key duplication in Rishikesh?

#1 Feb 13th, 2019, 21:49
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Dublin, IE
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I have to copy an ordinary, flat door lock key (not a mortise, no 3D dimples or special features), like in the machines ubiquitous in the West at hardware stores & DIY shops. I walked the length of the main market in Rishikesh trying to explain what key copying was & got sent around in circles. Definitely no sign or sound of those key grinding lathes.

Anyone else successful at making a key copy, with a recommendation of a particular shop, or even a type of shop to look for? It's not a silly or lazy question: today I asked a property agent here (fluent in English) how he would copy a key for one of his apartments and he genuinely had no idea.
#2 Feb 13th, 2019, 22:00
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Chennai, India
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You are a long, long way away from my city, but the story of how I first got a key cut in India might apply.

People had directed and pointed me to the key cutter. I walked up and down the street a couple of times. I asked again. Somebody pointed down to the man himself. Down to the man himself. I had been looking at shops, over his head: he was working on the pavement.

Otherwise, look for a lock shop! Might be called a hardware store. Don't know exactly what it would be in the local language there... even in English! But there must be shops that sell builders' stuff.
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#3 Feb 13th, 2019, 22:09
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See if the below helps. Seems to be a specialist of vehicle keys.

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#4 Feb 13th, 2019, 22:09
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I had been looking at shops, over his head: he was working on the pavement.
rphair, that is exactly where you look, no matter in which part of India you are. There are no grinding lathes, it is just a man with small tools and plenty of keys spread in front of him.
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#5 Feb 14th, 2019, 16:44
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ask for the "duplicate chaabi waala", ch as in choke

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