Which Do YOU Like Best?

This is a short one for you today…

Over the last few days I’ve been slogging away in the workshop on a “dangler” (you know, one of those gadgets that allow you to “dangle” your keys from your belt loop).

I’ve gone through dozens (literally) of prototypes to get the function sorted. And, I can happily say, I’ve got the functionality now fully dialed in after a metric tonne of frustration (interesting fact: I’ve put so made rough prototypes through my jeans loop so many times during testing that the my jeans loops are starting to fray!).

Here’s where you come in

I’m looking to finish off how this dangler looks. And, even though I have my personal preferences, I’m struggling a little.

So I’d love if you could take a look below at the three designs (some are rougher than others so please take that into account). Just wondering about the overall shape. Try and picture it fully finished, a bit of beveling perhaps and the various strange-looking parts on them sorted out. ๐Ÿ™‚

These are not final prototypes – but around 80% there…




Here’s how this design actually works (just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about and aren’t sure what this actually does!)




Comment and I’ll follow through and develop fully the most popular design.

Thank you!

Oh, and just for reference, these are around 60mm (2.4″) long. And made from titanium (well, of course they’re made from titanium! :-D)

  • Michael says:

    I’d prefer #3 but they all look interesting.

  • I’d go for simplicity, i.e., #1.

  • Eciton says:

    Definitely #1, the simplest.

  • George says:

    I prefer #3. The larger opening will hold additional key rings compared to the single holes of the other two. Plus the other two openings of #3 could theoretically hold even more key rings.

  • Michiel says:

    Keep it simplest: #1

  • Colin says:

    #2 seems more ergonomic to me.

  • Carol says:

    I like #3. It looks like it would hold onto the belt loop the best.

  • Victor says:

    My vote is for #3. It looks pretty alien and functional.

  • Brian says:

    #1 looks the best and #3 looks to be the most versatile for the reasons George mentioned. However, if you made the holes on #3 a little bigger which would allow four fingers to pass through, you would have an emergency set of brass knuckles….err…titanium knuckles.

  • Daisuke says:

    I prefer #1. It looks like the most durable.

  • Scott says:

    I like the look of #1, but others make me thing about using that open space for a bottle opener, or other some type of functionality.

  • Daniel Perucchi says:

    I prefer #1…clean and simple

  • Ewan says:

    #1 for sure Magnus. The minimalist design is also the most elegant looking. Less is definitely more

  • Mats says:

    #2, smooth and well designed!

  • Wouter says:

    I’d go for #1. Most elegant, same functionality.
    But where’s that bottle opener? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Would be a good combination I suppose..

  • Dennis says:

    I’d say number 1

  • Kevin says:

    It’s #3 for me…

  • John says:

    #2. Simple like 1, but has the extra holes for extra stuff. Seems a shame to not integrate a bottle opener in the curve.

  • Chris says:

    Simpler the better, so #1

  • Ethan says:

    1 is my vote. Very nice!

  • Andrew says:

    It surprises me to hear it, but I like #2 the best. All look great, but that’s my top pick.

  • David Floro says:

    For the single function of dangling lightweight stuff from belt loops, I’d agree that simpler (#1) is better. But if you wanted to add a couple or three functions, #3 looks like it could be modified easily.

  • John Baring says:

    The best ‘dangler’ you built was the double end carabiner. I like it so much I have ordered more! It is quick to take off the belt loop or to take keys off the carabiner. These examples are too fiddlely! You want something that you can do one handed without looking. I am not sure these examples will accomplish that. Good luck

  • Keith says:

    I like the top of number #3 with the bottom of #1 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Steve says:

    I like #1 but i like the top of #3 ….but if your making us choose one of the three then #1.

  • Rory says:

    #1 for its minimalism.

  • Michael says:

    #3 looks like it has the most function, and i like the lines of it better

  • asidpulse says:

    I like #1. However, it would be nice if it had a larger keyring hole.

  • B Alan Eisen says:

    No offense, but, the double ended carabiner is perfect for me. I got all three shapes and love using one of them with my rabbit. Now I am waiting for the containers. Thanks. Since you did ask, I like #1 best. Simplest.

  • Mel says:

    I agree with the “less is more” crowd – #1 is the most refined and is elegant in its simplicity.

  • David says:

    +1 for simplicity, #1.

  • Guy says:

    I’d go with the round spiral loop catcher of #2 and the 3 hanger holes in #3.

