Is it permissible to use a lock pick on shabbos? Obviously an electronic one would be prohibited.
what are the possible prohibitions?
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The mishnah (Shabbos 17:2/122b) mentions "a sackmaker's needle" as an example of a muktzah utensil with a permissible use, "to open a door with it" (Rashi: "if he lost his key") - i.e., to pick the lock.
Rambam, Shabbos 25:7, quotes this as halachah, although oddly Tur and Shulchan Aruch don't. (I wonder if that's just because of changes in technology, that by their times locks were made differently, and needles wouldn't work for the purpose?) Radvaz (teshuvah 1503, end), though, mentions such use as being permissible on Shabbos in order to get food out of a locked cabinet (and preferable to breaking the door, though he allows that too if there's no other way).