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Removing Tarnish from Old Keys

2019-10-11T14:09:07-04:00 October 14th, 2019|All, Keys|

Introduction So maybe you bought out the old shop across town or found a lot of new-old-stock on eBay that was too good to pass up. In that lot there are some good keys but they are tarnished and ugly and customers will not like them that way.    There is [...]

Review: The National Locksmith Guide to: Advanced Wafer Lock Reading by Robert Sieveking

2018-09-24T18:14:20-04:00 September 27th, 2018|All, Book Review|

The National Locksmith Guide to: Advanced Wafer Lock Reading by Robert Sieveking  ISBN: 193592064-2 Publisher: Sieveking Products Company Pages: 243 Pages Dimensions: 8 ½" x 5 ½”   Price: $49 Purchase Instructions: Via the author’s web site. Contents  The Wafer Lock A good introduction to wafer locks, including the GM sidebar lock, master-keyed wafer locks, single-sided, [...]

Making Keys for an Older Wilson Bohannan Padlock

2018-10-14T10:18:13-04:00 August 27th, 2018|All, Locks, Padlocks|

Editor's Note: This is a guest column by Gordon, a locksport enthusiast from Arizona.  Hobbyists and locksport enthusiasts like Gordon are keeping some of the “lost arts” of locksmithing alive.  His tutorial, which originally appeared on a popular locksport site, is reproduced here with his gracious permission. This might not [...]

Review: Locksmithing Video Courses

2018-06-13T09:05:04-04:00 June 14th, 2018|All, Video Review|

Besides the traditional correspondence school courses, there is video training available to aspiring locksmiths.  In a way, it makes sense. Correspondence courses date from when the postal service was the only way to do remote training, and that was limited to shipping paper and parts.  For a few decades now video has [...]

The Great Foley-Belsaw Scare

2018-03-19T20:35:15-04:00 March 22nd, 2018|All, Industry|

There was no small amount of hand-wringing several months ago when Foley-Belsaw announced the discontinuation of its locksmith correspondence course.  Several people proclaimed it was a sign of the end of locksmithing. And who can forget Gale Johnson's Changes In the Wind? If a company ceases to offer a correspondence [...]

Review: The National Locksmith Guide: Door Lock Encyclopedia by Robert G. Sieveking

2018-09-24T18:19:17-04:00 March 10th, 2018|Book Review|

The National Locksmith Guide: Door Lock Encyclopedia by Robert G. Sieveking ISBN: N/A Publisher: Sieveking Products Company Pages: 218 Pages Dimensions: 8 ½" x 5 ½”   Price: $49 Purchase Instructions: Via the author’s web site. Contents Tools and Recombinating Cylinders American Eagle 5300 deadbolt, 5500 lockset, and 8500L lockset Arrow M and H [...]

Review: Servicing Lever Handle Cylindrical Locks by J. I. Levine

2018-09-24T18:26:33-04:00 March 10th, 2018|Book Review|

Servicing Lever Handle Cylindrical Locks by J. I. Levine ISBN: N/A Publisher: Locksmith Publishing Corp. Pages: ~50 Pages Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 11"   Price: N/A Purchase Instructions: Via the ALOA Webstore or Lockmasters. Contents Arrow Sierra H Best 9K Corbin Russwin CL3200 Corbin Russwin CL3400 Kwikset Winston Lockwood 900 Marks 195 Medeco Embassy-17 [...]

Introductory Locksmithing Books and Courses: Ranked and Reviewed

2018-06-21T10:04:32-04:00 March 6th, 2018|Book Review|

Introduction There are many introductory books and courses on locksmithing available.  It's important to note that any trade that can be learned by simply reading a book is hardly a trade worth getting into, and locksmithing is no exception.  There is no substitute for extensive hands-on experience.  At best, these books and courses let you know [...]