Sparrows have been a name in the lockpicking world for a long time. Their products have been used by casual lock Pickers and professionals alike for many years. As far as products go the sparrow EOD kit is one that was designed for bomb disposal units to utilize to gain quick entry into multiple types of locks.
Let’s start with telling you what this says it isn’t. This set isn’t an end-all-be-all for the Casual lock picker. With only one single hook in it, it doesn’t even lend itself easily to single-pin picking. What it does lend itself to is raking.
Contents of the EOD kit:
- Six lockpicks
- Six tension tools
- Sparrows Mini Door Jim
- Wafer jiggler keys
- Sparrows Mini Knife
- Black or coyote nylon case.
EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal. They are used many times by the secret service for sweeping places that high value protectives are going to be at. They will not spend a lot of time single pin picking a lock. That is why this entire set only has one short hook. Personally I find it lacking. The short hook is nearly useless to me unless you get a very small lock. I would suggest the first thing you should do is take out the short hook and replace it with a medium hook at the very least. If you want to make the EOD set more complete you can simply add more picks to it and take out nothing.
Another tool Sparrows puts in there is a half diamond. It is just about as useless. Primary purpose for it is kinetic attacks known as zipping a lock. That technique works on a lock with loose tolerances but, does not work well on a lock with tighter tolerances.
The case itself is fairly generic and standard for the Sparrows company. I think that is a benefit. It leaves you plenty of room to add in more picks. This is a great way to start out with a base kit like the EOD then add and take away picks to make it fit your particular picking style.
If you are just getting into raking a lock open this kit would be perfect for that. With only 2 picks and 4 rakes in this kit raking is the primary focus. Raking works well to bypass a lock. The EOD has several rakes of varying sizes for different size keyways.
For the listed price of $55 I think this is a perfect kit to store in a BOB or just use to learn lockpicking. It does lend itself to being modified if you want a more well rounded kit.
There is the basic information! You decide the outcome!