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January 31, 2012

Safe Combination Lock Model - Made From Wood

Woodgears.ca is a woodworkers site that displays different contraptions built by a keen woodworker and his peeps.

Pictured here is a model of a combination lock they designed and built themselves. I think this is a great project for budding locksmiths apprentices and safe workers to understand how a typical safe combination works. It can also provide some hands on practise to budding manipulators wanting to practise their combination manipulation skills.

Sure, it may look like a toy but the principle is sound and as a practise jig would be fun to work with, no?

Oops - I Dropped My Keys In The Water - Help!

Water sports enthusiasts rejoice. No more keys lost to the bottom of the lake.
A talented Dutch boat enthusiast was perturbed at losing his keys in the lake so he decided to invent this intelligent floating key buoy encased in a small key fob.

This unique and intelligent product will save the day for boaties or fisherpeople intent on recovering their dropped keys.

It is a one time use item but it is effective at allowing you to retrieve your keys.

When your keys hit the water, the sponge inside soaks up the water and triggers the buoy into action, raising your keys to the surface. A bright colored marker rises above the water line allowing you to locate it easily and save your day.

January 28, 2012

Silca are the world leader in manufacturing of locksmith keyblanks, key duplicating and originating machines, engraving mechines and software tailored to the key making industry

I personally have used their products for much of the last 30 years in the business and have no hesitation in recommending them as the number 1 source for locksmith machinery equipment and inventory.

The range of keyblanks manufactured far surpasses many competitors in the field. The quality of product is second to none. In fact, many of the available machines sold in the USA are often re-branded Silca machinery.

If you are in the locksmith business you will be aware that Silca are indeed the most respected manufacturer in the field.

From hard to locate keyblanks, to exquisite and precise machinery, to modern electonic keys, Silca are well known and respected worldwide as the standard setter in the field.

January 26, 2012

NFC Enabled Door Locks

Yale Lock Co., a subsidiary of Assa-Abloy, the worlds largest lock manufacturer are testing this concept residential door locking system designed to modernize the way we use our doors.

NFC is an acronym for Near Field Communication. Companies like Google have been at the forefront of introducing this technology to enable our mobile phones to be used as mobile wallets, keys and other access devices for a few years now.

Perhaps the future of mechanical keys is limited although, with respect, I believe that maintaining the mechanical key option will ensure you can still operate your lock in the event of electronic or battery failure.

With the world starting to embrace wireless electronic security, it is still not as green or environmentally minded as pure mechanically operated keyed locks and handles.

Many consumers may enjoy the convenience of not having a key to use or lose, however the ongoing maintenance cost and service costs massively outweigh the little cost option of mechanical keyed systems.

January 23, 2012

So - You Want To Buy A Safe? Are You Sure?

Back in January 2011, we posted this video and received a significant number of hits and emails about it.

This interesting video in German (subtitled in English) shows exactly why you should purchase a quality safe from a quality specialist lock or safe provider.

Many of the types of safes found in this video are available at main stream big box vendors like Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Harbor Freight, Ace Hardware etc.

Basically the video in itself helps to explain the value of purchasing your safes at specialty retailers like locksmiths and dedicated safe companies.

Face it! Too many people have decided to keep their cash and valuables at home rather than the bank. At home you are less protected but have the benefit of convenience and around the clock access to your valuables.

Worse still is that most burglars know this too.

I think it is especially troubling how easily the expert found the mans safe in the first place he looked.

If you want to have and use a safe, isnt it worthwile to spend more to protect your valuables than $50-$100?

Meroni Luccotto Padlock Securing A Residential Garage Door

My video skills are not too impressive but these short clips show you a use for the Meroni Luccotto modern day padlocks.

These excellently designed padlocks are quite unique in their design and can be used in many varied applications.

The Meroni Luccotto range come in 2 sizes (lengths) and are keyed using a tubular pin tumbler key system. They can be ordered keyed to differ or keyed alike.

Other uses include but are not limited to
  • Bicycle Chains
  • Bicycle Rotors
  • Motorbike Rotors
  • Refridgerators/Freezers
  • School Lockers
  • Gym Lockers
  • Tow Bars
  • Gates
  • Lifting Chains
  • Tool Boxes
We are proud to include Meroni Luccotto Padlocks in our inventory of unique and specialty security products

Preventing Smash And Grab Entry - Smash Proof Glass

We have been extolling the virtues of Shatter-Gard window film products for a short time lately and are still conducting our own tests on this fabulous product.

