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EDC Keys: Pocket Dump/Key Carry/Road Tests (1 of 3)

by , January 22, 2013

At Carryology, as you’re well aware, we’re obsessed with carry.  All forms of carry.  It’s literally how most of our contributors make our living.  Some of us design fantastic wallets, some run their own softgoods fabrication shops.  Myself, I design bags and packs for large brands and small brands.  I personally love one particular niche of carry that applies to everyone… EDC (everyday carry).

This is a big category of carry that we’ve been meaning to discuss in-depth for a while now.  Though, we will plainly admit, the many facets of the niche of EDC can’t be summed up in one post.  Take a look at Wikipedia’s entry on EDC, which is pretty good start for an introduction on the topic.  Our particular taste on EDC is a little less tactical and weapon oriented, but that doesn’t make us the authority on it, as everyone is basically “correct” when it comes to their personal definition/practice.

This particular EDC post (the first of three) is focusing on keys.  We all have to carry keys.  So lets talk about how to carry them.  Perhaps this will reveal a new way or two for you to explore better ways of carrying keys in your life. I’ve always disliked having a lot of items in my pockets.  My personal EDC pocket dump is here below, which I believe I’ve touched on before.  Here is a little update/refresher, as it will be relevant for this post.

Front right pocket:
– Keys (Munroe Mega Dangler + 3 keys; house key, garage key, bicycle U-lock key) *Updated photo at the bottom with my newly added The Good Worth & Co’s “best wishes” key.
– Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet (4 cards; credit/debit, driver’s license, car2go card, and a 30% off Whole Foods card… clutch)

Front left pocket:
– iPhone 5 (no case)

Rear right pocket:
– Bandanna (some rad Japanese printed cotton I picked up in Tokyo)

Rear left pocket:
– Koozie (absolutely necessary to have at all times living in Austin, TX)

5th pocket:
– Currently empty, I used to keep a Bic or DJeep lighter in there

– I also keep a secret $20 folded up tightly behind the button snaps where my leather belt folds over on itself for the belt buckle closure.  This spare bill has proved useful many times.  Cash is king… especially to get you out of a bind or tricky situation when your wit won’t work.

(To see hundreds more images of highly-curated carefully-thought-out EDC pocket dumps, check out Everyday-Carry… but be warned, you will lose hours of your life to this website, viewing image after image of interesting setups.  The image below highlights some examples.)

The items listed above are the things that are always with me whenever I walk out the door.  That’s it.  Anything else is stored in whatever bag or pack I may have on me.  Everyone has got their own system; this is mine.  Its painfully obvious that I aim for minimalism, which is much harder than the opposite.  For me, keys were always the biggest hassle.  I used to have about 5-6 keys, including a large plastic Volvo V70 car key and keyless entry fob, adding bulk.  If I had a “keychain item”, it was small but not useful, just some random thing I liked or found somewhere.  Throwing this fistful of keys in my front right pocket with my wallet was damn uncomfortable.  The keys would bunch up at the bottom of my pocket, and jam into my thigh when I sat down or rode my bike.  Key bulge.  They say the fabric in your jeans will permanently become damaged at that spot too, and that sucks.  First world problems, yeah.  But not ideal carry.

For a while I’d clip my keys to a Trango carabiner, and have them swing from my belt loop.  Yeah… that guy.  This method worked great, but I personally really disliked that look.  In my humble opinion, it wasn’t clean or professional.  If I were going into a design meeting, I didn’t want to enter the room with a visible carabiner full of keys clinging and clanking around.  There were times the keys got caught on stuff.  One occasion, while riding my bicycle, I caught the keys on a random branch, ripping my jeans belt loop and keys clean off.  Random chance, but still.  This carry method also slowly distorts the shape of your jeans after time.  Though not the keys/keychain don’t weigh too much, that continuous weight on a belt loop will become apparent in a negative way.  I ran this method for at least 2 years, and having my pockets free of keys was nice… but I was over it.  I remember paying extra attention to how people carried their keys for nearly 2 years, just see if I could learn anything from it.  Nothing really jumped out to me.

TEC Accessories / P-7:

Then I discovered one of my favorite EDC realizations I had thus far… the TEC Accessories P-7 Suspension Clip.  This was an awesome solution to all of the hassles of key carry.  The P-7 clip is made out of spring-tensioned stainless steel, then bead blasted.  Small and lightweight.  Super simple idea, but functions so well.  The TEC P-7 hangs onto the edge of your pants pockets, so the keys hang vertically halfway down inside your pocket, eliminating pocket budge.  It also does this extremely discreetly.  Only a thin sliver of an inch-long matte steel clip is visible.  Basically its invisible.

