History Of Locksmiths

Locksmithing is the science of making locks and keys; in order to get a better understanding of this industry, lets take a closer look at the history of locksmiths. Security is an inbuilt human trait we all feel the need to express through different means. It is this very need that has lead to the birth of locks, to begin with, a long time ago.

Locks, The Most Necessary Means Of Security We Have

It is true that top-notch alarm systems for homes, peepholes or sensor lights can enhance the security on any home. Nonetheless, they would all be in vain without a proper lock on a door. Moreover, not using the locks on entryways as one should will also render them useless.

With so many different types of locks currently available on the market, including locks that are easy to break and highly sturdy ones, most people may need help making a new purchase. This is where locksmiths come into the picture, assisting us into making the most informed selections and aiding us with installation and repairs.

What Is A Locksmith?

  • Locksmiths are licensed and usually insured/bonded tradesmen who can handle the installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of locks and keys.

  • They usually spend a few years studying the trade at a special trade school and receive certification at the end of it.

  • Locksmithing is also one of the oldest trades in the world. The amazing history of these skilled tradesman dates back to Ancient Egypt when the very first resemblance of a lock and key was identified.

Here are a few details on the spectacular origins of locksmiths and the way this trade has turned into a critical part of our lives today.

Short History Of Locksmiths

Most archaeologists agree that many past civilizations were interested in locks and keys. As mentioned before, the very first encounter with something resembling a lock and key mechanism was discovered in Ancient Egypt. It looked like a big bolt made of wood with holes in it. Many consider it to be the forerunner of today's pin-tumbler lock.

The Ancient Greek are believed to be the first ones to use keyholes, while locksmiths belonging to other civilizations also invented and used various forms of locks. For example, the Romans introduced locks made of metal. Their excellent skills as artisans allowed them to manufacture simple padlocks that used keys smaller in size compared to the bulky ones other civilizations before them created. The same Roman tradesmen were responsible for creating warded locks, many of which we continue to use today.

Later on, in the 17th and 18th centuries, locksmithing grew in popularity in Europe and America. The trade continued to reach new heights, leading to the creation of more advanced locks and keys, including the popular deadbolt lock and the first combination lock. The following two centuries, later on, brought a higher demand for locks and keys, which made locksmiths up their game and start private locksmith businesses. Lots of innovations followed, many of them leading to the lock mechanisms most of us continue to use today.

What Does The Locksmith Of The 21st Century Do?

Now that the history of locksmiths is a little clearer, let us see what locksmiths do. Locksmiths are not only experts in cutting duplicate keys, but they are also able to cater to other needs, including:

  • They specialize in installing locks of all levels of complexity. Single or double cylinder deadbolt locks, mortise locks, rim locks, electronic or smart locks – today's locksmiths are prepared to install any lock anywhere inside a property, to best suit the custom needs of their clients.

  • They repair or re-key locks. Not all broken locks need to be replaced. A good locksmith should be able to accurately assess the current state of a lock and determine whether it can be re-keyed or fixed. Small components that no longer work can be replaced with new ones in just a few minutes, saving precious time and money.

  • They pick locks and cater to the needs of people in lockout emergencies. A reliable locksmith will reach any address and pick any type of lock using professional tools and damage-free procedures. They can restore access to an accidentally locked home, office or vehicle in just a few minutes.

  • They make spare keys and reprogram transponder fobs. We all need extra sets of keys for our homes or cars sooner or later. Keys break, get lost or stolen, and they need immediate replacement. An authorized locksmith will have no problem making a spare key using advanced software, no matter if you still have the original key or not. Automotive locksmiths can rely on the unique Vehicle Identification Number to create a new key for a vehicle when the original key is missing. A simple assessment of a home's entryway lock will help a lock technician decide what key to cut.

Tools Locksmiths Use

Locksmiths rely on a large number of tools, including lock pick sets, pliers, or tweezers. Depending on the job they are asked to do, they will select the best tools, take the lock mechanism apart and replace any worn or broken parts. It is also possible for a locksmith to manufacture a brand new lock part by hand.

Locksmiths can also work with electronic alarms and they specialize in installation, repair, and maintenance.

Education Requirements For Locksmiths

In order to become a locksmith, one can either attend technical or vocational schools or receive training on the job for up to twelve months. Some US states require locksmiths to be licensed in order to work. The Masters Locksmiths Association or the Associated Locksmiths of America are a couple of the most trustworthy licensing bodies in the industry.

Job Outlook

Locksmithing is a profession with a good job outlook. People will keep seeking more enhanced security for their homes, businesses, and vehicles and they will need someone to put all the upgrades into practice. Electronic and smart alarm system services are some of the most popular types of services locksmiths offer, and this trend will continue to grow in demand in the upcoming years.

 

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