Ziptide July 2020

July 2, 2020

Import Key Blanks

A subscriber wrote in asking about a new key blank (pictured). The locksmith stated that it was a new key blank from Bauer, and he wanted to know the key-blank number.

Actually, the keybow shape is similar to Bauer, but this key blank is an import from Asia. A company in the United States sells these locks for recreational-vehicle equipment, but according to its website, it only furnishes additional duplicates when a customer purchases new locksets. What a customer is supposed to do later isn’t explained on the website. If any subscribers find a substitute key blank to use for duplication, kindly send that information to Locksmith Ledger.          

Editor-in-Chief Gale Johnson

Coming In August

Every August, Locksmith Ledger brings our readers comprehensive coverage of the newest products on the market — even more valuable this year, because most in-person trade shows have been canceled or postponed.

Our August issue also will include features on electronic cabinet and locker locks, exit alarms, wireless applications and touchless or reduced-touch door hardware to counter COVID-19. Locksmith Ledger subscribers also will receive our annual Access Control Trends and Technologies special supplement.

COVID-19 Coverage

To help our readers make it through the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Locksmith Ledger has created a special section on our website with all our COVID-19 coverage in one place:

As of press time, this section includes:

  • Updated information on trade-show postponements and upcoming virtual trade shows.
  • A helpful series of H.L. Flake Security Professionals Business Roundtables.
  • Online training opportunities.
  • Information on Small Business Administration loans.
  • Company updates.

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