Keychains

KeySmart Pro + Tile

Being the savvy EDCers you are, you most likely have your keychain on lock thanks to a key organizer. But that doesn't mean that some days the savvy runs out and you still somehow manage to misplace your keys. Fortunately, the team at KeySmart continue to innovate their key organizer with the help of the popular tracking device, Tile. Together they've integrated high-tech features into the KeySmart Pro for an all-in-one EDC package that not only manages your keys but elevates their usefulness with some pretty smart features, too.

The KeySmart you know and love is still at the heart of the Pro. It uses the same familiar system with two locking bolts to hold up to 14 keys or combination of tools within its frame. This frame holds the key to the Pro's new features. It integrates Tile's smart location feature that pairs with its smartphone app to give you two-way positioning of both your KeySmart and phone. By pressing the Tile button on the KeySmart it makes your misplaced phone ring even on silent, and conversely the app lets you locate the KeySmart on a map, even having it play a tune to make it even easier to find.

Smart location isn't the only new feature added to the Pro. The Tile integration gives the KeySmart added space to fit in an LED flashlight and micro USB charging port for even more utility. Thanks to cables and chargers you may already have, it's easy to recharge the KeySmart Pro, topping it up for up to 3 months per charge.

With the KeySmart Pro, your keychain has never been smarter or easier to find. Pick one up at the link below.

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KeySmart Rugged Titanium

Carrying keys in your pockets isn’t only uncomfortable, it also takes up valuable pocket space. The original KeySmart was great at slimming down your keys into an easy to carry solution, but there’s always room for improvement. What happens when you combine one of the most popular key holders with everyone's favorite metal? You get the KeySmart Rugged Titanium, a tougher version of the popular key management tool that’s found its way into the pockets of EDCers.

The new and improved KeySmart Rugged now sports a titanium build, which means you don’t have to worry about daily wear and tear. The front and back plates are slightly thicker now so you’ll get a more hefty feeling tool, and the removable pocket clip and improved bottle opener provide a welcome bit of extra functionality to your carry. In its base configuration the KeySmart Rugged can hold between 2-14 keys, with extension screws available that up the capacity to 100 keys. Try fitting that on a traditional keyring.

Though there’s plenty to like about the new features of the KeySmart Rugged, the basic premise hasn’t changed. You still have easy access to almost any key you need thanks to the Swiss Knife-style swivel action of the keys, and a small loop attachment point comes with every KeySmart for larger car keys or pesky key fobs.

If you’re looking for a sleek solution to jingling keys the KeySmart has always been a solid option, and this new more durable version makes it even more useful for EDC. Whether you’re upgrading or getting your first key management tool, get your KeySmart Rugged by clicking the link below.

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Ti2 Para-Biner V2

Just how much functionality can you squeeze out of a carabiner? That's a question Hawaii's master metalworkers at Ti2 strive to answer with every product. With their latest release—the Para-Biner V2—they push the boundaries of utility and collectibility yet again. Not only is this updated Para-Biner an EDC toolkit by itself, but with its many exotic iterations it can also be the centerpiece of any everyday carry.

The Para-Biner's name comes from its two main functions: paracord and carabiner. You all know how useful paracord is for EDC, so having some handy (maybe from a paracord bracelet or lanyard) adds to the Para-Biner's functionality in the right situations. With its series of pulleys, holes, and cinches, it allows you to create a pulley system by itself or in sets to reduce friction and effort when hauling extra heavy loads.

It's not a one-trick pulley pony, though. The Para-Biner by itself (or themselves, as it comes in two models) is a competent one-piece multi-tool, with a series of wrenches in either imperial or metric in its body and a beefy pry edge at its tip. With its size and generous jimping, prying, driving, scraping, or simply plowing through packages is a comfortable task. No need to worry about being careful with the Para-Biner, either. They're performance-built from your choice of titanium, zirconium, bronze, or copper—some of the hardest-working (and best-looking) materials available.

Whether creating complex suspension systems or wanting to add one of the most functional and robust carabiners to your EDC, the Para-Biner V2 delivers right out the gate. Ti2 have already smashed their Kickstarter funding goal, so hit the link below to pick out the best Para-Biner for your carry.

