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How to open a locked bag with a zip using a ballpoint pen

Use this only on your own bags! Useful if you lose the key to your pad lock or if you forget the combination

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Here's my bag, it's not locked for demo purposes

Here's my bag, it's not locked for demo purposes

Here's what you unlock it with, a ballpoint pen

Here's what you unlock it with, a ballpoint pen

First move the zips (both of them) to one side

First move the zips (both of them) to one side

Now push the point of the pen in between the zip's "seam". You may have to push quite hard but don't worry it works and you will be able to reattach them later.

Now push the point of the pen in between the zip's "seam". You may have to push quite hard but don't worry it works and you will be able to reattach them later.

There!

Now just drag the pen along the seam to open. Try to keep at least an inch away from the zips though

Now just drag the pen along the seam to open. Try to keep at least an inch away from the zips though

Open! Now you can get your stuff back!

Open! Now you can get your stuff back!

To close the seal drag both zips along the seam to reattach them, it may require a tug to close the final part of the zip

To close the seal drag both zips along the seam to reattach them, it may require a tug to close the final part of the zip

Ta da!

Ta da!

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  • Locked bag e.g school bag or suitcase
  • Ballpoint pen