Common Tools Used By Locksmiths

Locksmiths are the experts when it comes to creating locks. They are also the masters of defeating these locks. Both tasks require the use of specialised tools for efficiency and accuracy. Locksmithing has changed over the years so it is no surprise that the tools have evolved along with it. New ones are typically lighter and smaller so that they can be taken anywhere for servicing. After all, locksmiths don't just stay in their shops making locks. They can also be called into homes or offices for emergency lock-picking needs. They need portable equipment in order to get the job done. Sometimes they might also have to use wall plugs and screws onsite. Below are the most common tools used by locksmiths: 

Lock Scopes

Every lock has its own unique internal mechanism. The picker will need to see inside in order to make the right moves. This is harder than it sounds. The inside is dark and the holes are small. Most will require the use of a lock scope to view the lock components. The scope is able to throw a narrow yet strong light beam right where the user needs it to be. This is an excellent tool for times when they need to read wafers or do safe work. Scopes have pointed tips and removable bulbs. They often have an L-shape for ease of handling. 

Broken Key Tools

Sometimes opening locks don't go according to plan. You may have the keys but you turn it and it doesn't open. In fact, the key could get stuck inside. This is a big problem because it will not be possible to try opening the lock until the broken key is extracted from the hole. Locksmiths can make use of broken key tools to do this. These are slim and long metal pieces with tiny tips that are able to go into tight spaces and grip objects. By employing the right piece with proper technique, they can remove the problematic key immediately.  

Cylinder Service Tools

Inside a locksmith's shop, you will often find things like a table vise which is extremely important when doing any type of metal work. The vise is able to free up their hands by securing objects as they work on these. They might shape these objects with files until they are satisfied with the curves. They will also need a caliper to measure every edge with precision. There are analog and digital calipers available. Locksmiths might also use drills which will need suitable drill bits. Other tools include ring pliers, ratchet sets, repair screws, core removal tools, pin tweezers, lock decoders, and more. 

Electrical Tools

Lastly, we need to consider how technology is affecting home and automobile security. Many of the locks available today have an electrical component. Smiths have to upgrade their knowledge and their tools in order to keep up with the times. Many have a dedicated electrical tool kit composed of a soldering iron, desoldering pump, cleaning sponge, soldering stand, soldering lead, digital multimeter, cutters, tweezers, and a precision screwdriver set.