Locks, Keys, Locksmithing and Antique locks.

This site is for locksmiths and craftspeople that are interested in hand crafting locks and keys or information about antique locks. Hand made locks are an art form as well as practical devices. We welcome articles from amature and professional locksmiths.

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Mounted Masterpiece Lock and Key (c) 2002 anvilfire.com Masterpiece Key Detail (c) 2002 anvilfire.com
Masterpiece Lock and Key at the 2002 ABANA Conference. The lock is based on historical 18th Century examples. For details see the:
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Masterpiece Lock Detail (c) 2002 anvilfire.com Key and guarded keyhole detail (c) 2002 anvilfire.com

Book review image (c) 2002 anvilfire.com and ALINEA editrice Reproduction 18th Century French Lock from I Maestri Italiani Del Ferro Battuto (The Italian Masters of Wrought Iron)

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Italian Masters of Wrought Iron book review

Bit Key Blank Making With sources of old style blanks dwindling the methods of making keys from scratch becomes more important.

Lock Picking For Lock Makers Includes a detailed description of the operation of the famous Chubb Detector Lock. This is not a lockpicking manual.

Locks from Iran The Parviz Tanavoli collection. Book review with example diagrams of old padlock mechanisms.

The Spruce Forge Manual of Locksmithing Written by Bill Morrison & Denis Frechette. Manual of simple lock mechanisms.

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