• 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

  • Selling High Security

    Benefits of a high security lock system far outweigh the costs. Every commercial customer can use the key control and increased security which high security lock cylinders provide. Key control is an easy sell.

    Article • January 3rd, 2012

  • High Cost of Locksmith Tools

    I was listening to a seasoned locksmith complain about the high cost of automotive tools. He went on for several minutes talking about the automotive tools “in the day”. A lock pick was under one dollar, car opening tools were not much more than a...

    Blog • December 19th, 2011

  • 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

  • 2000 – 2007 Ford Focus Poses A Challenge To Locksmiths

    Both the trunk lock and ignition lock were designed to be replaced rather than serviced.

    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

  • JSK Inc.

    Company • November 30th, 2011

  • Thumb Lite™

    Lucky Line's new Thumb Lite™ is the world’s smallest stick-on L.E.D. and turns everything into a flashlight. Attach it to a key, screwdriver, tape measure, camera, camping gear, tackle box, inside purse, cabinet, pet leash, car remote, power cord...

    Product • November 15th, 2011

  • North American Bancard

    Credit Card Processing Program

    Company • November 8th, 2011

  • Locksmithing etc. November 2011

    Removing Shear Head Bolts Removing the ignition switch with mechanical lock from Honda, Toyotas, etc. requires removing the two shear head bolts. They are called shear head bolts because the shank portion of the bolt is narrowed just above the...

    Article • November 2nd, 2011

  • Back Page, November 2011

    TWENTY YEARS AGO Locksmith Ledger tried to define what a 1991 locksmith was. "A Locksmith is an individual who has the ability to rekey a lock, install a lock, repair a lock and bypass/neutralize a lock." Does this definition still fit today? The care...

    Article • November 2nd, 2011

  • Outfitting A New Service Van

    Advantages of this new Ford Transit Connect include its ability to traverse congested urban streets and its good gas mileage.

    Article • November 2nd, 2011