The mechanism of the lock is one of the most ingenious inventions in history. A discovery, a creation that has gone through the ages and is still needed and continues to evolve. Prototypes more and more modern, inviolable to guarantee the object of its creation, the security of the object, the door it contains.

From heavy doors from bank chests to small lock boxes. It is especially a matter of highlighting that the lock is a system that continues and will continue to serve to close the doors, but also some objects that require its use.

To better understand the history of the lock, you must know its history, but especially learn to know the ultimate genius of this invention.

The origins of the lock

The first lock mechanisms appeared in antiquity around 4000 BC from the moment when man began to work on materials such as iron or bronze. Since the advent of metallurgy, the first locks began to take shape.

Around 2000 years BC the Hebrews used Egyptian keys, they improved the model by creating a system of dowels and projections placed at different heights on a cutting table.

We owe to the Romans the creation of padlocks thanks to ingenious systems. The latter were among the major manufacturers of locks because they knew how to work the main subjects such as bronze.

Types of locks

There are several types of locks:

  • The lining lock that uses fixed metal parts whose arrangement must match the pattern of the key bit so that it can rotate.
  • The tubular lock is a lock whose pins are arranged circularly with respect to the cylinder.
  • The espagnolette lock which is a closure element always used for doors or windows.
  • The secret lock is a lock whose operation of the opening is known only to the owner.
  • The disc lock uses rotating discs as an unlocking mechanism instead of pins. This type is mostly used for combination locks.
  • The pump lock or safety lock is a cylindrical mechanism provided with several independent wings sliding along the axis of the cylinder.

The locksmith profession

Through time, the locksmith's trade has flourished. Little known at the beginning, but since the Renaissance creations have participated in the recognition of locksmith work as art. Practitioners in this trade were called locksmiths. For more information http://www.locksmithdraperutah.pro/

The creations of locks became artistic and the techniques developed. From the Industrial Revolution, the profession of locksmith has improved because it became a profession, the locksmith is no longer just an artist, but he actually participates in the active life through his work.

The inventor of the lock and his first patent

It was in 1848 in the United States that Linus Yale Sr made the lock the most coveted security object and filed its patent in 1861. It is based on a universal principle for the creation of its lock model "the Yale lock, "the protection of individuals and property clean. The cylindrical pin lock of Yale is equipped with a notched key.

However others have created other types of locks like James Sargent with his famous combination lock with a patent pending. The second patent filed in 1866 for a magnetic lock for banking institutions. In 1874 a patent for a timer lock will be filed. Rochester has been an integral part of the evolution of the locksmith industry, which has further enhanced security.

Despite technological advances in security such as magnetic cards or badges, or even biometrics nothing basic locks are coveted by collectors. Nothing replaces the good old authentic locks. Unlike modern locks that can fail, those of old can be repaired, changed, but also ensure security from inside and out without facing the hazards of using new ones. technologies.

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