Contrary to what one might think upon hearing the term, key impressioning Clipping the vice grips on the key blank, you take your file and polish the top of the. Our site stocks a wide variety of key impressioning tools, kits and files. Find the right impressioning tool to get full control and accuracy today!. To start of you need a blank, uncut key that fits in the lock. Preferably it should be brass, but other materials do work. During the impressioning process, we will.

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The important thing is to select one that allows you to file the key blank unimpeded. You can also use the skill practically if you lost imlressioning keys and keyy need a new one made for cheap. Most professionals would resort to other, more efficient, methods when confronted with locks like these. The key blank may also be modified to allow for enhanced movement within the lock, such as thinning of the blade or removal of material from the shoulder or tip.

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I impeessioning this is the best way to start learning about impressioning a lock, but this does not mean that they are the only locks that can be impressioned. Clipping the vice grips on the key blank, you take your file and polish the top of the key the part of the key that the pins come into contact with your pins.

These are the tools that are required to successfully impression impresxioning lock, and they are usually very easy to get a hold of. So to answer the question, as long as you own the lock you can impression it, and anyone who has been granted permission to work on one can impression said lock.


The purpose of the magnifying glass is rather simple. As you progress and move on to harder locks that are yoursyou will come to find that there are some easier ways to achieve these results by means of a key cutting machineor a caliper that lets you measure the groove depths. You will notice that there are some overlaps between the process for impressioning and lock picking, impressioninf only makes sense. All non-copying impressioning techniques rely on the ability to bind internal components until they are in the correct position.

Identifying the pin marks made on the key blank can be tricky because they are very hard to impreessioning. The bitting surface may be filed to a knife edge to thin the bitting material, making impressionkng easier to produce impressions.

As a beginner, I would advise that you start out with a simple lock that allows you to get a grasp on the basic process. It might not help you if you locked your keys in your carbut it might help you get back into a locked houseor open a bike lock secured by a padlock.

Once inserted, torque is applied to bind components. While obtaining marks, it is often helpful to perform the technique multiple times before releasing torque. If you file a groove to deep, it can throw the entire process oey, and mistakes like that are common among beginners. The lock itself will not open, because the key blank does not yet have the appropriate groove depths that correspond to the height of the pins within the lock cylinder.

Locksmithing/Key Impressioning

Their second purpose is merely to help you achieve a modicum of precision while you work. As you progress, you will notice that the number of marks being made on the key blank gradually reduces. File a few thousandths of brass off the key with your pippen or rat tail file usually 4 total swipes of the file. In a nutshell, other types of locks can be impressionig, but it comes down to whether impressioninng not impressioning is always the most efficient approach.


Technically, too much torque is impossible provided the key blank withstands it and can be moved to produce marks. Removal of the source key is the most problematic step.

(867) How to Impression a Key

If the key specifics are known the key may be cut to the next possible depth. High-security locks, or locks that are a little more complex than standard pin tumbler locks, take a bit of time to impression.

This means you choose one that can be mounted on a stand, or a head mounted magnifier. The process varies slightly depending on the lock design and included high-security mechanisms. This makes the marks made by impressioning extremely easy to identify, but care must be taken not to distort the bitting when inserting or removing the blank from the lock.

Once all components are positioned correctly the lock will open. Initially you are looking for the perpendicular scrapes that the pins of the lock will have left on the key. As I mentioned earlier on, we will mostly be dealing with basic pin tumbler locks.

Silicone impressioning is slower but more efficient than clay. With lever or warded locks, the blank may be keh with something to make identifying marks easier. In order to mark the key blank, it first has to be placed in the keyway of the lock in question. Also, a simple rule that will really help you with this process, is to only file parts of the key blank where the keey marks have been made.