Technology has come a long way, but one old school staple remains in everyone’s pocket: keys. They’re unavoidable, and most of us even have several keys and key fobs jingling around our keychain. We have keys for our home, car, office, parents’ house, mailbox and so on. And because keys are a necessary part of our everyday carry, a functional keyring or cool keychain is a great way to make use of that space in your pocket.
The best keychains range from simple keyholders to fully functional pocket knives that are sure to get you stopped by airport security. If you have a useful tool on your keychain (pocket knife, bottle opener, etc), then you probably won’t forget your keys when you leave the house because they’re attached to one of your most important EDC items.
If you want to join the army of men taking advantage of this handy pocket space, read on to find our favorite keychains for men. We rounded up 20 awesome keychains that provide a lot of utility beyond keeping all your keys in one place.
1. Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife
If you’ve never carried a pocket knife before, give it a shot; we promise you won’t go back. And even if you already have a plethora of knives, this best-selling Victorinox Swiss Army knife will still carve a spot in your pocket. At just 2.25 inches, you won’t notice its presence in your pocket or bag, but the knife, file, scissors, tweezers and toothpick included in the multi-tool will come in handy very often. Plus, as you probably already know, the Victorinox Swiss Army knife is really in a league of its own in terms of quality when it comes to multifunctional pocket knives.
2. Bar Buddyz Keychain Bottle Opener
BEST BOTTLE OPENER
Bottle opener keychains are for the guys who have their priorities straight: keys and beer. But even if you’re not popping cold ones every day, this covert Bar Buddyz bottle opener will come in handy at parties, picnics, beaches and even at home when you’re too lazy to dig around for the opener (it happens to the best of us). The bottle opener has a sleek design that fits smoothly against your leg, and it’s made of durable hard-anodized aluminum, so you’ll be able to throw around without worrying about it breaking.
3. Lancher Keychain
BEST QUICK RELEASE
Believe it or not, hanging your keychain from your belt loop has recently gone from dad move to skater style swerve. Not to mention it’s still very convenient for quick access to your keys without digging through your pocket. We recommend this key chain from Lancher because it features a quick-release clip and comes highly recommended on Amazon as a #1 best-selling keychain. This is due to a premium build quality that not only feels sturdy in your hand, but also withstands drops and scrapes.
4. Key-Bak Locking Retractable Keychain
One step up from a belt loop keychain is a retractable keychain. Sure, it’s a bit dorky, but it’s super practical, which is ideal when choosing your EDC items. Retractable keychains have a cord system that keeps your keys on the chain and snaps them back in place on your hip when you’re not using them. If you work somewhere that requires constant key usage – or you just hate fumbling with keys at the door – try one of these. This one from Key-Bak comes very highly-rated with more than 1,800 reviews and 4.4 stars, as users say the high-quality locking mechanism works consistently without a hitch.
5. Mio Marino Leather Initial Keychain
Some guys aren’t concerned with tools or special keychains and just need a good, classic keychain. If that sounds like you then elevate your personal effects with this stylish leather keychain from Mio Marino. It features a single letter on the fob and a durable construction to keep all your keys in one place. On the opposite end, you’ll find a clip for attaching it to your belt or hanging it on the wall at home. Also, pick this up as a great gift (ideally for someone that always loses their keys).
6. Witharmour 3″ Pocket Knife
The best keychains for men include a lot of knives, what can we say? Even in the 21st century, a small knife is one of the most useful things you can keep on your person. If you just need a go-to everyday pocket knife, this mini keychain knife from Witharmour is a great purchase. Although it’s very affordable at just $10, it features a quality 440 high carbon stainless steel blade (meaning it’s durable and sharp) and a reliable nylon fiber handle. With a 2-inch blade, it’s also a great size for handling a wide range of everyday tasks without being too large.
7. Tile Mate Key Finder
BEST KEY FINDER
We all lose our keys every now and then… maybe more than we’d like to admit. Recently, the case of runaway keys has been solved by Tile, a mini tracking device that you clip on your keychain (or any other personal belongings). If you can’t find your keys, just open the tile app on your phone and locate the device through GPS tracking and then listen for the Tile beep when you’re close. Plus, you can use the Tile itself to find a lost smartphone by clicking the button on the device. This will make your phone ring – even if it’s on silent.