    Personally, the saw-tooth doesn’t do anything for me, since it serves no practical purpose…

  • Guy says:

    To qualify my previous comment: the whole point of a dangler is for quick-access and quick-release. The loop catcher doesn’t lend itself well to quick-release, so I’d prefer at least 3 spaced holes for TEC clips or your Ti mini “HookUp” clips. The hole for a split ring at the bottom in #1 and #2 do nothing to assist quick access OR quick-release, so I’d lose them ASAP. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • James says:

    I’d like the bottom part of the second one, but with the top part of the third one.

  • anson says:

    #3 – because of the additional carry options… but they all look like Ears to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cheryl Nowack says:

    I would have to agree with the comments of John Baring and Alan Eisen, your carabiners serve the purpose best. But if I must give you an answer, I’d say #3. No wonder your belt loops became frayed working that ‘Chinese puzzle’ of a maze on and off!

  • Michael says:

    What about a combination of the danglers and the carabiner?


  • Steve says:

    #1 with larger hole at bottom. Probably would not buy any version though.

  • Louis says:

    #1, maybe with a second smaller hole, 4 mm higher than the existing ; #2 is also good

  • geoff hughan says:

    would prefer the top of 1 repeated at the bottom i.e. a double curl ?

  • Nicholas says:

    #3 please!!!

  • Bob Lukach says:

    #1 is what I prefer Magnus. It’s minimalist and cool!

  • Robert says:

    #1, simple is better

  • Joe w says:

    I like number 3. It reminds me of those old Celtic designs for some reasons lol.

  • WOW! Tremendous response – thank you so much.

    I won’t reply individually to each comment above, but I can tell you what the breakdown (as of right now) for the preferences… (and this included the emails I received)

    #1 = 28 people

    #2 = 9 people

    #3 = 12 people

    I’ll be honest here…

    #3 was the one I was sure would be the winner (and the one I spent a lot of time on)

    And, believe it or not, #1 I did last. I took #2 and “chopped out” the middle… added a couple of lines… and that was it (I knew it was rough but I just wanted the concept)

    So, yeah, looks like I’ve got to go back to the drawing board on this one… and develop #1 (because it’s far from ready in it’s current state. A lot of subtle things to work through on it)

    Pretty cool that YOUR comments have changed the entire course of this product (I was just about to proceed with #3. But, hey, #1 seems to be the favourite).

    One more thing I’d add is…

    This “Dangler” concept is not explained well in photos so I’ll have to do a video on it for you.

    Believe it or not, but…

    This Dangler is almost as quick to get on and off a belt loop as a carabiner. I know it looks a little involved and and perhaps even “messy”… but it’s actually a gadget I’ve been using for a few days now while testing and found it very effective! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh, and one more thing…

    If you take a look at Michael’s comment above, then he whipped-up a 3D design that’s a cross between #3 above and a TiBiner.

    In fact, I thought it was so cool I spent a couple of hours this morning creating a real-life prototype of it.

    I’ll post it soon!

    Thank you Michael for the idea and I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of seeing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cheryl Nowack says:

      Being a carabiner person myself, I like Michael’s idea too! Feel free to send any prototypes here for testing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • David Ferris says:

    #1 looks like a man’s private bits. #2 and #3 look like pork chops.
    Think I will go with the carabiner I already have.
    Ignoring phallic imagery I prefer #1 for its simplicity.

  • Israel says:

    Really like the simple look of # 1 but I think # 3 upper section look better and would ride better on the belt loop without ware.

  • Jonathan Gorman says:

    I don’t think the world needs another one of these – titanium or not.

    I think you need to think about solving problems – using your design and attention to detail to differentiate. Having a better looking design isn’t the same as creating something that we didn’t realize we needed until we see it.

  • Shawn B says:

    I like #3, it’s more “organic”.
    How about a simple loop with a small cut/gap at the bottom to attach to the belt loop. the weight of the keys will prevent it from coming off the belt loop. make the loop 25mm in diameter and you’d sell a lot to the #knuck community

  • inacio afonso says:

    Keys are the most important items to have. Keys to house, cars, offices etc. If any are lost, then it will cause extreme inconvenience. I feel keys ought to be left safe and secure in pockets. Having said that, I like the design of #3. May I suggest that any products you make could have “Made in New Zealand” laser imprints, and/or your name, and/or simple imagery of Mฤori art/design. This will all add more work and more costs, but will also add to the kudos of the items.

  • Sean says:

    #2 looks great

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