Saf-Glas are a manufacturer of world leading modern polycarbonate glazing products that are so tough that they can virtually prevent any window from being smashed.

Window smashing is well known as one of the primary methods of entry in burglaries. There are a few manufacturers of products designed to reduce the likelihood of this security breach, one being ShatterGard, that we are proud to offer. But if you were to install these type of secure windows during construction of your buildings you will mitigate the potential for suffering a break in from this method, almost completely.

The video above is an excellent example of how and why polycarbonate glazing products are so good.

Many window manufacturers today build double glazed windows with an Argon gas layer between the frames. This is to reduce the heat or cold from getting in. But these windows need to be sealed correctly too. We receive a significant number of calls from people who need seals replaced because of moisture getting between the frames. We do not provide this service.

We also receive numerous leads from people who experience glass breakage due to a stone thrown from a lawnmower that breaks the sliding patio door window. We do not replace glass. Many customers think that replacing the glass in a sliding door is a simple and quick task. Unfortunately it is not, especially when you consider that most windows today are the Argon filled double glazed types. Most replacement windows require to be custom built to suit the application, hence why windows and frames can be quite expensive.

Consider installing polycarbonate glazing as an alternative to typical windows. It may be more expensive initially but in the long term you will save considerable pain and anguish let alone replacement window costs.

The tornado that hit parts of St Louis, Missouri at Easter last year, smashed many of the glass windows at St Louis Lambert International Airport, effectively closing down part of a terminal for close to 6 months. This could have been prevented if builders had used smash proof and tornado resistant polycarbonate glazing products as opposed to glass.

If only we could have the benefit of hindsight to give us 20/20 vision.

January 20, 2012

Reinventing Neighborhood Watch

Village Defense, an Atlanta based startup have recently modernized the neighborhood watch program system, popularized at the end of the last century. Remember when we actually knew our neighbors well enough to watch for suspiscious activities in our neighborhoods and worked together to protect each other?

Well, Village Defense is the brainchild of Nathan Black, a Georgia Tech engineering graduate who straight out of school created his vision for modernizing the ages old Neighborhood Watch program that was so popular last century.
Simply put, Nathan devised a system that combines modern communications technology with concerned neighbors action. The system is designed so that if or when a neighborhood resident witnesses or hears a crime in progress, they first call 9-1-1 and then the Village Defense hotline. Village Defense then contact all neighbors in the program to inform them of the criminal activities using cell phones and email alerts.

Would you even know if a crime happened in your street? How do we find out about crimes in our neighborhoods? Usually it is through the local newspaper or police bulletins and quite often, at a significantly later date.

This kind of physical security product is an important weapon in defending our homes I think, because it immediately alerts us of criminal activity and can allow us to be better prepared to protect ourselves, no?

Keyed Pocket Door Lock - To Be Recontinued

Our very popular Cowdroy P697 Keyed Pocket Door Lock has been selling like hotcakes. We recently revealed our discovery of 3 more units hidden in our inventory. We are down to 2 units left now.

Due to significant demand and various customers contacting the manufacturer we have negotiated a new deal and expect to recontinue this product offering in the very near future.

Pricing details will follow soon, but we expect to have new inventory within 3 months.

EDIT 03/04/2011: Product has arrived.

January 15, 2012

Serrature Meroni Combina Hardware Installed In Canberra Australia

Early last year, we communicated with a discerning customer from Australia intent on purchasing and installing Meroni hardware on their new home.

We communicated back and forth over a period of time, to determine suitable options and solutions, tailored to their specific tastes and desires.

Being a considerable distance away made it difficult to accurately see the site to determine solutions easily .

The result of thorough questioning, enabled us to find a suitable solution to their needs and we transacted a solution that made them very happy.

We recently received an email from them with some pictures of the completed and installed product, that we attach here. As you can see, the product looks amazing and is easy to use and fully functional.

