We had some internal debate over the term “keychain tool” before we selected the options for this category. Keychain tool refers to a few different things: an item that helps organize a keyring, and provides an option for easy carry via a clip or carabiner; a tool that clips on to a keyring but isn’t the primary carry solution; or tools that happen to be a mix of both. So that’s how we’re defining keychain tool for this roundup–each item must aid in keychain carry and organization, but also must offer some tool function as well. (While we’re very pleased with the affordable and well-designed options we’ve chosen, we also recommend checking out Kickstarter for some really unique designs.)
Boker Vox, $29.21
At 1 oz., this light Boker tool is a great addition to the urban explorer’s pack–its small form makes it an unobtrusive way to carry a key ring and still have plenty of function. It’s equipped with multiple tools, such as a nail puller, bottle opener and glass breaker without making an actual multitool redundant. The prybar tip is also handy for emergency situations
CRKT K.E.R.T (Key Ring Emergency Tool), $8.99
For under $10, you can’t beat this excellent emergency tool by CRKT. Despite its size, it comes packed with features, including a seatbelt cutter and a sharp edge that cuts through webbing and other tough materials. The most unique ability of this tool is the oxygen tank opener. This is a tool made with preppers in mind.
Leatherman Carabiner Accessory, $8
This affordable Leatherman Carabiner is a simple but perfectly practical keychain tool, offering just the right amount of function for an adventurer. With a bottle opener and a wrench, this tool can help you out in a bind, but really, it works best as a carabiner that’s plenty large enough to hold many keys and accessories without much weight.
Pangea PickPocket Torq, $20
This beautifully-designed tool always elicits an enthusiastic response for it’s appearance and function. It’s similar in shape to the Alpha, but for techies, there’s a wrench and other custom holes to aid in modding. And for $20, it also offers plenty of space for keys and additional tools, and the clip slides right onto a pocket or the strap of a bag.
Vargo Titanium Keychain Tool, $19.95
This Vargo tool is sure to be a conversation starter with its unique shape and functionality. Bust this out at a party to open a bottle, and show off the three wrenches (5 mm, 6 mm and 8 mm). There’s also a screwdriver. The hole can be used with a keyring or a lanyard. Because the tool is flat, it won’t add any bulk to a bag.