Welcome to SoFlo locksmiths! Our company understands the science and art of locks. We have vetted and trained professionals who make it their goal to grant satisfaction for every individual client. We understand that in this industry companies are known to be slow, expensive, dishonest or even unfaithful. That is why we provide a swift, comfortable and cost efficient experience every single time. We specialize in a variety of different situations including: when you are locked out of your car, When you misplaced the keys for your residence or commercial property, When you need someone to help you with your automotive keys by cutting, duplicating, or programming them and we also can help you gain access to your safes. For our company we treat locksmithing as a lifestyle rather than a job. For your sake let's hope you never get locked out unexpectedly but if you do you can always count on SoFlo.
Locksmiths In Ancient Times Locksmithing is one of the oldest professions. It is believed to have started in Ancient Egypt and Babylon around 4000 years ago. A common belief was that the first locks were small and portable and were used to protect goods from thieves who were common along ancient travel routes. Not so. Locks back then were not as sophisticated as they are now. Most locks were large, crude and made of wood. However, they were used and worked in the same way as today’s locks. There were pins in the lock, however, they could only be moved with the use of a large cumbersome wooden key (imagine something looking like a large wooden toothbrush). This giant key was inserted into the lock and pushed upwards.
As lock and key “technology” spread, it could also be found in ancient Greece, Rome, and other cultures in the east including China.Wealthy Romans were often found to keep their valuables under lock and key. They would wear the keys as rings on their fingers. This had the benefit of keeping the key on them at all times. It would also be a display of status and wealth. It showed you were wealthy and important enough to have valuables worth securing. The oldest known lock was in the ruins of the Assyrian Empire in the city of Khorsabad. This key was believed to be created around 704 BC and looks and operates much like the wooden locks of the time. Moving To Metal Not too much changed with locks until around 870-900 AD when the first metal locks started to appear. These locks were simple iron bolt locks and are attributed to English craftsmen.Soon locks made of iron or brass could be found all over Europe and as far as China. They were operated by keys that could be turned, screwed or pushed. As the profession of locksmithing developed, locksmiths became talented metal workers. The 14th to 17th centuries saw a rise in artistic achievements by locksmiths. They were often invited to create locks with intricate and beautiful designs for members of the nobility. They would often design locks inspired by the royal crest and symbols.
However, while the aesthetics of locks and keys developed, there were few improvements made to the lock mechanisms themselves. With the advances in metal works in the 18th century, locksmiths were able to create more durable and secure locks and keys. The Evolution Of The Modern Lock The basic design of how a lock and key worked had remained relatively unchanged for centuries.When the industrial revolution came along in the 18th century, the precision in engineering and component standardisation greatly increased the complexity and sophistication of locks and keys. (James Hardy, History Cooperative.org)
FAQ (History Questions)
Who invented the First Mechanical lock?
The earliest patent for a double-acting pin tumbler lock was granted to American physician Abraham O. Stansbury in England in 1805, but the modern version, still in use today, was invented by American Linus Yale Sr. in 1848.
Where do locks come from?
History of mechanical locks started over 6 thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt, where locksmith first managed to create a simple but effective pin tumbler lock that was made entirely from wood. It consisted of the wooden post that was affixed to the door, and a horizontal bolt that slid into the post.
Who invented the first key?
The first key was seen 6000 years ago the same time locks were discovered too. This was in ancient Babylon, Egypt. It was made of wood and the key looked like a brush. It was heavy and not very durable therefore not the best material it could have been made from.
How did old locks work?
The Age of the Skeleton Key and the Lock Pick: Inside the keyhole were a series of concentric plates, or wards, that would block a key from turning unless the pattern of notches on the key matched the pattern of wards. If the key turned freely, it would engage or disengage the bolt when turned.