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5 Best New Key Organizers in 2019

For the modern, urban-dwelling EDCer, there are a few essentials that are, at minimum, always present in one's pockets: a phone, a wallet, and keys. But until you can unlock your front door, open your mailbox, start your car, or secure a safe with your phone or cards, those keys are always going to be an unfortunate 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's not the most secure nor quiet way to go about it. 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. Below are our picks for the latest and greatest ways to keep your keys in check this year, so it's easier than ever to step up your organization game while also matching it perfectly with the rest of 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.

The Best Key Organizers

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.

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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Orbitkey 2.0

These days, you have more key organizers to pick from than ever to silence and tidy up your keys. But the majority of them are based on the same design: a stack of keys on two pivoting posts, sandwiched between two metal plates, Swiss knife style. That's effective if you've got a ton of keys to manage, but it comes with the trade-off of heavier weight and uncomfortable bulk in your pocket.

Now, if you're a minimalist with only a few keys, prefer a sleeker aesthetic, or want something softer that'll play nice with the rest of the gear in your pocket, then the new and improved Orbitkey 2.0 is the clear choice for you. This updated version implements feedback-driven design changes, resulting in a slimmer, sturdier, and more versatile key organizer system.

The overall design isn't radically different, but rather, refined. It's still a single pivot and loop enclosure that makes it easy to set up, access your keys, and carry loose in your pocket. This time, the pivot hardware's been upgraded to stainless steel (to help prevent stripping screws) and a concave design that not only shaves off bulk, but improves ergonomics when holding the Orbitkey while turning a key. Other improvements include a smoother lanyard attachment and a more functional bottle opener insert, which now features wrench cutouts, a screwdriver/box opener tip.

The Orbitkey 2.0 is available for pre-order in 9 different colors and materials, with other add-on options at their fully funded Kickstarter below.

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Quiet Carry Mini Q Key Organizer

Finding a good way to carry your keys isn’t easy. More often than not, many EDCers simply end up dangling theirs from a carabiner (sometimes alongside a keychain knife). The Ti Mini Q takes a minimalist approach to key organization while incorporating features usually found on multi-tools.

For example, it comes with a built-in 2.35” interchangeable blade. You can configure a traditional plain edge drop point blade, or get one with a built in bottle opener. If you don't want to carry a locking sharp edge, you can configure the Mini Q with a versatile flathead/bottle opener option instead.

We’ve mentioned before that titanium is a great material for EDC because of its durability and light weight, and the Mini Q's grade 5 titanium scales securely store up to 8 of your keys without taking up a lot of space or weighing you down. The ergonomic design also allows for easy one-handed usage thanks to strategically placed cutouts in the body.

And while many key organizers don’t take into account bulky car keys and remotes, the Mini Q offers a clever workaround with the included smartloop that you can attach them to. For a polished solution to the ever-persistent keychain problem, pick up the Ti Mini Q by clicking on the link below. (Also available on quietcarry.com)

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