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KeyBar Hands-On Review: Epic Every Day Carry Key Organizer & Multi-Tool (Video)
Do you own locks that require keys to open? Do you work in a location that has you carrying around endless rings of keys to open every door in a five-mile radius? Do you carry a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman Multi-Tool because you like to have essential tools with you at all times?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a KeyBar. What exactly is a KeyBar, you might ask? Let me show you.
Broken down into its most basic form, a KeyBar is pretty much two pieces of metal, two screws, and several washers. The beauty of that design is the simplicity and flexibility for customizing the KeyBar in pretty much any way you’d like.
KeyBars can do a lot more for you than just keeping your keys organized and quiet. If you like having tools like screwdrivers, pry bars, bottle openers, tweezers, and a miscellaneous assortment of other tools with you all the time, your EDC can grow from pocket-sized to backpack-sized pretty quickly.
With a KeyBar, not only can you carry all the keys you’d like, but you can also put in basically anything else you’d like that will fit. KeyBar manufacturers several optional accessories that are all high-quality titanium parts, specifically designed to fit inside of the KeyBar perfectly:
- Spare Key Fob Link
- Quick Key Tab
- Mini Pen
- Golf Divot Tool
- Keyrabiner (carabiner)
- Nail File
- Bottle Bomber
- Flash Drive
- Flathead Screwdriver/Pry Tool
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- Deep Carry Pocket Clip
- Mini Utility Tool
If you’re on a budget and don’t want the extra cost of specialized titanium parts, you can take apart a Leatherman or similar multi-tool and use any of the tools from it in your KeyBar. For example, this is what my KeyBar looks like now, after filming the initial video. As you can see, I have a lot more tools and functionality than just carrying my usual three standard keys.
The customization factor is one of the biggest selling points for KeyBars. You aren’t locked into any specific size or configuration. If you want a KeyBar that is 12 inches wide and holds all the keys in the Matrix, you’re more than welcome to build it.
In addition to KeyBar’s own offerings for accessories, there are other companies that also produce specific tools and knife inserts for KeyBars. Klecker Knives is one such company. They currently have more than twenty different tools available on Amazon for you to pop right into your KeyBar to increase its functionality.
KeyBar Offers Endless Customization & Personalization
KeyBar makes about 7.8 million different options to choose from when you’re personalizing your EDC. If you are not interested in any special designs or exotic materials, no problem, grab yourself a standard aluminum KeyBar for $34.95, and you’re all set. If you prefer more interesting metals, check out their offerings in brass, copper, titanium, carbon fiber, and micarta. The higher-end materials and designs range from about $55 all the way up to $130, so you have plenty of options to find your perfect fit.
Looking for something with even more personality than just exotic materials? No problem. KeyBar makes some of the best looking designs for EDC tools I’ve ever seen, including hand-carved engravings, sandblasted titanium, color anodized titanium, laser etchings, and more. I’d be willing to bet they might even work with you on something 100% custom if the price was right.
Conclusion & Final Thoughts
I really like my KeyBar. If you struggle with excessive keys and other things jingling around in your pockets, a KeyBar will be exactly what you need to get that squared away, organized, and QUIET.
The customization factor is my favorite aspect. If you go hard in the EDC world and only carry specific metals or styles, you can still rock a KeyBar because odds are good they have something that will work perfectly with your current EDC gear. Overall, I think they nailed the design by offsetting the keys, so they rest evenly in the bar without sticking out or making sharp points. I also like the pocket clip, so you can hang your KeyBar off your belt or inside a pocket to keep it from moving around and getting uncomfortable.
Because of the customizable factor, it’s pretty easy to get a little carried away and try to fit anything and everything into the KeyBar that you probably don’t actually need… Ask me how I know.