History of Locksmithing, part 2

Posted on November 13, 2010 by Jaece Hogue

More improved security over attractiveness was the focus of 18th century locksmithing. A British locksmith by the name of Robert Barron made the first REAL technological lock improvement since the ward projections of the ancient Romans. He developed a double-acting tumbler that was considered to be much above superiority of other locks. In 1817, a burglary at a British dockyard prompted the British government to offer a cash reward to ANYONE who could create a lock that could not be picked. Locksmith Jeremiah Chubb accepted the challenge; he created his ‘Detector’ lock that could only be opened by a specially designed key. This was a huge change that helped locksmiths, like A-1Locksmith, today.

During the 19th century, many of the major lock companies that remain in business today were born. Companies such as Schlage, Yale, Master, and KwickSet are some of the more well known. There is a list here that gives a breakdown of some of the older lock manufacturers. All of these manufacturers relied on the basic lock technology created by Jeremiah Chubb; however, many locksmiths added their own improvements. By the early 20th century, locksmithing had changed. The Industrial Revolution allowed for mass production of locks thus free up the locksmith who had traditionally handmade all locks and components. This allowed modern locksmiths such as A-1Locksmith to focus more on security concerns than craftsmanship. This opened the business up to assist consumers with emergency lock-picking and other lock-related needs, thus developing new technologies to improve the locksmithing industry.

In today’s age of technology, it seems strange to call an electronics security specialist a provider of locksmith services; however there is really no other technical term. A modern locksmith such as A-1Locksmith performs electronic lock servicing that ranges from the locks on vehicles with transponders to personal assets of all types including home and business.

Any truly determined person with the skill, knowledge, time, and unlimited resources can eventually manage to pick or break virtually ANY lock; this is why locksmiths install those secondary features that serve as a deterrent to those individuals meaning malicious intent. Locksmiths truly DO make living safer to give more peace of mind.

For all of your locksmithing needs, call A-1 Locksmith at (972) 284-7500 for the call center or for Emergency service, call (972) 284-7516. A-1 Locksmith offers competitive pricing and years of experience and is a name you CAN trust.

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