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Keyport MOCA Keychain Multi-tool

For one-piece multi-tools, maximizing space is the name of the game. Keyport know a thing or two about that, as you might've seen from their flagship key organizers that combine your keys and essential tools into a sleek package. Their latest key carry upgrade, the MOCA Multi-tool, seamlessly adds 10 handy functions to a Keyport Pivot system or any keyring you're carrying.

Since it's designed to slide into Keyport's Pivot system, the MOCA is near-invisible in your pocket at 2.7” long and weighing only half an ounce. But within that tiny stainless steel frame it manages to fit in a bottle opener, a flathead screwdriver doubling as a scoring tool, a cord cutter/box opener, 3 wrench sizes, and a 2” ruler on its long side. Its Pivot slot also functions as a key ring hole, letting you attach the MOCA to a split ring or most standard keychains for ease of everyday carry. And since it has no exposed edges or sharp points, it's TSA-friendly as well, making it an easy addition to any traveler's EDC.

The Keyport MOCA has no problems bearing the brunt of your everyday tasks whether you EDC it in a Pivot or not. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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IPPINKA MKC Wallet

Your wallet and keys are two of the most useful items in your EDC, so why not kill two birds with one stone and combine the two? That’s what the design company IPPINKA hopes to accomplish with their new Kickstarter project, the MKC Wallet. It's half minimalist wallet and half key organizer so you can ditch your loud, jingling keychain and your bulky wallet in one fell swoop.

The MKC Wallet was made with two main purposes in mind: organization and accessibility for your MKC (that's money, keys, and cards). As a wallet it gets the job done with two separate slots so you can keep your most used cards and even some cash neatly stashed inside. Meanwhile keys and keyfobs fit comfortably in the deep key pocket. The pivoting posts on either side are secured with adjustable bolts so you can fine tune how tightly your keys stay in place.

Though it aims to do two things at once, the MKC Wallet is fairly minimal. With a clever design and a quality full-grain leather build, you can have more of your essentials with you while carrying less. You can also configure the wallet to include a leather flap with button clasp on the back side to keep everything extra secure. Lastly, additional options include a bottle opener or USB flash drive that’ll sit next to your keys for even more functionality.

There are plenty of ways to carry cash and keys, but there aren't as many options to combine the two. Learn more about the MKC Wallet and how to back one for your EDC at the Kickstarter link below.

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10 Key-Shaped EDC Essentials

If there's one thing in your EDC you make sure to have when you step out the door, it's your keychain. That makes it a great place to include the EDC essentials that you'll need in a pinch. It's a convenient way to maximize your carry while keeping things as small and light as what's on your keychain. However, some keychain tools can be bulky and awkwardly shaped, which takes away from their utility overall. You can avoid this tradeoff by sticking to tools that are designed to fit right in with the rest of your keys instead. In this guide, we'll show you our favorite key-sized (and key-shaped) EDC tools and essentials.

Titanium EDC Ink Keychain Pens

Let's face it: at one point or another, you're going to need to write something down. Whether it's notes for class, a message for someone else, or an idea that came to you in a coffee shop, having a pen in your EDC is pretty handy. The problem, though, is many of them are too cumbersome to carry in your pocket or on a keychain. A few years back, BLANK FORCES successfully funded the EDC Ink series of pens designed for carry on your keychain. Now they're back with a new collection in titanium, taking their pens up a notch in both collectibility and utility.

The EDC Ink pens make the most of the tiny space they take up in your pocket. Both models use the popular D1 refill, housed in a titanium shell machined so precisely, the seam where the cap connects to the body becomes invisible. You have a choice between the smaller T1 model, measuring at 3.2” long and half an ounce in weight, and the larger T2 at 4” and 0.7 ounces. Both models can come with or without a split ring hole, so you have options with how you want to carry them. There are also choices for your EDC Ink's barrel design, with a few beautiful patterns like a blue flame torched finish or useful measuring units engraved right into the barrel.

Adding a pen to your EDC has never been more compact or convenient. There's plenty of time to pledge an EDC Ink tailored to your needs at the Kickstarter link below.

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The Best Magnetic Keychains for Everyday Carry

Magnets. How do they work? In the case of your everyday carry, they work best where you want a secure connection that's still conveniently quick to release. And there's arguably no better place for this than on your keychain! Throwing magnets into the mix makes removing your keys to unlock a door or use one of your keychain tools literally a snap. As with other EDC keychains, it all comes down to the hardware. In this guide, you'll find 6 attractive key carrying setups that make the best use of magnets.

