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FREEKey

Press-to-Open Key Ring

Unlocking Simplicity

Designer Erik von Schoultz of Sweden didn’t need to reinvent the wheel to improve the key ring. When he decided to make an easier split-ring key chain, he found that a simple, strategically placed bump could make a world of difference. He ironed out the details of the invention, dubbed FREEKey, with Oscar Löwenhielm of Stockholm-based Drosselmeyer Design Group.

The problem FREEKey solves is all too familiar. It’s a hassle to
manipulate conventional split-ring key chains. Adding or removing a key requires prying apart the overlapping metal loops and wedging the edge of the key in between the gaps. FREEKey is completely different. With a simple press, the end of the FREEKey ring lifts open to allow a key to slide in or out. You can take a single house key with you when you go for a walk, or leave a car key with a valet, or ditch your work keys for the weekend without wrecking your nails or jamming your fingers.

Made from high-grade stainless steel, FREEKey’s press-to-open key rings are manufactured in the U.S. and made available through Exotac, an outdoor gear business in Georgia started by engineer Rob Falkenhayn. Once you try FREEKey, you won’t miss wrestling with other split-ring key chains.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Oscar
    Oscar

    Hey hey dear folks, and pleased to soon meet you over the Internet. My name is Oscar and I run the Drosselmeyer DesignGroup from Stockholm Sweden. We are very honored to be featured on Today’s Grommet and it is my pleasure to stay awake and answer any questions or comments that you might have regarding our latest innovation FREEKey - the press to open key ring. I think that I can speak for many of us when I claim that traditional split rings are quite annoying to handle. That is why we simply changed the old coiling and made it a nail-saving, easy to use, safe to handle, stainless steel FREEKey. Now, some people have argued that we have solved the number one first world problem. The only thing I know is that it certainly is an easier and less painful way of adding and removing keys from a key ring. I hope that you will all feel the same way, and that you become a member of our FREEKey family soon. All the best - Oscar

  • Billie
    Billie
    11/1/2012 12:24 PM

    On the order page you have 5 systems to click but I don't know what it means. What are the 5 different systems?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 12:32 PM

    hello Billy, I dont know about the order form, but I can tell you what "System" means. We added three extra ring onto the FreeKey so that you can organize the keys in groups. This way you can leave the ie group of office keys when you travel, or you bring only the group of home keys when you go jogging. I hope I was clear.

    all thebest

    Oscar

  •  Jennifer
    Jennifer
    11/1/2012 12:38 PM

    Love this modified invention! I'm adding this to my great gift ideas for Christmas list - a perfect stocking stuffer.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 12:42 PM

    Thank you dear Jennifer. I am glad you like it.

    All best

    Oscar

  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer S.
    11/1/2012 1:26 PM

    Is the "press-to-open" design used on each of the smaller rings that are attached to the larger "press-to-open" ring?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 1:32 PM

    hello again and no. We get this question often. The smaller extra rings are coiled without the "bump". We made several prototypes for the smaller rings with this function but they became too bulky and limited in function, that is, opened very little. However, due to the flexibility of the flat steel, these extra rings are quite easy to open. Also remember that you only need to add those keys one time. You can then take that group of keys on and off as desired.

    /Oscar

  •  Preben
    Preben
    11/1/2012 1:32 PM

    I have a rather clunky car key - does the freekey fit that? because I would like to keep it together with my house keys.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 1:36 PM

    Hej Preben. Just put the car key on one of the extra rings and you can decide whether and when you want it attached to your other keys. Actually, the car key is probably the one key that I take on and off the most.

    good question. thanks

    Oscar

  •  Per Akvarell
    Per Akvarell
    11/1/2012 1:46 PM

    What a fantastic invention. I run a real estate business and would like to buy freekeys to my clients with our companyloggo on it. Is it possible? Per Akvarell

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 1:52 PM

    Dear Mr Akvarell,

    The rings are laser engraved just at the spot where you push to open the ring. For safety reasons, the ring will not open when pushing elsewhere. For customization of the ring we will gladly help you with this and put your company logo on the other side and if you wish with your complete url or slogan. Great idea by the way.

    many thanks

    /Oscar

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/1/2012 3:41 PM

    @ Per Akvarell: Great idea, Per. This will be a wonderful "not the usual" key ring gift that your clients will definitely use & thank you many times a day ;0) Please contact our Customer Support Team at customersupport@dailygrommet.com when you're ready to order the FREEKeys with company logo.

  •  Barbara
    Barbara
    11/1/2012 1:50 PM

    Hi there Oscar, I think its a great produkt!!! In what countries can you buy it? can it be found in shops ? how much is it in Sweden?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 1:59 PM

    hello dear Barbara

    FreeKey is quite new so we havent really reached out to that many countries yet, but you can find it Scandinavia, UK, Germany, Russia, US, CAN, Japan and soon South Africa.

    thanks and all best

    Oscar

  •  Martina
    Martina
    11/1/2012 1:55 PM

    Hi Oscar! A perfect product! Where can I buy it!!

