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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 [...]