Keychains

Screwpop Tether

When it comes to inexpensive yet effective keychain solutions for EDC, few do it better than Screwpop. From compact carriers to tiny tools, their products solve problems you didn't even know you had. Their latest release, the Tether, takes on the task of managing a common EDC issue—your keys. It's a minimal, but expandable way to stack and store all your keys, while adding a hardy bit of functionality, too.

The Tether's system is simple: two 6061-T6 anodized aluminum plates are held together by up to 4 sizes of O-rings, anchored to nubs riveted onto each plate. This allows you to carry as many as 24 keys in a stack, folding out Swiss Army Knife-style similar to other key organizers. The Tether also comes with a compact stainless steel bottle opener, sized to sit alongside your keys, ready to pop a cold one at a moment's notice.

As with other Screwpop products, the Tether is meant to be carried, and it pulls this off with an included keyring attachment. The aluminum plates measure only 3.25”, barely the length of the two stacks of keys they hold, and the Tether's entire kit weights under an ounce, making it a very pocket-friendly package.

Screwpop continues their pursuit of pocket essentials that are affordable in price and in space. Pick up their new Tether from Amazon at the link below.

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Ultralink Gear Retention System

"A truly unique alternative to using carabiners to carry small items. The UltraLink is a quick-release belt clip perfect for keyrings and other small EDC gear. It’s made from titanium and aluminum, and holds securely thanks to..." (via TheAwesomer)

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MecArmy EH3 EDC Carabiner

If you're going to be carrying keys anyway, you might as well make the most of your keychain setup. The quick and easy way to maximize the utility of your keychain is with a multi-functional carabiner. MecArmy's EH3 is one of the newest EDC-focused carabiners on the market. Its solid feature set, premium materials, and EDC-oriented design make it a compelling piece of kit on its own or as the missing link to complement the rest of your keychain carry.

To give the EH3 the strength needed for its tools without weighing it down, it's CNC-machined out of C4 titanium. Its impressive strength to weight ratio gives it durability you'd want on a tool that's carrying something as important as your keys and backup gear. A barely-there weight of 0.645 ounces and a 2.84 inch total length makes it effortless to carry, especially if you prefer a back pocket tuck for the added security and reduced noise of a jingly keychain.

When it's not being used to carry keys, it can handle a surprising amount of everyday tasks. At the business end is a pry bar that can also work as a screwdriver and a nail lifter in a pinch. Moving up, there's a slot for a keyring or cordage, as well as a bottle opener built-in to the spring gate section. Last but not least, a multi-size hex wrench makes quick work of nuts and bolts. If you're looking for a simple keychain that does more than carry your keys, the EH3 might do the trick. Check it out in closer detail at the link below.

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Dango Loop Hook and Wall Mount System

Just like how suspension hooks for your keys keep them within reach and within sight, Dango's Utility Hook system is a useful companion for larger essentials like your bag, headphones, or jacket. After all, even if your gear is as tough as nails, a little extra protection from getting toppled and knocked around on the ground won't hurt, especially when you're hauling around expensive essentials. The Dango Loop Hook is a machined aluminum tool that counterbalances your gear off the side of a table, counter, or other flat surface for a hands-free way to keep your gear in place while you're on the move. For something so seemingly simple in its function, it's executed with thoughtful details that set it apart from ordinary hardware.

The Hook's top hook has a non-slip grip strip that keeps your bag firmly anchored to a surface. Instead of bent metal, the Hook is fully CNC-machined from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum for added strength and rigidity. There’s a hole in one end so you can mount it on a keychain, and its outer edge has a built-in cap lifter for popping open a cold one at the end of a long day of commuting. You can opt to keep the Hook on your bag via the machined strap slot too, making it even handier.

The Wall Mount is an an additional accessory that you can purchase along with the Loop Hook that effectively turns it into a 2-hook hanging system. The built-in cap lifter latches on to the mount, functioning as a standard wall hook for your jacket, bag, and more, decluttering your home or office without taking up a lot of extra space.

While good EDC gear should be able to take a lick or two, the Dango Hook helps prolong the life of your gear by removing the unnecessary wear and tear of plopping your bag on the ground. They make all of their goods in the USA from premium, EDC-ready materials. You can pick up the Loop Hook and Wall Mount in a variety of finishes and materials at the link below.

