What is a key way?
A keyway is a hole in a lock that receives and guides a key. Hence, it needs to be specially designed to make the lock more secure. When creating a duplicate key for your lock, it is essential to know the type of keyway your lock has. This allows you to determine if the duplicate key can be cut, so you can get it right.
Type of Keyway
Primus/Primus XP: The keyway of this lock is made thin to prevent the entry of non-primus keys. However, if the primus key is used to unlock a non-primus lock, it won’t work. The Primus keyway is protected until 2007 by US patent #4,756,177. The Primus XP which is another generation of Primus is a slight modification of the initial design and is protected under US 7,159,424 until 2024.
Everest 29: The Everest 29 keyway provides the highest form of restricted key system security. It is made by Schlage through patent protection of the keyway design. It is also protected by a patent key system to prevent key duplication and also help the facility manager to maintain key control.
Everest: The design of this keyway features a patented under groove which helps to protect utility patents.
Schlage Classic: This hardware keyway is common among residents, and it competes directly with the Kwikset, KW1 which can also be called 35-100C.
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