How Are Duplicate Keys Made?

Do you have to jiggle your key to get it to work correctly? Did you accidentally lose the only key you had for your car or home? Then you might want to consider getting a copy of your key made. But how exactly are these copies made?

In this article, we will explain how key copies are made, why it is important to have a spare key waiting just in case, and how Laura’s Locksmith and Security Store can help.

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How Are Key Copies Made?

Proper key copies are created with a machine called a key duplicator. The original key is placed in a vice on one side of the key duplicator. It is then lined up with the blade and a blank key is placed in a vice on the side of the machine that contains an alignment tool. The alignment tool is a piece of metal that is even with the blade and it ensures the keys are even with one another. The key duplicator is then turned on and uses the original key as a template for the new one. As the original and blank keys move horizontally across the machine, the blade cuts into the blank key creating the duplicate. Afterward, a lock tech sands down the duplicate key for a nice, smooth finish.

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