Keyport Pivot

"Keyport’s new keyholder is a modular and customizable EDC tool. It holds up to nine keys, but can also come with detachable tools such as a flashlight, a Bluetooth tracker, a knife, a screwdriver and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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KeySmart Lite

No one enjoys the jangled mess that keys can become. Luckily there are plenty of options available to savvy EDC’ers to help keep them from becoming a jangled mess in your pocket. One of the first and best to do this was the KeySmart, with its clever design that lets you carry smarter and slimmer. The KeySmart Lite takes the same great design but outfits it in a lighter, softer, and more flexible material for an even more comfortable carry.

The key to EDC is a practical carry that suits your many different needs, and versatility is what the KeySmart Lite is best at. By unscrewing the metal screws and taking apart its polycarbonate plastic frame, you can stack up to 8 keys in its basic configuration. Even if you’re not the average key wielder, you can make use of extensions which will let you carry up to 100 keys without a giant medieval key ring.

But house keys aren’t the only items the KeySmart Lite is good for. You can also attach that annoying key fob for your car thanks to an attachment loop. Besides keys, there are plenty of accessory options to really get the most out of your key carrying gadget. You can add a key-sized USB stick so you’ll never forget any important documents behind, or a bottle opener and small pocket flashlight to cut down bulk even further.

If you’re looking for a way to silently carry your keys or add some useful tools to them, the KeySmart Lite is a solid option. Add some organization to your carry by clicking the link below.

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Prometheus Kappa Quick-Release Keychain

Your keychain's a great place to keep lightweight tools and backup essentials. But sometimes those extra steps of taking it out and detaching it from your belt loop can get cumbersome when your need your gear in a hurry. For moments like this, swapping in the Prometheus Kappa Quick Release (QR) system can be a small but significant upgrade to your EDC. With a simple twist, you can detach your keys or tools from your carabiner or suspension clip, saving you both time and bulk when you need to use them.

The Kappa's signature snap action is built with two specific parts. The first is a specially designed canted coil spring, manufactured to exact specifications and commonly used for electrical and mechanical connectors across industries. The second is its two disconnecting halves, one with a special groove where the spring lies and gives the Kappa its 10-pound attach/detach strength. Pull and twist the halves to the left to disconnect, push and twist them to the right to connect—simple and effective.

While the Kappa was originally paired with another Prometheus product and only came in brass, this new campaign gives backers a choice of 5 materials. You can choose between C360 brass (19g), C145 tellurium copper (20g), 6061 nickel-plated aluminum (10g), and two colors of either Delrin or Lexan thermoplastic, both at 7g. These materials also give you plenty of options of matching your Kappa to your EDC's aesthetic, from stealth black to classy copper.

The Kappa QR's campaign is well on its way and funded, and you have plenty of time to back for one of your own. Head over to the Kickstarter link below to pledge for yours.

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The James Brand Hook Keychain

Sometimes your pockets aren't the best place to put your keys. There's the space issue, for one. When you've got your trusty EDC knife clipped to your pocket, with your flashlight clipped next to that, and your pen clipped next to that… you get the idea. With only so much room in your pockets, hanging your keys off your belt loop is your best bet — and the Hook from The James Brand is a new piece of gear to help you do it.

It's not just a hook for your keys, but also a solid machined 304 stainless steel multi-tool. Aside from keeping your keys out of your pockets, it doubles as an inch ruler and bottle opener. And unlike some other tiny minimalist tools, the bottle opener on the Hook has enough leverage to to use comfortably.

Handiness and convenience aren't the only things the Hook has going for it. It also has a raw, unpolished look that lends a bit of grittiness and character to your EDC. Or, for a stealthier option, you can pick one up in a matte black finish as well. Get one in stainless steel at the link below.

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Key Wrangler

Your keys are one of the more important items in your EDC, but they’re usually a hassle to carry. Though there are plenty of options out there for carrying your keys in an organized way, there’s always room for improvement. A Kickstarter campaign by cw&t has already been funded, and promises a fresh take on key organization. That pile of keys at the bottom of your pocket is going to be a thing of the past.