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 2:03 PM

    hello dear Martina,

    that all depends where you live..

    by all means, buy it here :)

    if you are outside of US, I can try to direct you. or simply google Freekey key ring and you will get lucky.

    all best

    Oscar

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/1/2012 3:52 PM

    @ Martina: On the featured FREEKey page , under the Price Range (far right of the video), you'll see an OPTIONS box with a down arrow. Click the arrow and select the item you want.

  •  Airbus
    Airbus
    11/1/2012 2:00 PM

    What's the small rings for? I understand it's for the keys, but what's the thingy about them?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 2:10 PM

    Hej Airbus,

    the small rings are "group rings". Just put all rings that go to the same place on each of the small rings. Example: I have devided them into 1. home - 4 keys yes I live in an appartment building that requires many many keys. 2. work 3 keys. 3. misc = mailbox, bicycle

    and the you might have car key, USB stick, bottle opener, penn knife, etc. Add as much as you want. the whole idea is that you adjust the Freekey to contain whatever you need for the moment. As I said before, when I go out to meet friends, I only need the home keys. etc. It all makes a lot more sense once you start using it. daily. thanks airbus. long answer sorry ab that../ Oscar

  •  Anthony
    Anthony
    11/1/2012 2:14 PM

    My wife Laila is a nailartist, I think she could sell a lot in her salon, if it is not just a gadget and the nails actually does not break. Please advise.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 2:21 PM

    Anthony,

    You did not see the video?! of course this is a gadget and of course the nails will stay beautiful. In fact, you never use the nails at all - it is the "press to open" key ring. Tell your wife Laila that it is totally safe and she will never, ever break a nail using the FreeKey.

    all the best

    Oscar

  •  Anthony
    Anthony
    11/1/2012 2:14 PM

    My wife Laila is a nailartist, I think she could sell a lot in her salon, if it is not just a gadget and the nails actually does not break. Please advise.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 2:37 PM

    this reply was lost some how..

    I said something like your wife Laila can be pefectly calm. You never actually use the nails to open the FreeKey, it is a "press to open" key ring. Sort of counter intuative. but it will never ruin a nail. that is my promise.

    all the best

    Oscar

  •  Barb
    Barb
    11/1/2012 3:16 PM

    What about putting keys first on the small rings. It looks like one would need to pry those open?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 3:26 PM

    yes, I wish I had a camera here to show you how easy they are opened. The small rings are coiled out of a stainless steel that is thin and flexible, yet tightly connected. You can put the appointed key right by the opening and open it with the other hand (thumb and index finger). you will figure it our once you try it yourself.

    Thank you Barb for giving me a new idea for next demo film!

    all the best

    Oscar

  • lena
    lena
    11/1/2012 3:43 PM

    Hi Oscar

    I really like this great keyring. it have saved me a lot of nails and bad-words. i want to ask if you plan to make it in any other color, like red?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 3:49 PM

    Dear lena kim

    thanks for sharing, I am glad you enjoy the benefits.

    Since the ring is made of stainless steel there are not many ways to add color. we could powder-coat it, but that would only wear off and it would not cover the inner parts. So for now, and until we have figured anything out, it is only available in blasted steel version.

    have a great day

    Oscar

  • lena
    lena
    11/1/2012 3:59 PM

    thanks for the answer. i like the existing colour as well. by the way, i do love the nail polish in the movie. ; )

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 4:02 PM

    @lena kim :) yes, Erik spent hours in the department store choosing, he was very excited..

  •  Voe-f
    Voe-f
    11/1/2012 4:23 PM

    This is an incredible invention, who thought of it? Is the inventor as handsome as they say? I hear he's a genius.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 4:25 PM

    @ Voe-f Hello. Nah, he looks ok, you can check him out on the video. He was much more handsome when he was younger though.

  •  ulla löwenhielm
    ulla löwenhielm
    11/1/2012 4:36 PM

    a fantastic product that will change keyhabits all over the world

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 4:49 PM

    glad you like it mom, thanks for the support..

  •  Noelle
    Noelle
    11/1/2012 7:14 PM

    @Oscar Löwenhielm :-)). And I love your product!

  •  andy hansen
    andy hansen
    11/1/2012 5:37 PM

    in office we have share an usb-stick, what is normal on my key-ring.

    I could imagine that the free-key is perfect for me..

    what do you think about ?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/1/2012 6:01 PM

    Hello Andy,

    I transport music and pictures sometimes on usb stick and that is definately one thing that we heard that people like ab it. you should get a freekey for the whole crew. All best Oscar

  •  Helena Bühring
    Helena Bühring
    11/1/2012 8:51 PM

    Hello Oscar,

    I already have your keyring, and I can tell it is very good to have

    the keys to the house-car-bike mm. together, you always know where they are.

