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.
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.
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.
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.
No matter how streamlined your EDC is, there’s no avoiding carrying keys. If you're going to toss them on a keychain anyway, why not use one that adds some extra functionality to your EDC?
A good EDC keychain will not only carry your keys, but also handle everyday tasks like opening bottles and boxes, prying, and driving screws.
Whether you’re looking for something discrete that won’t look out of place at work or something a little more tactical, a multifunctional keychain is a quick and easy way to upgrade your key situation and round out your carry.
In this guide, we’ll help you carry smarter with 10 of the best multifunction keychains you can get.
From clips to climbing carabiners, there's a ton of ways to carry your keychain. They're great for freeing up your pockets while still keeping your EDC handy, but sometimes take a bit too much space themselves. Or needing that extra step to unfasten or unhook just to get to your gear. Simple and lightweight, Gorgon Loop's KeyClip slides onto a pocket or belt loop without any fuss, suspending your gear without getting in your way.
The KeyClip is made from skeletonized titanium and stainless steel, making it strong enough to carry the heaviest of keychains but remaining light itself. It's thin and narrow so it can act like another key on the ring. A bottle opener is integrated into the KeyClip, with the “bump” in its design helping with retention on the clip side and also letting you help yourself to a cold one when needed.
A little suspense in life is always good. There's plenty of time to back the KeyClip in your choice of material and design (Gorgon Loop also offers a version with just the bottle opener) at the Kickstarter link below.
"Cheap. Simple. And effective at rectifying that mess of keys in your pocket. The Chums Key Quiver is made up of a silicone sleeve and a fastener that turn a bundle of keys into a Swiss Army Knife of sorts, albeit one that’s suited to opening doors and locks. Four keys fit inside along with the included tasker tool that adds a few more gadgets to your arsenal, namely a bottle opener, both flathead and..." (via GearHungry)
With all the stuff we carry, it's really easy to lose track of our gear. Keychains are especially notorious for mysteriously going missing, not to mention whatever you toss in your EDC pack. Having the right tool for the job when we need it the most is crucial—after all, you don't want to be fumbling for the right set of keys outside in the rain or rummaging through your backpack looking for a flashlight or knife in an emergency.
That's where a locator fob like Gamble's Gaslight comes in. It's an addition to your everyday carry that you can attach to a keychain or piece of gear that instantly makes it easier to find (not to mention look way more stylish).
Within the frame of the Gaslight is an Embrite module, a phosphorescent pellet that retains a glow when exposed to sunlight or UV light. It comes in two colors and a number of materials, so you can use multiple Gaslights to segregate, organize, and identify your gear immediately on sight. And thanks to its size, the Gaslight take up much space or weigh down your gear, so it's no hassle adding one to the rest of your EDC.
Stop second-guessing and grab the gear you need at a glance. Pledge for a Gaslight in your choice of exotic and rugged materials at the Kickstarter link below.
This is a sponsored post presented by Gamble.
If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find a gift for another like-minded EDCer can be daunting, if not utterly exhausting. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? Our Everyday Carry gift guide should help.
Quick EDC quiz: What do your keys and your EDC wallet have in common? If you guessed that they're both some of the most important daily essentials, you'd be right… But unfortunately, they're also some of the trickiest to carry. So it makes sense that after mastering the art of stashing cards, cash, and coins with their expansive collection of minimalist wallets, Bellroy's got their sights set on the next carry conundrum: your keychain. Their latest design is like a mix between a leather wallet and a swiveling key organizer, and it's as functional as it is elegant.
The way your keys load into the Key Cover is similar to the more common metal plate key organizers out there, but the setup is much more convenient. Up to 4 keys on the standard sized cover (or up to 8 keys on the larger Plus version) loop through an integrated elastic “keeper.” The keeper's design avoids the hassle of fussing with tiny screws and posts, and also adds a bit of give and travel when swiveling your keys out.
For a quiet and protected carry, your keys take cover inside a “bifold” design that snaps shut magnetically. Like most of Bellroy's wallets, the Key Covers are made with a high quality veg tan leather (in three different colors). On the outside, there's a leather loop for attaching a car fob (or maybe a split ring loaded with useful keychain gear). The result is lightweight, neatly organized key setup that carries comfortably in the pocket and won't scratch up the rest of your kit.
You can pick up a Key Cover in in two sizes and three colors over at Bellroy's shop at the link below.