This method is especially useful for some EDC fanatics who carry a small knife, an intensely bright LED flashlight, “tactical” USB thumb drive, pocket multi tool, emergency whistle, tiny Ti lighter and mini grappling hook, titanium prybar and pill/spy storage capsule, glowing tritium key chain viles, along with their 47 keys… which are all on a titanium split ring (to keep the weight down, ha!).  Yes, some folks carry all of these items on their keyring.  Admittedly, an external system (carabiner) or tossing these in a bag would be a better method to carry these around EDC… but then they’re not quickly accessible when you need a light, or whatever.  I regularly see massive EDC key systems, leaving me in shock and awe.  It’s not for me.  But it doesn’t make it any less amazing, awesome, or interesting.  Different strokes.  Anyway, it prevents all that mass from turning into a ball in a pocket.  The P-7 carries a lot, or a little, efficiently and cleanly.  It is easy to access your keys quickly, grabbing the clip from the edge of your pocket, and pulling to remove.  Its relatively easy to put them back in place.  Since keys have weight, they naturally fall down into your pocket, and you just slide the clip over the top pocket edge.  Love this method of carrying keys, love this clip.  Just a bit small, but easy to get used to, even if you have big hands like I do.  I never had trouble reaching for my keys when I needed them, which is basically the point.  Priced at $12, it’s hard to pass up.

The more I dug deeper into EDC, keys, and pocket tools, the more I found a desire to have a small pocket tool addition to my key ring.  There were so many occasions that I wanted to perform simple tasks like wanting to make a quick adjustment on the bicycle but I didn’t have a screwdriver while I was out in the middle of the city or a hike/bike trail.  Or the necessity to cut something that had to be cut quickly for whatever reason, yet there was no knife around.  And of course, the absolute requirement of having a bottle opener for all those occasions (now that I don’t carry a lighter any longer, I couldn’t do “the trick”).  So, after extensive research, there appeared to be two ways to go about this journey.  First, I could purchase individual pocket tools to hang on the keyring.  One screwdriver, one small knife/blade/cutting edge tool, and one bottle opener.  This method would add bulk and weight, tool by tool.  Second, I could pick up a multi-use pocket tool to hang alongside the keys.

These tools range from pliers/knife/screwdriver/etc combo tools (like some of Leatherman’s keychain-sized tools), or less feature-rich tools like the Gerber Shard or the Gerber Artifact, which only include the basics.  I was interested in a few standard tools (as mentioned above…screwdriver/cutting edge/bottle opener).  So, the second method seemed much more attractive to me, slimmer, less weight, less bulk.  I always was attracted to the idea of titanium tools, because I love titanium, simple as that.  Though going forward with the method still required the addition of an extra product to my current setup… leaving no way to avoid some minor additional weight/bulk.  Pros outweighed the cons, or so I hesitantly convinced myself.

Peter Atwood / Keyton:

This is when I discovered and became mildly obsessed with Peter Atwood titanium pocket tools. Well, it turns out I’m not the only one who is obsessed.  And that was the problem.  These Atwood titanium tools are more popular than the Tickle Me Elmo was back in 1996.  In fact, I reached out to Peter via email, asking him about doing an interview for Carryology, just discussing his methods and the topic of EDC in general.  He responded, humbly and kindly turning down the interview because he is currently so swamped.  The additional press would literally be a bad thing for him, as he already immediately sells out every item he makes.  He also admitted turning down an interview for a HUGE magazine with worldwide distribution, though I won’t name drop here.  So we were denied an interview, but we were among some other big names who were also denied, which was kind of a compliment in an odd way.

Peter is considered by most in the EDC world to be the master of masters, and his work proves this.  He transforms titanium (and occasionally steel) into pieces of functional artwork.  The unit I was extremely interested in was the titanium Keyton (screwdriver, cutting edge, bottle opener).  Small, lightweight, handmade, badass.  I tried for weeks to find one of these, with absolutely no luck.  Peter adds these up to his personal blog/store as fast as he can personally create batches of them in his one-man shop, and they’re sold out within minutes of posting.  Yes, minutes.  There is no schedule when he releases new products (Keyton is just one of his products; he makes many others).  Sometimes it happens at 6:04 AM on a Sunday, other times Tuesday at 11:43 PM.  You’ll never know and he’ll never tell.  This is the only way to purchase an Atwood product… directly from Peter.