Pictured above is a Serrature Meroni Combina K13 Entrance set in US26D (Matte Chrome) with an LR (Kelon - Red) cover button. This is the inside of the door.

Here (above) is a picture of the outside of the same door.

Pictured above is a picture of the house's entry door with another Serrature Meroni Combina Entrance set in US26 (Polished Chrome), both body and upper cap. The deadbolt above the Meroni is a Lockwood 005 Paradigm deadbolt.

January 13, 2012

Neverwet Anti-Icing Technology

Brrrr.....winter has hit Missouri and it's been snowing for most of the last 36 hours.

The cold weather snap has reminded me about a recent article I posted here about Neverwet Solutions. The Neverwet product is due to be released in early 2012, commercially.

A few years ago, shortly after moving here and not being familiar with such a cold climate, I experienced the calamity of power failures due to extreme ice and snow during a winter blast that tormented the whole region.

With power lines coming down and electrical transformers blowing due to excessive ice buildup, the power and emergency services were run off their feet trying to repair and allow consumers to warm up. Some counties were without power and heat for days to weeks.

Neverwet have produced another solution that may allow for similar episodes to never be repeated, if the power companies coat their electrical circuits and boxes in their anti-icing solution.

Check out the video of how it works....

The benefits of this product will change people's perspectives on waterproofing and protect doors, roofs, power transformers and lines from the harsh realities of the wintry forces of nature.

I post this here because I believe that protecting our doors from the elements is a variation on security design. Not only should we protect ourselves from break ins, but also protect ourselves from the elements of nature that can threaten our health and comforts.

Furniture Locks By Meroni

It is no secret that we have become the source in the USA for Meroni locking system products. We have been extolling the virtues of some of the unique range of Meroni handle designs like the Combina and Pigio and Nova handles.

But do you know how Meroni first developed their market?

A little over 60 years ago, Meroni began developing it's range of products in the Brianza area of Northern Italy, widely known as the epicentre of the Italian furniture industry. Meroni capitalised on their early entry to market by developing long term relationships with many of the leading Italian furniture manufacturers. Italian produced furniture products are known internationally for their quality of workmanship and leading style designs. Adopting Meroni products became an excellent fit for many of these companies and the relationship continues today.

In fact, many of the furniture locks you see by other manufacturers worldwide are based on the original designs that Meroni produced over the last 60 years.

It is no wonder that Meroni continues to be the undisputed leader in it's field with most of the leading furniture companies still preferring Meroni locks for use in their pieces.

We recently provided a range of master keyed cam locks to a discerning buyer for use on an oil platform, that required to be made to very exacting keying specifications. Sure there were many choices on offer for this company, some that were even considerably cheaper. But with the depth of Meroni's expertise and reputation for quality, we were able to provide the perfect solution in the required urgent timeframe. Another satisfied client.

The Meroni catalogue today lists over 7000 items designed for the furniture sector. The enormous choice allows for furniture producers to find ready-made solutions for virtually every need, in a product range that offers a vast spectrum of sizes, materials and finishes.

Some of the Meroni solutions include:

  • Cupboard and Wardrobe Doors
  • Sliding Doors
  • Bureau Doors
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Drawers
  • Tall Boys
  • Dressers
  • Basquill locks etc.

Serrature Meroni's long experience in producing furniture locks and its close
cooperation with the marketing and design departments of its customers in the furniture sector have enabled them to develop a exceptional capabilities in the analysis and resolution of every kind of design problem. Being able to grasp design requirements immediately, propose solutions and introduce rapid adaptations are key competencies of the Meroni design office.

For this reason, in those cases in which the extensive choice of existing products is not able to meet particular needs, Serrature Meroni's technical centre is always available to create a tailor-made solution. This flexibility is one of the company's strengths and a source of competitive edge for those companies that approach Meroni looking for a creative work relationship and a complete range of design and marketing services.

January 6, 2012

Guardian II - Simplified Access Control

An interesting solution just came across my desk that purports to be one of the simplest and most competitively priced access control systems in it's class available today.

The Guardian II is a stand alone system enabled to work with electric strikes, magnetic locks and other door entry products. There are four options as explained in the video, to suit multiple different application parameters.

One of the better options with this simple system is the localized audit trail abilities. An administrator can easily determine who and when a controller has been operated.