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Micro EDC Key Organizer

"From EDC specialist Slughaus comes the world’s smallest and lightest key organizer. The Micro lets you pack between 2 to 10 keys – more if you use an additional extender – along with a small multitool that has a bottle opener, flathead screwdriver and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Keyport Pivot and Slide 3.0 All-in-One Key Organizers

Thanks to different sizes, functions, and needs, keychains are often a nightmare to manage. It's both inefficient and unfortunate considering your keychain is one the most crucial items in your EDC. So when companies come along to improve the pitiful state of our pocket paraphernalia, it pays to give them a look. Keyport has been a leading player in the keychain organization game for over a decade, consistently innovating with every iteration. And with their latest modular products, the Pivot and the Slide 3.0, it's easier than ever to streamline your favorite pocket essentials.

The Keyport Pivot will be a familiar form factor for most EDCers. Your keys and other tools fold and flip out Swiss Army style from the Pivot's skeletonized aluminum chassis. The Pivot features a proprietary locking mechanism that clicks every 90 degrees, won't loosen over time, and allows you to set the optimal tension without the need for additional washers. Alongside your keys, Keyport compatible inserts include the popular MOCA 10-in-1 Multi-Tool, a ballpoint pen, and a range of USB flash drives in addition to several YubiKeys and the full spectrum of Stowaway Tools. While keys and inserts are enclosed within the Pivot's chassis, Keyport's unique modularity allows you to clip modules such as a Mini-Flashlight and a Pocketknife onto the exterior of the Pivot's chassis. More modules are on their way with Keyport’s Anywhere Tools due out in November. And with the Pivot itself weighing only 0.7 ounces, it's one of the most minimalist ways to turn your keychain into a fully customizable EDC multi-tool.

Now in its 3rd gen, Keyport's flagship product, the Keyport Slide 3.0 stands out as the only key organizer that provides quick, one-handed access to keys and tools with just the slide of a thumb. Keyport’s key Blades for the Slide, which feature a universal head and replace your current keys, significantly reduce the size and weight of traditional keys making the whole setup about the size of a box of Tic Tacs. Available in 4 or 6-port configurations, the Slide also accommodates the modular attachments in addition to keys and tools. If you've ever wanted a modern fob style keychain alternative that could fit in 007’s EDC arsenal, then the Slide 3.0 is the device for you.

Keyport's organizers don't just streamline your keys, they help keep tabs on them too. Both the Pivot and Slide 3.0 include a free 2-year subscription to KeyportID, an exclusive online lost & found service. Unlike Bluetooth locators, KeyportID works anywhere, anytime. It doesn’t require wifi, Bluetooth connectivity, or a mesh network, and it won't drain your phone's battery. Each device includes a unique serial number which, when registered, can be used to notify you directly through the online KeyportID interface and to coordinate your Keyport’s quick, safe, and anonymous return in the event it gets lost. Keyport even offers a Reward if Found to thank the finder on your behalf.

Unorganized keychain essentials and jangly keys need not plague your pockets. Build the perfect keychain replacement with Keyport's fully customizable systems available at the link below. Be sure to use discount code KEYDC for 15% OFF your order in the Keyport Store, good through Sunday, September 30th.

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Keyport Anywhere Tools

It's one thing to have the right tools for the job, but as EDCers it's important to also prepare for the unexpected. And for that, you need the right gear on you at all times. You can streamline your kit all you want, but you'd be hard pressed to find an easier way to carry an EDC's worth of functions than Keyport's system of Anywhere Tools. They're slim, light, and best of all, modular, letting you configure your setup with everything you need and nothing you don't all in a package small enough to clip to your pocket or bag with a removable clip or ride on your keychain. Whether you want to consolidate your keys and carry staple essentials like a knife and multi-tool or you want more modern conveniences like a charging cable and pocket lantern, there's a setup that's right for you.

