Keychains

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.

The Best Key Organizers for 2018

That phone in your pocket is getting better all the time, but one thing that it still hasn’t completely replaced is the need to carry keys. Until you can unlock your front door or start your car with a simple flick of your phone, keys are always going to be a part of your EDC. You could toss 'em in your pocket, but the resulting jumble of metal just isn't comfortable. And dangling them from your belt loop works, but it 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 for 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. We started this guide last year and have since updated it with a few new (and in some cases improved) options to up your organization game.

Olight ION

Keychain flashlights are one of the best ways to EDC a light, but their size often limits what they can do. It's hard to fit the features and ease of use you get from a traditional light when it has to fit on your keys. The Olight ION is different, packing twin LED power, unique and easy to use controls, and premium materials in a slim and compact body.

The ION is a compact LED flashlight that has an attractive titanium alloy frame. And at around 2.25 inches long and weighing only 1.13 ounces, it won't add unnecessary bulk to your carry. Unlike other lights, theres no complicated twist activation or button presses to turn on the ION. A simple on-off switch on the side controls the dual CREE XP-G3 emitters at the front. Those two LEDs work with the TIR reflectors to give you a large hotspot that’s especially useful for illuminating wide areas.

The best part about this light is how easy it is to control output. There's a touch-sensitive panel at the top that lets you set the light to your desired brightness. There are four stepped levels to choose from, ranging from an economic one lumen to a max of 320 lumens out the front. The controls are also covered in Corning Gorilla Glass for protection against the daily bumps and scrapes they'll encounter while attached to your keys.

At its max 320 lumen setting, the internal Li-Po battery will last you 27 minutes of run time. Dial that all the way down to the one-lumen setting and runtime increases to a full 90 hours of use. But wherever you are on that range, you can easily recharge the ION because it is micro-USB compatible.

With the Olight ION, you get a special light for your EDC that's a step above. Elevate your keychain light carry and pick one up for yourself at the link below.

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MecArmy FL10 Carabiner Flashlight

If you've ever tried to put together your own EDC, you'll know how easy it is for all that gear to add up quickly. Covering your bases without having a ton of tools weighing you down is a tricky balancing act, and the key is to consolidate where you can. One way to offload your gear is with multi-purpose tools, like the MecArmy FL10. It's one of the few ways to carry your keys, a few tools, and a flashlight all in one thanks to its unique titanium carabiner design.

Its TC4 titanium build gives the FL10 ideal properties for an EDC carabiner as it's light, strong, corrosion-resistant, and springy. It has a large jaw and a wire swing gate that can accommodate your keychain and attach to your belt loop or bag. A cut-out in the body lets you carry it on a lanyard if you prefer. And the frame itself acts as a multi-tool that includes a pry bar, box opener, and a bottle opener. It's also beefy enough to have enough heft for use as a self-defense tool if it comes down to it. It's built tough, but keep in mind you shouldn't use it for actual climbing because it's not rated to do that.

Out of all the its features, the centerpiece of the FL10 is the 360 lumen CREE XP-G2 LED flashlight built into the frame. Despite its size it can throw that light out to a distance of about 209 feet. A button on the side of the frame controls modes and outputs. It has low, medium, and high, as well as a turbo and strobe mode. For added convenience, the light is micro-USB rechargeable.

With the MecArmy FL10 carabiner flashlight, you can free up space in your pockets. It helps you organize your everyday carry while letting you keep the essentials at hand. Pick one of your yourself and make it a part of your EDC at the link below.

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Orbitkey Ring, Clip and Strap

Let's face it — carrying keys is cumbersome. That's why you'll find so many products for organizing keys. Orbitkey was one of the first to do it, and to this day their key organizer is one of the best minimalist options out there. But if you think about it, once you've got your keys in order, the weakest link in your keychain is the keyring itself. A traditional split ring is so hard to use, you'd rather set it once and forget it. So what do you do when you need to change up your keychain gear? Orbitkey's answer is their newest project, poised to be the next step forward in carrying your keys more efficiently. It includes a completely reinvented keyring, a highly adaptable carabiner and hook, and a wrist strap for versatility beyond your pockets. It's a trio of excellent designs in and of themselves that creates a system greater than the sum of its parts.

It all starts with the humble keyring. Deceptively simple in its appearance, the Orbitkey Ring actually conceals a patent-pending locking mechanism that opens easily for quick access, but locks securely when you're on the go. It does this using a clever mix of two materials: stainless steel for the outer ring to provide structure and strength, and a polymer core for flexibility and ease of use. You pinch and pull the tab on the polymer inner ring downward, then rotate it to reveal a gap for your keys and other gear to enter through.

