Why Left or Right?

 

Basically i wanted to make it easier for you to understand which key you are buying, especially when looking into a keyway.

 

for example the standard Yale rim cylinder accepts a 1A key

 

As you can now see the lowest ward

(the part of the lock that sticks out)

is on the right hand side

 

This is a standard profile for most common locks and is known here as a "Right" key

 

The other main profile but not as common is the "Left" key, as before but this time the profile is "reversed"

 

for example our U-5I key

As you can see the lowest ward would insert into the bottom Left of the key, hence a Left key,

aka a "reversed" key or profile

 

another good example would be the universal padlock set

https://www.specialkeys.co.uk/en/locksmith-bump-key-sets/82-universal-padlock-bump-key-set-low-1st-cut-5-pin.html

https://www.specialkeys.co.uk/product.php?id_product=82

 

Side by side you can see the different profiles


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