Like any good EDC system, the Anywhere Tools cover most of your bases with 4 tool modules: the NEBA Knife, the MOCA II multi-tool, the Pocket Flare LED, and WeeLINK charging cable module. The NEBA is a slip joint knife with a 2.0” 8Cr13MoV clip point blade that deploys via nail nick. Since it's a smaller knife, it features thumb jimping on the spine of the blade for more precise control and a secure grip. The MOCA II 10-in-1 multi-tool is an impressive one-piece tool design featuring a 3D Philips head driver, flathead driver, bottle opener, box opener, rulers, bit driver, and multiple wrenches to instantly add utility to your carry without weighing you down. It keeps a low profile at just 1.8mm thin, but its 420SS stainless steel construction adds strength where it counts. The Pocket Flare LED brings 27 lumens to the table with a traditional forward-focused beam as well a diffuse, ambient lantern mode. It features a push button for easy operation and USB recharging for convenience. The WeeLINK charging cable can come in clutch for anyone who relies heavily on their tech, available in Lightning, USB-C, or micro USB connectors. Unlike regular cables, these are tangle-proof and durable thanks to their shorter length and TPU coated cables.

Since how you carry your gear is just as important as what you carry, Keyport developed the Anywhere Tools system with EDC in mind. They made the system modular without the need for added fasteners or small parts that can fail or get lost easily on tools of this size, letting you assemble and stack them together easily when you're on the go. They're compatible with Keyport's gamechanging key organizers like the Slide 3.0 and Pivot too. When combined with the Anywhere Pocket Clip and paracord pull, it's an especially convenient way to carry your main essentials. The system has more modules on the way and plenty of customizable side plates for endless configuration, so you're sure to find something that works for your day to day needs. Check out the whole system at the fully funded Indiegogo project below.

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The James Brand Mehlville Carabiner

When choosing gear to carry essentials as important as your keys, you want something that’s durable, lightweight, and above all, dependable. You might know The James Brand for making sleek knives with these very same qualities. With their new Mehlville carabiner, they're bringing what they do best to another staple in your EDC kit: your keychain. The Mehlville is a refreshing take on the standard carabiner with useful features and subtle design decisions that EDCers can appreciate.

The clip itself forms two compartments on the top and bottom of the carabiner so it’s easy to keep your gear organized. You’ll also find a stud opposite the gate that functions as a bottle opener. Both the gate pin and bottle opener stud are made from durable 304 stainless steel. The James Brand chose 6063 aluminum as the base material to keep the weight down while maintaining its strength. They’ve then anodized the surface to increase the scratch- and corrosion-resistance to help keep it look as good as it did from day one. Instead of using bent or molded metal, the Mehlville is actually machined from a solid block of aluminum. This process results not only in a sleek fit and finish, but also in a stronger tool overall without the seams or points of weakness you'd get from more common manufacturing methods.

If you’re looking for a stylish and sleek way to keep your keychain setup organized, the Mehlville is an excellent option from a trusted brand in the EDC community. You can add one to your key setup by picking one up at the link below!

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Slughaus Nanopen

Chances are you could benefit from a pen in your EDC. But if you only need to make quick notes or sign things every so often, dedicating precious pocket space to a full-sized pen might not be the best option. In that case, we'd recommend a keychain pen to keep your pockets free. The new Slughaus Nanopen fits the keychain role with an ultra compact, durable aluminum design and a tungsten carbide tip that doubles as a puncture tool for even more everyday utility.

The most striking quality of the Nanopen is its size. At 57mm long and weighing only 4.5 grams, the Nanopen stays true to its name. Combined with its lanyard-compatible keyring attachment point, the Nanopen offers so many ways to carry it so you'll never be without a pen. The most obvious way to go is on your keys, but you can also wear it on a necklace, use it as a zipper pull for a jacket or bag, or even carry it loose in your coin pocket or travel wallet.

To use the ballpoint pen, you simply unscrew the cap to detach the body. Because of its short length, it's best used for those unexpected moments during the day when you need to jot something down briefly. Aside from writing, the pen's tungsten carbide tip is strong enough to use as a puncture tool, giving you a TSA-friendly way to open boxes and packaging in a pinch. When you're all done, screwing it back into the cap creates a waterproof seal for EDC in all conditions.

You can secure a Nanopen for your keychain at the fully funded Kickstarter link below before the project ends in a little under 4 weeks.

