Servicing Lever Handle Cylindrical Locks, by J. I. Levine, Copyright 1996, no ISBN number, Locksmith Publishing Corp., ~50 pages, 8 1/2″ X 11″.

This books goes over servicing methods related to the following cylindrical leversets:

Arrow Sierra H
Best 9K
Corbin Russwin CL3200
Corbin Russwin CL3400
Kwikset Winston
Lockwood 900
Marks 195
Medeco Embassy-17
Medeco Embassy-19
NT Falcon T
S. Parker 8161
Sargent 6500
Schlage D
Schlage S
Yale 5400L

The section for each lock, usually about 4 pages in length, lists the available keyways, the keyblanks (including aftermarket), combinating information and pin lengths, door prep (including installation jigs), cylinder removal and rekeying, an exploded diagram, and sometimes changing the handing and timing.

The book also includes a list of locks that are similar to each other, e.g., if one is working on a Russwin 800, a the instructions for a Corbin-Russwin CL3400 apply. It also contains some information about working with IC’s, including removal methods.

It has a good number of drawings but few photos, and that could impact how well a person could identify the make and model of the lock. It was published by Locksmith Publishing Corp, which does not seem to be active anymore.  It would be a good companion to the National Locksmith Door Lock Encyclopedia by Robert Sieveking, which only dealt with knob locks.

It is available from the ALOA webstore: and from Lockmasters: 

2018-03-10T10:33:35+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Book Review|

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