If you aren’t familiar with any famous locksmiths, it’s no surprise. Many locksmiths prefer to keep a low profile except to gain a reputable business. There are famous locksmiths within the locksmith community who are well-known for their skills as lock pickers and dominate the hobby. But as for the famous locksmiths who take their profession more seriously, little is put in the public eye.
The Double Tumbler Lock 1778
Robert Barron from England, improved security of the lock with the invention of the double tumbler lock in 1778. He created a masterpiece to establish the standard of lock security. No electricity. No internet. He combined skill and imagination as he created this marvel of technology for his time with his hands.
The Detector Lock 1818
Jeremiah Chubb worked out of his shop in London, England while he developed his detector lock which earned him a patent in 1818. This particular lock had six levers and won him a monetary award.
Locks were made from wood long, long ago. They have amazed, confounded, and frustrated people over the years. They have made some people and companies rich (the inventors and manufacturers) and made others secure. No longer made from metal, these mechanical contraptions have come a long way over the years.
The Locksmith You are sure to know
One famous locksmith known for other talents was Houdini. He was a magician who thrived on escape tactics. The escape tactics depend on locks of some form or fashion. Houdini was an expert lockpicker who captivated audiences with his skills.