HISTORY OF LOCKSMITHS
THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODERN LOCK
When the industrial revolution came in the 18th century, the complexity of locks and keys increased.
In 1778, Robert Barron perfected the lever tumbler lock. His new tumbler lock required the lever to be lifted to a specific height to unlock. This made it more secure against intruders and is still currently used today.
After a burglary in Portsmouth Dockyard in 1817, the British Government created a contest of producing a more superior lock. It was won by Jeremiah Chubb who developed the Chubb detector lock. The lock not only made it difficult for people to break it, but also indicated to the locks owner if it had been tampered with. Jeremiah won the competition after a lock picker failed to open it after 3 months.
Three years later, Jeremiah and his brother Charles started up their own lock company called Chubb. Over the next couple of decades, they made huge improvements to the standard lock and key systems. This included using six levers instead of the standard four. They also included a disc that allowed the key to pass through but made it difficult for any burglars to see the internal levers.
Joseph Bramah created an alternative method for locks in 1784.
His locks used a round key with slots along the surface. They would move metal slides that would interfere with the opening of the lock. Once these metal slides had been moved by the key to a specific position the lock would open.
Another major improved was the double-acting pin tumbler lock. The earliest patent for this design was granted in 1805, however, the modern version (still in use today) was invented in 1848 by Linus Yale. His lock design used pins of different lengths to stop the lock from opened without the correct key. In 1861, he invented a smaller flatter key with notched edges that would move the pins. Both his lock and key designs are still in use today.
Most locks today are still variants of the designs created by Chubb, Bramah and Yale.
With the more successful designs and industrial mass production, locksmithing went through a change.
A lot of locksmiths worked as repairmen for industrial locks and replicated keys for people who wanted more keys. Other locksmiths worked for security companies to design and build custom safes for banks and government organisations.
Today, modern locksmiths tend to work out of a workshop or from mobile locksmithing vans. We sell, install, maintain and repair locks and other security devices.
Locks are what we do best. Our main priority is to keep our customers 100% satisfied, we will work around your schedule and help you choose the appropriate security system that fits your needs and budget.
What people may not know is the wide variety of lock types out on the market today, and if you need a new lock installed and were thinking about doing it yourself, it can be difficult for you. Approved products and of appropriate standards is all that is in stock with this locksmith service, and rather than going through the long process of researching, learning how to and installing one yourself, why not let experts do the job.
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