8. Clips Key Holder Keychain
BEST KEY ORGANIZER
Recently, people have been upgrading their keychains to these key holders. Instead of letting all your keys dangle freely, the product organizes them into a pocket knife-like fashion for easy access and streamlined storage. This makes finding your keys much faster and eliminates that annoying jangle in your pocket or bag. We recommend this multitool from Clips because it has rave reviews on Amazon, and comes with a few handy keychain gifts including a bottle/SIM opener, a carabiner and a cash stash.
9. KincoBa Mini Tetris
Who said keychains can’t be fun? This mini Tetris player makes the case that keychains can, in fact, be a source of fun – even if you’re a grown-up. The tiny device clips onto your keychain like any other accessory, but lets you bust out a quick game of Tetris while you wait for the subway or take a break from work. It comes with an impressive 26 games, and with two cell phone batteries, it’ll last a long time without any charging or battery replacement.
10. EverBrite Mini Flashlight (18-Pack)
Flashlights are another great keychain and EDC essential that you’ll end up using more than you might think. Whether you need a light for reading, fixing something, searching under the car seat for your phone, or in emergencies, mini flashlights are a great addition to your everyday carry. With this 18-pack of mini flashlights from EverBrite, you (and your family) won’t have a shortage of torches for quite some time. They’re just over 3 inches long, so they won’t be a nuisance in your pocket or bag.
11. Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Keychain
Want to sport a beloved brand with your keychain? Try this Polo Ralph Lauren leather key fob cover. It features a premium feel with genuine leather, and a high-quality look with gold hardware and the iconic Polo pony logo embossed on the front. Does it serve a purpose? Not necessarily, but it certainly makes your keys a lot more stylish.
12. Peel Keychain Touch Tool
BEST TOUCHLESS KEYCHAIN
We’ve covered the Peel on SPY before, but the long and short of it is the keychain provides a touchless option to touch buttons and open doors. That’s extremely helpful for our coronavirus times, but also for those looking to just avoid touching items that might be germ-filled in the future. The sturdy and elegant brass construction also provides a bottle opener and will patina nicely with use.
13. Native Union Keychain Cable
BEST iPHONE CHARGER
There are few things worse than not being able to charge your phone when it’s running out of battery. Fortunately, this keychain cable from Native Union has a lightning cord to USB cord hidden inside of it for you to plug in and charge your iPhone anywhere you need to do so which frees you up to not have to worry about ensuring you have a full charger cord on you at all times.
14. M-CLIP Enamel Keychain
Looking for something clean and simple to brighten up your keys? This enamel inlayed keychain from M-CLIP is a fantastic and handsome looking option that add just the right touch to any set of keys. M-Clip is best known for their stylish and durable money clips, so get a cool keychain to match.
15. James Brand Mehlville Keychain
When we wrote about the Mehlville on this very site, we were overwhelmingly impressed with its durability, functionally, and just how overwhelmingly elegant it was. The clip functions as a bottle opener as well as by providing a definitely secure space for your keys to sit when you have it clipped. Plus it looks like a little whale! We can’t recommend it enough.
16. Idakey Men’s Keychain
This multi-functional keychain from Idakey is an Amazon’s Choice for a variety of reasons. From its sturdy, zinc alloy construction to the variety of different components (bottle opener, led light, and clip) it’s worth investing in if you’re looking to keep a really functional item on your keyring.
17. Star Wars Millennium Falcon Keychain
BEST POP CULTURE
For the movie-obsessed, this Millennium Falcon keychain is a quick way to let everyone know you’re in support of the Rebellion against the evil Galatic Empire. Its metal construction will hold up well to heavy repeated use and will make you feel like you’re one step away from being Han Solo yourself.
18. Zorratin Paracord Weave Men’s Keychain
If you’re looking for a distinctive, metal-less keyring, this woven paracord keychain from Zorratin is worth your consideration. The paracord loop has a nice feel in your hand that’s sturdy enough to last through all kinds of heavy use, while the keyring itself is thick and offers plenty of storage space for your keys and other essentials.
19. Luca Elf Aid Screwdriver Keychain
Having quick and easy access to a crucial tool like a screwdriver can be a real gamechanger, which is why this keychain from Luca Elf Aid is so clutch. By having both standard screwdriver heads on one keyring, you’ll never have to fret about not having a full screwdriver set nearby.
20. Converse ALL STAR Keychain
Listen, not all keychains have to be functional, they can be just for fun and for show . . . like this Converse ALL STAR sneaker keychain for example. What better way to show your admiration for a beloved footwear staple than with this option that comes in just as many color options as the actual shoe itself.