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Types of keys we use
Posted 06 June 2007 - 11:23 PM
The majority our keys are now Ilco Nickel plated solid Brass keys. We have a few odd solid Brass Taylor (Taylor is now owned by Ilco) keys floating around.
While the Taylor keys seem just as sturdy as the Ilco keys and we've had NO problem with them what so ever, we will be slowly fazing them out as it's more convenient for us to cut Ilco keys versus Taylor keys.
We will soon be introducing a few more keys that are made from JMA Nickel Plated solid Brass keys. These keys are mostly padlock keys, and a few other are for residential and commercial applications.
James K. - Lead Support
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:53 AM
brass and nickel silver
I like nickel silver all the way.
nickel plated is the same as brass. The only difference is the shiny silver cosmetic finish that won't tarnish
ALL original Schlage and Best keys are nickel silver and commercial grade aftermarket replacements are NS as well. I hear they dull the cutter faster, however they're stronger and more wear resistant.
Although sometimes you can't avoid using brass when you can't find NS blanks, such as the M1 blank. The shiny Best type key is brass too, which I made for demonstrating on video... but I avoid brass whenever I can.
All except the "cheap" and "crap" are nickel silver. Sometimes it's hard to tell when they're new, but brass will tarnish and turn brown. Nickel Silver keeps the golden silver look for a long time.
Edited by WOT, 05 June 2008 - 11:58 AM.