Shop around and you will find that our antique lock and key set is the most economical choice out there. All warded locks only provide a modicum of security as all were pickable. One of each key, styles 2-14. Keys are subject to availability and may be substituted. In either case a lot of filing will be required.
You can also do this on soft brass or zinc keys by looking at rub marks. I would use common mild steel for strength and economy. One without slots, one with a right slot, one with a left and the master key. But the vast majority of hand made keys were sawed, filed and chiseled from one or more pieces similar to the above. In finely made keys these cuts are curved in a radius to fit the ward when looking from the end of the key. Our keys can be personalised at your choice in various ways: with a characteristic view of your town, with your name or brand, the address and telephone number of your shop. This is a good candidate for a lost wax casting made from a lathe turned pattern.
Figure 8 In high art locks the wards are assembled from thin plate silver soldered together in a ward case. Identifying Key Blanks Because of the multitude of locks and locking devices currently in use, to duplicate a key accurately you need the ability to identify key blanks correctly. Shop around and you will find that our antique lock and key set is the most economical choice out there. It is also easy to create a master key by having all the notches in one key. Figure 4 A lock with plate wards can be built by laminating thick and thin plates. This is really great info.
The easiest method to identify key blanks is to use the identification number on the key, if there is one. Much of this work is more like that of a Jewler than other craftspeople. The last step is to fit the key to the lock. Understanding the purpose of each is critical to choose the best key blanks for duplication. The anchor shaped ward without an external notch would seem impossible. Learning how to identify key blanks is crucial for a professional locksmith. This simple set of wards is seen repeated over and over.
After sawing the blank it should be filed as true to the layout as possible. Note that when the gate is closed and locked there is a cover plate that protects the interior of this lock. Small Barrel Keys - Jewelry Box Keys Key Style 16 Note: Key 4 is shown here just so you can compare the sizes - you can purchase Key 4 by scrolling back up this page, and Key 15 is no onger available Key style 16 is a very small cast barrel key that fits things like jewelry box locks. Keys are subject to availability and may be substituted. If the manufacturer name is imprinted on the key, use that information to locate keys with a similar bow.
The bow should be thinned to reduce weight but is not a critical part of the key. Figure 9 This is an old hand made iron key from my collection. Locks are relatively simple mechanical devices if you understand how they work. Plate wards can have the hole machined. The key this photo was taken from had croses on alternating ward slots and then a row of false ward holes.
Steel can also be shaped with a grinder without clogging the wheel. Many Jewelers have the skills and equipment to make the castings. Thanks for the program ---- again. The first step is to examine the lock and determine the dimensions of the blank. Figure 10 The ward for this type key is a casting or fabrication that is supported from one end. All rights reserved We are a full line distributor of commercial hardware and security items. Measurements must be taken and a sketch of the blank made.
Key blanks and key machines at Wholesale Prices. This is just a small sample of some of the commercial hardware we carry and a few of the 145 manufacturers we carry. Copyright © 2009 Jock Dempsey, OldLocks. We are not in any way affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by any of the trademarks owners. This antique skeleton key ring also contains a solid brass blank which can be hand filed to fit most any lock. This is done by traditional locksmithing methods of trial and error, trying the key and carefully examining the marks on the surface to know where to file. Also fits codes 7201, T-45, T-44, T-47 and T-51, with or without the hyphen in the middle.
I have to make a key for a door lock at a museum. That gives me an idea. The table below lists each key on the ring so that you can obtain all measurements and finishes. Popular types of locks that utilize barrel keys include handcuffs, clocks, luggage, and furniture. You can get blanks for many size bit keys from any large urban locksmith shop. The slot on your trunk lock must be perfectly flat - no squiggles and no post in the center - just a plain, flat slot. There are three- and four-button Ford and Lincoln logo Integrated Key Transponders.
Need Keys for a Necklace? These are relatively difficult to pick and when combined with a system of wards make a fairly secure lock that you could sell with confidence. Please send your inquiry to We prefer © 1999 - 2014 World locksmith. The most popular key in use today is the cylinder type of key blank. A small hack saw will do the job. Another method is to make the shank and bit from separate pieces then assemble them. Ward plates are usualy fairly thin and can be cut from thin sheet metal or heavy shim stock of about 0. A head is usually unique to a particular lock manufacturer.