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Help me redesign my key chain(s)!

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by Knifestyle, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Knifestyle

    Knifestyle Loaded Pockets

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    A long time ago, some one on a forum mentioned carrying a ring of keys and a ring of small tools separately. 20 year old Knifestyle said 'cool' and I've been doing it for ten years. I'm at a breaking point...I find myself adjusting at work because I carry these in a back pocket and a bandana for padding only does so much. I've recently started carrying a new flashlight in my back pocket. The old one was a beater and scratched to death by my keys, I'd rather take better carry of this one. And I have no idea how to juggle these, combine these, upgrade these, or reduce these...

    'Tool' ring:
    -Fox 40 Shark whistle. I broke four to five Micros, this was just most durable. Smaller options are welcome.
    -Fenix EO5. Not the most cutting edge? But it works like a tank, doesn't turn on in my pocket.
    -Spy capsule from a long-defunct website, meds and Advil.
    -Leatherman P4. Love it to death.
    -Nite Ize bottle opener carabiner

    Keys:
    -Masonic 'if found, mail to...' fob
    -Pressure point tool
    -Honda key, my model requires a key
    -Four standard keys. Condo entrance, condo, car safe, mailbox.
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    Reality show flip my keychains, please. I am open to any ideas to be more comfortable, carry less, or carry smarter.
     
  2. SOS24

    SOS24 Loaded Pockets

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    Have you considered a small leather pocket organizer for the Leatherman and E05, then put the rest of the items on a dangler in front pocket. For four standard keys you could use a S-biner microlock to hold them together and flat.
     
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  3. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

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    I don't know anything about the Fox whistle you mention. My first question is -- how often do you have to use it? If not that often, maybe move it to the tool ring? Also, seeing as I don't know how relatively bulky it is, take a look at some of the smaller whistles now out. I have a couple of Ti whistles made by Kizer that are extremely small diameter and not very lengthy. Loud as hell. Now, before you point out these can be pricey, I agree. The only reason I have them is they were complementary for a while by Kizer via BHQ as a deal... keep your eyes open for similar; such things do come up sometimes. This is a link the Kizer whistle I mention, just FYI: https://www.bladehq.com/item--Kizer-Siren-1-EDC-Whistle-Bottle--100020 ; mine is a blue anodized so in theory was more costly except it was a 'gift' ;)

    My other comment is do you really need the mailbox key on the same ring with car keys? The few times in my life where I lived somewhere with mailboxes in a group for several 'buildings' in an apartment/condo complex I usually found myself parking the car in the garage first and then walking over to the mailbox anyway. So for me, I just left the mailbox key on a nail in the garage.

    Not a lot of help here I guess, but I figured these might slim down the keyring a tad.

    Am Yisrael Chai!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  4. bryan123

    bryan123 Loaded Pockets

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    I'm going to play devil's advocate because I have a fundamental disagreement with your strategy. I believe that it makes more sense to carry your most used / most needed tools on the same ring as your keys so you always, always, always have them WITH YOU.

    In my case I have a Lucky Line Twisty with the following on it:

    1. SAK Classic SD
    2. Fenix Eo5
    3. Fox 40 Micro
    4. Car key fob via Nite Ize mini locking S Biner
    5. 1 inch split ring with 3 standard keys and a door fob, via S Biner.

    Not a heavy key ring, and lighter still if I use my Nitecore Tube in place of the E05.
     
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  5. Tesla

    Tesla Loaded Pockets

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    I don't believe in carrying often-used tools on a keyring. So, I don't carry a pen, flashlight or knife on a keyring. That leaves a bottle opener on the key ring. Yes, I'm a minimalist.
     
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  6. bryan123

    bryan123 Loaded Pockets

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    That's fine as long as you have the discipline to always remember to bring your light and knife with you always.

    I usually carry a Streamlight Protac 1L-1AA and a Three Rivers Nomad with me, but this morning I was in a rush and forgot both. Because of my keychain setup, I still have a light and a functional cutting tool on me. Redundancy can be important.
     
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  7. neo71665

    neo71665 Loaded Pockets

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    I only have a p38 on my key ring. Never seen the need to carry a bunch of useless micro tools.

    Well I guess the carabiner on my keys has a flat blade screw driver tip, bottle opener, and 5/16 wrench but I didn't get it for that crap. I like it because it's all stainless steel and was cheap. If I could find a plain version of it I would be happy with it.
     
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  8. Tesla

    Tesla Loaded Pockets

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    They go from pants to pants (or shorts)...forgetting them is not an option, but I'm OCD so I always wind up triple checking everything...including backing up down the alley to make sure the garage door is down...:giggle: