The name Key Smith refers to a group of six locksmiths whose work is well documented in history. Smith was an artist and a carpenter who specialized in the production of locks. If you were born just outside of New York, chances are that you own a Key and Company lock or Smith and Bros. lock in your home.
Smith and his brothers operated their own business, Smith, Johnson & Sons, after the Revolutionary War. Smith’s son Edward became the owner of the company and continued the tradition by naming his sons after his three sons.
The first three sons worked as locksmiths. The other two sons eventually took over the business after Edward died. They continued to use the same family name for their locksmiths’ business, but they kept a close eye on each others jobs to avoid conflicts of interest.
Some of the keysmiths that worked with Smith and his brothers worked under the names of the sons. Some of the names included: John, William, and Richard. Some of the locksmiths that were named after these names did not work for the same company. They worked with different companies under different names.
The Smiths helped the government by inventing a fingerprinting method. They created the first digital key that could be scanned and used for a fingerprint. They also invented a universal key that could be used with many different types of locks. The company was successful enough that in the 1950s they started a line of office supplies under the name of Smith & Bransfield. They expanded their line into electronics with computers and audio equipment.
Keysmiths will always be in demand. Some people prefer a locksmith to replace lost or stolen keys. Others like to have one come in and perform a quick lock repair. Regardless of your reason for needing a locksmith, remember that Smith and his brothers will always be remembered and honored in history.
When looking for a good locksmith, consider how important you think their job is. Do you need them to replace keys? Are you locked out of your house, or do you have broken locks and need a lock service? If it’s just a simple lock repair then look for someone who is not only insured, but has a good reputation.
There are several websites on the internet that can provide you with information on locksmiths. Make sure you check the credentials of the locksmith you hire by doing a background and criminal records search. This will help you determine if the locksmith is trustworthy.
The first thing you want to do when looking to hire a locksmith, is to check their credentials. It’s important that you find a qualified locksmith that has a clean driving record, a great customer service, and a good attitude.