dicey wrote:Oldfast, since you seem to know a lot about American Lock.
LOL... well, I dunno if I'd say that
! Much better at pickin' em' than diggin' up history.
dicey wrote:Can you maybe tell me in what series American or Junkunc did the milled in craters in their shackles instead of the cut outs?
Do you know if that feature is mentioned in any patend? (It is not being shown in the patents I have here)
First off, my apologies Adrian... as I recall you inquired about
this sometime ago, and I don't believe I ever responded!
When writing the article about a year ago, I could've swore I remember finding a patent Junkunc held
in regards to the double ball locking. However, as I look around now... I see only a few patents... one
of which is for the double-sided wafer lock. The fact that YOU
cannot find a patent pertaining to the
ball bearings makes me doubt myself even more. So I guess at this time I cannot honestly say that the
idea was patented or even if it originated with this company. Maybe someone else will chime in?
As to when the "milled in craters
" were used as opposed to the more modern day "cut outs
I unfortunately seem to be of no use to you yet again, lol. I can tell you, as I look through all the
American locks I have... only one has this older style shackle like yours does (pictured at the
beginning of this article
). Also, I don't believe they even used the 'series' system, or date codes
for their locks at that point... making it difficult to put an age to them. I did email them, but
I'm not expecting much of a response (if any). But I'll certainly
let you know if I hear back.