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Handgrey KIN Titanium Key Hook

When it comes to making the most out of your keychain, it's all about the hook. Most keychain hooks, at best, do their job keeping your essentials close at hand. At worst, they're so poorly designed that they can damage your pockets or belt. For us EDCers, that simply won't do. So Handgrey put their years of experience and successful crowdfunded projects behind them to perfect the keychain hook with their latest product, the KIN. With its efficiency in its simplicity and metal that speaks for itself, the KIN doesn't just enhance your keychain's utility, but it elevates its aesthetic as well.

So how do you dress up something as simple as a hook? Titanium would be a good place to start. The EDCer's favorite metal offers unique properties that make it great for gear meant to be used every day, such as its strength in spite of its flexibility and its heavy resistance while remaining lightweight. That flexibility lends itself well to the functionality of KIN's Grade 5 titanium hook, since it's able to engage and disengage without ever losing its grip.

Handgrey also added a couple of thoughtful touches to the hook itself: a no-contact opening and slightly curved tip that ensures it doesn't rip your pockets to shreds over time, and a wide inner clearance for latching onto thicker objects. Since the hook rides deep, there are grooves on either side of the KIN that give proper purchase when pulling it from its attachment point. The keychain slot itself also shows off Handgrey's precision-cut ornamentation, slow-cut using EDM (electrical discharge machining) for precision even in the smallest spaces. While it doesn't add any functionality, it's something that will make onlookers do a double-take to see just how such tiny cuts are possible.

A simple hook with the right design goes a long way. The Handgrey KIN is already funded nearly six times over, with plenty of time for you to pledge for one of two styles and accessories at the link below.

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Dango Utility Hook System

Even if your EDC bag is as tough as nails, a little extra protection from getting toppled and knocked around on the ground doesn't hurt — especially when you're hauling an expensive laptop or camera. And just like how suspension hooks for your keys keep them within reach and within sight, Dango's Utility Hook system does the same for larger essentials like your bag, headphones, or jacket. It's a machined aluminum hook that counterbalances your gear off the side of a table, counter, or other flat surface for a hands-free way to keep your gear in place while you're between destinations. For something so seemingly simple in its function, it's executed with thoughtful details that set the Dango Loop Hook apart from any ordinary hardware.

The Hook's top hook has a non-slip grip strip that keeps your bag firmly anchored to a surface. Instead of bent metal, the Hook is fully CNC machined from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum for added strength and rigidity. There’s a hole in one end so you can mount it on a keychain. You can opt to keep the Hook on your bag via the machined strap slot too, making it even easier to keep handy. 

The Hook also slides into a wall-mounted dock to keep your home or office clutter-free. The piece that holds the dock in place even doubles as a bottle opener, making it a multi-functional part of your EDC. When the hook is mounted in the dock, it can function as a standard wall hook for your jacket, bag, and more.

While good EDC gear should be able to take a lick or two, the Dango Hook helps prolong the life of your gear by removing the unnecessary wear and tear of plopping your bag on the ground. They make all of their goods in the USA from premium, EDC-ready materials. You can pick up the Loop Hook and Wall Mount in a variety of finishes and materials at the link below.

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MSTRMND LINX Titanium Carabiner

Of all the things you check your pockets for before leaving the house, your keys are usually the most cumbersome to EDC. Everyone has their own unique method of dealing with keys, ranging from modular keyrings to fancy metal organizers. But one tried-and-true method is to simply toss them on a quality carabiner. That’s exactly the minimalist approach that the MSTRMND takes with their new LINX Titanium Carabiner, then ups the ante with a few thoughtful improvements.

The last thing you want is to reach for your keys only to find that they’re missing because your carabiner jammed or came loose. The MSTRMND LINX Carabiner and its accompanying links are all made of Grade 5 Titanium, meaning a flimsy build is one less thing you need to worry about. There are plenty of sturdy carabiners out there, but what makes this system special isn’t the tough build. It’s the unique way of attaching or retrieving your keys when you need them.

