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DIY Wire Keychain Fittings?

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by Stuey, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Stuey

    Stuey Loaded Pockets

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    Hi!

    While I was browsing the archives, I found a few threads that mentioned wire wope keychains. From what I can tell, there's the "Twisty" style that uses a bayonet type fitting, and a thread lock style that screws together to close.

    I was hoping to make my own wire rope keychains but cannot for the life of me find a vendor that offers those types of fittings, or anything remotely similar.

    I'm looking for fittings that resemble those found on the keychains that Country Comm sells or something similar, also shown at lanyard supply.

    In case anyone's wondering, these are the threads that drummed up my interest in this type of keychain. I'd like to make my own to save money and so that I can control the length of the wire to suit the application.

    http://edcforums.com/index.php?topic=4787.0
    http://edcforums.com/index.php?topic=1930.0
    http://edcforums.com/index.php?topic=14272.0

    Thank you for any assistance you could provide!

    Stuey
     
  2. g_lover

    g_lover Empty Pockets

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    Anyone with any ideas? I like this idea. In aus, i've never seen one of these yet i really do want one.

    Plus DIY is fun
     
  3. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I don't have any real advice to offer, since I have no practical experience making or using these items, but I wonder if there's any special process, technique or equipment involved in making these wire rings; perhaps it's not as cost-effective to attempt making them yourself if there's a place that can provide specific lengths on request.

    Do you know for a fact that you'd save any money by making them yourself?
     
  4. Stuey

    Stuey Loaded Pockets

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    Well, the coated wire rope I'd use can be had for about 39-45 cents a foot from McMaster Carr, as opposed to $1-$3 for 5 inches for a ready made keychain. The fittings don't look too expensive, I believe they're brass, and crimp-on. Another advantage is that I would be able to create my own lenghts to use as tool leashes and other odd applications.
     
  5. parnass

    parnass Loaded Pockets

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    Hi Stuey,

    Have you tried the commercial Twisty style keychains?

    I bought some which had green color insulation after reading about them on EDCF and was pretty disappointed. They are quite rigid so they aren't much more pocket friendly than a split ring.

    The twisting action is difficult to accomplish after you've loaded a few keys or other items. In addition, one unlocked by accident, requiring me to crimp it permanently closed for reliability.

    If you haven't tried one and you live in CONUS, I can sent you a sample freebie. Just send me your US Mail address via PM.
     
  6. parnass

    parnass Loaded Pockets

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    Here are some of the Twisty style key rings I bought. You can link several together, but you need to crimp them or else they untie easily.
     

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  7. Marduke

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    Many hobby stores have a jewelry making section which sells the connections. A hardware store will sell the coated braided wire rope.
     
  8. g_lover

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    Parnass. Is it possible maybe you just got a dud brand / batch? Did you use a specialised crimping tool or some pliers?

    *off to look for hobby shops
     
  9. parnass

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    I used a pliers multitool to crimp it permanently shut. The original poster was writing about a slightly different style which employs a threaded coupler. I have the style which requires a half twist, shown in this image:
     

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  10. Stuey

    Stuey Loaded Pockets

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    You see, that's why I'd like to find a source for the fittings, because then I can use play around with thinner or thicker wires to see which works best for my needs.

    I guess what I could always do is crimp wires together with some heavy walled brass tubing and call it a day.

    Parnass, I just might take you up on that offer.
     
  11. Codeman

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    McMaster-Carr probably carries them - if you can figure out what they are called. You might be able to call them and describe the connector.
     
  12. Stuey

    Stuey Loaded Pockets

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    I checked McMaster thoroughly and wasn't able to find anything suitable. I then checked many other industrial supplier sites and specialty wire rope product distributor sites. I'm thinking that the fittings are meant for wire or cord jewelry, but I couldn't find anything there either. My local craft shop didn't have a large jewelry or beading section either.
     
  13. Sgt. LED

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    I'd like what you are describing but settled on the berkley point keychain kit.
    It works out well enough.
     
  14. big payback

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    I currently use a 200 LB test ball bearing swivel, with quick relaease on my keychain. First i crimped the whole deal shut with pliers, this is some sough steel! wrapped a gid glow rring, then crazy glued the whole shebang shut. Works great....



    I have it cinched around a clip which attaches to a brass ring i attached to my belt using some fancy paracord work, and now wont wear out my belt loops. The Phauxton is clipped to the upper portion, so when the assembly is clpped n my ring, the keys rest neatly inside my pocket, and the light is dangling above pocket height, so it is readily accessable.