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I have a bunch of antique equipment in cabinets. Many of them have locks like pic related but are missing the keys.

What is the proper name for a flat metal key like this?

Bonus question: Any good tutorials on making new keys to fit the locks?
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half mortise cabinet lock
no special name for the key - it's a key
keys would be difficult to make unless the lock can be disassembled
if lock comes apart you can determine how to cut the key to match
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>>1022830
>if lock comes apart

I was hoping not to take them apart. They are riveted (or peened) together and I'm afraid one dissassebly might be the end of the lock.

A few boards have suggested making a flat key blank, sticking it in and wiggling it to get the internal warding (I think it's called) to mark the blank. Problem is: The keys are steel and the locks are brass. So there are not clear marks left.
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>>1022846
Paint/color the key blank before wiggling?
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Try to fill the hole silicone
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>>1022849
>>1022846

Soot from a lighter flame works well sometimes.
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>>1022846
>>1022910
Yeah, if it is a warded lock that should work.
Make sure the soot layer is quite thick.
Some people recommend using molten wax, but other people sat that's highly unprofessional.
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>>1023265
If it needs to be thick try a candle flame instead, the cheap dollar store ones are best. I'm thinking paraffin smokes better than real beeswax?
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I just got rid of an old dresser i got from my grandparents from our cabin that had locks on each drawer. At first i thought they were just decorative but they weren't. I had it in my garage storing random crap but i needed the space. I had no key for it but now im thinking i shoulda messed around with it. Bummer.
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