To those who do not know of the history of the Pak-A-Punch... that tool was the brainchild of Ricky Lee King (and his collaborator Rob Robinson, both from Richmond, VA) who was the main individual behind A-1 Security Manufacturing. With multiple patents to his name, his contribution to the locksmithing world was immense. A-1 Manufacturing has been allegedly embroiled in a legal dipute for many years and their line of products has sadly been off the market for some time.
A number of improvised and ersatz hacks to replace it have been kludged together in the past, but here at Red Team Tools we wanted to offer something a bit more robust and functional than what's been put out there in the past. None of us could likely ever replace the Pak-A-Punch, but this small set of guides that attach to the Lishi Key Cutter helps us come close, perhaps!
By attaching these printed guide blocks to the front end of a pair of Lishi Key Nipper Pliers (also sold here on Red Team Tools) you can make calibrated cuts to your key blade at the proper manufacturer bitting depths for Schlage systems. (It is nearly impossible to make an accurate 0-depth cut on a key blade using Lishi Nippers so we recommend that users start with 0-bitted, pre-scored key blanks during this process. Such keys will also help to ensure that your cuts are made at the proper position laterally along the blade.)
Additional description and demonstration of the use of these Key Cutter Guides can be seen in this video here...
Many thanks to Tony Virelli for his help with bringing this design to life and getting the first prints made while we tested and refined this product!
NOTE - There are many products which are similar to the classic orange-handled Lishi key cutting pliers. Some are even falsely sold under the Lishi brand name by other sites, including on Amazon. Red Team Tools cannot guarantee that our Key Cutter Guides will properly function if you are not using genuine Lishi pliers. We aren't saying you have to source such pliers from us, but we are saying that it might not work if you try to use our guides with a non-genuine pair.
pretty darn good
I finally ordered and got the time to break in my cutting guide. I liked it. My first key I cut was a success. I am going to enjoy cutting keys now thank you for such a user friendly jig. Thank you