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What really is a Locksmith?

OK, so this might be basic for some of you but you would be surprised how many times we get asked the question, “What exactly is a locksmith?”  So here is a bit more detail about what they are and what they’re all about.  If you have a different definition or some more great examples or analogies, leave us a comment…

According to Wikipedia, here is their description of a Locksmith:

Locksmithing began as the science and art of making and defeating locks. A lock is a mechanism that secures buildings, rooms, cabinets, objects, or other storage facilities. A key is often used to open a lock. Means of opening a lock may include a security token or two-factor authentication for greater security, such as requiring both something you know (a combination) and something you have (a key or keycard).

I loved the phrase “defeating” the lock – how appropriate.  Based on our experience, our locksmith have a pretty high percentage for getting a lock open.  There are certainly those out there that can stump you for a bit but generally speaking, there isn’t a lock that can’t be opened, it just might take some serious time and equipment.  The other key part is that Locksmithing “is the assembly and designing of locks and their respective keys.”

So the basic concept is pretty straight forward, but as with most things, it is all about the execution.  For example, if a locksmith shows up with a large pair of pliers in one hand and a new lock to sell you in the other hand, be wary.  Most of the time our locksmiths can open a lock without destroying it and making you spend the money for a new one.  Sometimes they can’t, but this shouldn’t be the first solution.  Also, many times the lock is “marked up” significantly over what you could buy it for from a store – so again, know who you are dealing with and how they make their money.

There are also big differences in locksmith in regard to quality.  Of course they should be with a company that is bonded and insured, but how do you know about their reputation.  If all they have is a number listed in the Yellow Pages, you might be getting what you pay for – someone operating out of their truck waiting for their cell phone to ring.  Our recommendation is to check them out – get the names of some of their customers and their backgrounds.  In the end, it will cost you a lot less to work with a well-trained, experienced, and reliable locksmith than the ones that appear to be “inexpensive” on the front end.  I hope this helps – it is always nice to learn what others say what you do…

47 Responses to What really is a Locksmith?

  1. Katherine, this is a good question to pose about since most seem to think that a locksmith is all about operning doors when in reality a locksmith has a lot more to deal with on a daily basis. With more awareness people will be able to draw from the skills of a locksmith which includes preventive work so that one does not have to stand outside the house or car in the cold or even worse, so that the break-in does not have to happen!

  2. Locksmith is a respected profession and you should always make sure you work with pros that has a certificate and BBB license.
    there are a lot of scams out there and you should make sure you work with a respected company and professionals.

  3. Lock smith provides security and safety for our commercial and residential business. We can search many lock smith in our near by area but how to find reliable and an experienced lock smith? This is an important question for anyone one else reading this.

  4. It really is incredible to me that so many people still don’t know what locksmithing is! It’s been around for a very long time. Thanks for clearing up some of the common misconceptions, though. I appreciate it!

    Liz Ellsworth |

  5. Yes the fact that there are so many locksmiths who exactly know how to open each type of lock with the desires skills. Locksmiths are still required for the emergency purpose and the market is still on the boost right now.

  6. Locksmiths are definitely a lucrative and experience necessary field. Not so much in Boise but in larger cities there are quite a few bad locksmith services. I love the way the local market is here in Boise. There is a couple reputable companies that for the most part all work together. I work for 24 Hour Boise Locksmith which is a full service company known for it’s low rates. If you’re in need of a locksmith definitely do some research before choosing one.

  7. Locksmith is also big profession and business. Locksmith services provides security to home, shops, malls and other business places. Locksmith is most trusted resource to secure our house when we go out on a function or any event.

  8. Nice post. As you mentioned in the post that company must be isnured, I am also agreed with that because it is crucial to hire the licensed and insured company for getting the quality and secure locksmith services.

  9. I honestly didn’t know too much about locksmiths till I read your site. And I really appreciate you sharing a ton of insight about them, and how they can help me out. I always lock myself out of my car, and it’s super embarrassing always having to call the police to help. I’ll definitely take a lock at hiring a locksmith the next time I do this. Thanks a ton for the help.

  10. I also liked the word “defeating” to describe a locksmith. It just makes it sound cool. I think it’s awesome that locksmiths can get into most locks without breaking them. They defeat the lock without destroying it. I’ll also check to make sure they are bonded and insured. I would have never thought to ask that. Thanks for this post!

  11. It’s true that locksmithing is a clever piece of work, that requires a lot of experience and skills. It is in great demand to be a good locksmith, who can do the job without breaking a lock, or damaging a door. Thanks for informative post.

  12. You shared that locksmithing is for defeating locks, but do they also sell locks? Earlier today I was locked out of my house, due to my door knob breaking. I need to find a locksmith to both remove the lock, but potentially sell me a new one. Thank you for also sharing some tips on how to find a reliable one too.

  13. I like how you mentioned that a locksmith shouldn’t have the first solution be replacing the lock. It will cost more than opening the lock, and it can be inconvenient to change out your home’s locks. Plus, in some situations, like being locked out of your car, replacing the lock is impossible. Having a locksmith that can open locks without destroying them is your best option. Thanks for the article.

  14. I didn’t realize that locksmiths design locks and keys in addition to opening locked doors. I’ve been locked out of my house a few time, but I’ve lucked out and was able to get back in one way or another. It is good to know that I will always have someone to call if I ever can’t find a way back in.

  15. A locksmith is someone who specializes in locks. Anyone who has been locked out of their car or home is probably familiar with one of the services a locksmith …

  16. A locksmith is someone who specializes in locks. Anyone who has been locked out of their car or home is probably familiar with one of the services a locksmith …

  17. Nice article! It’s really important to hire professional and reliable locksmith because their services guarantee the security of home and family.

  18. I just want to say locksmith knows very well how to secure and safe our business but reading reviews about the reliability of a Locksmith provider is really important.

  19. Nice blog! It’s really important to hire professional and reliable locksmith because their services guarantee the security of home and family. Thanks so much for sharing this great post !!

  20. I think it’s great that most of the time the locksmith can open the lock without destroying it. I have never needed to call a locksmith, but I know that I wouldn’t want to pay for a new lock if I didn’t have to. The less money I can spend, the happier I will be.

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  22. It is cool to know that the role of a locksmith is defeating locks. I like the point mentioned about how one should be able to open the lock without damaging it. This would be beneficial. Another thing to consider would be the price. Finding someone who can get the job done within your budget would be convenient.

  23. Thanks for the piece. I’m going to use the phrase “defeating locks” from now on when describing services to clients, it definitely sounds better than “breaking in”

  24. My wife was telling me that the lock on our front door has been acting strange, and we wanted to get it looked at. I really like that you say to look for someone that has good quality work. Since I worry about everything, it would be nice to have someone that knows what they are doing.

  25. I think it is funny that originally it was the art of “defeating” the lock. I never realized all of the different fields that locksmiths deal with on a daily basis. Not only are they helping you with getting out of tight situations when you get locked out, but they also can repair and replace locks and keys. I think this will be good information for me to have in the future when I next need a locksmith. Thanks!

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