    Best regards from Thailand, Helena

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:41 AM

    @ Helena Bühring

    thanks for sharing Helena. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the benefits from our invention.

    Enjoy your stay in Thailand.

    all best

    Oscar

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:42 AM

    @ Helena Bühring

    thanks for sharing Helena. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the benefits from our invention.

    Enjoy your stay in Thailand.

    all best

    Oscar

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:42 AM

    @ Helena Bühring

    thanks for sharing Helena. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the benefits from our invention.

    Enjoy your stay in Thailand.

    all best

    Oscar

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:42 AM

    @ Helena Bühring

    thanks for sharing Helena. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the benefits from our invention.

    Enjoy your stay in Thailand.

    all best

    Oscar

  •  Angel
    Angel
    11/1/2012 9:19 PM

    I really LOVE this key ring. I was about to order one or two for Christmas gift and myself, but I didn't see any ability to get "extra" rings. I would really need more of them... and want more. I want all my keys to be able to go off or on. Why not make those small rings available? Why not a set with say, TEN of them? Some of us have a few cars/bikes/locks/work, etc etc. Thanks for the excellent idea.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:47 AM

    @ Angel

    Hello dear Angel

    we have had this question before, so within a near future you will be able to order an extra rack of group rings. Keep you eyes open for this. I also want to add that normal split keyrings work perfectly well to add and release from the Freekey. The whole idea is that you can add anything onto your Freekey. In Sweden someone sells a folded raincoat that can be added to the key ring. There is no end to the creativity of carry alongs..

    thanks for your comment.

    Oscar

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:47 AM

    @ Angel

    Hello dear Angel

    we have had this question before, so within a near future you will be able to order an extra rack of group rings. Keep you eyes open for this. I also want to add that normal split keyrings work perfectly well to add and release from the Freekey. The whole idea is that you can add anything onto your Freekey. In Sweden someone sells a folded raincoat that can be added to the key ring. There is no end to the creativity of carry alongs..

    thanks for your comment.

    Oscar

  • Ruth
    Ruth
    11/2/2012 3:27 AM

    I can't find the place to order and I haven't seen any prices.

    How do I buy? If I buy 5 rings can I get a discount? What about 16 rings? I could, possibly, buy one for each of my children and their children.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:49 AM

    @Ruth Bernstein

    Dear Ruth, please contact the admins of Daily Grommet, there are prices and ordering forms on the site available for you to order.

    You children will be very thankful. great idea.

    Have a great weekend.

    Oscar

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:49 AM

    @Ruth Bernstein

    Dear Ruth, please contact the admins of Daily Grommet, there are prices and ordering forms on the site available for you to order.

    You children will be very thankful. great idea.

    Have a great weekend.

    Oscar

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    11/2/2012 6:49 AM

    @Ruth Bernstein

    Dear Ruth, please contact the admins of Daily Grommet, there are prices and ordering forms on the site available for you to order.

    You children will be very thankful. great idea.

    Have a great weekend.

    Oscar

  • rosa
    rosa
    11/17/2012 12:22 PM

    how do you order

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/17/2012 11:34 PM

    @rosa fish To order, on the right side of the page, under the prices, you click on "Choose an Option." Then click on the "Set of 3" or "Set of 5" Then click on "Add to Cart." To check out, go to the word "Cart" at the top of the page and click on "Check Out." We have sold out of these many times so you may want to order them today as they are back in stock.

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/17/2012 11:33 PM

    @Ruth Bernstein To order, on the right side of the page, under the prices, you click on "Choose an Option." Then click on the "Set of 3" or "Set of 5" Then click on "Add to Cart." To check out, go to the word "Cart" at the top of the page and click on "Check Out." We have sold out of these many times so you may want to order them today as they are back in stock.

  • James
    James
    11/4/2012 1:33 PM

    This is a great idea but I am a little confused. What exactly am I getting? What are the three smaller rings on each FREEKey? Are the smaller FREEKeys for a sub group of keys?

  • James Anderson
    James Anderson
    11/4/2012 2:22 PM

    @James Anderson Hi Oscar, When I read about your product I did not see all the discussion where my question was already answered.

  •  NB
    NB
    11/7/2012 11:07 AM

    @James Anderson

    it's about the third one down. he said:

    hello again and no. We get this question often. The smaller extra rings are coiled without the "bump". We made several prototypes for the smaller rings with this function but they became too bulky and limited in function, that is, opened very little. However, due to the flexibility of the flat steel, these extra rings are quite easy to open. Also remember that you only need to add those keys one time. You can then take that group of keys on and off as desired.

    /Oscar

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