20 LOCKSMITH FACTS YOU MAY NOT ALREADY KNOW.
Here are some facts that you may or may not know about Locksmith(s):
- Padlocks date back to ancient Egypt and Babylon.
- The oldest key-based lock dates back to 704 BC and was found in the ruins of the palace of Sargon of Akkad.
- The oldest known locks are roughly 4,000 years old. These were made by Egyptians, and were large wooden bolts to secure doors.
- One of the basic lock designs is the lever. A small lever made of metal works with a bolt, and this design dates back to the Roman Empire.
- During the Renaissance, the designs of locks were heavily influenced by Gothic architecture, which pleased the noblemen for whom they were crafted.
- Harry Houdini was a locksmith before becoming a magician/escape artist.
- Walter Schlage, whose name you often see on keys and locks, invented the cylindrical pin-tumbler lock in the 1920s.
- In the 16th century, Russian Tsar Ivan Vasilyevich, locked his wife in her room when he went to war.
- In early America, locks were used more to safekeep particular possessions than to lock up houses and other buildings.
- Some locksmiths work with the police, giving them entry to buildings.
- James Sargent invented the first combination lock in 1857.
- The Euroka, was a combination lock used for a bank vault used in the U.S. Treasury Department in the 19th century. Its dial had a combination of letters and numbers with 1,073,741,824 possible combinations.
- Locksmiths combined the trades of a carpenter, mechanic, machinist, and security expert. Considering the different mechanisms needed for security.
- A British inventor, Robert Barron patented a double-acting tumbler lock in 1778 that are still in use to date.
- Since 2008 the Pont des Arts in Paris has had over 700,000 “love locks” attached to it by young lovers who fix padlocks to the bridge then throw the key away to symbolise their eternal love.
- The Ceremony Of The Keys is held every night at the Tower of London as it is locked up for the night.
- A good locksmith can copy virtually any key.
- The most common method of damaging a lock to facilitate a break in is ‘lock snapping’ where the cylinder is broken. Anti-snap locks don’t allow this to happen.
- Locks represent your most basic security measure. 30% of burglaries are ‘insecure’, meaning via doors or windows that have been left unlocked.
- Many locksmiths will agree that general contractors don’t know how to install deadbolts, which is why many homes are outfitted with deadbolts that aren’t properly installed.
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