What’s your deadbolt made of?

Not all deadbolts are the same. We compared three deadbolts – one made by Kwikset, one by Schlage, and one by Arrow. Before disassembling the deadbolt assemblies, we weighed each. The Kwikset came in at 3.2 ounces, the Schlage at 3.7 ounces, and the Arrow at 4.8 ounces. The bolt assemblies are not designed to be disassembled or repaired – in case of a failure, the whole assembly is replaced – but we did anyway.

Arrow and Kwikset deadbolt assemblies

Arrow (top) and Kwikset (bottom)

Schlage deadbolt assembly

Schlage deadbolt assembly

Kwikset deadbolt assembly parts

Kwikset deadbolt assembly disassembled

Arrow deadbolt assembly

Arrow deadbolt assembly disassembled

Schlage deadbolt assembly

Schlage deadbolt assembly disassembled










The Kwikset and Schlage assemblies were readily taken apart within a minute each by prying with a screwdriver. The Arrow assembly took some effort…and a hammer.

Arrow, Kwikset, Schlage bolts

Arrow, Kwikset, and Schlage bolts

Arrow, Kwikset, Schlage bolts side

Arrow, Kwikset, and Schlage bolts - side view










When viewed from the unexposed ends of the actual bolts (picture on the left), you can see that the Kwikset bolt (center) has a large square cavity – it is virtually hollow. The Arrow (left) and Schlage (right) bolts have holes in the center of the bolt containing hardened pins that make it very difficult to saw through the bolt. The photo on the right shows the slightly taller profile of the Arrow bolt. When just the actual bolt from each assembly was weighed, the Arrow bolt came in at 2.6 ounces, the Kwikset at 1.5 ounces, and the Schlage at 1.9 ounces.

In our view, the construction of the Arrow deadbolt is far superior to the others in quality and construction. That is why Altic Lock Service is proud to carry and recommend Arrow locks and door hardware.


About indylocksmith

Owner of Altic Lock Service. Certified locksmith. Managing Director of the Society of Professional Locksmiths.

Posted on February 6, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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