The Corbin Lock Company was established to produce specialty locks for such items as: Time Clocks, Trunks, Briefcases, Money Receptacles, etc. Previously, the company had been called the American Hardware Company but officially changed to the Corbin Lock company in 1882.
First purchased by the Emhart Corporation, then later by Black & Decker, the Corbin company had expanded their product line to inlcude many lock types. In the 1960's Black & Decker found itself in possesion of two lock companies, with Russwin being the other company. Wanting to avoid an overlap in product lines, Black & Decker merged the two companies to become Corbin Russwin.
The decision was made to have the new company focus on locks for both homes and businesses. Soon, the company dropped the home market completely and focused entirely on the commercial market. Today, the Corbin Russwin company still focuses on the commercial market but recently began offering a few heavy duty residential models as well.
Old Corbin cabinet locks can still be found by visiting antique hardware stores that have popped up in every major city. Russwin residential door locks are available at these outlets as well. Although the factory stopped making parts for these locks in the 1960's, many are still in usable condition and can be restored to new condition.