Key Cutting

Redlocks Locksmiths have a fully mobile key cutting service carrying an extensive range of the most popular type of key blanks in use today. This means we can cut keys at your property across Cambridgeshire, including Newmarket, Huntingdon, Royston,  St. Ives and Ely.

In the case of a broken key in the lock denying you access to your property,  we can extract a key and re-cut you another on the spot, without having to touch the lock from the broken key in most cases, saving you time and money.

Minimum charge to key cutting only service applies, contact us to discuss your key cutting requirements.

Redlocks Locksmiths are skilled in specialised hand cut keys.  Older, more obscure locks & keys, can be sourced if required.

Keys are available in many different shapes and sizes dependant on use and security level, here is a guide to the many types.

Single Sided Cylinder

Basic type of key with cut down one side can only be inserted into lock one way, normally found on domestic doors with cylinder type locks. When inserted the cuts down one side correspond with pins inside the lock, these are lifted allowing the key to turn.

Double Sided Cylinder

Similar to single but with cuts on both sides, can be inserted into lock either way, often found on higher security locks and vehicle Keys. With 2 sets of pins double sided locks are harder to pick. Often found on older cars and motorcycles.

Cruciform

4 sided cross shaped with cut on all four sides, often found on vehicles. With 4 sides and 4 corresponding sets of pins these locks are harder to pick and more durable.

Dimple

Long flat blade with cone shaped dimple cuts into the face of the blade at different depths, typically found with 2 rows of pins matching with 2 lines of dimples, 1 on each side of the key. Regarded as high security locks due to the increased numbers of pins, dimple locks are often supplied with restricted keys.

Tubular

With a hollow cylindrical shaft that is normally much shorter than others keys, this seven or eight pin locking system can often be found on Vending Machines, Laptop Locks and small versions on computers.

Skelton / Mortice Key

Standard domestic Mortice locks are operated by Skelton / Mortice keys, these are distinguished by their long narrow shaft with bit on the end, the bit is cut to correspond with levers inside the lock, allowing the key to turn and operate the lock.