Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno. I’m the founder of Real Men Real Style.
Today, I’m going to be speaking with you about what to do with a bulky set of keys.
I get this question probably once a month, so I decided I need to film a video with this, but when it comes down to it, I really personally don’t have a bulky set of keys.
I swear I haven’t had this issue and it’s why I skirted around creating a video for it. However, I went and did some research, bought a number of products, and I’ve got some information to share with you today.
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These are my keys. This is what I pretty much use every day. The white card right here is actually a security card to get into the gym in the morning. I have my truck key. I drive a Chevy pickup truck. Then I got my office key right there, and then after that, I have my PO box key, so pretty simple.
I know some of you guys though have 10 to 20 keys, quite a bit more than me. Maybe you have a job that requires you to open and lock buildings at night and in the morning. Perhaps you’re in just an environment that requires a huge or a large number of keys. So the first thing I would say is for many of you guys that are asking this question, have you actually — I know this sounds basic, but have you figured out a way to simplify the number of keys you’re carrying? Perhaps half the keys can actually be left in your vehicle because you don’t use them very often.
For me, I know that PO box key, literally one-third of the — well, actually, two-thirds of the keys on this key ring, I could actually leave in my truck. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I am simply driving my truck here into the office and I could have the keys right in there, and I could leave everything but one single key with me that I take into the house. My backup set, that’s pretty much all there is.
Think about is there something you can take off, leave maybe in your vehicle, leave at a specific place at work? By also distributing your keys out, you also reduce the chance of if you were to lose that huge clutch of keys that you’re not going to have to replace them all so that you’re also spreading out risk, but think about it and go through. “I only use this key once a month. I can probably take it off and put it in a certain place where I can grab it later.”
We’ve talked about simplifying your keys. Let’s talk then about wallet options. I went on to Amazon, bought quite a few different wallets out there, and what I noticed is there is a huge difference in the quality. Some of them let’s just say are poorly made. What’s interesting is they’re all priced at about the same amount, but if you haven’t looked at a key wallet, this is something you should consider.
This one right here I thought was actually made reasonably well. This is made by Osgoode Marley. I’m going to link over to an article in which I go into more detail about each of these, but as you can see right here, it has spots right here where you can attach eight keys. You could probably even double-key it, so I guess 16, but eight. This is basically built where you can zip them up and you could put it in your jacket pocket, put it in your back pocket, put it in your front pocket.
There are even some of these that are made that you can actually attach them to maybe a belt loop, some other place right here on your body, but I like this one and there’s a wide variety. Again, I’m going to link to the article. I’m going to have pictures of all of these. There were too many for me to go into in one video, but I wanted you to think about have you ever thought about the wallet option.
It’s an old-school method and there’s quite a few — there are trifolds. There are the bifolds. This one actually had a really fancy name, but I wasn’t impressed with the quality. So again, all of this information, I’m going to go into in more detail over at Real Men Real Style in the actual review. I’m going to link you in the comments. I’m also going to link in the info with the video as well, but this one was pretty neat in the sense of very simple — it was just a bit of leather going around, but I thought overall pretty good.
Now, the last thing that I want to mention is let’s say you’ve got 20 keys. “Antonio, a wallet just isn’t going to cut it.” Well, own it because that’s probably a part of your job, a part of who you are, and you probably need to invest in a professional key ring.
Now, there are a wide variety of ones out there. This one I thought was the — it’s basically FREEKey System, and not for holding as many keys, but it does a pretty good job of the keys coming right off. However, there are ones made by Troika and this one made by Sensi, two companies I saw dominating over on Amazon. What I really like about these is you can press this. It comes right out.
There are others that are a bit more complicated. This one by Troika actually has a chain. It would attach this to a belt loop or another area on your person that you actually can attach and then pull the key off.
Now, this is something I like because if you’re in the business, if you’re a security guard, if you are a manager where you’ve got to unlock and open a number of doors for security reasons, you might as well just own it. However, again, get back to point number one of simplicity and possibly spreading out those keys, and make sure to check if your company will actually reimburse you for something like this.
Guys, again, I’m going to review and go over more of these. I’ve bought a number of items here. I bought them because of your support. If you’d go to Real Men Real Style, I’m going to do reviews. I’ll link you over to Amazon where you can make the purchase. I really do appreciate when you follow the link over at Real Men Real Style, over to Amazon. I end up getting a very small commission, but those things add up and they enabled me to create these great videos.
So guys, hopefully that helps and has exposed you to some different ideas out there. Let me know in the comments if you’ve got more to add. I will see you in the next video. Take care. Bye-bye.
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