The titanium Keyton sells for $65, if you are lucky enough to purchase within the small window that they’re available from his blog/store.  I’m not joking about the timing either, trust me. $65 isn’t a bad price if you ask me.  But nearly impossible to score one.  Go onto eBay, try to find some used ones.  They regularly sell for triple or quadruple the price.  As of writing this entry, I spotted a few titanium Keytons listed for $220+.  They will sell too, no question.  The only two drawbacks I could find with the Keyton was, first off, it seemed just a touch large in some of the photos I found online, but I could get over that… and the other more important drawback, the fact that I couldn’t get my hands on one for a reasonable price.  eBay for $220+ seemed like the only option, and I wasn’t going to pay that.  OK, so I found my next EDC move, and now I wasn’t able to make it.  This sucked.  Then I dug in deeper.

Munroe Knives / Mega Dangler & DTS Dangler:

After searching more forums dedicated to everyday carry than I would like to admit, I heard whispers of another artisan metalworker who crafts small batches of incredible titanium pocket tools.  He creates awesome titanium knives as well.  I discovered Deryk Munroe of Munroe Knives.  Everything I read about this guy and his products was on par with Atwood.  Munroe was a little lesser known, but equally talented and experienced (which makes him almost “cooler?”).  Munroe Knives also offered a product called the Mega Dangler, which removes the necessity to add any additional bulk or weight, while still adding a screwdriver, cutting edge, bottle opener, and some other nice tricks.

Too good to be true, it seemed.  To put it simply, they combined a key hanger clip with a pocket tool.  The best of both worlds.  It’s also made from titanium, which is just icing on the cake, as I love titanium… its lightweight and strong properties, how difficult it is to work with, and its unique finish.  I reached out to Munroe Knives via email (read the UPDATE at the very very bottom of the page for ordering info), as their website is currently under construction (depending on when you read this, it might be back up), and asked about putting in an order request for one Mega Dangler, in raw Ti finish.  I prefer this finish over the other anodized color options, some examples shown here below.

A day or two later I received a response from Deryk’s wife, Jana, who takes care of customer emails and the like.  She informed me that Deryk was hand-making a new batch of products, which would be complete and ready for sale in a few weeks.  Sure enough, a few weeks later, I received another email, with instructions for payment over PayPal.  Payment sent.  I received the Mega Dangler in the mail 3 days later.  They were kind enough to include a handwritten thank you note/order receipt, along with a free gift of a DTS Dangler (a miniature stripped-down version of the Mega Dangler) to test out, since I explained that I would be posting my testing results here on Carryology.

So how does it work?  I loved the TEC Accessories P-7 Suspension Clip, so I was familiar to this unique carry method for my keys.  The Munroe Mega Dangler performs amazing.  It carries my keys just how I like, which is to say, exactly like the P-7.  Out of sight, clinky jingle-free, and (key) buldge-free.  I can’t count how many times I’ve used the tools through travel and daily life.  Today I received a package from UPS, grabbed my keys, and quickly used the semi-sharp edge (just sharp enough, not sharp enough to cut your fingers) of the Mega Dangler to cut through the packing tape, no problem.  It is also is airplane friendly, which can’t be said for some other pocket tools due to their sharp and long blades.  Additionally, you can pry open things with that beveled edge, though I haven’t needed to yet.

Now it’s second nature to me when I’m in need of a particular tool to just reach for the Mega Dangler key hanger pocket tool combo.  I’ve repaired small gadgets and made adjustments on my bicycle when there wasn’t a screwdriver around (with the above mentioned beveled/cutting edge).  The bottle opener works flawlessly, having opened at least 47,006 bottles in the past 3 months I’ve owned the product.  Which is funny, because after reading several reviews on all sorts of titanium pocket tools, several users reported poor performance of the bottle openers from other models from other brands.  Not here.

The Mega Dangler hangs on snugly, not too tight, just the right amount to keep it where it is, and to slip out of your pocket when you need it.  As an additional feature, you can insert any standard 1/8″ driver bit into the open channel of the Mega Dangler and use it to tighten/loosen a variety of different fasteners.  I’ve tested it and it worked out nicely.  Ample leverage to get tasks done.  Clever.  When a product is done really well, there really isn’t much left to say.  It’s beautifully handmade with edges that are slightly rounded off for a nice feel.  And as one would expect from a titanium tool, it’s lightweight, much lighter than you’d expect when looking at it, and it is stronger than Hell.  Overall, the Mega Dangler is a simple idea.  Simple tools added onto a simple key hanger.  Executed perfectly.

