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Help me choose some blanks to buy



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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:24 pm

Re: Help me choose some blanks to buy

femurat wrote:Now that you mention it, the keys were listed as brass but probably aren't. These are all chrome plated so I doubt it's brass. How can I be sure?

File it and look at the shavings. Sometimes they plate brass blanks. The first couple strokes will take off the plating, then you can see the core metal underneath.

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Post Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:17 am

Re: Help me choose some blanks to buy

I'm wondering if there's a foolproof way to tell if it's brass or nickel silver, apart from the color.
I remember that when I filed the key the color was less yellow than brass, it looked more whitish. But I'm not sure because I wasn't paying attention to that.
Here is a picture of one of the keys I got. They all look the same. http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q67 ... cyyjt9.jpg

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