These products are available from leading access control and locksmith companies.

January 3, 2012

ShatterGard - Security Film

We recently received our test sample of this fabulous product and are putting it through our internal tests.

So far, it seems to be the real deal.

The incidence of break in is rampant across America and due to many Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ's) insisting on property owners NOT using double cylinder deadbolts to secure entry ways that have glass near the door locks (life safety and building code regulations), products like ShatterGard, that actually prevent the smash and grab technique, are being sought for more widely.

If you have ever been broken into, more than likely you have suffered either a smashed window or a door kicked in. The likelihood of having your locks picked, bumped or destroyed, while certainly increasing across society, is much lower than experiencing a kicked in door frame or glass breakage.

Using the ShatterGard product and combining it with a Strikemaster II Pro door frame casing reinforcer, significantly decreases the likelihood of these two primary methods of entry.

We are still testing ShatterGard and are looking to include in our inventory in the very near future.

Stay tuned!

January 1, 2012

Seat Recognition Technolgy To Replace Facial Recognition Technology In Cars Of The Future

Japanese researchers have developed new technology aimed at preventing the incidence of automobile theft.

Seat recognition technology employs a range of sensors embedded in a car seat designed to measure key attributes of the driver. The technology is still in it's infancy but could lead to other advancements is security product design that passively protect our precious auto property.

"The way the technology works is pretty simple. The seat is retrofitted with 360 different sensors. Those sensors take into account things like your weight, the highest value of pressure on the seat, and where you come in contact with the seat. The idea is that we all sit in car seats relatively the same way each time, so the seat should be able to tell who is sitting in it, ensuring that the person is the owner of the car rather than a car thief."

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Danny was very professional and friendly at the same time. He not only gave me the quote and fixed the exterior door and explained his work. He was prompt and upfront about the work and did the work. He came in time took care of it on the same day. (Sasheethn K St Louis MO) June 2018d out problems but assured not urgent. Please feel free to have Danny pass out my number for my total experience review 314-351-5553

Charlie M. (St Louis, MO) November 2015

Danny was pleasure to meet and was very knowledgable. He explained several lock replacement options but I decided none of them were a good fit for a storm door, however, I did replace a lock on my entry door with a type of lock I had never seen before. I would highly recommend this company.
Patricia J (Bridgeton, MO) March 2014
They were prompt and showed up when he said he would show up. He knew his stuff. I had ordered new handles and he was honest enough to say that we don't need them that he can fix the doors and he did. Made me lock and unlock my doors to his satisfaction so that I knew what to do. Am very, very pleased with the service and cost.
Joyce K (Glencoe, MO) May 2015

Showed up on time for appointment. Was very knowledgeable about the project and offered a solution beyond what I asked to be done.
Stephen G (Chesterfield, MO) May 2015

Daniel was right on time, assessed the problems I had with two doors, made the repairs, and explained what caused the problems to begin with .... He is a "door expert" and a true professional. I highly recommend him.

Vince V (St. Louis MO) May, 2015

Danny was fabulous! He went over my concerns and he provided me with more than a fair quote. He was there when he said he was going to be there. I would highly recommend Danny. Cheers!
Denise S (Imperial, MO) May 8, 2014

Hired Danny to re-key locks on "new" house purchase. He advised to replace with new deadbolts & door knobs on 3 entry doors instead which I agreed with. All doors have 1 matching key & the safety of excellent quality product & workmanship. He also added new strike plate to door frame to complete project.. I recommend as your 1st & only call to a Locksmith.

Denise F (St. Louis, MO) April 3, 2014

Danny was very helpful in solving a pretty complex problem involving many lock.
Scott C (Eureka, MO) March 27, 2014

Needed patio door track to run smoothly. Arrived early, fixed door and explained what he was doing during repair. Quick and easy. Door works great, my wife will now speak to me, and I've become a better dancer.

Mike W. (Arnold/Oakville MO) July 2013

The owner spent a longtime with me on the phone helping diagnosis the problem. He was on-time, friendly and helped resolve my issue. I will definitely use him again!

