The 5 Major Lock Profiles Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Mar 01, 2021, 10:33am EST (Info+)

Locks are used everywhere, but they are not all the same, sometimes for no other reason than geography.

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The variation complicates the most basic access control designs. Inside, we compare the 5 common types used worldwide and address their respective pros and cons for each:

  • Euro
  • Oval
  • KIK/ Knob Lock
  • Interchangeable Core
  • Mortise Profile

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* '**** *******' ********* *** ***** shape ** *** **** ******** ** the ****** **** ******* * ********** key.

**** *** *****, *** ****** ** profiles *** ****** ************ **** ** five ***** *****, ***** ** *** image *****:

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** **** *****, ********* ** *** biggest ************ ****** *** ***********. *** example, '****(****) *******' ***** *** ****** never ***** ** ***** ******** ***** KIK **** ** ******* ********* *** predominantly ****.

** ***** *****, ******* ******** **** functional ********** **** *** ** ******, and ******** ** ***** ******** ** work **** ***** ****, ** ******** a **** ** * ******** *** of ******* ** **** **** ***** noting *** ** ***** ******** *****.

Mechanical ***** ****** ********** ******

************ ** ********** ****** *******, ********* must ** **** ** *** ********** locks.

**** *** ********* ** '*****-*****' **** systems *** ******** ********* **********, *****, *** ***** ******** *****, ********* must ** ********* **** ***** **** existing ****** ******* *** **** *****. This ******** **** ********** ******-******* ***** to ********** **********-**** ********** **** **** locks.

*** ***** ***** ***** ***** ****** examples ** ***** '**** ****' ****** control *** '*** ****' ********** **** profiles ********:

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*** **** ** **************** *** ***** from *********** ******** ******** ** ********** a ******** **** ****-*** **** *** work.

Major **** ******* *****

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******** ********** ****** ** * '******** profile' ** **** ***** **** *** years ***. ** *******, *************** ***** make ************* *** ********* ***** ******, and *** '**** ******* ****' ****** the ***** **** *** * ********** of ******* ******* *****.

* *** ********* ** **** *** sold ** '**** ********' ************** - or ******, ** **** ** **** with * *** **** **** *** inside *** ******* ** ** ******* - ** *********** ********* ******* ** North *******.

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  • ****: **** **** *** ****, ****** doors ****** ** ******, **** ****** to ******** *******. '******' *** ******* internals.
  • ****: *** **** ******* *** ** easily ******, *** ****** ***** *** not ** **** ****** ** ***** support *** **** ****.

******, *** ******** **** ***** ***** Euro ***** *** ** ******** **** common ********* ** *******. *** ***** below ***** ** *******:

** * ******, **** ******-***, ****** security **** ***** *** ***** **** 'anti-snapping' ******, ***** *** **** *** still ** ********** ** ********, *** defeating ** ** ****** ** **** broken ** ********* ** ******** ******* bars ** ***** ****** **** ****** in *****.

**** *******

**** ******* ** * ********* ** the **** ******* *** *** ******* use ** *. *******. ******* *** profile ** *****, *** **** ** not ** ******* ** ******* *** larger **** *** ** **** ******, lowering *** ************* **** ******** ** European ********.

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  • ****: *** ****** ******* ***** *** oval ******* **** ********* ** ***** and ******.
  • ****: *******, *** *** ** ****** pins ***** **** ***** ****** ** pick **** ***** *****.

*** *****/ **** *****

****** *** '*** ** ****' ********, this ******* ** ****** ** ****** commercial ***** **** *** *********** **** locks. ***** *** '****', ** *** part *** *** ******* **** *** be *** **** ******** ** ***** lock ********, *** **** ** *** lock ** ***** ***** *** ****.

** *** ***** *** *** ********* into ******* ** **** *** ********** by *****, **** *** **** ********** to ***** ****** ***.

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  • ****: **** ******* ******* ******** *** nearly ***** ************** ******** ************ ******* *** *******.
  • ****: **** ** ********* ** * surface-mounted ****** ** ****, ********* ********* complex ******** (**********) *********** **** *******. ******* **** to ****** ***** *** ** ********* as * ******.

*************** **** (**)

**** **** ** **** ** ****** for *** ******* ** '**********' ******* ** *** *****.** ***** **** * ********* ****(**** ********* **** * ******* ***) that **** **** ***** ******* **** cylinders.

** * ******** ***** ******** ****, **** ****** *** **** cores, *********** ******** *** **** **** to **** *** ****.

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*** ****** ******* ** **********'** ****' ***** ******* *** ** commonly **** ** '****** ***' ******* to ******** ***** *********.

  • ****: ***** *** ***** ********* ** locks. "********* *****" *** ** ********* that ***** ************/******** ***** ******, *** then ******* ** **** ********** ** non-locksmiths.
  • ****: ************* ********** ** **** *** locks *** ******** **** ***** ** locks ** ***** *******, ** **** big ******** ** *** ********** *** result. *** ** ****, ** ***** cannot ** ********* ** *** *****.

******* *******

****** *** **** **** *** '**************' ***** ** ***** *** *********, this ******* ** *************'********' ******** ******* *** ** **** in **** ********* ***** ** ******* hardware.

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  • ****: ******** ******* ** ******** ********* into * ****,*** ** * *********** ***** ** metal **** ****** ** *******/****** **** the '**** *******'.
  • ****: ******* ** ***** *********** ****, mortise ***** ****** *** ***** **** and ************. *** ****** **** **** ******** more **** ***** ** ***********, ********* in ****** ******** *****.

