The Best Magnetic Keychains
Magnets. How do they work? In the case of your everyday carry, they work best where you want a secure connection that’s still conveniently quick to release. And there’s arguably no better place for this than on your keychain! Throwing magnets into the mix makes removing your keys to unlock a door or use one of your keychain tools literally a snap. As with other keychains, it all comes down to the hardware. In this guide, you’ll find 6 attractive key carrying setups that make the best use of magnets.
What to Look For in a Magnetic Keychain
Quick access and ease of use: The main benefit of magnetic keychains is convenience. Make sure whatever keychain you pick is easy to operate, both when taking off your keys and putting them back.
Secure retention: Just as important as being able to remove your keys is making sure they don’t fall off accidentally. Designs that have some locking features in place will give you some peace of mind. Quick access and retention are two sides of the same coin, so try to find a keychain with a balance of the two you’re comfortable with.
Quality hardware and materials: Just like YKK seems to be the king of zippers, hardware from Fidlock out of Germany will be your go-to on premium options.
It sort of goes without saying that keys are one of the least convenient things to carry in your EDC. That’s why this set of magnetic keychains from DSPTCH is so attractive: it’s an entire system designed to carry your keys conveniently. Your keys go on a sturdy split ring, connected to one half of a Fidlock magnetic clasp via heavy duty nylon webbing. This part of the keychain is on the longer side, which can be bulky, but also provides enough length for a secure, back pocket tuck. The type of closure on this keychain disengages by deliberately hinging it off with the tip of your thumb (meaning you can’t accidentally pull it apart by tugging on it). It connects to three different attachment pieces: a belt clip, a snap loop (for a belt or a strap on your bag), and a gated D-ring to clip onto other hardware in your EDC. Having these options lets you keep your keys accessible no matter what you’re doing or what you’re carrying.
Outlier’s best known for their subtly stylish technical menswear, but they make EDC-worthy hard goods with the same emphasis on everyday utility and high-performance materials. The Ultrahigh Key Piece is a minimalist’s dream. Despite having so few parts, it’s impressively versatile as a self-contained key setup. On the bottom half of the keychain, you’ll find a Fidlock magnetic hook that disengages by hinging with your thumb. It’s connected to a D-ring that freely swivels for attaching your keyring. On the top half, a flat black aluminum gated carabiner clips to your belt loop. It’s connected to the attachment point of the magnetic hook with a laser-cut strip of Biothane. It’s fastened by a Chicago screw on the reverse side, letting you detach the top carabiner completely and loop it onto a strap on your backpack for an even more minimalist setup.
Magnetic quick releases aside, your keychain should be sturdy — especially if you’re guilty of loading it up with a ton of keychain tools. The Arktype PMK is definitely up to that task, thanks to its use of heavy-duty hardware and materials throughout. Up top, a stainless steel shackle that disengages by tugging on its side pin connects to your belt loop. Hand-woven paracord connects the shackle to a low-profile Fidlock clasp. This clasp is smaller than the others, which cuts down on bulk, but can make operating its hinge trickier if you have bigger hands. One last bit of paracord connects the bottom half of the magnetic clasp to a split ring for your keys. With two quick-release methods and two different split rings on this keychain, there’s plenty of room to customize it to best serve your EDC.
The MQR (short for magnetic quick release) technically isn’t a keychain on its own, but it can be an extremely useful piece of hardware for those of you who use a keychain tool often. With the MQR between a tool and the rest of your keys, you can quickly detach and use your tool without your bulky keys getting in the way. The MQR houses magnets in each of its halves and only comes apart with 4 pounds of deliberate pulling force. Each half adds some extra utility as a standard magnet for picking up metal screws, or attaching your gear to a magnetic surface.