Back Page, October 2018

Oct. 2, 2018

Twenty Years Ago

Removable mullions by Detex were the topic of an article by Jerry Levine. Locksmith Barry Leas reported on how to service ATM machines. Writer Richard Formica detailed the VW evolution from double-sided flat keys to double-sided laser-cut keys. Writer Tom Thill serviced the locks on a tough Volvo S70. Brian Barnes, Pro-Lok, provided pictures showing the unlocking of a Mazda 626. Schlage ePrimus was the subject of an article on their standalone access control system. Writer Dick Zunkel reported on the history and state of the art of door closers from his perspective. Jerry Levine reported on an "adjustable, all-in-one, double bladed, roller ball, rake pick," with an "85%-95% chance of operating the lock." Where is this company now? Jerry Levine also revealed the secrets for removing Lori deadbolt lock cylinders for rekeying. Do you know how? See page 98, October 1998 Locksmith Ledger. Locksmith Ed Hite dug deep into the minds of terrorists and offered types of security products which could counteract the problem. Milt Wolferseder worked on an Amsec safe cabinet designed for storing rifles.

Ten Years Ago

Olympus introduced pin tumbler cylinders for HON file cabinets which could quickly replace less secure wafer locks. Locksmith Art Misiewicz was interviewed to learn of his duties as an institutional locksmith. Jerry Levine reported on Pacific Lock's Passive Key Management System. All types of hinges and pivots was the topic of an article. A sidebar article explained how to use a new tool by Security Door Controls for drilling raceways. GE introduced its Access Point locking cabinet for securing loose keys. Tim O’Leary guided readers through the essentials of specifying and submitting job quotes and finally installing the required hardware. Tim O’Leary also described what was new in video surveillance. Gale Johnson explained how Kwikset had changed their sidebar design to deter forced entry into Kwikset Smart Key lock cylinders. Specialty locks from ESP were the topic of an article. Schlage explained their Schlage Link wireless home automation system. Locksmith Jeremy Reeder showed the evolution of 3-wheel combination safe locks.

New Locksmith Pen

If locksmiths are known for one thing it is their ingenuity. This was proven again recently when a California locksmith sent in a tool he had invented. It is called Locksmith Pen. The main body is hollow and contains several different sized probes and a selection of spiral key extractors. A strong magnet is installed in the cap which can be used to retrieve iron or steel pieces from hard-to-reach locations. The cap unscrews to access the robes and extractors. The cap at the opposite end of the Locksmith Pen contains an acceptor for a probe or extractor. A few turns of the end cap tightens the probe or extractor in place for use. The Locksmith Pen is ideal for depressing knob retainers but every locksmith will find many other applications. The Locksmith Pen also contains a handy clip for holding in your shirt pocket. Contact for further details.