Keyway Reference Guide
HOW TO DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OF KEY YOU NEED
There are several different ways to determine which type of keyway is best for you. You can confirm your keyway and key type using one or more of the following methods. And if none of the following methods work, the easiest thing to do is venture on over to the closest Home Depot or Lowes and get a professional's opinion! They'll be able to take one quick look and let you know what keyway you have!
PLEASE GO THROUGH ALL THREE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS. BASING YOUR DECISION ON A SINGLE METHOD IS NOT ALWAYS CONCLUSIVE. FOR KEYS THAT HAVE A SHAPE DIFFERENT THAN THE SHAPES SHOWN IN METHOD #1, WE RECOMMEND FOLLOWING METHOD #3 CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE YOUR KEY WAY!
METHOD ONE - THE SHAPE OF YOUR KEY
Often times, you can figure out what type of your you need just by looking at the "head" of your key. The first thing you'll want to do is look at the head or base of the key (the actual leverage you use to turn your key in your lock). Kwikset keys are generally more round, with three holes (or one) at the top of the head. Schlage keys are generally more rough at the top, with a blocky or edgy appearance. While these shapes can vary, this is the first thing we recommend checking. Use the image to the left as a reference.
NOTE: Some keys may have heads that look similar to one of the images to the left. That does not necessarily mean your key is either a Kwikset or Schlage key.
METHOD TWO - THE ENGRAVING OF YOUR KEY
A lot of times, your key can be identified by the engravings in the head of the key. These engravings are usually a code, such as KW1 or SC1. Sometimes, the brand of your key is also written on the head of the key.
For our Kwikset key type, any of the following codes may be engraved: KW1, KW10, 66, 6, 65, 5
For our Schlage key type, any of the following codes may be engraved: SC1, 68, C
NOTE: If your key has a different code, it's likely that our keys are not compatible with your lock. The only exception is WR5 & WR2. For instructions on this, see the section "Using Kwikset Keys in Your Weiser Lock" below!
METHOD THREE - THE GROOVES OF YOUR KEY
Be sure your key is placed down flat with the head at the top and the bottom tip of the key on the left, as seen in the picture to the left. If it is not placed correctly, you will order the wrong key. If placed incorrectly, simply flip the key over. If you are looking at the correct side of the key, a Kwikset key will have two grooves, or indents. The Schlage will have only one groove or indent. If yours is different entirely, it's likely that our keys are not compatible with your lock. Use the image to the left as reference.
NOTE: Some keys have similar grooves, but that does not mean your key is necessarily compatible. For example, the SC4 has similar grooves to our Schlage key, but they are not compatible. For this reason, it's important to use all three methods.
Currently, we only offer the Yale Y11 key in one design - The Hero's Sword. However, if you're located outside of the United States, and especially in the United Kingdom, it's possible that this is the type of key that you need. To determine whether you have a Yale key, use Method 1 & Method 2 above, along with the image to the right as a reference. Please note that the shape of the Yale Y11 looks similar to mailbox keys used throughout the United States & other countries. The Yale Y11 key is not compatible with mailbox locks, and refunds will not be given to those who buy this key as a mailbox key.
USING KWIKSET KEYS IN YOUR WEISER LOCK
Weiser keys (usually with an engraving of WR5 or WR3) can be duplicated using the Kwikset key type, though Kwikset keys cannot be used in a Weiser lock. However, we cannot guarantee a Kwikset key to work in your Weiser lock, and using this method may wear down your lock over time. For this reason, we do not offer refunds or exchanges for those who buy Kwikset keys to match your Weiser locks.
Want to learn more about using a Kwikset key way in your Weiser lock? Check out a detailed blog post here!