Do you need one key, five keys, 10 keys or more? Do you need an acorn, a bluegrass, a camel, a dorey, an eagle or a fury key? How about a genie, hyster, invincible, linda-vista, mobella, rex, spice or a wright key? Do you need a paracentric, bit, barrel, tubular, half-round, round, dimple, square...
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Do you need one key, five keys, 10 keys or more? Do you need an acorn, a bluegrass, a camel, a dorey, an eagle or a fury key? How about a genie, hyster, invincible, linda-vista, mobella, rex, spice or a wright key? Do you need a paracentric, bit, barrel, tubular, half-round, round, dimple, square, flat-bladed, four-bladed, triangular or a rectangular key? Do you need a gold key, a nickel-silver, brass, steel or iron key? If you need a common, an unusual, an odd or hard-to-find foreign or domestic key, do you know where to start the search?
The answer may be Blue Dog Keys, located in Altamonte Springs, Fla., on the web at www.bluedogkeys.com, telephone 800-667-1106 or Fax 1-407-774-6054.
Liam Gribben, President and CEO of Blue Dog Keys, has been in the key business for over 25 years. He began by selling keys out of a car to locksmiths and key cutters in New England. Today, Liam oversees a service that specializes in selling the unusual or the hard-to-find key that major suppliers may not have in stock.
Blue Dog Keys claims to have every key in the ILCO key catalog in stock. They also carry a large assortment of golf cart, outdoor commercial construction equipment, electric switch, boat, freezer, and United Kingdom castle like keys, almost too many different types of keys to describe. Many of the keys may be seen at the Blue Dog Keys website.
Blue Dog Keys has contacts throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. If Blue Dog Keys does not have a needed key in stock, but it is available from a domestic source, don’t be surprised if you are directed to that source. It is this co-operation between sources which keeps locksmiths throughout the country supplied with the keys they need, when they need them.
If Blue Dog Keys has the key in stock, then it is usually en-route to you within 24 hours. If Blue Dog has to order a key from a local source, then it may take a week for the key to get to you. If the source is in Europe, then it might take 10 days to two weeks for the key to arrive. If the key must be obtained from Asia, then it may take two months for the key to be ordered, obtained and sent on to you. The reasons for this long delay are partly due to the distance involved and partly due to our cultural differences. Finally, if all sources are exhausted, Blue Dog Keys has custom manufacturing sources that can manufacture key from an existing sample or precise measurements.
The beauty of using Blue Dog Keys for your unusual or hard-to-find key blank order is that they speak the language of key and will work doggedly with you to find the correct blank and get to you as soon as possible. The folks you talk to at the big distributors are not all experts in the art of identifying odd key blanks. They often do not have time to do the research necessary to identify the unusual key or they are not interested in the single digit key order.
If you are a new customer to Blue Dog Keys, you will have to establish your credentials. You must be a locksmith to initiate an order. If you are calling from a state which has licensing (Texas, California, North Carolina and Illinois) then you have to fax a copy of your state license number along with a sales tax number and a business letter head. For new customers from non-licensing states, fax your sales tax number and a business letterhead.
Blue Dog Keys strongly recommends that you do not use a telephone call to initiate a search for an odd, unknown or unusual key. This is because everyone’s way of describing a sought after key is different. Here the old cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words could not be truer.
Unified KeySource has developed business relationships with companies in the dispenser field and makes these keys readily available to the locksmith industry.