Introductory Locksmithing: Shimming Cylinders

2018-10-14T10:17:46-04:00 August 14th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Locks|

Introduction Locksmiths are usually lucky enough to have the current, soon to be old, keys available when rekeying locks. That’s not always the case, however, and there are times when you are expected to rekey pin tumbler cylinders, known hereafter as cylinders, that don’t have keys. Keys or no keys,you must first remove the cylinder(s) [...]

Locksmith Terminology: Pin Tumbler Cylinders

2018-06-28T07:22:54-04:00 June 28th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Locksmith Terminology|

Introduction As I mentioned in last weeks Tyler's Take, learning and utilizing proper locksmith terminology is very beneficial to locksmiths. This week we're going to start our series of articles defining and illustrating locksmith terminology, in accordance with the LIST Council's Professional LOCKSMITH Dictionary, with arguably one of the most [...]

Patents That Shaped American Locksmithing, Part 2: Frank Ellison Best’s Interchangeable Core

2018-10-14T10:04:54-04:00 February 19th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, History, Locks|

Patent Number: 1,561,771 (Google Patents) Filing Date: March 18, 1922 Issue Date: November 17, 1925 Inventor(s): Frank E. Best Background Frank Ellison Best was a high school custodian for a large high school in Washington state (incorrect, see update below). His key ring reportedly carried upwards of 100 keys, one for virtually [...]