SouthOrd was established in 1989, before the onset of the internet, advertising in magazines and mailing out paper catalogues. At the time, we were selling other brands of locksmith tools, but we felt that improvements needed to be made to the picks available in the market. We began manufacturing our own brand of SouthOrd lock picks in 1991, eliminating the rough rivets in the handles commonly used by other manufacturers at the time, and instead, utilising a spot-welding process, making our picks smooth from end to end. In the late 1980’s /early 1990’s, manufactured lock picks were being produced from carbon steel, which rusts over time. So, soon after introducing our rivetless metal-handled picks, we added electroless nickel plating to our picks to add rust resistance, and then we made a change to our entire line, manufacturing all of our lock picks with full-hard spring stainless steel.
Inspired by the design of the handle in our PXS-17 Lock Pick Set, we introduced our JPXS-6 Jackknife Lock Pick Set in the late 1990’s. With its compact size and sleek design, it quickly became one of our most popular and widely recognized tools (and the most copied by other manufacturers!). Over the years, we’ve introduced our series of SouthOrd Electric Lock Picks, manufactured in the U.S. from aircraft aluminum. We’ve added our series of stainless steel adjustable Tubular Lock Picks, our Pocket Pen Lock Pick Set, manufactured from aluminum and stainless steel, and our MAX series lock picks, manufactured from high yield stainless steel, the strongest stainless steel available from which to make lock picks. With our line of vehicle entry tools, lock picking aids for the beginner, and more, we strive to meet the needs of all our customers, from the beginner to the professional.
While some manufacturers concoct fancy names to advertise the steel they use, the fact is, there are limited high-end materials available that are suitable for manufacturing locksmithing tools. And, believe us, we’ve tried them all! We’ve learned the hard way about which steels are too brittle and which are too malleable for locksmithing application. We feel that the best steel for lock picks should spring back when using proper picking techniques. For this reason, we’ve chosen U.S. full hard spring stainless steel for our Standard and Slim Line picks, and high yield stainless steel for our MAX line, the highest quality of stainless steel available on the market today.
After our lock picks are produced from the raw steel, we run them through an extensive finishing process. The lock picks are first deburred and rounded, which smooths and puts a radius on the picks’ edges. They then go through a polishing process to ensure a smooth finish, and the final process cleans the picks to a high shine.
We put our heart and soul into the quality of our locksmithing tools, and have chosen the stainless steel best suited for the lock picking professional.
We would like to thank our loyal customers who have supported us for the past 30 years, which has never been more important than now, with the influx of Chinese product saturating the market. We strive to price our products fairly, while maintaining our standards of high quality, so that our customers will continue choosing SouthOrd tools over the imports.
Thank you very much for your support!
The SouthOrd Team