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 [...]

Tools Update: New Key Bitting Specifications and Pinning Worksheets

2018-10-14T10:21:49-04:00 September 10th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Key Bitting Specifications, Keys, Tools Update|

New Key Bitting Specifications There are 5 new key bitting specifications (KBS) available on the Key Bitting Specifications page in the Tools section: Chicago Disc Tumbler Corbin Russwin Access 3 (AP) Master Lock Pro Series National Disc Tumbler (Single Sided) Sargent Degree (DG1) The Chicago and National Disc Tumbler represent [...]

Introductory Locksmithing: Decoding Keys

2018-08-21T15:24:04-04:00 August 20th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Introductory Locksmithing, Keys|

Introduction Examples abound of instances where you must decode a key in the field or in your shop. At its most basic level you may simply want the bitting from a key. You may need to decode a key to determine which key bitting specification it uses so that you know how to pin cylinders or cut additional keys to match the manufacturer’s requirements. Whatever the case [...]

Tools Update: Key Blank Cross-Reference App Added

2018-10-14T10:10:30-04:00 April 3rd, 2018|All, Keys, Tools Update|

We've just added our first app to our Tools page. The Key Blank Cross-Reference will allow locksmiths to cross-reference both OEM and aftermarket key blank part numbers, which will allow locksmiths to research purchasing alternatives as well as source or cross-reference keys/blanks that a customer may have. At the time of [...]