Thanks to a clever design that allows pieces of solid metal to pass through each other when aligned correctly, the Carabiner and LINX link together keeping your keys securely in place. That precision and attention to detail result in an interlocking system that won’t come apart accidentally. Plus, because the locking mechanism is part of the frame there’s no moving parts to break over time.

Depending on how many keys you carry you can opt for a medium or mini titanium LINX to go along with the standard Carabiner. If you have multiple sets of keys (house keys and work keys for example), you can always get both links and swap between them as you need them. The campaign has already been fully funded so if you’re looking for a secure and durable upgrade to your current setup, make sure to click the link below and get a closer look for yourself.

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Keyport Anywhere Tools

There’s no denying that a multi-tool can be a solid addition to your EDC. However, it can be pretty hard to track one down that covers your bases without a bunch of extra tools you would never use. In the same way you'd get your keychain setup just right, you can configure the perfect multi-tool with the Keyport Anywhere Tools system. It's their newest line of modular EDC tools that can snap on and off in a flash, letting you get the most out of your keychain or precious pocket space.

The Anywhere Tools system works as a set of tools (or “outer modules”) that slide and snap onto a “mid module.” For the mid module, you can choose from either a fold-out multi-tool or a clip-point slipjoint knife. Using one of these as the base, you can then attach a variety of useful EDC tools: a 27 lumen flashlight, a charging cable, an updated version of their MOCA one-piece tool, and paracord zipper pull, to name a few.

These outer modules are also compatible with their popular Keyport Slide 3.0 and Pivot key managers so you can add some additional utility out of your key setup. The beauty of this system is that Keyport can continue to design and release modules for the system that further increase customizability and functionality down the line.

The Anywhere Tools system starts at a reasonable $20 for the starter kit and goes up to $66 for the all-inclusive kit with all of the modules available. The project is already fully funded on Kickstarter with plenty of time left to join in. Learn more about this unique modular multitool via the link below.

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Key Titan Carabiner

"Key Titan Carabiners make it easy to organize your keys and prevent them from jingling. It uses an elastic band or strap to keep your key in place, while the second carabiner gate gives you a..." (via TheAwesomer)

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SOG KeyTron

The best gear is the stuff you have with you. And in terms of convenience and 24/7 access, it's hard to beat your keychain. So if you're finding yourself needing a real knife and a bottle opener once in a while, the new KeyTron from SOG might just be what you're looking for. It's a fresh take on the keychain knife with a design that puts its cutting functionality first and foremost. Unlike other keychain-friendly knives, the KeyTron has full-sized features like a lockback mechanism and quick-release keyring built right in.

Just by looking at the KeyTron's utilitarian design, you can tell it's meant to be used like a real folding knife. This manual folder deploys with two hands using an elongated thumb hole/nail nick and secures via a lockback mechanism. The KeyTron's 1.8” long, 5Cr15MoV clip point blade gives you a decent amount of knife to work with for quick everyday cutting tasks, too. With knives on the smaller side like this, a lock mechanism is especially helpful for your fingers since there's less generally less of a handle to get a grip on.

But despite all its features adopted from full-sized knives, it's still got what it takes to hang with the rest of your keys. For starters, it weighs just 1.3 oz and it's exceptionally thin to avoid awkward keychain bulge. Its built-in bottle opener can replace the one you might already carry, keeping your keyring's bulk to a minimum. Last but not least, it sports an integrated keyring that doubles as extra grip for when you're using the knife. For added convenience, it can open with a deliberate push of a button on the knife itself, sparing your fingernails from prying open split rings.


If you can get by with a keychain folder in your EDC, definitely consider the new KeyTron and what its extra features have to offer. Check it out at the link below.

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The 10 Best EDC Keychain Flashlights in 2018

Your keychain is one of the most convenient places to keep your tools. You carry your keys every day anyway, so adding extra gear to them—like a flashlight—ensures you always stay prepared.

You might think to get a flashlight that's powerful enough to be worth carrying would take up way too much pocket space. But thanks to LED and battery tech, even smaller modern lights are more than powerful enough for everyday use. The best part is that many of them can live right on your keychain, always within reach.

A good part of our days is spent in the dark, so carrying a light is always a bright idea. Here are 10 of the best flashlights that can go on your keychain to round out your EDC.