Haven’t been able to identify what these things are. I’m thinking they could be part of an old lock mechanism? I will put more info in comments. : Locksmith


I found them while metal detecting in the yard. the house was built in late 1800s and there used to be an old hotel back then very close to the house. they were not grouped together, more sparsely spread out across the yard. they are very lightweight metal and i can’t bend them with my hands.



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I’m new here, depth and spacing info, does this abide by the rules? : Locksmith


Please delete and let me know ASAP if this violates the rules, but I believe it’s in the spirit of good locksmithing.

I occasionally run into old Sager mortise locks that take the SA1 (now Ilco 1047CR). I cannot find the ideal space and depth info for this particular key. So far, I just make keys with a file. It’d be cool to use the Framon to do it, but the info is surprisingly not listed in it’s book, and can’t find it anywhere else online. Additionally, our Triton machine is loaded with software (I believe based off instacode), but nothing listed under Sager or 1047 there. )

Before I break out the calipers next time, anybody have this info handy, for reference?



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Missing sliders on my CX5… help? (Info in comments) : Locksmith


I got these lent to me by my boss, but when I gutted them, none had any sliders. I guess the original locksmith who installed them decided not to put them in? Very odd, but now I’m trying to figure out how to get my hands on some sliders (preferably ones that match the key’s cut – code is: “ZJV”). The frustrating thing is that it’s hard to find them since this is a high security lock and the distributors of CX5 don’t want to sell them (even though it’s just sliders, not a key or a lock, but I understand). Furthermore, from my research, there are only 4 slider types, so theoretically it shouldn’t be too hard to find ones that match my key… if I can get my hands on any of them that is :-/

Thanks an advance for any help or advice anyone has



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Can anyone tell me when this was made? Going to be a gift for a locksmith friend.. would like some info on it : Locksmith


It’s a number 77. Production range from 1945-1993, 1996. Or at least that’s what a little bit of Internet research says. Take it with a grain.

It’s cool that you have the keys for it

you might be able to narrow down the date range a little bit more if you were able to find out when Master Lock started putting key codes on their locks/keys..

The design on the head of the key may tell you more as well.. I’d try to find an old guy at your local locksmith shop..



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Should we have them call a locksmith? More info in the comments. : Locksmith


Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this! I am trying to identify the manufacturer of this safe. My parents are elderly, and one is at risk for COVID, so I thought I’d try getting some advice on here before I try to call a locksmith. My parents are used to using the digital lock, but the battery died. I cannot figure out how to replace the battery.

Also thank you all for the hard work that you’re doing during the pandemic. I hope you are all staying safe & I appreciate you risking your health on house calls for small things in your community.



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