In today’s world, everything is scaling down. From smartphones and computers, all the way down to our essential everyday carry like our wallets. Usually, this reduction in size comes with a number of benefits including portability, ease of use, and lightness. Of course, some pieces of our EDC setup don’t need to be scaled down. Keys are a good example of that. Nonetheless, a different kind of problem lurks in the dark when dealing with keys. The bulk and the messiness they bring into our lives. Because of that, a key holder might become the most necessary accessory until everything, including our keys, becomes digitized.
Why Buy a Key Holder?
I would argue that there are many reasons why all of us should eventually settle for a nice little key holder. The best thing about these accessories is that there aren’t many to choose from (since they’re fairly new on the market), making the decision process a pretty straightforward one. Unlike picking the best polarized sunglasses for men. That’s a tedious task right there.
Nevertheless, some things are worth taking into consideration when deciding whether you should add a key holder to your EDC setup. Let’s see what those are:
Neatness and Tidiness
Guys, don’t judge me. There has to come a time in our lives when we’ll go face-to-face with our nonchalant attitude towards tidiness. Being a messy person is all fine and dandy, as well as somewhat understandable when you’re a young stud looking to do nothing less than party all the time. Nevertheless, when maturity comes calling, with all its responsibilities and conscientiousness, we need to step our game up.
However, given that it’s not an easy process, starting from the bottom and building your way all the way to the top might be the perfect strategy to adhere to. Hence, a key holder. It can help you sort out a good portion of your pocket bulk in a jiffy. The truth is, no one really wants to carry a lumpy mess in his pocket. A lumpy mess which is noisy as hell.
What I’m trying to say is that a key holder could become the catalyst for change. Especially when you discover the beauty of having things neat and organized. Note, however, that I’m not proposing that we should all go full-on formal and stuck-up. You know, like wearing men’s neckties and collar stays. Heck no. Just bringing a healthy dose of order to your life.
Saviour of Clothes and Things
Wouldn’t you agree that your keys are the most menacing thing in your pocket? If you’re uncertain about the answer, let’s ask your mobile phone or some of your former pants. Of course, I’m not saying that keys are sentient beings with malicious intents. Nonetheless, given their structure, they do tend to create havoc when paired with less robust items.
Because of that, I’m proposing a key holder as a solution. You see, a key holder could help tame these little sharp-edged buggers. That way, you’d be able to wear your keys and your phone in the same pocket without ever breaking a sweat about your phone’s safety. Moreover, some key holders allow you to attach them to your finest men’s leather belts. That way, you completely avoid dealing with scratched devices and torn pockets.
Finding the Right Key
Now, I’m reluctant to say that this kind of scenario usually occurs when we’re seriously drunk or really need to use the toilet. You know the story. You’ve barely made it to your front door and the only thing dividing you from the inside is the right key which takes ages to find. You immediately get agitated, your hands get all shaky, and you curse your own self for owning so many keys.
Should I even start to explain why a key holder would be a life savior in these situations? Given that most key holders function on a basis of a Swiss Army Knife, you’d always know where the right key is and how to quickly access it! This reason alone was enough to tip me over to the side of owning one. Unfortunately, I find myself in this situation far more than I’d like to.
This is a really important question in the world of men’s accessories. For example, you surely wouldn’t go shopping for men’s scarves without having the aesthetic appeal of those items in mind. Well, another reason why a key holder makes a great little product lies in the fact that almost all key holders are minimalistic in nature.
That means that you wouldn’t have to put too much time into matching it with your other accessories. All you’d have to do is basically choose your favorite color and that would be it. For men, that’s a serious upside. Too much picking and choosing wear us down. Who wants to be involved in that grueling process?
Finding the Best Key Holder for Men
Like I’ve previously mentioned, the market for these accessories isn’t that vast. For that reason, you won’t see too much versatility among these products. One successful concept simply dominates the marketplace. However, some properties do vary, like the materials used and the capacity of a key holder.
KEYTECH Compact Key Organizer
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Kicking things off with a product that could easily become a mechanic’s best friend. I say that because of the macho/raw look of this [amazon link=”B06Y689HJ8″ title=”KEYTECH’s key holder” /]. Everything about this piece screams quality and durability. The frame is made from Zinc Alloy which is famous for its notorious toughness but lightness as well. This particular key holder takes pride in its potential to store up to 14 different keys (if you have that many).
