1. Please update your bookmarks to use https://www.edcforums.com/
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Tritium Key Holder Fob & Wallet(s)- Compact Design - More Added

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by Dafabricata, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Dafabricata

    Dafabricata Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Messages:
    551
    Likes Received:
    1,062

    I'll continue to update this thread with more pics, as projects are progressing/completed.

    Big, bulky, noisy, cumbersome keys have always annoyed me. About 4 years ago, I started cutting down my keys and trying various methods to keep them compact, silent, and organized. Screwing them together, adding different colored trits to slots in the keys, adding blades, pry-bars, all sorts of fun stuff. A big bonus of actually trying it was finding what worked, and what could be improved.
    I notice a lot of people with giant keychains with all sorts of useful stuff and can understand having that all on hand, tossing it in a coat pocket and doing your thing. I carry my backpack ALMOST everywhere, so I am able to keep all these useful items in my pack instead. Only things in my pants are wallet, money, keys, knife, light, and pistol. Everything else is nicely organized in the pack.

    It seems the older you get the more keys end up in your life. A few months ago I made a brass key holder like this but smaller and with less keys. It was heavy and I uglied it up trying to engrave it. It was also annoying having to open my backpack to get my toolbox keys daily since there was no room for them on the smaller brass one.
    This was the testbed for what will eventually be titanium. Made from 1/2" aluminum and able to hold my 10 most used keys in a compact silent, package with organization and a 3 X 20mm green tritium vial for easy location in the dark.
    So far I'm really enjoying it. The threaded hole for the tritium is also the location for a removable lanyard attachment point and once screwed in, the screw securing the keys locks it into place. The tritium vial sits pretty deep and is well guarded with rubber pads on either end and locked into place with small set screw. No norland for now since I want to put this trits in a titanium body eventually.
    In my mind, I thought having it black with the slots left bare would look cool, but I actually like it better bare. Bare titanium would be perfect. This and the wallet below will be cerakoted to hold me over until they can be made in titanium.
    Best part is, it looks like a nice EDC match for my Spy 007T.



    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    ADDED 2/16/12: Matching Tritium Wallet

    The idea of making a wallet has been on my mind for a few years now. A few weeks back the wallet that I EDCed for 3-4 years finally broke beyond fixing. It was an aluminum card holder that I covered with carbon fiber and set a 2 X10 green trit vial into the clasp. Loved it! Small, lighweight, and just looked cool IMO.

    [​IMG]

    The 2nd or 3rd gen. Ipod always felt so nice in my hand and I always had hoped to find or make a wallet about the same size. Ironically, it was only after I had the completed drawing sitting in front of me that I grabbed the ipod and realized it was the exact same size length and width, and only about 1/4" thicker! ;D
    The hinge point and clearances are the only thing I'd change...so far. I plan to drill a small hole in the hinge area with a second larger diameter hole stopping just short of going all the way through. A steal ball bearing will be inserted followed by a spring and a set screw. With a small detent milled into the lower, it will keep the lid in a securely closed by way of the ball detent ....thats the plan anyway..:laugh:
    A green 11mm tritium sphere is set into the corner and exposed with 2 slots, making sure to keep the aluminum thick enough to protect against accidental drops. Its pretty darn bright in a dark room with night adapted eyes...bright enough to read with!
    After a bit more refining and finish sanding, I'll be sending it out to be cerakoted along with the key holder. A durable finish will help hold me over until a titanium version of each is made...someday.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    low_down, Cornholio2188 and Mammoth like this.
  2. cubegleamer

    cubegleamer Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    523
    Likes Received:
    184
    sounds cool. let's see a pic.
     
  3. jag-engr
    • Administrator

    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    5,182
    Likes Received:
    3,629
    Wow, Defabricata, that's awesome!

    I have added your project to my compilation thread that I have linked in my signautre line.

    Keep up the great work!

     
  4. cubegleamer

    cubegleamer Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    523
    Likes Received:
    184
    Wow! looks great!!
     
