So you'd like to...

have the ultimate keychain.

A guide by Joshua G. Feldman "Technophile" (New York)

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The keychain is one of those personal accessories that most people bother to keep track of and keep with them at all times. This makes it a great place to keep tools and resources that you need in a pinch. Having a well configured keychain increases your self reliance and personal power. Keychains are rough places, and space is a premium so choose wisely and don't skimp on quality.


Keychain Flashlights.
One item that I frequently need is a good flashlight. Until recently keychain sized flashlights meant having a compromised dim flashlight. Not anymore:
Fenix L0D-CE is the ultimate: a tiny flashlight that compromises absolutely nothing and uses a single tiny AAA. Fenix LED L0D CE Flashlight
Have room for a AA size model - and get even more power: Vitasoy Soy Drink, Malt, 8.45 Ounce
If you don't need the very best, there are other great choices for less money:
Gerber Sonic LED Flashlight Keychain Black Task Light
Fenix L0P Special, Black, 30 Lumens
Gerber's venerable task light is less bright, but battleship tough: Gerber 22-80012 Infinity Ultra Task LED Flashlight, Black


Keychain Pens
Another accessory most folks need in a pinch is a pen. Most keychain pens don't stay put - they separate and get loose in your pocket. Some cheap pens leak - which is a disaster in your pocket. The Inka is a serious and brilliant design with o-rings to seal tight and allow you to pop the pen in and out of the tube instantly, but securely. The tube unscrews from the ring and can screw onto the pen body to make an elegant full sized pen. The pen itself is pressurized and will write upside down and not leak - even on airplanes. This is a brilliant personal accessory. Nite-ize Inka Pen/PDA Stylus, Carbon Fiber & Stainless Body, Blue Ink
Of course any discussion of pressurized pens must mention the Fisher Space Pen. The classic space pen is a pocket, but not a keychain item. Fisher has recently come out with a fine keychain version of the awesome space pen: Fisher Space Pen Trekker Space Pen, Chrome (SC725)


Keychain Multi-Tools
Unless you carry a multitool on your belt, having one on your keychain will be mighty handy quite often. Swiss+Tech makes quite a line of very small (mostly key-sized) multitools:
Swiss+Tech Utili Key 3 screwdrivers, a dual surfaced knife, and a bottle opener on a key. Swiss+Tech ST66676 Utili-Key 6-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Tool
Swiss+Tech MPCSS - full blown pliers bearing keychain tool Swiss+Tech MPCSS Micro Plus 8 in 1 Keyring Tool
Swiss+Tech MTSCB - a smaller sleeker tiny multi-tool Swiss+Tech MTCSB Micro-Tech 6-in-1 Black Finish Key Ring Companion Multi-Tool
Swiss+Tech SATBS - airport safe (no knife) screwdriver keychain tool Swiss+Tech ST56001 Screwz-All Key Ring Screwdriver Set, Metal Gift Box

The big multi-tool vendors also make larger more fully featured keychain multi-tools:
Leatherman's Micra has a scissors in the place of pliers, and a bevy of useful tools: Leatherman 64010103K Micra Multitool
Leatherman also offers an even smaller multi-tool - the Squirt - in a range of colors with your choice, scissors or pliers. Some say it's the ultimate keychain multi-tool. Some say it's too big and some say it's too small. I say it's the ultimate keychain accessory:
Leatherman 80040003K Squirt P4 Glacier Blue Multitool with Small Pliers
Leatherman 81040003K Squirt S4 Glacier Multitool with Small Scissors
Leatherman 80080003K Squirt P4 Storm Gray Multitool with Small Pliers
Leatherman 81080003K Squirt S4 Storm Gray Multitool with Small Scissors
Leatherman 81030003K Squirt S4 Inferno Multitool with Small Scissors
Leatherman 80030003K Squirt P4-Pocket Multi-Tool, Inferno Red
Victorinox's Classic has a pen knife, file, scissors, toothpick and tweezers: Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife, Red
Largest of all - and pushing the limits of a keychain item - Gerber's clutch is a real pliers bearing multi-tool. Some say it's too small to be strong enough, but it's an excellent attempt at a compromise that is no compromise: Gerber 22-01506 Clutch Mini Pliers Keychain Tool, Special Ops Gray


