Broken Key Extractor
What Is a Broken Key Extractor?
This is a tool that helps remove a broken piece of a key left inside a lock. To free a piece, these extractor tools come in different shapes and sizes. The most common forms are the hook and harpoon types. The reason why these tools have different types is because there are many lock configurations to consider.
The biggest problem you’ve got when it comes to a broken key in your lock isn’t the keys themselves; the real issue is that snapped keys in locks are held in place because of the springs inside the lock itself. These springs push the pins down into place, holding the key set into place and preventing you from pulling it out under normal circumstances.
This means you’ll need a specialized extractor tool to push these pins back up so you can drag the broken key or another type of obstruction out into the light. In this case, broken key extractors are exactly what the doctor ordered.