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The BEST door hardware company started in 1919 when an industrial arts teacher found a solution to deal with lost keys at his school. The new figure-8 system allowed him to simply change the key core of a lock without having to rekey it. This innovation did more than just save time, it led to a patent, a revolution in masterkey technology, and the founding of a great American door hardware company – BEST.

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The search for better makes us BEST

BEST was created with the invention of the world’s first small format interchangeable core, and it’s that same spirit of innovation that drives us today. We continually strive to set the standard for door hardware by outperforming expectations and constantly investing in new ways to provide the security, reliability and compatibility that makes us BEST.

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