Back Page, January 2021

Jan. 4, 2021

Twenty Years Ago

Our January 2001 issue focused on high-security locks. Locksmith Wade Landrum contributed an article on Marks USA I-Que products. Jerry Levine wrote about the new Corbin Russwin Pyramid high-security cylinder. Jerry Levine explained the patent rights of Pyramid as well as patents, key control and patented keyways in general. Ken Cook provided tips for faster, more-accurate installations of door closers. Writer Dick Zunkel introduced a complete course on the subject of door closers. Tom Walls provided an article on the "Seven Deadly Sins" of exit device installations. Ingersoll Rand (now Allegion) was the topic of a historical article. An automotive article featured the servicing of locks on a 1998 Honda Accord. Finally, instructions showed how to unlock a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. 

Ten Years Ago

High-security locks was our primary topic for January 2011. Jerry Levine wrote an explanatory article on patented, proprietary and restricted key blanks. Medeco described its next-generation access control product, called NEXGEN XT. Tim O’Leary moved readers into the internet realm by explaining what IP means. A subsequent Tim O’Leary article described how to get access control components to work together. Greg Waugh, PacLock, introduced readers to the simple procedure for repinning PacLock padlocks. Jerry Levine reported on Stealth Security safes designed for installation in recreational vehicles. Steve Young provided full pictorial instructions for servicing Ford Fiesta lock systems. Information in Key News described a new Medeco Keymark X4 lock system. Vehicle-opening techniques were provided for opening 1994–2002 Land Rovers and Range Rovers. The 2010 Editorial Index was included. 

Cyber Lock is Coming

One of the newer locks appearing on domestic furniture is made by Cyber Lock, a company located in Thailand. Cyber Lock Keys are easily identified by a “CL” printed on the keybow. One Cyber Lock code series is CC001-CC1000. Key blanks are Ilco 1674 of JMA MER-20D. However, CL offers several other keyways and code series with blanks not available from aftermarket key-blank manufacturers.

Photos show a “CR” code series. Spacing is 130/220/311/402/492/583, which is different from the “CC” code series. A JMA LD1 blank was used for key fitting, but grooves and shoulders must be trimmed severely. “CR” key blanks can be ordered from the following source: