Swiss Army Keys

The Swiss Army knife is an institution known worldwide.  Compact storage of a wide range of tools, so the surprise isn’t that someone didn’ty apply it to other objects, but it has taken so long for it to be realised.

  
This particular Swiss Army knife belonged to my grandfather, so it has particular meaning for me.

I had seen these kits on Kickstarter, so was particularly interested when I came across them at one of the local markets.

  
The product is called KeySmart, and it can be locally purchased from Keyring Solutions here in Australia.  They are also at the Berwick market this weekend if you are in the area and want to see them in person.  (And check out The Toymaker while you are there 😉 )

It comes with a couple of threaded rods, spacers, and two outer case pieces that you see here in blue.  By threading all your keys on either end, they become a very compact package, and turns a bunch of keys that stick out at all angles and directions into a very compact unit that sits comfortably in your pocket.

The spacers allow different thicknesses of keys (or odd numbers) to fit neatly, and surprisingly comfortably in your pocket.  These are my house keys (and obviously the large car keys dont fit in the unit, but can be conveniently clipped to the side), so there are not too many to deal with.  There are other tools you can also add, such as a bottle opener (which is in the set here), and a USB key which can be a convenient thing to have with you.

However, the real test, and what I really wanted to try it out on was myh work keys.  I have a large set of all the areas I am responsible for, some are very large, twin barrel security keys, and in a bunch it was like shoving a porcupine into the pocket, without any exaggeration.

This is the result, and I am genuinely thrilled with the outcome.

   

 This is the larger model of the KeySmart (extended) and I have used some of the optional extender kits to be able to fit everything in.  There would be no reason why I couldn’t have kept going if I had wanted to.

You may think it would be really hard to now find the key that you want, but instead it is the opposite.  You very quickly learn where your primary keys reside in the device, so it is really easy to locate them and flick out the desired key, just like you would do with a Swiss Army knife.

A pretty cool solution to a problem that we have ignored (and put up with) for a long time! 

Keyring Solutions also have some other interesting and innovative products also sourced from Kickstarter type campaigns.  Hoping to be able to have a play with the Chipolo, which is another very interesting product, and one that I should have attached to my keyrings!  If you have a habit of loosing things, keys, bags, phone etc, then it is a very interesting invention indeed…..

One Response

  1. I had one of these but found that my keys would still catch in my pocket and open up – not very comfortable.

    I switched to another Kickstarter project, but this one from Melbourne. The Liquid Key Caddy (see http://liquidco.com) provides more cover for the keys, but otherwise is a very similar design. I find my PO Box key and my front door key (both rather long) no longer open up in my pocket. The keys aren’t as easy to get at (you need to give them a bit of a push from the wrong side), but I prefer that to having my keys open up in my pocket.

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