Locksmiths stoke on trent thought it’d be handy to list some of the locksmith jargon that is commonly used. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but is basic and will help you gain a better understanding into some of the words most associated with locksmiths.


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Locksmiths Stoke on Trent

Bevel (of a lock) – the pitch of the face designed to match the bevel of a door.

Bezel – a threaded collar most commonly used to secure cylinder or lock assemblies

BIT – The section of a key, which enters a lock, which has the key cuts formed in it.

BS – British Standard Specification The accepted UK authority for all locksmith standards of performance, tests and manufacture.

BS 3621 The British Standard specification for Thief Resistant Locks for hinged doors.

Building Master Key– A key which normally opens all the locks in one single building

Card access system – An access control system that utilises a controlled security card

Catch – Device that holds a door closed and may be released by pushing or pulling on the door

Chain bolt – a spring bolt operated by an attached chain, typically seen on the top of a door

Combination Lock– A keyless lock in which notched wheels are turned in a sequence so that it lines up and allows the lock to open, normally operated by a number sequence.

Cylinder key – Very broad generic term including virtually all keys for pin and disc tumbler locks

Deadbolt – A lock bolt without spring action

Deadlatch A nightlatch where the springbolt can be locked by key or other means.

Deadlock – AÂ lock which incorporates a deadbolt

Forced entry – entry techniques, which leave obvious damage to the lock or door

Interlocking bolt – a bolt that interlocks with its strike when fully engaged

Pick key – a type of manipulation key, cut or modified to operate a lock

Time Lock normally an electric timing device which disallows the operation of a lock or the opening of a door.