From your run-of-the-mill carabiner to a custom-configured key organizer, carrying keys can get pretty complex. If you want something simple and reliable, all it takes is good hardware.
The “HK-style” clip you see here on plenty of EDC keychains is a great example. It has a sturdy, spring-loaded gate that's sized just-right for opening with your thumb, a 1” slot on one end, coming to a smooth, pointed tip on the other. It gets its name from its common use of attaching slings to Heckler & Koch rifles. If these HK clips can carry a rifle, they'll definitely work for your keys.
Today, we've rounded up 8 interesting keychains based on the HK clip. They take it to the next level with special materials and extra features, resulting in an assortment of solid EDC keychains that make your carrying keys and micro tools a snap.
Nobody likes pocket jangle, and its main culprit are usually your keys. When loose in your pocket they make noise, uncomfortable bulges, and even scratches on the other gear next to them. KeySmart's pocket key organizers have been solving this problem for a while, and you may have seen them in the many other EDCs on the site.
This version adds a few features to manage your keys even better. At its core is the KeySmart Rugged Extended base model, allowing you to fit and deploy 2-4 keys. As its name suggests, it's a tougher version of the original KeySmart, with a thicker build for added durability and a slightly larger frame to fit international keys. You'll need it when using its expansion pack that lets your add up to 14 keys to the pile. This KeySmart also includes a removable pocket clip to complement its keychain loop bottle opener.
Ready to manage that mess of keys in your pockets? Pick up the KeySmart Rugged Extended key holder in three colors at the Amazon link below.
You can’t climb with it, but the Firebiner still does more than your average bottle opener-equipped carabiner. This carabiner can open bottles too, but more importantly on the bottom lies an integrated EverSpark firewheel with replaceable ferro rod that shoots sparks to help start fires a lot quicker than rubbing sticks. It’s also got a small utility blade for cutting rope or fishing line as well as a screwdriver, just in case… (via GearHungry)
Imagine trying to keep small, loose items organized in your pockets. It would be a mess. Your extra bills would be crumpled outside your wallet, pills would form a cocktail with pocket lint, and fragile essentials like matches would break and become unusable. So how about a low-profile, robust cylinder to store them in?
The latest project from Bobby Davis and the rest of Spiffy Lab out of Minneapolis, MN, the Cache Stash is designed to do just that. Using the space inside a narrow cylinder and combining it with resilient materials, it's a lightweight and secure way to store extra pills, cash, rope, or other small items. Its slender 15.87mm diameter lets it sit alongside the rest of your tools as easily as a pen, and a screw-on top with an included keyring lets you to carry it as you see fit. Speaking of fit, the Cache Stash also comes in aluminum, carbon fiber, and copper to match the rest of your EDC's aesthetic.
With its shape and materials, the Cache Stash integrates seamlessly into any EDC. There's a little over two weeks left to add one to yours in your material of choice, so head over to Kickstarter through the link below.
Consolidating your EDC is always a good idea. It saves you space, it reduces the weight in your pockets, and it makes you think of even more ways to make your carry efficient. So here's a combination that does just that — ever thought to put a flashlight on your suspension hook?
The Titanium Pocket Clip (TPC) is the latest project from titanium technicians Big Idea Design out of Chicago, IL. It comes in grade 5 titanium, ideal for its weight-to-strength ratio so it's able to suspend even the heaviest of keychains. Every aspect of the TPC is designed to be useful, from its opening that doubles as a bottle opener to its inner hex-shaped hook that can drive hex bits. And of course there's the 22-lumen flashlight that uses 3 common 1.55v watch batteries to power its SMD2835 emitter for up to 40 hours of continuous use.
Here's a bright idea — pick up the TPC, stop digging around in your pockets for your keychain, and do more with less. There's plenty of time to back one for yourself in both plain and LED versions at the Kickstarter link below.
"It’s unassumingly sized like a normal key. And while it won’t open any locks, the MSTR Key still packs twenty handy tools in one cleverly designed package made of 304 stainless steel with an electrochemical polished finish. Tools include several screwdrivers, a box cutter, a bottle opener, paint lid closer, pry bar, bicycle spoke wrench, line cutter, wire stripper, staple remover, several hex wrenches, and a zip tie pick/release. It’s also safe for pockets and to the touch despite..." (via GearHungry)