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If you are looking for a key chain holder, a carabiner like the Outdoor Element's Firebiner might just work. But what if you can do without the key chains altogether? JIBBON is the key organizer you just might be looking for.
- Price $30 on jibbonkey.com
I love hanging my keys on my belt loops. There is something nonchalant and laid back about keys on your belt loop, which can add to your style and overall vibe. Plus, you drastically reduce the chance of losing your keys. But one thing I just can't stand, the clunking and clinking of your keys as you walk.
Which is why the JIBBON Key Organizer is a lifesaver. I previously reviewed the Bellroy Key Cover, which was kinda like a mini leather folder for your keys. The JIBBON key organizer, instead, keeps your keys in a compact package.
I try to keep the number of my keys to the absolute minimum, so I really only have two, my house key and the key to my bicycle lock. If I really wanted to, I could probably do with just my house key.
So, organization isn’t really necessary, but instead, the organizer for me was to be able to keep my keys in a nice little package and stop that dreaded sound.
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On first impressions, the JIBBON Key Organizer is very simple and elegant looking, which is a huge contrast to clunky key chain holders. It's basically a leather clasp that you can snap together at the open end. Since it's something that has so little parts to it, it naturally looks simple and effortless.
The JIBBON Key Organizer comes in four color options, black, brown, tan and pink. If this isn't your first time on this blog, you'll know that I only wear and write about black colored items which is the color of the JIBBON Key Organizer I'm reviewing.
As someone who used to be really into denim and leather, part of the joy of owning such products is to witness the patina that develops over time, making it a product that is unique to your lifestyle.
For those who are into that, choosing a color apart from black would let the patina come through more visibly. For me, I still enjoy the subtle patina that comes through on black products. It doesn't really have to be obvious for me to appreciate it.
The Italian leather is grainy, which is good for blending scratches that you might get along the way.
The leather on the inside is a contrasting cream color and while I wished it would be black as well, I have to say the color combination is very elegant no matter which color you chose.
They offer a monogram service of up the three uppercase letters. I got mine monogrammed “AK” to show an example. Unlike some monogram service which lets you do gold-pressed letters or similarly flashy monograms, the monogram on the JIBBON Key Organizer are debossed and very subtle and classy.
Depending on the number of keys you want to put on it, you have a choice of two lengths of screws. I have two keys and the JIBBON Multi-Tool, which allowed me to use the shorter screw. If you have more keys, you can use the longer screw, but doing so would cause the leather straps to not be parallel to each other and not be as compact.
The main material is premium leather, sourced directly from tanneries in Italy. The leather is top-grain, which means that it's made from the outermost layer of cowhide which is most natural as it shows all the natural grain.
This is one of the highest grade of leather, only second to full-grain leather. The difference is that top-grain leather has the top layer sanded down to reduce blemishes and make it easier to work with.
While sanding off the natural grain means that the strongest fibers of the hide is sanded off, so I guess the trade-off was to make sure the leather looks cleaner and more elegant, seeing as it's sufficiently durable as such.
The D-ring and screws are made from what is described as marine-grade stainless steel. Although frequently used by end-users, there is actually no industry-recognized definition for a marine-grade stainless steel. However, it usually refers to stainless steel which, when submerged in seawater and attacked by the chloride present, can resist the corrosion.
This isn't really relevant to us, since I don't imagine we will take this with us on deep-sea diving trip, but if you do, you'll be glad to know that the hardware won't corrode (although the leather would probably take a hit).
The JIBBON Key Organizer was a piece of cake to put together. You just put the keys through the screw and screw it on and then snap the other end to close it.
Even using the shorter screw, you need at least three or four keys, depending on the thickness of your keys, to make sure that they won't swing around. For me, my two keys and the multi-tool was sufficient such that they would not swing in their place.
On the other hand, you can put in a maximum of nine keys. I could only gather six keys, but based on the length that is remaining on the screw, I would say nine keys of regular thickness would probably fit in the key organizer.
There is a removable D-ring on the top for you to loop on your car keys, but since I don't own a car, I use them with a carabiner like the Outdoor Element Firebiner or key clip like Outlier's Key Piece to hang off my belt loop.
Taking out your key when you encounter a lock is easy enough, but when you push the key out, you kinda have to push back the keys you don't need to isolate the one you need. This means you can't really do it easily with just one hand. Although when just keeping the keys back in place, it can be done just fine with just one hand.
Because the screw part of the JIBBON Key Organizer is at a fixed in place, holding on to the key organizer would apply pressure on the center of the leather, causing it to bend each time, and as time pass, the leather would get softer and the key organizer would become less parallel.
You also want to note that depending on the size of the bow (the large part) of your key, it might stick out slightly of the JIBBON Key Organizer. This isn't a problem unless you are putting it in the same pocket as your overpriced iPhone, then you'd better brace yourself for some possible scratches.
Sorry Bellroy Key Cover, but I like this better because it has less moving parts. I also don't put my keys in the same pocket as my phone, so the bit of key sticking out doesn't bother me.
For the price, this is a beautifully simple key organizer and definitely recommended.