electronic brain surgery since 2001

New Keyring

For the last years, I carry a rather bulky key ring. Attached to an old Mercedes Benz star emblem (with the star long broken) were no fewer than 15 keys and a bottle opener:

  1. apartment key
  2. basement key
  3. letter box key
  4. office entry key
  5. office door key
  6. another office key?
  7. unknown key
  8. bike related key, maybe obsolete
  9. bike related key, maybe obsolete
  10. bike lock key 1
  11. bike lock key 2
  12. unknown key, maybe old basement
  13. my Mom's apartment key
  14. strongbox key?
  15. the same key as 14.

It weighted 187g and contained a lot of keys I nearly never used or even couldn't remember what they were for anyway. Inspired by the EDC Blog I decided to revamp the key ring and replace unneeded keys with some more useful tools. This is what I carry now:

I'm down to six keys (apartment and office) and the whole ring now weighs 122g including the tools. Of these I selected the three following after some careful review studying and spending hours on different EDC1) sites.

  • Kingston DTSE9 32GB USB stick. You can read details in my last blog post
  • Fenix E01 LED Flashlight. I selected this one because it runs up to 21 hours on a single, standard AAA battery. It's still pretty bright, small and lightweight.
  • Swiss+Tech Utili-Key. Of the various multi tools I found this to have the best usefulness/size ratio. It has a Flat and Phillips screwdriver, a bottle opener and a tiny knife – the things I probably need most.

For the keyring itself I decided for a Drosselmeyer Free-Key. It's similar to a simple key ring, but has a cool system for adding and removing keys without breaking your finger nails.

For now I'm pretty happy with the outcome, but might want to experiment with different tools in the future. An iGo MicroUSB charger cable or a mini prybar tool might be useful. If you have any useful tools on your keyring I missed, please let me know.

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