Blue Dog Keys, the Odd Key Source

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?


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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Blue Dog requests you start the search by faxing a drawing of the key. Trace the key in black ink on a white piece of paper. Do both sides of paracentric keys. Sketch in the grooves, both sides if they are different. Include an enlarged cross-section of the key. Identify whether the cross section is looking at the key straight on or looking toward the keyway. To help determine a key’s profile or cross-section, you might try using a key gauge or inserting the key into a cuttle fish. Include any names, letters, numbers and description of logos on the key. For bit, barrel and other unusual or large keys, include dimensions, such as length, width, thickness, etc., anything to help narrow the search. For bit or barrel or tubular keys don’t forget to include the dimension and shape of the inside hole. If you have the capability to digitally photograph the key, send it to bluedogkeys@earthlink.net. Include a ruler or some other type of measuring or scale indicating device in the photograph so the size of the key can be gauged.

Liam visits Europe frequently, attending locksmith and security trade shows, always on the lookout for both new and old keys. Does he feel threatened by the increasing use of electronics to secure places and things? He says, “No, I’m not that in that kind of business. Many of the locks I sell keys for are rare or unusual.” Likewise, he is not bothered by the increasing use of patented, high security keys. He says, “There are many sources for these keys. The manufacturers are selective, and rightly so for security reasons, in choosing their distributors, so I have not sought access to these markets. Furthermore, I believe their prices are usually sensitive to market forces, you know, supply and demand. I deal in the odd and the unusual key, the hard-to-find key.”

Blue Dog Keys does not sell key machines or tools. Blue Dog sells keys and some key catalogs. The basic Blue Dog Key catalog is for sale. It contains ordering instructions, over 30 pages of key pictures and a faxable order form. Contact the Blue Dog at any of the previously given sources or write to: Blue Dog Keys, PO Box 160-006, Altamonte Springs, FL 32717-0006.

Blue Dog Keys is a unique key source run by a unique staff. They claim to have the world’s greatest expertise on keys. So, the next time you are stumped, puzzled or perplexed by a customer’s key problem, contact the key detectives and keep that customer happy and coming back to you. Learn and earn.

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