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Sampo Swivels?

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by Al Effendi, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Al Effendi

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    A few friends have complimented me on how :censored:, manly, and "hep" my keychain is (and no, they were not being nice to the dork with the keychain full of manchild toys), so I decided to make them starter keychains.

    The one component I don't have that's quality, geek-factor, and small is the swivel. I've read a bit about Sampo swivels, but before I order any, I figured I'd ask the experts.

    - Are they appropriate for a keychain?
    - Which is the smallest size that still performs well for the task?
    - Are there any issues I need to consider?
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    --Al
     
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  2. Brtsmpsn
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    Watching and curious as well. I had a different kind of swivel from my P-7 to a split ring and it bit me a couple of time so I didn't add it when I put the UFO into the mix.
     
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    They seem to be great swivel as I have had no problems with mine. I have the 150(small) and 300 lb.(large) sizes, you can cover the swivel with a bead with the correct size of hole for a even better look too. the only thing with the small one is if you want a small split ring it may be hard to install sometimes, and yes I sometimes remove the welded ring some may come with.
     
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  4. xdglocker

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    This Manloong swivel is pretty cool. Rated @ 300lbs and 1/2 " long. There are different sizes out there. I got some for fishing on ebay. You have to add your own split rings.
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    The small ones are size #4 if I remember correctly the large one is I believe a #7 and has been holding keys since high school. The larger on is better in my opinion, I had the smaller ones handy so I made them work. I may have the sizes reversed.
     
  6. indigo_wolf

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    You can get the Sampo Ball Bearing Swivels with split rings and both ends or solid rings at both ends. The ring design you choose will effect the weight rating with the split rings failing before the barrel does.

    These are the sizes available and their weight ratings.

    EDIT: Great.... another forum that edits out embedded tabs AND multiple embedded blanks AND disallows table markup. YOY can't forum developers clue into the fact that tabular data is sometimes a good way for the exchange of information. :censored::furious::stomp::banghead: <* End Rant *>

    Split Rings:
    Order #_____Size_____Lb. Test
    1R__________1________10
    2R__________2________12
    3R__________3________15
    4R__________4________30
    5R__________5________50
    6R__________6________70

    Solid Rings
    Order #_____Size______Lb. Test
    X1R_________1_________30
    X2R_________2_________45
    X3R_________3_________60
    X4R_________4_________150
    X5R_________5_________200
    X6R_________6_________300
    X8R_________8_________500

    These are available in a nickel or black finish. Black is denoted by a B prefixing the order number.

    Most well stocked sporting goods stores will have a variety in the fishing department. Dedicated fishing stores will have a greater variety.

    In conjunction with the UFO, you might want to explorer the smaller sizes and swap out the circular split rings with oval ones. Solid rings assume that you will be attching to a larger split ring or something like a McGizmo clip for things that frequently need to be separated from the pack.

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  7. indigo_wolf

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    Denial is a terrible, terrible thing. [​IMG] ;)

    ATB,
    Sam
     
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    I think the only thing that has stopped me (I've had them in my hand at Bass Pro) is by adding the swivel and another split ring adds over 1/2 and inch and puts everything back to the bottom of my pocket instead of hanging nicely off of the p-7. This is how it looks now. Add another split ring and swivel and you can see how long it will get. [​IMG]

    I like being able to easily switch things out without messing with the split rings.
     
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    I like them because they added enough length I can clip my keychain onto my belt loop and have the keys all ride in my pocket. So I don't have a jingle walk.
     
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    That makes complete sense. I have one of the niteize hangars like yours somewhere and I stopped using it because the keys etc didn't hang into my pocket.
     
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    That is a fine product: well-made and long-lasting; however, I gave-up on using so much hardware for my keychain stuff because I greatly minimized what had occupied my keychain over the years.
     
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  12. Kyle Sampson

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    How hard is it to make those paracord holder's? I just ordered that exact setup but am new to paracord.
     
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    It is pretty easy. That is just a noose with both ends closed. It is a lighter cord to reduce bulk on the keychain. I figured it out on my own or I would link a tutorial.

    You won't be disappointed in the setup. I love it.
     
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    Unfortunately, I eyeball the swivels, so I can give any input on size.

    I have one on my keychain for my Arc flashlight - the swivel helps keep tension from building up by the split ring getting twisted against the lanyard hole of the light. I highly recommend the swivel to help keep tension to a minimum on stress points.
     
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  15. Kyle Sampson

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    Ya I definitely want mine setup like that, here is what I have now, unsure how I should do it? Any recommendations?
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    I would throw the three keys on a small shackle, small split ring on the fob, USB stick, SAK, and quantum to each go on their own clip. Personally my truck key/fob stays separate to keep the weight off of the ignition. Also gives you the option to change anything you want anytime. Mine stays the same other than the OPMT, I will remove the keys and slip in a Leatherman style PS when flying somewhere.
     
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    Good advise, think i'll give that a go.
     
  18. Kyle Sampson

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    I'm trying to find a small shackle, got any pics or ones that you favor?
     
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    I use the true utility key shackle works well on 4-5 flat keys. I have 4 so it cranks down tight and has never loosened on me, others use small marine shackles or motorcycle chain links for their keys. If all else fails even a paracord loop would work.
     
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  20. Kyle Sampson

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    Excellent thanks for the help, sorry if I was a little annoying. Just want to set it up right the first time.

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