What is a Locksmith?
Not a day goes by where someone in the Minneapolis area, and of course beyond, wonder about the way things work, what someone does for a living and how they perform their tasks and what something means.
With that said, the question has been posed more often than one might think, "What exactly is a locksmith?" and this article will attempt to answer that for those of you here in Minneapolis and elsewhere who are curious about the skilled laborer that is The Locksmith.
Since it is assumed that most have a basic but fine understanding of what a lock is, let's find out what a smith is. The dictionary defines a smith as someone who is "a worker in metals", and of course by adding a person who shapes and constructs metal keys and locks we get locksmith, which the dictionary defines as "a person who makes or repairs locks".
It is said that a locksmith, or rather locksmithing, began as the science of constructing and deconstructing (or defeating) locks. Locks and their functions are quite popular and used in every facet of life and on virtually everything that is meant for storage, housing, working and more. With the oldest known lock being dated to more than 4000 years ago this science has been in effect for security for quite some time and enjoys enormous popularity to this day. The use of locks and their intricacies from the very beginnings to today have always had a very simple solution, if you have the key or the code (and in today's advanced world of protection the fingerprint(s), handprint or eye) or the know how of a professional you have the ability to gain access to whatever is behind the locked door.
Now we move on to some of the various tasks that are oft performed by the locksmith. Of course the usual lock and key issues with vehicles and homes arise more often than not the locksmith here in Minneapolis and every other city is a relied on and expertly skilled worker for home and business security, with the know how to install and service, and in some cases even defeat every type of lock imaginable. From tumblers and pins, recreating brand new keys, to electronic locks and safety doors the locksmith will have spent years developing and honing their skills in order to bring the desired result, and when security is involved, this is a comfort for all.
While locksmith can be specialized in one area, such as home, business, auto locksmiths, etc. also work out of a store where they fix/repair locks, make and recreate new keys and other commercial applications, be mobile in order to come to the customer for any security need they have regarding locks and keys, be employed by a company for their specialty services or even work in law enforcement for various situations including forensic locksmithing. Most locksmiths you will meet have years of training and experience with a myriad of situations.
Locksmiths have spent years learning their trade to help and also to know how things work, as well, so they are in essence, just as curious as you and me.