The Key Wrangler is a stainless steel carabiner with a unique design that ditches split rings for a single post instead. You can unscrew the post and add up to 17 keys in whatever order makes sense for your daily routine. The spring clip is strong enough to stay attached to your belt loop or bag when closed, but it's also springy enough to comfortably open without catching on your belt loop every time you go to open a door. Thanks to its carabiner design you can also use the Key Wrangler as a bottle opener in a pinch.

If you like carabiners for how easy they are to use, but find they’re not the best at key organization, then the Key Wrangler is a great way to get the best of both worlds. They come in three cool colors to match your style: classic silver, bright orange, or stealthy black. To learn more about this unique carabiner and how it aims to simplify the way you carry keys, make sure to click the link below.

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The Best Key Organizers of 2017

Until you can unlock your front door with a fingerprint scanner, keys are always going to be a part of your EDC. You could toss 'em in your pocket, but the resulting giant lump of metal just isn't comfortable. And dangling them from your belt loop means everyone can hear you coming a mile away. So, what's the best way to carry your keys? Thankfully, that's a question many brands have been working hard to answer, leaving us with plenty of great solutions to key organization. With a solid key organizer, you can turn your messy, jangly keychain into something you can be proud of — just like the rest of your gear. In this guide, we'll go over some of the most efficient key organizers on the market.

Streamlight KeyMate USB

Forget what you know about keychain lights. Streamlight's KeyMate USB disguises itself as another key on your keychain, but it's no secret how useful it can be. Bringing 35 lumens to bear, the KeyMate's features give it unique uses that make it ideal as a backup or emergency light. And with its size and spring-loaded attachment clip, it's a no-brainer light to add to your kit.

You won't find the usual LED and reflector on this light. Since the KeyMate keeps its strip-shaped LED on the underside of its “blade,” you can turn it on face down on a flat surface for unique area illumination thanks to the sweeping, floody beam it gives off. With three modes and plenty of runtime (up to 2 hours on low), it's enough light to let you work in a pinch or flash in case of an emergency. Its spring-loaded clip also makes it easy to take the KeyMate off your keychain and attach it to a zipper pull or lanyard, giving you hands-free task lighting or a better location for use as a signal beacon.

There's no bulky battery to replace; with built-in USB charging and an included cable, topping up the KeyMate is as easy as charging your phone. And without a larger battery it stays compact and lightweight at 2.9” and 0.5 ounces, making it an invisible yet useful backup light for your EDC.

You can pick up the Streamlight KeyMate USB from Amazon at the link below.

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QuietCarry Mini Q 2.0 and Shorty Titanium Key Organizers

If you're still relying on a carabiner to carry your keys, it might be time to cut the noise. You can try to tuck them into your pocket, but then you're stuck with an awkward pile of keys and less pocket space for the rest of your gear. QuietCarry is no stranger to silent key organization, and their latest project might be the answer to your key dilemma: the Shorty and Mini Q 2.0. These new titanium key organizers let you flip out your keys when you need them, while giving your EDC an extra edge to boot.

The Mini Q 2.0 and Shorty both have a compact build designed to keep your keys silent while adding an interchangeable locking blade to your carry. A well-placed thumb stud gives you quick and easy access to the blade, so whether you’re slicing an apple for lunch or tightening down a screw you can get the job done with one hand. You can choose between either a clip point, bottle-opener, or multi-tool blade on both models, and if you ever need to switch it up you can buy the blades separately as well.

The Mini Q 2.0 comes with a few welcome upgrades over its predecessor that make it lighter and easier to carry. It now has an AUS8 blade steel, a recessed keychain loop, and smarter clip placement all in a body that’s slimmer and sleeker than the original. The blade measures 2.3-inches while the body comes in at only 2.9-inches in length. It’s made for EDC, so you can hold 1-4 keys (can take more than eight with extension posts).

If you don’t carry as many keys, the Shorty is a minimalist option with an even smaller 2.3-inch body. You can hold 1-3 keys (up to five with extension posts) and still have a 1.75-inch blade made with AUS8 steel blade. It weighs only 1.6oz (a full ounce lighter than the Mini Q 2.0), but thanks to their Grade 5 Titanium build, both of these key organizers are durable enough for everyday tasks.

The Mini Q 2.0 and the Shorty both come in bead blasted, satin, or stone washed finishes so you can pick the flavor of titanium that suits you. If you want to back the campaign or learn more about either of these organizers, check out their Kickstarter.

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