Keychain alternatives for the fingernail-less
By C.C. Weiss
May 13, 2012
The keyring is a true nemesis for those of us with short nails - such a simple contraption capable of bringing such deep frustration and resentment. Two innovative redesigns improve upon the traditional keyring, making keys easy to organize for all. The Freekey lets you pop it open with a push and the Carabiner Key gets rid of it completely.
I'm a habitual nail biter, so when I need to take my key off the keyring, it goes something like this: focus all the muscle strength and energy in my body onto my fingertips to try to get enough grip to pull the coil up. Give up after about ten minutes and find a knife, pin or other sharp implement to wedge into the keyring. Pierce my flesh with said sharp implement and spend the next five minutes washing and bandaging. Come back, start all over again with sharp implement and finally get the damn key off. Take nap.
There should be a better way - and, it turns out, there is. The Freekey (say it quickly aloud and you'll realize that's just a great product name) is a very simple but marked upgrade over the average keyring. With an extra curve in its metal, it gives you push-button key removal. Simply push down and the end of the coil pops open, allowing you to slide your key right on or off with the least bit of effort and no extra tools. The only problem with the Freekey is that every keyring manufacturer to ever exist hasn't been using it since the beginning of keyring manufacturing.
If you've had enough experiences like mine, your disdain for the keyring may be such that you want to get rid of it altogether, not just improve upon it. Well, then you may want the Carabiner Key. This handy device channels the rock climbing carabiner in cutting out the individual-key keyring altogether. Simply press the hinged gate open, attach it to or detach it from your main keyring or keychain and you're done.
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