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 key 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 below as a reference.
METHOD TWO - THE ENGRAVING OF YOUR KEY
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
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, go through all three methods above. If your key doesn't match either Kwikset of Schlage keys, then see if it matches the key in the image below.
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.