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#1 divermo

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:26 AM

Does bumping work on Best IC locks?

#2 Kristic

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 12:38 PM

As long as it is a standard pin lock, then yes. Best locks usually have atleast 6 pins though, so bumping them can take a little more practice.

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 03:26 AM

Where might one obtain a key for one of these locks? What is the name of the key? I just need a pattern and a profile photo. :D

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:46 AM

Where might one obtain a key for one of these locks? What is the name of the key? I just need a pattern and a profile photo. :D


Kaba-ilco A1114x

x being the keyway shape and there are around 20 different types with ten or so being the most common. Look for a small single letter marking on a working key. If you can't find it, post a cross section picture of the key. I will help you identify it.

Best locks can have anything from 5 to 7 pins and it is a unique lock, because the key isn't stopped on the shoulder, but it's stopped on the riveted brass plate at the rear of the cylinder. You have to be careful because you'll bend through the plate if you hit it too hard. Post or PM me if you have any questions about Best.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:57 AM

The key blank that you're probably looking for is a BE2.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 11:20 AM

The key blank that you're probably looking for is a BE2.


There are over 20 Best keyways and the BE2 will only work with one of them, the "A" keyway.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 11:31 AM

There are over 20 Best keyways and the BE2 will only work with one of them, the "A" keyway.


You are correct, sir. I understand that there are several different keyways and associated blanks that go with Best IC locks, I just make the statement because, in my experience, the BE2 occurs most frequently. Thank you for the correction. :)

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 09:25 PM

I'm new, I'm working on a best key -- does this look right?

It is my first key.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 10:54 PM

It certainly looks like it would work better than my first key. :wink:

However, the majority of Best locks use six or seven pin systems, making them difficult at best to bump with a professionally cut key. If this is the first time you're making a bump key, I would recommend starting with a Kwikset, Schlage or Masterlock key instead.

For reference, your Best key should end up looking something like this.

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*I hereby credit a google search for this stolen picture.

#10 lymn

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:00 AM

Thank you theopratr, I have another one that I can play with and I will try to get it more like that.

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 03:59 PM

Here's an idea of how many different keyways or "profiles" there are for BEST keys.

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Not including their premium series, there are still a few more not pictured:

N, P, W, TA,TB,TC,TD,TE