However, what’s awesome about this product is that it’s both a key holder and a multi-tool. You see, the way the frame is set-up, you get to use it as a wrench, bottle opener, or even a phone stand! Multi-functionality is all over the place. Also, it comes with an S-hook carabiner and a loop to attach it to your car keys or key rings.
Sometimes, key holders tend to undo themselves when tied with poor screws. [amazon link=”B06Y689HJ8″ title=”KEYTECH” /] prevented that from happening by fitting their key holder with special anti-loosening washer screws. Nonetheless, assembling these buggers is always a boring task.
- Solid Zinc Alloy construction
- Great storing capacity
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Clips Smart Compact Key Holder
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[amazon link=”B01N7OM9QO” title=”Clips key holder” /] is currently one of the best sellers on the market. The reason for that lies in its affordability and overall build quality. Above all, it has a very light carbon fiber body and comes with a lot of additional equipment to make sure you end up with the perfect configuration in your hands.
Furthermore, it includes a carabiner, capsule-like cash stash, bottle opener, sim opener, metal hook, keyring, twenty spacers, and extensions. Apart from turning your key holder into a multi-tool, these allow you to change the storing capacity of your holder by using the provided extenders.
Moreover, all of this equipment allows you to create three separate configurations – small (6 keys), medium (12 keys), and larger (18 keys). Therefore, no matter how many keys you’re packing, Clips will make sure they all can fit inside their key holder. Like the KEYTECH, this one also comes with rubber washers that help keep your keys in place.
- Versatile and customizable
- Very light
- Comes with a lot of additional equipment
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KeySmart Compact Key Holder
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If we’re speaking truthfully, this is the manufacturer and the model all others are drawing upon. Welcome to the game-changer. The Smart Key Holder! Now, there are many versions of KeySmart key holders. Some are made from plastic, like the KeySmart Pro, others, like the classic one we have [amazon link=”B01DCBVI7C” title=”here” /], are made from stainless steel and aluminum.
The [amazon link=”B01DCBVI7C” title=”classic key holder” /] can hold no more than eight different keys. Some would argue that you won’t need more than that. Additional equipment with this one includes only a loop ring. Certainly, as you’re able to see, it’s all about simplicity and minimalism with the classic key holder. However, what it does provide, which most others don’t, is a wide variety of colors to choose from. A lot of people enjoy having options and it seems like KeySmart took that into consideration.
In case you’re interested in knowing, all KeySmart products are designed in America and are built from top-notch materials. These include aluminum frames and stainless steel hardware.
- An incredible array of colors
- Top build quality
- Sleek design
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Ikrill Smart Key Holder
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Here’s what I was talking about at the beginning of this section. Do these look familiar to you? Exactly, they are almost the same as the KeySmart organizers. Now, it’s not my job to condemn products like these because they aren’t necessarily bad and they often come with much better prices. However, some authenticity would be more than desirable.
The story with these isn’t much different from the previous models. It has a Zinc Alloy frame, includes rubber washers, a carabiner, loop, a sim and a bottle opener. However, [amazon link=”B074WG541Y” title=”Ikrill key holders” /] come with enough spacers and extension posts for you to be able to fit up to 20 keys in them! Now, that’s a lot of keys.
Apart from having sharper edges than KeySmart key holders, these are around $3 cheaper. It may not sound as much, but to some people, it’ll surely make a difference.
- Cheaper than the KeySmart
- Fits up to 20 keys
- Comes with a lot of equipment
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Lancher Key Chain
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This isn’t a key holder per se, but I had to include something a bit different and cool-looking. If you’re a guy who puts style above all else, this keychain might interest you. You know, if you’re into best men’s hats and would enjoy sporting something unique like the Ember temperature control mug.
Since there isn’t much to this product, its price is fairly reasonable. You could grab this little bastard for less than $10. It comes with a scratch and corrosion-resistant body, a simple button which helps you attach or detach your keychain from your belt loop, and two additional loops to hang your keys on.
Now, [amazon link=”B01IYA1BK0″ title=”this key holder” /] won’t be as effective as the previous one at keeping your EDC clank and bulk-free, but it does look more attractive and it would still get the job done fairly well. If anything, it makes for a great gift!
- Scratch-resistant body
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Here’s a little something for the elegant fellows. [amazon link=”B01H7WTA7M” title=”Northwall” /] has shown with their key holder that beauty and practicality can go hand in hand. This beauty is made from full grain vegetable tanned Italian leather and I must say, it works like a charm. While it doesn’t have a solid metal body, it performs the duty of a key holder quiet diligently.
