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Cutting keys a locksmiths bread & butter

Key duplication is one of the most common services offered by locksmiths. It's a crucial skill that allows locksmiths to provide customers with spare keys or replacement keys when the originals are lost or damaged. In this post, we'll discuss the different methods used to create duplicate keys, as well as the importance of maintaining accurate key records.

The most common method of key duplication is through the use of a key cutting machine. These machines use a variety of techniques to accurately reproduce the intricate patterns and grooves of a key's blade. Some machines use a tracing system, where the original key is traced, and the machine cuts a new key based on the traced pattern.

Other machines use a code-cutting system, where the locksmith inputs a code that corresponds to the specific key blank being duplicated. In addition to key cutting machines, locksmiths may also use manual key filing techniques. This involves carefully filing down a key blank by hand to match the patterns and grooves of the original key.

While more time-consuming, this method can be useful for creating duplicates of older or more intricate key types.

Regardless of the method used, it's essential for locksmiths to maintain accurate records of all key duplications. This includes recording the customer's information, the type of key duplicated, and any relevant codes or patterns. Proper record-keeping not only helps locksmiths keep track of their work but also aids in ensuring the security of their customers' properties. Key duplication may seem like a simple task, but it requires a great deal of skill and attention to detail. A well-executed key duplication can provide customers with the convenience of spare keys and peace of mind, while a poorly executed one can compromise the security of their home or business.

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