How are keys made, and key duplication tips
Lost keys are one of those mysterious forces of nature that must be experienced by everyone at least once in their lives. If you’re lucky, you’ll find them again. If not, you must stay locked out of your house until you can find a locksmith to duplicate your key.
Why wait for a rainy day, though? Get a duplicate of your house, vehicle, and office keys before you’re put in the sticky situation of needing one. It’s always safer to keep at least one duplicate key to your house with someone you trust, isn’t it?
- How are duplicate keys made?
Keys are made in a key cutting machine, where blank keys – keys without the grooves specific to your lock – are carved upon with a blade, using the original key as a template for the right pattern.
Keys are usually made of brass, or a nickel-brass alloy, so they don’t rust. Older keys, however, were made of bronze, iron, gold, and silver.
While you’re on the hunt to get your keys cut, you should be aware of the dos and don’ts of key cutting.
- Use the right blank
Keys are made on different blank templates, so it’s important for you to get the right blank while duplicating your keys. The shape of the original key matters, so you can get a duplicate as close to the original as possible.
- Don’t make a copy of a copy of a copy
Each duplicate of a key is slightly less accurate than the first. This is because the cuts and grooves are slightly less deep and precise every time a copy is made. So by the time you reach the 4th or 5th copy of the copy of the copy of the key, there’s a chance it won’t fit smoothly into your lock at all. Make sure you always have the original key whenever you want to get it copied.
- You can make a duplicate key without the original
If you’ve lost your keys, and are stuck in a situation where you must, a skilled locksmith can get your key pattern from your lock, and make a key that fits it.
Or, if you lose your original key and want to make sure you have an extra (in case you lose the duplicate later, too), your copy can be copied. However, as mentioned before, we don’t recommend that.
- A “jiggle key” can open almost anything
A set of keys with a range of different grooves is available, to open almost any kind of lock, in an emergency situation where the original key is not available. These are called “jiggle keys”, because they usually need a little jiggling and moving around to open the lock effectively, and are usually possessed by locksmiths (or burglars). However, laymen shouldn’t use these keys in place of originals. They won’t always work, and may damage your lock, too.
Look no further if you want to get your key copied. At Fixperts Shop, we provide key cutting and duplication services for all kinds of keys, in Dubai, UAE. You can contact us by calling us on our Toll-Free number – 80081, or visiting our office on Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.