An Emergency Roll of Duct Tape Is the Only Keychain Tool You Really Need

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There’s an entire industry dedicated to squeezing as many tiny tools as possible onto the keyring you carry every day. But the usefulness of miniature scissors or a petite pair of pliers can’t compare to the sheer number of repairs you can make with 18-inches of duct tape in your pocket.

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Roughly the same size as a tube of lip balm, this keychain-friendly roll of duct tape can actually hold anywhere from 18- to 24-inches of duct or gaffer’s tape, depending on its thickness. For $20 you get your choice of brass or stainless steel finishes, plus a matching keyring.

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Illustration for article titled An Emergency Roll of Duct Tape Is the Only Keychain Tool You Really Need

When your emergency supply of duct tape runs out, the empty spindle is actually easy to refill if you have access to an electric drill. You just attach the spindle to the chuck like a drill bit, secure the loose end of your duct tape roll to it, and start it spinning at its lowest speed. In seconds you’ll once again be prepared for any emergency–from something as big as your bumper falling off, to something as small as an unexpected clothing tear.

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Very cool. I can see making this on the cheap with an eyebolt, nylock nut, and washers. Gorilla brand duct tape would be my pick (as a guy who’s worked in the tape industry).

When I pack a mini tool pack, I include components based on essential functional capabilities: cut/part/pry, squeeze/reshape, bond/hold/bind. In this way, I don’t try to shoehorn specific tools. Rather, I select the size and form factor to provide the required capabilities given that tool pack’s specifications.