one of there tools pays for a job
        Same goes for ukbk there all professionally well built websites that’s cost over 5k
        So your information is well out of date I suggest you visit each place you have slagged off and review your findings

    • Permalink  ⋅ Reply


      November 28, 2019 at 3:32pm

      Just had reply off them, won’t be using them again.

  8. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    February 10, 2019 at 8:34pm

    I have dealt with all the links you have mentioned with the exception of a couple and had no problems at all UK Bump keys are a credit to themselves as they started from very humble beginnings and have grown into a very reputable company.
    uklockpickers and walker locksmiths are equally as good as is multipick never had any problems.
    You can go to safe ventures and buy a nice set of picks for a nice amount of money but the alternatives available from all the UK suppliers are a fraction of the cost and work just as well if not better.

  9. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    April 2, 2019 at 12:13pm

    Recent research suggests that this is still the case. In fact you can add a few extra things such as sharp business practices. It’s all a bit sad really that UK suppliers seem to provide such a poor service.

  10. Permalink  ⋅ Reply

    Tim Mynett

    June 29, 2020 at 11:18am

    Walkers locksmiths is a terrible unprofessional company , was sent the wrong items they refused to send the correct ones and called me a idiot and a d**k head and refused to send the correct ones I suspect they didn’t ever intended on sending the items.

  11. Permalink  ⋅ Reply


    February 16, 2021 at 9:48am

    To all those complaining that things have changed with ukbk, walkers, uklp etc, i say bullshit!

    Rip-off britain is very much alive and well. Instead of buying expensive crap from these chancers, buy the same, cheaper, crap from BangGood instead. It might sometimes take a bit longer to get to you, but think of the money you’ll save.

    All these rip-off merchants deserve to be out of business…

Leave a Reply

Your email will not be published. Name and Email fields are required.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.