Chris C (Lake St Louis, MO) July 2013

I had a very pleasant experience with Master Key Systems. They came out, did the job (which took longer than expected) and they did not change the price they quoted me. Now, I am not certain that it was a great value for the money because I don't have a comparison, but they did what they said, when they said, for the price they said. Enough said!!!

Antonio B (Saint Louis, Missouri) March 2013

Professional.. Upfront about charges. Fixed the sticky door within 20 minutes. I will recommend Master Key for exterior door issues.
Muthu R (Ballwin, MO) July 2012

Danny was a master craftsman, knowledgable and professional. I will be calling on him again in the future as well as passing on his services to friends and family.

Marsha L (Saint Louis, MO) July 2012

Danny was excellent! I called him on a Monday to fix a sliding glass door. He happened to have the exact part we needed (and it was not an easy find - we had looked everywhere) and he came over Tuesday evening. He stayed until 8:00 until the job was done, and cleaned up afterwards. He was courteous, professional, and efficient! I could not be happier!

Rachel P Maryland Heights, MO (July 2012)

He did an excellent job. Got there on time and quickly solved the issue. Was very pleasant and explained the situation and how to keep the door from sticking in the future. Would definitely use Master Key LLC again!

Neil F. (Saint Louis, MO) April 2012

Danny was very friendly and knowledgeable, although his apprentice seemed to do most of the work, Danny kept an eye on him to make sure it was done right. He had very reasonable pricing for re-keying.
Greg D (St Louis, MO) October 2011

He was extrememly fabulous and helpful and did a wonderful job. He was very professional.
Shannon M. (Arnold, MO) October 2011

Growing up spending so much of my time in Italy, the uniqueness of the Nova Classico left quite an impression on me. To be able to have and enjoy them in my own home here in the states is a nostalgic indulgence I'm enjoying beyond words. Thank you Danny for coordinating this transaction.

Joseph M (Chicago, IL) September 2011

great job. hired on the spot and he did job right then at great price

Ron B (Arnold, MO) July 2011

I searched the internet and found your services. I received three phone calls within several days. A service call was scheduled. Two gentlemen arrived promptly, analyzed the problem and fixed it.
James & Florenc M Saint Louis, MO July 2011

The repairman was on time and did an excellent job of fixing a very stubborn door lock. He was persistent and cleaned up the work area afterwards. I would use this service again.

Brenda F (Saint Peters, MO) June 2011

Danny at Master Key Systems has succeeded in making the purchasing of our Meroni door locks, from Italy, an absolute breeze. Even though I live in Australia with a 16hr time difference and was ordering door knobs from Italy that weren't in stock, the whole process was faultless. Danny was prompt and efficient with all his emails and made sure we had covered every possible variable so that the product I received was exactly as required. I would have no hesitation in recommending Danny for your next purchase.
Patrick Carr (Canberra, Australia)

Your product really helped because I needed to secure a nurse's station adjacent to a waiting room and needed a pocket door. Unfortunately, no real options were available to lock a pocket door effectively that would keep me compliant with HIPAA and secure an area that stores medical supplies. This was vitally important as this particular waiting room was for "waiting detox patients". Thank you very much.
Randall R The Fritz Clinic (Birmingham, Al) March 2011

Danny was very polite and knew what the problem was and how to fix it. He also gave me some information about other issues that could arise with my door and locks. Will hire again if I ever need that type of work done.
Jason M Imperial, MO March 2011

I had an exterior basement door that dragged when opening and closing. The hinges were not fitting properly and the door frame had shifted, probably due to the age of the house.The screwswould not go far enough into the wall without hitting stone...even using a special drill bit. Dan worked a long time drilling and sanding to shore up the door as best as possible. I know it will never be perfect. He could have easily sold me a new door and the same issue would happen. He was honest, thorough, and did an excellent job without charging me a fortune. I'm satisfied with the door now. If you want an honest, experienced man, Then Dan is the man

Roger M Saint Louis, MO March 2011

I purchased the Cowdroy P697 Pocket door lock with key over the internet. I emailed questions before my purchase and was provided with the answers quickly by return email. The purchase was quick and easy and the lock was shipped immediatly. Installation is quick and easy. But you do need to convert millimeters to inches (use the internet) in the installation instructions. And the lock looks great and works great. I will do business with them again. THANK YOU

Ed D (February, 2011)

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