When it comes to the capacity, this model is capable of holding up to ten different keys. That would be an average. Plus, it comes with a metal piece which serves the purpose of being a multi-tool. It contains a bottle opener, box opener, flathead screwdriver, and a key loop.
To sum it up. The [amazon link=”B01H7WTA7M” title=”Northwall” /] provides just the right amount of space, has a charming look, and comes with a very handy little multi-tool. However, its price is a bit steep at $23. Then again, that is somewhat understandable given the unique nature of this key holder.
- Very unique and stylish
- Includes a multi-tool
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SleeKey Compact Key Holder
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Even though [amazon link=”B01MT3WTMQ” title=”SleeKey” /], like most other key holders, resembles the KeySmart, I have to admit that it’s very well executed. I’d even say that it’s prettier than the KeySmart because it’s less show-offy. First of all, it’s made from premium stainless steel and aluminum alloy. When you hold it in your hands it certainly does feel solid and well polished.
Of course, for security reasons, it comes with rubber washes which safely hold your keys in place and prevent a potential spillage. Included in the package are a loop and a nice little bottle opener. However, keep in mind that you can use the SleeKey as a mobile phone stand as well.
Capacity-wise, this particular key holder might as well be the champion. If you fill it to the brim, you’ll find that it holds an astounding number of 22 keys! So, it’s very practical, good-looking, and durable. Everything a key holder should be.
- Gorgeous finish
- Holds up to 22 keys
- Can be used as a phone stand
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KeyBlade Carbon Key Holder
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Repetition, repetition, repetition. [amazon link=”B077989K5H” title=”KeyBlade” /] is another key holder made from carbon fiber. For that reason, it’s extraordinarily light. Furthermore, it also comes with a ton of useful additional equipment. You see, these types of products are good to have on the market simply because they allow you to save a dollar or two. However, there’s nothing new they bring onto the scene.
I have no problem imagining a gearhead who would love to have this key holder dangling from his belt. After all, carbon fiber became a very fancy material, hasn’t it?
- Carbon fiber body
- Good price
- Includes a ton of equipment
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It’s time to get the technology involved! Here’s the almighty [amazon link=”B074SD4FM9″ title=”KeySmart Pro” /]! Apart from being just a regular key holder with a plastic frame, the KeySmart pro comes with two additional features which no other key holder on the market possesses. I’m talking about an LED lamp and smart location tracking!
When you buy the KeySmart Pro, you are free to download the Tile app which you can use at all times to call your key holder. That way, losing your keys becomes just a thing from the past. Likewise, you can also use the button on the KeySmart to give a call to your smartphone as well. Seems like protection flows in both directions. That’s great to know!
Because of its smarts, this is probably one of the coolest accessories you could ever own. Not only does it solve a great practical problem of bulky keys, but it provides an extra layer of safety through the means of state-of-the-art technology!
- Smart location tracking
- LED lamp
- Gorgeous design
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Heshe Leather Key Case
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Let’s close things off with something completely different and unique. This is a key wallet basically. The only thing that’s wrong with it is that it’s not that compact and minimal to be worthy of calling an EDC item. Otherwise, it’s brilliant. The wallet is made from very soft cowhide leather and has a potential of storing up to six different keys.
Nevertheless, compared to the previous ones, this particular key holder isn’t restrained by the key size. You’re free to fill it up with six keys, no matter the size, no matter the shape. The Heshe comes with a credit card/cash pouch, atop of six carabiners mounted inside to hang your keys on.
Therefore, the makers of [amazon link=”B00GPDFCO0″ title=”Heshe” /] tried to make an accessory which would basically replace both your wallet and your keychain. Have they succeeded in doing so? Both yes and no.
- All new design
- Cowhide leather wallet
- Includes a credit card pouch
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The time has come to call out the winner. Without a single doubt in my mind, the KeySmart Pro is the absolute champion in this race. Even though all other key holders would get the job done, the KeySmart Pro would provide you with something extra. That something extra is both the looks as well as smarts.
It’s always nice to have an accessory in your pocket which gets conversations going and the KeySmart Pro is undoubtedly one of those. If you want to check it out, make sure to [amazon link=”B074SD4FM9″ title=”click here” /] in order to do so.