Keychain Television Remote Controls
One of the coolest things to do (or most annoying to other people) is to control the TVs in public areas like bars, airports, waiting rooms etc...
URC MINI Remote-n-Go Mini Keychain Remote (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Mini Stealth TV Television Remote (color may vary, white/black)
TV-B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain


Keychain Tools for Special Situations
Car crashes often jam car doors. Being able to break a car window quickly can be the margin of survival. What better place to put a lifehammer than on the keychain in your ignition - right at hand? resqme The Original Keychain Car Escape Tool, Made in USA (Black) - Pack of 2

Need to carry data? How about the world's smallest USB data stick in 1GB Kingmax Super Stick - 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (World's Tiniest), or 4 GB

A keychain weapon: Self Defense Keychain Kubotan

Telco/Network guys like me love stuff like this: a way to check if an ethernet jack is hot: Superlooper, Ethernet Loopback Jack And Plug

Tune your guitar Fender Strobe-E Keychain Tuner

Cut the tip off your cigar <product no longer available>


Managing Keychain Stuff
Carrying a few tools can make your keychain too big to carry in your pocket. Then you'll need to start carrying your keychain on your belt like a building super. A carbiner on a belt loop: Wilmar W969 Performance Tool Carabiner Key Holder Bowl - 30 Piece
A retractable reel: Heavy Duty (100% Solid Metal FRONT & BACK) Retractable Reel Key-ID-Badge-Belt Clip & Chain Pull SOLD INDIVIDUALLY,1.5inch
The pull apart: SE - Pull-Apart Key Ring (2 Pack)
A 3-way pull apart: Lucky Line 71701 Pull-Apart Key Ring
An organizer: Kikkerland Super Key Ring with 5 Removable Rings



Beautiful Keychains
How about a beautiful high-end keychain?
The silver horseshoe - ball screw ends (I've used one of these for 15 years now). Elegant and functional: Wavy Cubic Zirconia Bridal Bangle Bracelet
Titanium Titanium Key Ring
Danish design Ring Key
Elegant simplicity <product no longer available>
A flexible cable with silver art at the top: Sterling Silver Stratus Design Keychain by Zina

