Locksmith Terms – Part 4

We are happy to bring back the fourth installment of our locksmith terms glossary. Check out the up-to-date list of locksmith industry terms from Phila-Locksmith. We are glad to provide clarification to all interested in what is currently going on in the locksmith industry as well as customers who want to understand our services better.

Blade – the part of the key inserted into the lock cylinder

Chamber – the holes in the cylinder where the springs and pins are located when the lock is in the unlocked position

Control key – a key that can be used to remove the inner part of a lock cylinder that can be then be used to re-key

En suite – refers to a lock that is in a master lock system

Grand master key – when a master key system is installed and there are more than two access keys, the key which can open every lock in the system is the grand master key

Jamb – the vertical inside part of the door

Key shoulder – edge sticking up towards the handle of the key that prevents the key from being shoved too far into the lock cylinder

MLA – Master Locksmith Association; the largest association of locksmiths in the United Kingdom

Mortise – a hole cut into the side of the door in order to place a mortise lock or latch

One-way action – a lock where the follower will only turn in one direction

Relocker – a lock mechanism within a safe that will automatically re-lock the bolt work in the case that there is an attempted forced entry

Sash lock – a mortise lock which has a key operated bolt as well as a latch

Sub master key – a key within the master key system that can open an entire set of locks within a complex but not all of the locks in the complex

Throw – the distance that a bolt travels when it moves from the unlocked to locked position or vice versa

We at Phila-Locksmith will continue to update our list of locksmith terms so that we are your go to choice for information on locksmiths as well as the locksmith industry. Still have questions that are unanswered? Call or e-mail us with your question and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Locksmith Terms – Part 1

Not everyone is an expert in  the locksmith industry so in an effort to expand knowledge as well as understanding of our articles. Philadelphia Locksmith’s team, is going to provide you with a list of defined locksmith terms.

Locksmith Terms

Access Control – physically being able to regulate traffic to a given area

Angularly Bitted Key – type of key bitting that is found most commonly in Medeco and Emhart locks

Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) – the largest organization of locksmiths in the world, drives industry wide advancements through training and education

Biometric lock – requires a physical input such as a finger print input to unlock

Key code – alphanumeric code used by a locksmith to identify the unique cuts needed for a specific key

Key blank -an uncut key that can be cut by a locksmith to fit a specific lock

Master key system – system of locks which can be opened by one key on an individual basis and a “master key” which can open all of the locks

Torsion wrench – lock picking tool used to apply torque to a lock’s pins

Transponder key – automotive key which sends sends an electronic frequency to the cars main computer which only enables that key to start the car

Check back with us soon for our continued locksmith term archive!