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  1. #1
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    Default Corbin skeleton keys-different series?

    Hi all, I'm searching for some keys for a friend; he is looking for Corbin Skeleton keys, specifically any in the Q series, which I know are already difficult to find. I came across some that are stamped with BQ and followed by numbers. This is the first time I've come across BQ, I was wondering are these there own series or part of the Q series? Sorry, I'm very unfamiliar with any of this. Thank you so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44ZipZip View Post
    Hi all, I'm searching for some keys for a friend; he is looking for Corbin Skeleton keys, specifically any in the Q series, which I know are already difficult to find. I came across some that are stamped with BQ and followed by numbers. This is the first time I've come across BQ, I was wondering are these there own series or part of the Q series? Sorry, I'm very unfamiliar with any of this. Thank you so much!
    See my post of 17-10-16 from the archives:
    http://www.antique-locks.com/showthr...-Skeleton-Keys

    Pete Schifferli



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pschiffe View Post
    See my post of 17-10-16 from the archives:
    http://www.antique-locks.com/showthr...-Skeleton-Keys

    Pete Schifferli


    I guess I'm still confused as to what the "B" means stamped on them before the "Q". The person selling them has no idea either. Bit, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44ZipZip View Post
    I guess I'm still confused as to what the "B" means stamped on them before the "Q". The person selling them has no idea either. Bit, maybe?
    I'm guessing BQ and Q are probably different series, but; maybe buy a couple and give them a try, perhaps BQ 4 = Q 4? The Q Series is very uncommon, but I have seen them. The P1- P12, R1 - R72, BQ1- BQ250 and BT1 - BT48 are the more common series of P & F Corbin bit keys, all of which were available as pre-cuts back in the day.

    Pete Schifferli

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    Default Corbin pre-cuts

    IIRC the BQ series locks utilized more levers than the Q series.

    I still have quite a few of the Corbin original precut bit keys.

    I also have the S series which is not shown.

    DH
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    Default Looking for q 15 key

    Quote Originally Posted by David Hovey View Post
    IIRC the BQ series locks utilized more levers than the Q series.

    I still have quite a few of the Corbin original precut bit keys.

    I also have the S series which is not shown.

    DH
    David,

    Realize Im posting to an old thread but I saw the Q series key in your pictures. Do you have any Q15 keys? The stamp on my lock is a little off, could also be a Q / 5.

    thanks in advance!

    PC

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    See attached for stamping on plate of Q15 key type. Became much easier fitting keys to locks once I figure that stamps were numbering lock in the house but type of key for the lock. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC7060 View Post
    See attached for stamping on plate of Q15 key type. Became much easier fitting keys to locks once I figure that stamps were numbering lock in the house but type of key for the lock. :D
    No disrespect intended, but that part of the lock is properly known as the front.
    front n. the portion of a lock which provides the means of mounting the locking device to the edge of the door*

    *from LIST Council Professional Locksmith Dictionary

    Pete Schifferli


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    Default bit keys

    Quote Originally Posted by PC7060 View Post
    David,

    Realize Im posting to an old thread but I saw the Q series key in your pictures. Do you have any Q15 keys? The stamp on my lock is a little off, could also be a Q / 5.

    thanks in advance!

    PC

    I have Q1 thru Q12 and I don't know what the code range was. I do know that this seems to be the rarest code series of them all.

    DH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pschiffe View Post
    No disrespect intended, but that part of the lock is properly known as the front.
    front n. the portion of a lock which provides the means of mounting the locking device to the edge of the door*

    *from LIST Council Professional Locksmith Dictionary

    Pete Schifferli

    Thanks for the information, Pete!

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