Key Blanks

  • Ilco: Ready For The Next Generation of Transponders

    I recently had the opportunity to visit Rocky Mount, N.C., to be part of an automotive lock and key training. I’ve been selling to the locksmith community for 18 years now and have always been a little frustrated about not knowing as much as I should...

    Article • January 3rd, 2012

  • Back Page Jan 2012

    TWENTY YEARS AGO Doug Selby, Slide Lock Tools, lamented the changes in Japanese auto locks which made car opening more difficult. Jerry Levine returned after a car wreck caused him some major health problems.  Charles Cole answered a reader question...

    Article • January 3rd, 2012

  • Ziptide Jan. 2012

    DISCUSSION FORUM QUESTIONS The following are some of the questions posted recently by Locksmith Ledger readers in our online discussion forums. Please jump in and help out a colleague at or post your question and see...

    Article • January 3rd, 2012

  • Locksmithing etc. December 2011

    Olympus Lock SFIC Housing Olympus Lock has introduced the 724VR small format interchangeable core housing for file cabinets and medical carts. The Olympus 724VR is a direct retrofit for the Best part number 2P73. The housing will accept the standard...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • New 2012 Cars Are Coming

    Five models with new credentials include the Buick Verano, Hyundai Veloster, Fiat 500, Chevrolet Sonic and the Chevrolet Cruze.

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • New Key Blanks and Transponders

    High security sidewinder keys are becoming the key type of choice by more and more car manufacturers. Some of these keys can be used to operate the door and ignition locks while in other cases the key is enclosed in a remote fob to be used as an emergency...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • Back Page, December 2011

    TWENTY YEARS AGO Key machines were featured in the December, 1991 Locksmith Ledger. Dimark International explained their line of Borkey key machines (now sold by MBA USA).  Ilco showed three unique machines including their 030 machine which can cut two...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • Kia - Hyundai Lock Facts

    When it comes to an interesting vehicle line for keeping up with key blanks and code series, the Korean-made Hyundai and Kia car models are hard to beat. Lock series and key blanks often seem to be changed when supplies run out instead of at the end of...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • Locksmithing Etc.

    Check and Question Every Bill In tough times, every penny counts. A great way to control those little expenses which in good times you seem to forget, is to check and question every bill. Checking and questioning every bill will help remind you of why...

    Article • October 12th, 2011

  • Back Page. September 2011

    10 Years Ago Exit Alarms were on the cover of the September 2001 issue of Locksmith Ledger. Dick Zunkel wrote about the Evolution and Applications for Exit Alarms. Tim O’Leary addresses building codes and legal issues regarding exit devices and...

    Article • August 15th, 2011

  • Masterkeying By The Numbers

    Articles about masterkeying have appeared dozens of times in Locksmith Ledger. Masterkeying has been the topic of books by well-known people in our industry. Full one or two day classes on masterkeying are regularly presented at almost every locksmith...

    Article • August 15th, 2011

  • Locksmithing Etc.

    Gates, Fencing and Related Products TS Distributors offers a variety of fencing including fabricated walk (42” wide) and drive gates (6’ wide single and double) in four-, five- and six-foot heights. They also sell gate operators and other components...

    Article • August 2nd, 2011

  • Ziptide August 2011

    ASK THE EXPERTS Got a technical question for our Locksmith Ledger editors or a tip to share with your fellow locksmiths? Check out online discussion forums at . At our Ask the Experts forum, post a question for editors Gale...

    Article • July 15th, 2011

  • Sidewinders Go Mainstream

    Believe it or not, Sidewinder locks first made their debut on some Mercedes vehicles back in 1979. Mercedes had the sidewinder concession to themselves until 1986 when Saab 9000 models added sidewinder keys. Volvo began using sidewinder locks in 1987...

    Article • July 14th, 2011

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    Article • July 1st, 2011