  5. Dafabricata

    Dafabricata Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Messages:
    551
    Likes Received:
    1,062

    Thanks a bunch guys!

    jag-engr, since I have no reason to remove the keys, I never thought of ease of removal.
    After having this thing apart so often, I've actually found just how easy it is to swap keys around.
    Simply lay it on its back, unscrew the key retaining bolt as far as needed and remove, swap, or replace keys as needed.


    Removed the black paint...it looks much better bare.
    I'll EDC this one for a while, decide if theres anything to improve on and eventually make a Ti version.
    The keys are easy to flip out and use one handed with some practice.

    EDIT: just got home from a trip into town. Had my left arm full of stuff and had thick leather winter gloves on and was easily able to pull the key fob from my rear pocket, find the correct key and open the door.

    [​IMG]
     
    Cornholio2188 likes this.
  6. Kripto

    Kripto Evil Sid

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,011
    Likes Received:
    7,864
    Want!!! :)
     
    KnoxButler likes this.
  7. jsmitty1967
    • In Omnia Paratus

    jsmitty1967 Go Big Blue

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,411
    Likes Received:
    81
    That is awesome! I bet the big trit makes it easy to find!
     
  8. downsouth

    downsouth Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2009
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    2
    Wow, awesome idea. Love the design!
     
  9. billybag
    • In Omnia Paratus

    billybag Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,549
    Likes Received:
    1,351
    That's just flat out SWEET.
     
  10. Haubitz

    Haubitz Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    565
    Likes Received:
    2,852
    Wow, that thing is awesome. Could you snap a pic. of it in the dark so that we could really see the tritium do its thing? Please.
     
  11. Ludwell01

    Ludwell01 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2011
    Messages:
    446
    Likes Received:
    465
    Really good idea and cool execution; can't wait to see one in titanium! :D
     
  12. Six String

    Six String Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    2,998
    Likes Received:
    13,869
    Pretty darn cool, for sure.
     
  13. Dafabricata

    Dafabricata Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Messages:
    551
    Likes Received:
    1,062
    Thanks guys!

    Yes, the large trits make them extremely easy to find in the dark.

    Made a wallet to match with an 11mm trit sphere in the corner. It's the same size as my old Ipod (2nd or 3rd gen?) only thicker. The 11mm trit sphere in the wallet can actully be used as a low light light source with dark adaped eyes.
    A small bit of refining and finish sanding, then its off to be cerakoted along with the key fob. Figure the cerakote will hold me over until I can do these both in titanium.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Cornholio2188 likes this.
  14. AlteredMentalStatus

    AlteredMentalStatus Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2012
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    161
    Looking good. Can't wait to see them are cerakoted up.

    Have an approx. weight for the two together?
     
  15. Ludwell01

    Ludwell01 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2011
    Messages:
    446
    Likes Received:
    465
    Wow! Could we see how the wallet works?
     
  16. PerfectZebra
    • +1 Supporter
    • In Omnia Paratus

    PerfectZebra Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    566
    +1!
     
  17. TallNHairyDave

    TallNHairyDave Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Messages:
    223
    Likes Received:
    87
    :censored:, nice work sir! :)
     
  18. Dafabricata

    Dafabricata Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Messages:
    551
    Likes Received:
    1,062

    Sorry, I dont have a scale, but they are pretty light.
    It could have been lighter if I made the walls thinner, but I decided to keep it thicker in case I wanted to add more trit vials.


    Sure! I finished the ball detent today, but it doesn't work as well as I had hoped...but it does work.
    Might add a tiny neodimium magnet to the front edge , and mill a pocket into the lid and JB weld a strip of metal in to help secure the front better....unsure how to proceed for the desired result.
    It closes with a nice, tight finish, but I'd like more resistance to have to open it.

    [​IMG]
     
    Cornholio2188 likes this.
  19. Ludwell01

    Ludwell01 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2011
    Messages:
    446
    Likes Received:
    465
    Liking the look of that a lot. How does the hinge work? Is it an integral part of the lid or a bolt on hinge?

    Really liking the idea of a small magnet to keep it closed.
     
  20. mcmc

    mcmc Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2006
    Messages:
    466
    Likes Received:
    54
    Man, nice work!!

    About how many cards and how much cash are you able to keep in the wallet?

    Btw, is that some kind of crazy turbo head on your Spy??