Products mentioned include:
Keychain Flashlights.
1.  Fenix LED L0D CE Flashlight  by Fenix Flashlights
Out of stock
4.9 out of 5 stars   (8)
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2.  Vitasoy Soy Drink, Malt, 8.45 Ounce  by Vitasoy
$9.99
4.2 out of 5 stars   (10)
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3.  Gerber Sonic LED Flashlight Keychain Black Task Light  by Gerber
Out of stock
2.7 out of 5 stars   (3)
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4.  Fenix L0P Special, Black, 30 Lumens  by Fenix
Out of stock
5.0 out of 5 stars   (3)
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5.  Gerber 22-80012 Infinity Ultra Task LED Flashlight, Black  by Gerber Blades
$17.53 Used & New from: $13.00
4.1 out of 5 stars   (242)
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Keychain Pens
6.  Nite-ize Inka Pen/PDA Stylus, Carbon Fiber & Stainless Body, Blue Ink  by Nite Ize
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4.3 out of 5 stars   (27)
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7.  Fisher Space Pen Trekker Space Pen, Chrome (SC725)  by Fisher
$23.30 Used & New from: $20.75
4.3 out of 5 stars   (75)
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Keychain Multi-Tools
8.  Swiss+Tech ST66676 Utili-Key 6-in-1 Key Ring Multi-Function Tool  by Swiss+Tech
$6.77
4.2 out of 5 stars   (1,128)
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9.  Swiss+Tech MPCSS Micro Plus 8 in 1 Keyring Tool  by Swiss+Tech
$7.82 Used & New from: $4.91
4.5 out of 5 stars   (13)
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10.  Swiss+Tech MTCSB Micro-Tech 6-in-1 Black Finish Key Ring Companion Multi-Tool  by Swiss+Tech
Out of stock
3.3 out of 5 stars   (3)
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11.  Swiss+Tech ST56001 Screwz-All Key Ring Screwdriver Set, Metal Gift Box  by Swiss+Tech
Out of stock
4.4 out of 5 stars   (9)
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12.  Leatherman 64010103K Micra Multitool  by Leatherman
$22.73 Used & New from: $18.99
4.7 out of 5 stars   (311)
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13.  Leatherman 80040003K Squirt P4 Glacier Blue Multitool with Small Pliers  by Leatherman
Used & New from: $29.95
4.6 out of 5 stars   (50)
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14.  Leatherman 81040003K Squirt S4 Glacier Multitool with Small Scissors  by Leatherman
Used & New from: $49.95
4.7 out of 5 stars   (38)
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15.  Leatherman 80080003K Squirt P4 Storm Gray Multitool with Small Pliers  by Leatherman
Used & New from: $49.99
4.7 out of 5 stars   (37)
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16.  Leatherman 81080003K Squirt S4 Storm Gray Multitool with Small Scissors  by Leatherman
Used & New from: $49.99
4.9 out of 5 stars   (27)
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17.  Leatherman 81030003K Squirt S4 Inferno Multitool with Small Scissors  by Leatherman
Out of stock
4.6 out of 5 stars   (27)
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18.  Leatherman 80030003K Squirt P4-Pocket Multi-Tool, Inferno Red  by Leatherman
Used & New from: $29.95
4.6 out of 5 stars   (16)
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19.  Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife, Red  by Victorinox
$13.95 Used & New from: $3.29
4.7 out of 5 stars   (2,337)
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20.  Gerber 22-01506 Clutch Mini Pliers Keychain Tool, Special Ops Gray  by Gerber Blades
Used & New from: $10.99
3.3 out of 5 stars   (36)
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Keychain Television Remote Controls
21.  URC MINI Remote-n-Go Mini Keychain Remote (Discontinued by Manufacturer)  by URC
$24.95 Used & New from: $19.99
3.5 out of 5 stars   (17)
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22.  Mini Stealth TV Television Remote (color may vary, white/black)  by Swamiware
$2.71 Used & New from: $0.99
2.6 out of 5 stars   (323)
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23.  TV-B-Gone Universal TV Power Remote Control Keychain  by Cornfield Electronics
$21.99 Used & New from: $19.90
3.6 out of 5 stars   (147)
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Keychain Tools for Special Situations
24.  resqme The Original Keychain Car Escape Tool, Made in USA (Black) - Pack of 2  by resqme, Inc.
$17.95
4.5 out of 5 stars   (1,453)
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25.  Kingmax Super Stick - 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (World's Tiniest)  by Kingmax
Out of stock
4.2 out of 5 stars   (48)
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26.   
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4.0 out of 5 stars   (14)
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27.  Self Defense Keychain Kubotan  by Dynamic
$6.99 Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars   (143)
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28.  Superlooper, Ethernet Loopback Jack And Plug  by Ziotek
$12.19 Used & New from: $7.79
4.4 out of 5 stars   (14)
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29.  Fender Strobe-E Keychain Tuner  by Fender
Out of stock
4.0 out of 5 stars   (8)
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Managing Keychain Stuff
30.  Wilmar W969 Performance Tool Carabiner Key Holder Bowl - 30 Piece  by Wilmar
$24.33
5.0 out of 5 stars   (1)
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31.  Heavy Duty (100% Solid Metal FRONT & BACK) Retractable Reel Key-ID-Badge-Belt Clip & Chain Pull SOLD INDIVIDUALLY,1.5inch  by Various
$5.99 Used & New from: $2.99
3.7 out of 5 stars   (264)
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32.  SE - Pull-Apart Key Ring (2 Pack)  by Various
$4.42 Used & New from: $1.82
3.9 out of 5 stars   (128)
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33.  Lucky Line 71701 Pull-Apart Key Ring  by Lucky Line
$4.81 Used & New from: $2.69
3.7 out of 5 stars   (29)
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34.  Kikkerland Super Key Ring with 5 Removable Rings  by Kikkerland
Out of stock
3.2 out of 5 stars   (40)
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Beautiful Keychains
35.  Wavy Cubic Zirconia Bridal Bangle Bracelet  by Overstock Jeweler
Out of stock
3.6 out of 5 stars   (7)
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36.  Titanium Key Ring  by Amazon Collection
Out of stock
3.1 out of 5 stars   (7)
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37.  Ring Key 
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38.  Sterling Silver Stratus Design Keychain by Zina  by Zina Sterling Silver
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3.0 out of 5 stars   (3)
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Joshua G. Feldman "Technophile" (New York)
Qualifications: Technophile, data guy, gadget master extraordinaire.
Last updated: 12/10/07
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