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 [...]
Introduction Broken keys are a frequent and lucrative source of revenue for locksmiths. Analogous to lockouts, extracting broken keys can be done in quick order with the proper tools and know-how. Here are some of the finer details related to extracting broken keys from locks. Broken Key Jobs When you [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We’ve added more manufacturer's literature and manuals to our Key Machines and Punches page in the Library. New manuals have been added for the following manufacturers: BEST Access Systems Börkey Framon Manufacturing Hudson Lock Company, LLC JMA Kaba Ilco Corporation Keyway King Pro-Lok Rytan, Inc. Silca S.p.A.
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 [...]