13 Facts about locks
First known recorded locks were Egyptian used in the days of the pyramids
- In Eygptian times having keys was a sign of wealth.
- The romans invented the warded lock. Grooves called wards were cut into the keyhole and the key was cut to the keyhole grooves.
- The lever lock dates back to roman times.
- In ancient rome it was the women that were the key holders and not the men.
- The chinese invented the combination lock.
- Locks that provided much better protection weren’t invented until the late 18th centuary by Robert Barron an english locksmith who invented the double action lever tumbler lock in 1788.
- Harry Houdini was a locksmith by trade before he became famous.
- TV and movie depictions of picking locks are vastly exagerated.
- Newer biometric locks use finger prints rather than keys to open the locks.
- King Louis XVI enjoyed picking locks and making keys
- A parrot named Magic in England managed to pick a lock and escape from a car.
- Before mass production of locks locks were hand made by locksmiths.
- The most basic form of electronic lock is the magnetic lock also known as the mag lock
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