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Top 10 Metal Key Blanks In The USA! | Locksmithing 101

Get the trend and learn the ten most popular non-automotive metal headed keys in the USA for 2020. This data comes between a collection of our data, as well as an extensive key blank manufacturer. If you're a veteran in this industry and think you know what the ten are, I would encourage you to write down the ten keys and then compare them to what I have here.

Now, if you're new to the industry, there's a lot of key blanks. It's probably overwhelming for you. Some are offered in bulk. Are those the most popular? Well, you're at the right place because, in this blog, I'm going to answer that question today with the top 10 key blanks.


10 - Kwikset KW10 Key

If you're not too familiar with the KW10, it is the six-pin version of the KW1 key found on residential locks across America. Now, if you're like me, you're probably wondering what number 11 is? And number 11 is the CO106 mailbox key. So that's a little freebie for you. I figure out to throw that in there.

 Kwikset KW10 Key

9 - Arrow AR1 Key

This residential arrow key is widespread in some country regions and not too familiar in other areas. Look at the head of the key is a great way to help you identify this one.

 Arrow AR1 Key

8 - Segal SE1 Key

In some areas, it is prevalent; in other areas, not so much. However, it's essential to know, and it did make the top 10 list.

Segal SE1 Key

7 -  Yale Y11 Key

This key is super popular. Everything uses it, almost boats, cam locks, file cabinets, golf carts, you name it. This key is used all over the place. It's a good one to keep on yourself.

 Yale Y11 Key

6 - Yale Y1 Key

The Yale Y1 key is very popular in the kind of light commercial, light industrial type application. I've personally encountered it the most on mortise cylinders on the storefront doors like the aluminum-style items right storefront doors. That's the key you need if you do a lot of light commercial type of work. The Y1 is what you're going to find pretty often.

 Yale Y1 Key

5 - Schlage SC4 Key

An SC4 key is a six-pin Schlage C keyway. This key is essentially used in all imported, non-branded, commercial hardware, deadbolt snobs, and lever. Super popular. One of the reasons for that is that it has six pins that make it easier to give you more opportunities to master keys.

 Schlage SC4 Key

4 - Weiser WR5 Key

I'm a bit surprised that this one is so high up on the list volume-wise, but Weiser had massive domination in this industry for years.

 Weiser WR5 Key

3 - Master Padlock M1 Key

It's super popular, and it's tough to find a basic padlock that doesn't use the M1 key. So whether or not you do a lot of commercial or residential, having the M1 key on your shelf is a 100% must.

 Master Padlock M1 Key

2 - Schlage SC1 Key

It shouldn't come as a surprise to any of us, and in your particular area, it could be number one but nationwide, this key comes in as number two. It's everywhere. The Schlage SC1, you're going to find it on Schlage locks. You’re going to find it on all sorts of different imported locks. It's a trendy one, and you should have plenty of these in stock.

 Schlage SC1 Key

1 -  Kwikset KW1 Key

Of course, you're going to find them on all residential Kwikset locks. However, almost every generic brand coming in and being sold in the USA also uses the KW1 key on their grade 3 residential locks. So it goes without saying that you want to keep plenty of these in stock.

 Kwikset KW1 Key

And there you have it, The top 10 non-automotive metal-headed keys in the USA. For those of you who wrote down the list before I announced them, I'd love to know how you did. Did you nail all 10? Which ones got you sidetracked, or which ones did you think would make it into the list that didn't? Let me know in the comments below.

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