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A silent and stylish way to carry your keys. Custom and handmade from fine materials
A silent and stylish way to carry your keys. Custom and handmade from fine materials
78 backers pledged $2,317 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: New Edition.

After much feedback of people requesting a concept that can hold more keys and concern over the magnets, which do work quite well if you read below, you can have the option of using a bolt with no magnets on both styles. The new edition allows to carry more keys. Early backers can choose among all styles and designs and have it customized.

Can hold around 12-14 keys or more.
Can hold around 12-14 keys or more.

New and Improved:

The keyring was invented back in the 1800’s. You know what else was invented back then? The typewriter. It’s time to improve on the jingle jangle you carry around. No need to break fingernails or gouge your leg when you bend down.

Flip Key is a silent and stylish way to carry your keys. It displays 2-7 of your keys and showcase their natural aesthetics. Copper colored keys accent well on black leather. On the back are etchings in copper, which take on a slightly different look, depending on how light hits it.

Fail Testing it:

The Design Process:

The design process wasn’t easy. It started with the most common thought - using a binding bolt through a piece of wood. There were many challenges with that - the bolt diameter was too big to fit all keys and the bolt would come loose eventually after spinning the keys. Loctite, various washers - plastic, metal, leather, and even aircraft grade nylon coating were all tried, but the bolt would still come loose. There had to be another solution that hadn’t been thought up yet.

The Breakthrough:

For the next six months I let my subconscious work on it. I had the  “aha” moment when I was having trouble removing a drill bit from a magnetic holder. I realized it doesn't have to be a bolt at all, but just something to connect everything together. Searching, I found none like it and so, I created one after some testing.

Getting the fastener solved, I still had a problem with the keys swinging freely. Many solutions failed - elastic, snaps, covers - thought of it a hundred ways, and said out of frustration: “I-just-need-something-to-hold-these-keys-down-like-this”. That was the second “aha” moment - a simple leather strap across the top connecting everything in unison. It was simple, elegant, and would hold the keys until you flicked them open.

A Discovery 10,000 Years Ago:

On the back I strengthened the overall design with copper. Copper is the first metal to be shaped by human hands 10,000 years ago and was the only metal used for nearly five millennia. The Egyptians used the ankh symbol for copper and eternal life. It is a living, breathing element that responds to the environment, taking on different tones and colors.

It's Magnetic

Flip Key is magnetic, which allows you to quickly add and remove keys, like when you're valeting your car, or starting your car in cold winters of Minnesotah! It can be done quick-like. If you need a place to put your keys, any magnetic metal surface will do like your fridge, a Key Bar made from steel and black walnut (post near the door, inside a cupboard, etc.) or secretly under your car when you go running or to the beach.

Do Magnets Affect Electronics and Credit Cards?

Magnets don't affect your electronics as they have magnets in them. Your smartphone have magnets in the speakers, and your computer have magnets in the hard drive. Old CRT screens were affected, but for LCD screens, there's nothing to magnetize so they're not affected.

Magnets will affect your card if you rub it directly on it. But if there is a distance of around 1/16 inch or more (thickness of leather on a wallet), the strength of the magnet drops considerably and shouldn't affect your cards. I have been carrying the Flip Key right next to my wallet for several months and haven't had a problem with any of my credit cards.

To explain more technically - most credit card stripes have a rating of 4,000 gauss, so it would require it to come into a 4,000 gauss magnetic field to disrupt it. Some lower quality stripes like hotel cards typically have a rating of 3,000 gauss, and so a 3,000 gauss magnetic field would affect it. But with distance, the gauss rating of magnets drop significantly. A powerful magnet (N-48) like used in the Flip Key have a rating of 2,800 gauss 1/16 inch away and 2,466 Gauss 1/8 inch away. So as long as your card is a 1/16 inch away from the magnets, it shouldn't influence it.

Test with magnet 2Xs as powerful as the Flip Key, 1/16" away.

Handmade in American Workshop - Click to view site
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Design Options:

There are four different designs you can choose from or you can add your own design to make it one of a kind.

  • Calavera Girl
  • Skull
  • Asian pattern
  • Asian artwork
Flip Key with four options for the back
Flip Key with four options for the back

Stretch goal: $3,000

If funding reaches $3,000, it unlocks the design option to add an image of your country surrounded by the blue ocean. This process is created through chemical reactions with copper to cause it to create a blue/green color.
Map of USA in the blue ocean
Map of USA in the blue ocean
Looks great as an art display when your keys aren't in use.
Looks great as an art display when your keys aren't in use.

Design It Yourself (DIY):

It's pretty easy to do, all you need is black and white, high-contrast image with sharp lines. Tones and shades don't etch well. The image needs to be 1 inch wide x 2.5 inches long or smaller. If you're doing a texture you can scale it to 1.5 inches x 3 inches so the texture will run off the edge. All you need to do is email the picture to me and I'll acid etch it.

Ideas for custom designs:

  • Chinese symbols. (ex. Chinese zodiac, personal philosophy, "Luck", "Love", etc.)
  • Draw something, a picture, a graphic, a doodle, a "Zentangle", etc.
  • A vector graphic of an activity: yoga, running, martial arts, biking, etc.
  • Monogram.
  • Horoscope.
  • Business card on back, you can lay a piece of paper over it and shade it with a pencil to transfer the writing or your new friend can take a picture with a cellphone.
  • Art - cultural or tribal art and symbols.

 Everyday Carry (EDC)

Assembling:

Assembly is quite easy - there are three parts: the base, steel post, and leather strap. Insert the post through the hole in the strap first, then add your keys. Leave about 1/4 inch past the key so there is space to insert it into the magnetic hole. Having depth gives it strength. Then fold the leather straps down so they *click* onto the magnets.  You're all set!

Only 3 parts
Only 3 parts

Using the Flip Key:

When you need to use a key, all you need to do is flip it open to the one you want. When turning the key in a lock, you want to hold onto the end of the key, just like a normal key. If you hold onto ONLY the Flip Key base and not the key, it is likely that you will pry the post out of the magnetic hole, like pulling a nail out of wood. While it is strong, it can be pulled out with enough force.

Risks and challenges

The risks with this project is if there is a larger than expected turnout, it could potentially delay the fulfillment timeline. I have added extra time and planned the production process to meet the fulfillment timeline.

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