For a truly dialed EDC, it isn't enough to just get your keys in order — how you carry them is also important. That's where the next part of the Orbitkey system, the Clip, comes in. It's essentially a refined carabiner with elegant proportions, an enlarged ergonomic polymer gate, and a custom leather fob to allow hot-swapping for multiple configurations using a simple metal slider.

The last part of the new Orbitkey ecosystem is a wrist strap that works like a longer version of the Clip. It comes especially in handy if you like to attach  keys to your bag. The added length and security means you won't have to unclip your keys to unlock your door, and retrieving your keychain from the bottom of your bag becomes much easier. While carrying keys on a wrist strap isn't as popular with guys, it can be repurposed for gear other than keys, like a point-and-shoot camera, too.

Best of all, the gear works seamlessly with each other as a system, including the original Orbitkey key organizers. Get a closer look at how these designs work at the fully funded Kickstarter below, and pick up a few if you're looking to take your minimalist key carry to the next level.

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Tile Pro Sport

You know that heart-stopping moment when you can’t find your keys or your wallet? We’ve all been there. There are some things in your EDC that are too important to misplace. The Tile has been a go-to for anyone looking to keep track of their most prized possessions, and the new Tile Pro Sport adds a durable build and improved connectivity making it even more practical.

You expect your EDC gear to stand up to wear and tear, and now the Tile can too. Its new fully waterproof build means it can you can submerge it for up to 60 minutes in 1.5 meters of water without damaging it. Hopefully you won’t have to go wading through knee-deep water to find your gear, but better safe than sorry.

It also comes with an improved Bluetooth signal giving it twice the range of the original. If you’re within 200 feet of the item you can press a button in the app that will play a loud tone until you find it. Forgetting it somewhere out of Bluetooth range shouldn’t be a problem either because you can still locate it via the map in the app. Then just play the tone once you get within range.

And if it’s your phone that you’ve lost, it works just as well in reverse. Double tapping the button on the Pro Sport will cause your phone to ring so you can find it, even if it’s on silent mode. All this in slim, compact package that slips nicely into your wallet or easily attached to a keyring.

If you’re tired of misplacing your most important items the Tile Pro Sport is a great way to start keeping track of things you’d rather not replace. You can also pick up a two-pack for you and your most forgetful friend. Make sure to click the link below to check out the latest and greatest from Tile.

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Trayvax Keyton Clip

Carrying tools alongside your keys is one thing, but managing it all on your keychain itself is an entirely different beast. Striking a balance between utility and ease of carry means a lot of choices between tools to get everything just right. But sometimes the most effective choice is the simplest one. With plenty of robust wallets under (and attached to) their belt, Trayvax takes their commitment to high-quality tools to managing your pockets. The Keyton Clip is as simple as it gets for keychain managers, but does it so well you aren't likely to need (or want) anything else for your keys.

CRKT Keychain Sharpener

"A dull blade is a dangerous blade. Keep your knife sharp and ready whenever and wherever you go with Columbia River Knife and Tool’s keychain sharpener. It also packs a seatbelt strap cutter and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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KeySmart Duct-Ling

Whether you're reinforcing your gear, performing quick fixes around the house, or field repairing your clothes and equipment, nothing comes close to the versatility of duct tape. The problem is, duct tape comes in bulky rolls that are anything but convenient to carry. You know KeySmart for their ability to compact a disorganized keychain into a sleek package fit for an EDC, and with the Duct-Ling, they've figured out duct tape, too.

While there have been attempts at making duct tape easy to carry—like wrapping it around a card or pen—the Duct-Ling keeps it simple, as the most effective things are. It's a machined stainless steel cylinder with smooth, raised ends that keep the tape in place and neatly wrapped. These ends let the Duct-Ling sit alongside your other essentials without fear of damaging them, and a keychain hole on the top let you attach the Duct-Ling as you see fit to your keychain, bag, or a suspension hook.

It's got enough room to hold about 1.5 feet of tape, which is plenty for emergency patch or repair jobs. And thanks to its stainless steel construction, you can reuse the Duct-Ling for a lifetime, letting you make the most out of those huge duct tape rolls you're forced to leave in your emergency kit or toolbox.

Stick to the simple solution for carrying one of the most useful adhesives you can have in your kit. Pick up the Duct-Ling from Amazon at the link below.

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The Best Suspension Hooks for Hanging Keys

Let’s face it, keys aren’t the easiest to carry. They can be noisy, bulky, and uncomfortable, but they’re one of the most important items in your pocket. And if you've ever added extras like a tool or flashlight to your keyring, you'd know that simply shoving it all into the bottom of your pocket can lead to some serious bulge. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there to manage it all. The first and perhaps the simplest option is to use a quality suspension hook. It's a small clip that hangs your keys neatly from the lip of your pocket, instead of bunched up at the bottom. In this guide we'll introduce you to the best suspension hook keychains you can get because when it comes to EDC, optimization is key.

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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