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SAK Key ring

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Gary W. Graley, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I am sure years ago I made mention of replacing the key ring on the SAK's but as I just got in a new Recruit folder, I wanted to show how much 'nicer' a smaller ring works on there. Not sure if they figured on having more things tied to it or what, but the standard ring is too large for me.

    Standard Ring on the left side

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    Smaller ring installed and fob attached

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    Recruit on the left and my ever present Executive on the right

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    I have an Alox Cadet coming in tomorrow, depending on which one is better I'll keep one and part with the other. But I'll also change out the keychain ring on the Cadet as well.

    G2
     
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  2. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Gary, I’ve swapped a couple of rings in the past too. But I actually put a little larger one on a Classic so I could put jut two keys on it once. But for what I use my Tinker, and other of similar size for, a smaller ring seems to work well.
     
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  3. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    D56A7F15-DCA1-441B-8DDB-B90712AC66D3.jpeg I have a ring loop on my MiniChamp but find myself using the pocket clip mostly. I could probably rig a thin safety lanyard.
     
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  4. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer

    920
    Jul 4, 2017
    Where do you find the smaller rings? I think the rings on my Rambler and Minichamp are a bit too large.
     
  5. Stelth

    Stelth

    Jul 15, 2007
    I put the small split rings on my SAKs too.


    Ace: you can get them at fishing supply stores like Bass Pro.
     
  6. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    It’s been a while but I think my wife picked them up from either Hobby Lobby or Michael’s
    Probably any craft store or like mentioned above at Bass Pro

    G2
     
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  7. Stelth

    Stelth

    Jul 15, 2007
    The ones I get are made for salt water fishing so they don't rust. I like the size marked #3
     
  8. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    ...but, everyone knows that carbon rings keep a better edge...;)

    just kidding and thanks for that tip! I will have to check them out too as these small ones I have are quite tight to get onto the knife!

    G2
     
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  9. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    I use the Bison Designs Circle Key Caddies which have a gate allowing the removal or addition of items. The split rings that come with a Caddie are quite large. I have an assortment split rings of different sizes so that I can use the smallest ring that fits the accessory. The moving around of tools is very fast, and you make up an assortment for your anticipated daily adventures.
    The SAK rings are stainless but hard to find in different sizes. 6FFB14B7-1DB5-4FE7-A9E8-864350EFF2B8.jpeg
     
  10. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    CC2036FF-035B-4894-B16B-4567E0D8C621.jpeg This is what the adapter looks like.
     
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  11. mnblade

    mnblade

    Feb 7, 2000
    I too replace the rings on my 84mm SAKs with smaller rings made for the Classic.
     
  12. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Cadet arrived today, slim rascal and sharp, while I do wish it had a small blade instead of the nail file, it will do I think.

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    Not a lot thicker than the 550 paracord bobtail fob

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    G2
     
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  13. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer

    920
    Jul 4, 2017
    Thanks!
     
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  14. mnblade

    mnblade

    Feb 7, 2000
    Amen! I'd much rather have a pen blade on there.
     
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  15. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Yep, I bought a pack of 8mm split rings for $2 off eBay for just this purpose.
     
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  16. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Yep, and the nail file tip is no where as well made as what comes on the Executive model which works great and used often, this one, I may try using it for a small screw driver if pressed to do so, otherwise it doesn't even scrape things well.
    G2
     
  17. Stelth

    Stelth

    Jul 15, 2007
    The Cadet nail file is useless to me. An electrician blade or an awl would be so much more useful. I've tried using the file on my nails and it doesn't even do a good job! I wind up with ragged nails and a pile of nail dust. To me it is a vestige of another time.
     
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  18. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    14048394-43CD-4F64-A4C5-6A3D9ABDF29E.jpeg 5C0D975A-1E75-4359-AC74-FC1E91922C1B.jpeg I much prefer a cut file to a “sandpaper” file. The former cut in one direction only, the latter smear in both directions. I have scavenged “real” files from old knives and installed them on current models.
     
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  19. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I might have the nail file checked for it’s Rockwell hardness and if it’s hard I might try to grind it into a pen blade
    G2
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
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  20. Getting older

    Getting older

    231
    Jan 3, 2016
    Plz keep us informed
     
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