With modern day conveniences, sometimes we take most things for granted. We don’t take a moment to give the proper respect due to revolutionized advances in today’s professions. The histories concerning locksmithing can be a fascinating subject, so today California Lock & Key would like to offer a brief history lesson.

What is Locksmithing?

Locksmithing is an art and the profession of designing and producing locks, along with protective hardware mechanisms that secure buildings, objects, storage facilities, cabinets and safes. The art of locksmithing has seen many changes throughout history.
Being closely related to the blacksmith, locksmiths were talented metal workers. By shaping the metal they could create dozens of individual pieces of the locks, forging keys, and file-work.

History & Development of Locks & Keys

Locksmithing began in Ancient Egypt and Babylon approximately 4000 years ago. Back in those days locksmiths used wooden devices that that used pin tumbler in principal to prevent movement of the door bar. The pins could only be moved with large cumbersome wooden keys. It was shaped like a modern day toothbrush, but bigger. The key was inserted into the lock and pushed upwards, moving the internal pins thereby unlocking the door. The oldest of these simple locks were discovered in the ruins of the Assyrian Empire, in the city of Khorsabad close to Nineveh. Historians and scientist determined these locks were created around 704 BC.

Locksmiths & Metallurgy Advancements

After incorporating advanced metallurgy in the 18th century Europe, locksmiths were able to create much more durable locks and keys. During that 18th century, many famous locksmiths managed to improve the designs that remained unchanged ever since the fall of the Roman Empire. With continuous designing and enhancing mass production exploded, sending the locksmithing art through drastic change. Cheap industrial locks were a lucrative industry nearly obliterating the locksmith profession. Now locksmiths generally work in two fields; work as repairman for industrial locks or work for large security entities designing and building more complex and high tech security.

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