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*** **** ** ***** ********************, ********* ** ************ *********, ******** features, *** ********. *******, *** *** 'high ********' ***** ********* **** $** or ****, ***** ***-******** ****-******** ***** often **** **** **** $**.

**** **** ** ****** ******** ***** on *****, ****** ************, ****** *** system *************, *** ************ *********, **** machined ***** ** ***** ****** ****** a ****** ********** **** **** ****-******** stamped ***** ** *****-*********-****** *********.

**** &**********

*** ** *** **** ********* ******** of * **** ** *** '***' or '*********'. **** ***** ** ***** turns **** *** **** ******** **** a *** ** ******** *** ****** as *** ******** ********* ******* *** lock ******** *** *** *******.

***** ******* **** ** ***** ******* ****/********* **** *****, **** * few ******** ***** *****:

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***** ***** ******* ********* ** ********* (dimensionally, ******, ***** *************) *** *** varies ******* **** *****. ******** **** companies *** **** ************ ** *** or * *** ****, *** *********** variations *** ***** ******* **** *****. *******, ****************************** **** ****** *** ****** ***/********* with *** *******, *** **** ******* may **** ** ** ********* **** a **** ******** *************.

********** ** **** ******* ****, **** cam ** ********* ** ********* ******* with ***** ****** **** *** **** of *** ****.

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** ****** *** ******** * ********** lock ****** ** **, ** **** always ** ********** ** **********. **** locks *** **** ********** ** *********** vulnerable **** ******, *** ***** ****** time *** ***********, *** **** *** be ******.

'********', ** ****** '******* ***************' ** one ****** ** *** *** **** profiles ********* ***** **** ****** '*********'. These ********** ******** **** ***** ******** to ** ********* ******* ********* ** attack ******** ** ***** **** ********** designs.

*******, *** ****** ***** **** **** even ***** '**** ** *****' ******** can ** ********* **** ****.

**** ********

**** ************* ******* ********* ** '**** profile' *****, *** *** **** ** used ******* **** '*** *****' ** they *** *** ************ **********:

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**** ************* ******* ** ***** **** of **** ******** **** *****; *** 'Pin *******' ****. ***** **** ************* exists, ** ******* * ****** ******* of **** ******** ********, *** ***** intruders ***** **** ****** ******* ** illicit ****** ****** **** *** ****-******* bumping ** *****:

*** **** ** **** *************, *** our**** *** **********.

Electronic ****** ******

*** ******* ** *** ********** **** is *** ****** * ****** ** selecting *** ********, *** *** **** systems ** ** ********. *** * system ***** ******** ******* ************ ****** * ****, *** ********** lock ******* ** ******* **********. *******, for '*****-*****' ***** **** ******* ** retrofit *** *************, *** ******* ** * **** differentiator.

**** ***** ********** ****** *******, ******* different ******* ********:

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***** ***** ***** **** *** ***** separate ***** *** *** *** ***************. Unless *** ******** ** ********** *********** which ******* ** ******, ** ****** system *** ** ********* **** ** unusable.

***** ***** *** *********** *** **** units, **** *** **** ********** ***** which **** ** **** ******* **** use, **** **** '***/**** *****' ***** called '*********** *****'.

** ** ***-**** *** * ********** keying ****** ** ***, ******** *** same **** ** **** ** *** units **** ******* ********** *** ********* issues.

Other **** ******

**** *** * ****** ** ****** specifically ********** ********** ******** *** *********** to ********** ****** *******. ***** **-***** guides *******:

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******* ***** ******* *********** ***** ** several *******. ***** ** *** ** hard ** **** * ********** ***, the ********* **** ** **** * mortise **** ** **** ***** **** what ** ****** *** ***********/*** *****.

*** *******, ******* ***** *** ******** from *** ***** **** **** ***** any ****** ******** ***** **** *** spit ***. *** *** *** ***** uses * ******** ********* ******* (**** that *********** ****** ** *** ****) that ***** **** *****/******* ************* ********* to *********.

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*******, *** *** ******** ***-***********? *** instance ** **** ** *************** ******** ******* *******?

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*** ******** ** **** ** *************** core**** ******* *******?

***, ** **. *** ******* ** a ******* ******* *** ********* *******, and **** ** **** ****** '***' so *** ******* *** ** *********. But ** ******* ** *** **** common ********/***** ****.

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*** "***" ***'* * ******* ******** with ** *******. **'* ********** *********. Granted **** **'* ********* ** *** door *** *** *** *** ** the **** **** **** *** ****. But **** ** ***** ** ****.

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*'** **** ** ***** **** ******** the ***, *** ********** *** *********. The ******* ** * ******* ******* it **** ***** **** ** * rim, * **** *****.

**'* ********** *********.

********. ** **** *****, **** *** assembled ***** *** **** ******, **** variations ** *** **** ******* *** tailpieces. *** ******** ** *** **** body *** *** **** ***** *** key ** ******** ** ** *********.

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*** ******** ** *** ****. **** likely **** *** *** **** ****** cap ** *** *****. *** **** is ** *** *** ******* ********** in *************.

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*** ** *** **** ****** ***** about *** *** ********* **** ** manufacturing. **'* ****** ***** ***********, ************, and *******. **** ** ***** ** those **** *** ********** *********.

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******* ***** ****** ** **** ** rim, ** **** *****, *** **** is ** ********* ******.

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**** *******. *********** *** **** ******/*******. Thank ***.

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