Review : Orbitkey Key Holder Tan Leather - 2015
What you see here is what happens with a "short" high security home door key, and with another large head off centered hole key.
In that (not much particular) case that thing is useless. To be clear all the pics I see on their site and in their "CUSTOMER PHOTO GALLERY" are Orbitkey represented with super small 3 standard keys. Who has only 3 small standard keys on his key chain?
The only key I have like that is the one for my letter box! Yesssss they say on their homepage it works only with flat small keys.
Let's be Honest a bunch of you out there is gonna buy it and use it with different, larger, thicker, longer keys, simply because that's what you have.
You want it to look neat like the pictures you see on their website, then you can forget using this product with:
- High security home door Keys
- Car Keys
- Motorcycle Keys
- Any serious Lock Key (like for you motorcycle for example)
- Large head keys
- Off centered hole key (especially when large)
- Thick and Non flat head keys
And all the others I don't think of right now...
Why spend 40 $ on a letter box leather holding key? Exagerating but not that much really.
The percentage of people that will be able to carry neatly all their keys with that design should be pretty small.
There should be 2 lenghts and widths to choose from, so you can at least get what you need.
Now the usage:
The keys are compressed against each other so when you pull out one key, others come too and you have to do some sorting.
Keys rub on each others, so if you have an anodized key or a good looking security home key, chances are you'll be ruining it quickly.
This is definitly not a one hand operation gadget, so in situations like when you come home with something in your hands, you have to put it down to open your door, great on rainy days.
The feel : I personnally think that it's an important aspect of that tool, because it's not just a key holder right? It has to feel good in the hand when you hold it. I tried it with only the recommended small keys and for sure it feels great. With my usual setup you see in the picture, well it's just not...
Conclusion: There is room for improvement. Design and material is nice and the idea is good but it has not been thought through enough given all the different kind of home door keys and head dimensions. Maybe it's not meant to carry a home door key? ;)
I love this Key holder and I am really pissed it can't accomodate my key collection(s).
Follow up: it's becoming so unpractical for me, that I'm thinking to start using something else. When I have a door to open, I have to pull all the keys then select the one I need and put all the others back in, because when a key is inserted and you are in a tigh spot, other keys not fully inserted back in, can grip the nerby wall, on the left or right. Hopefully my door key doesn't fit and as an external key it's quickly accessible without any sorting to do, but for the keys inside it just gets painfull. If you have non standard keys, just find something else.
After 20 months follow up: for an unknown reason it keeps unscrewing itself, it gets all loose, keys keep coming out and I have to screw it again every two weeks or so. Did not take the time yet to find something else so I'm still using it.
Positive note: the leather key holder went in the washing machine. After the drying time and a week of use the leather got it's suppleness back. It doesn't look as fine as before but really it handled that accident pretty well and deserves a thumbs up for that. The outside ring has done a better job deterioirating and coloring in black the leather than the washing mashine.
1 month later the screw is damaged and need to be changed if I want to continue using it. I only unscrewed the key holder 3 times.