The Art of Key Cutting
Where many customers go wrong when selecting a locksmith is not considering enough the skill that goes into key cutting. Follow our guide to the aspects you should consider when selecting a locksmith for key cutting!
Machinery: Did you know there are a variety of types of machines that cut keys, each producing a slightly different angle of cut and result? Depending on your requirements, one may be more suitable than another so shop around. Most locksmiths use a semi-automatic machine which cleverly duplicates a new key by literally tracing the outline of the original, forming it from metal and then and smoothing the edges with something called a micro meter. Think of this like a precision nail file for keys! Increasingly, laser key cutting machines are being used, which are the most modern machinery. Fully automatic machines are the quickest and probably the least precise, replicating carbon copies of the keys in less than half a minute.
Skill and experience of the locksmith: If you require new keys cut for your home, this requires different machinery, type of key and material to a key cut for your car. It is important to approach a locksmith company with experience within the same field that you require keys to be cut in order to get the best possible quality an endurance from the new key. Any reputable locksmith company should be able to show you’re their licensing credentials and tell you about their qualifications and certifications. Do not be afraid to ask!
Material: You want your replacement key to be longstanding, strong and precise. There is nothing more annoying than having your new keys and dealing with the inconvenience of jiggling the key in the lock because the material is not quite right. Ask the locksmith what metal they use – they will probably have a couple of kinds, in different price ranges. The keys coated with stainless steel or made from a reinforced alloy (metal coated with another metal) are always a good bet.