The History of Keys & Key Blanks
Keeping property safe and secure has been a preoccupation of mankind since the dawn of civilization. The ancient Egyptians, over 3500 years ago, used bolts with wooden pegs and bars in a system not at all unlike our modern pin
and tumbler locks, so there is an argument for saying that not a lot separates their achievements from those of Linus Yale in the mid - 19th century.
However, though many of the basic designs of lock may be recognizable throughout history, a great deal of change took place in the craft and workmanship of those designs that reflects our own industrial history.
The Romans were as accomplished as locksmiths as they were in many other spheres. Working in iron and bronze, with some amazing decorative padlocks depicting birds and beasts, they tended to concentrate on 'warded' locks, where
so-called wards or obstructions prevent any but the right key from being inserted. These differed from the Egyptian pin-tumbler style, which remained undeveloped for many centuries to come.
The Middle Ages really do little more than chart the developing complexity of warded locks, which became so intricate and extravagant in their workmanship that each craftsman would vie with the next to produce more decoration and
figurative design. So, while these years saw the development of locksmithing as creative art form, very little was done to improve the products mechanically.
It was not until 1778 that Robert Barron, returning to the Egyptian tumbler principle, produced his double acting lever lock, which gave rise to the later improvements of Joseph Bramah and Jeremiah Chubb. In the following century
the English market, celebrating the 1851 Great Exhibition, was alarmed by an American lockmaker, Hobbs, who claimed to be able to pick any lock in Britain - a boast that he went on the fulfil. This was a severe blow to the
pride of the security-conscious Victorians, who set about lockmaking with a new vigour. However, it is to two Americans, Linus Yale Snr. And Jnr., that the credit must go for developing the ultimate answer the cylinder lock.
Not only was this lock, based on Egyptian pin-tumbler principles, much more secure than any predecessor, but it was also cheap to manufacture in quantity. Yale Snr. Produced a round-pin lock, but his son perfected the device
further in 1861-5 with a flat-pin design that was ideal for mass-production. The rest, as they say, is history.
Printed Logo Promotional House Keys
are key blanks for promotional use with your logo and/or
contact info printed directly onto the key head. What better way to
advertise than to make sure customers keep your information "close at
hand!" Custom Logo Klinky Keys are an extremely effective advertising
& promotional tool
and with a low min. order of only 100pcs. And with a starting price of
under $2.50ea, we suggest you start advertising with some today. Custom
logo house keys are available to retailers and promotional products
distributors worldwide. Klinky custom logo house keys have sold in the
millions since our inception almost a decade ago. Klinky LLC. has
manufactured these promotional house keys for clients all over the world,
including top realtors and real estate company house keys, home builder
promotional house keys, keys for mortgage brokers, title companies and
banks, as well as thousands of other business. Our custom key blanks are
made from the highest of quality nickel plated brass. Custom Keys are sold
primarily by ASI distributors, PPAI distributors, SAGE distributors and
other final promotional product companies. If you would like to order
custom logo keys for your business, please contact us and we will put you
in touch with your nearest Klinky Keys distributor. CustomKeys are
available in the Kwikset house key and the Schlage house key. We also have
the capability of manufacturing custom promotional keys in other
Custom Printed Logo Promotional House Keys - Branded Keys - Customized
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Browse through these informative case studies for ideas on how custom keys can be integrated into your next marketing campaign.
Key LockBox Program
Learn about our widely successful Winner Key promotion! Choose this key promotion and we will pre-cut your branded keys to match and/or not match the door lock on a prize box we provide. Invite
customers to try and open the box and win the prize(s) inside. We will cut as many "Winner" keys as you like, and cut the rest as "Non-winner" keys.
Are you interested in purchasing keys for your retail outlet? Visit our retail page to learn how to order Klinky Keys for resale.
Have questions about what type of artwork we can print on your personalized keys? Visit our artwork requirements page for more information on how to customize and decorate your Klinky
Our Frequently Asked Questions page
includes information on order turnaround time, shipping methods, and lots of other useful information for your custom printed key order.
Learn about how we started this little company years ago and how it grew into the leader in customized keys and key accessories. We are proud of our beginnings and invite
you to learn more.
Call, fax or email us your order today. You'll be happy you did.
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