1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Tool to open a split ring?

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by bryan123, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. bryan123

    bryan123 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2016
    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    264
    Large split rings are easy to open either with fingernails or one of the screwdrivers on my full size Swiss Army knife.

    Is there a tool to help open smaller split rings so they could be easier loaded up or unloaded?

    Thanks
     
  2. STEVEALLEN3312

    STEVEALLEN3312 Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2014
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    3
    Check out the sites that sell fishing gear, they sell split ring pliers. Once you use them, you will find them indispensable


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
    marcclarke and RAMBOCAT like this.
  3. EveryDayBeer
    • In Omnia Paratus

    EveryDayBeer Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,967
    Likes Received:
    4,529
    In a pinch you can use a staple puller. Usually I use my Swisstool, one of the smaller flats works for twisting them open. If you're looking for purpose built, generics on Amazon run around five bucks. Xuron makes some nice ones if it's stuff you'll be using a lot.
     
  4. IHateBottleOpeners

    IHateBottleOpeners EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2015
    Messages:
    1,753
    Likes Received:
    4,926
    If you have a full size SAK and if you don't use the small blade so much, you can just dull the blade on purpose use it as such.
     
  5. Water-Rat

    Water-Rat Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    1,543
    Likes Received:
    3,103
    A combination of pliers (to hold it steady) and a small prytool/screwdriver/nail file is what I usually use.
     
  6. neo71665

    neo71665 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2016
    Messages:
    304
    Likes Received:
    246


    Yep, if OP is stateside even wal-mart carries them.

    [​IMG]
     
    RAMBOCAT likes this.
  7. Iamnuts

    Iamnuts Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    1
    +1 on the stapler puller
     
  8. RAMBOCAT

    RAMBOCAT Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2016
    Messages:
    188
    Likes Received:
    110
    +1 on the split ring pliers.
     
  9. Nick4305
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Nick4305 EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    5,405
    Likes Received:
    92,634
    Tec Accessories sells this one for three bucks ....

    [​IMG]
     
  10. ketchupgun

    ketchupgun Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2011
    Messages:
    535
    Likes Received:
    1,265
    Try a staple remover.


    Sent from my Speak & Spell.
     
  11. bryan123

    bryan123 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2016
    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    264
    Hi folks, I went to Wally World and they had the split ring pliers in the fishing Dept but they were 7 bucks. I picked up a 99 cent staple remover. If it doesn't work well I'll get the Tec pliers the next time I order from him. I can also use the staple remover to remove Staples I guess.
     
    Nick4305 likes this.
  12. mizedog

    mizedog Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    1,282
    I have no experience with the Key Sargeant, but hear it can open a split ring.
     
  13. Replete

    Replete Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2013
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    291
    I have some experience with the Key Sergeant. I bought one last week to redo my keychain. It was great for, say, the split ring that came with my Fenix E01 (probably a size 10 ring, so almost 12mm inside diameter). For the really, really tiny split ring on my Leatherman Style, I had to use some split ring pliers I had for jewelry making, just because the handles gave me greater control. The Key Sergeant is really small, so I couldn't get enough of a grip. (It's still good to have as a scraper, though.)
     
    bryan123 likes this.
  14. bryan123

    bryan123 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2016
    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    264
    That's what I was afraid of. In general the larger rings are not a problem but the tiny rings are the real problem. For example the tiny rings on my Princeton Tec Pulsar 2 and my Fenix E05 did a number on my fingernails. I haven't had a chance to try my new 99 cent wally world staple remover yet (just got it yesterday and had to watch Wrestlemania lol) but can anyone tell me in general how successful they have been with staple removers with those very tiny rings?

    Thanks
     
    Replete likes this.
  15. parnass

    parnass Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2006
    Messages:
    7,093
    Likes Received:
    427
    I still use the USA-made Xuron 496 split ring pliers I bought from Amazon. Wrote about them in 2012 in this thread: http://edcforums.com/threads/split-ring-pliers.100731/

    [​IMG]
     
  16. bryan123

    bryan123 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2016
    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    264
    I wound up picking up a split ring plier at the local fishing supply store. About 10 bucks. Seems to be working well for even small rings.

    Thanks to all.
     
    Replete and RAMBOCAT like this.