This is a refreshing example of a finely-done product in a sea of overly complicated pocket tools that have a bunch of features that I personally find useless for my everyday carry.  It takes genius to recognize a simple need and execute a perfect simple product to fill the need, without adding all sorts of unnecessary bells and whistles, just to add them.  Reminds me of a quote by Dieter Rams, an Industrial Design hero of mine, “Less, but better”.  All this for a mere $59 (+ $3 for S&H in the USA), a killer deal (read the UPDATE at the very very bottom of the page for ordering info).  It’s taken  me a while to get to here.  Your experience and taste may vary.  The Munroe Mega Dangler is the ultimate solution I’ve found through exhaustive research and first hand experience.  Highly recommended.

As for the DTS Dangler (occasionally referred to as the “Dangler D.T.S.”), the slimmer tool-less version, it works great, just like the P-7 hanger did for me.  It is also handmade from titanium, in the non-anodized raw Ti finish which I think is great on the eyes.  It’s small, lightweight, strong, and holds your keys.

It comes with a high quality stainless steel Micro McGizmo clip (usually costs a few bucks) to quickly/easily clip on a split ring with your keys on it, which is a nice hardware detail for them to include. I don’t like using these clips though, as even though they are strong and stay closed, I don’t want to run the risk of the clip opening up and losing my attached keyring.  Most people don’t report that issue, but I’m picky, as you can see.  From my research online, the DTS Dangler runs only $23.  Not bad for a bit of hard-to-work-with titanium, handmade into a functional EDC tool.

Interested in either the Mega Dangler or the DTS Dangler?  Shoot Jana an email and she’ll set you up (mention we sent you).

Stay tuned for “EDC Keys: Additional Key Carry/Gadgets (2 of 3)” post coming up soon.

Updated photo below with my newly added The Good Worth & Co’s “best wishes” key.

UPDATE (2/20/2013):  Great news everyone!  We’re working out a Carryology-reader-only Group Buy (discounted price) for the Mega Dangler!  Stay tuned, more info is on the way…

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  • Charles

    Great to introduce more people to EDC. Awesome post, keep them coming.

  • Scott

    Wish i could find munroe megadangler forsale…

    • Taylor

      Hey Scott,

      Shoot Jana an email (sales AT munroeknives DOT com)

      She’ll hook you right up with a Mega Dangler, no doubt. Tell her the folks at Carryology sent you!

      • Scott

        just did, thanks! You guys at carryology are great!

        • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

          Whoops!! her email is…..
          Jana AT MunroeKnives DOT com

  • Erik

    Great article, very thorough. I’ve been toying with the idea of a key hook like the dangler, but find I prefer products like kaijin’s on eBay, who provides quality hooks typically meant for hanging from a belt loop. To me it makes keys more convenient to access while still looking good, especially because the longer ones allow you to tuck the keys into your back pocket to eliminate the jangling. Still they don’t have other useable tools unfortunately.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Great example there, Erik. The Kaijin is indeed a nice option, had it for a while myself!

      Watch out for EDC part 2 of 3 (going live in a day or two), I think you’ll find some other cool products that might really impress you.

  • Russell

    You left out the fantastic Corter Bottlehook!

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      No we didn’t 😉

      “EDC Keys: Additional Key Carry/Gadgets (2 of 3)” will be up in the next 48 hours. Lots of other killer options explored.

      I was very very close to purchasing one back when it was launching on Kickstarter. I still want one, but I prefer the Mega Dangler to all else.

  • Russell

    Er, excellent post. Really. May I suggest the Corter bottlehook as a great functional way to carry keys? Mine’s been hella-useful since I got it.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Aside from being functional (bottle opener plus a key hook), they sure do look damn nice too!

  • http://ryanabulon.com Ryan

    Wow, I have been looking for something like this for over a couple of years. I have made my own DIY, but non made out of titanium, and none looking this clean . Thanks for the post.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Hey Ryan,

      Watch out for EDC post 3 of 3… we’d love to see your own DIY solution in your pocket dump.

  • Moritz

    Nice post! Personal experience over time are always the most reasonable way to find the best product for oneself, but also inspiring for all who are dissatisfied with their situation. I don’t think I need such a tool. Maybe we have different personal experience! 😉

  • http://www.HiImDean.com Dean Grove

    EDC to me always was the more extreme versions some (mostly Americans) post on Youtube etc. People that basically carry enough stuff around to survive a mini zombie apocalypse.

    I do see the point in some of these products and none in some other. I always WANTED to start only carrying around a debit/credit card but in Germany,not every Store has methods to pay with card.

    I have a multitool that I use at home too,the leatherman skeletool CX,but I mostly use it for opening beer bottles or packages.

    I also carry a tiny leatherman in my sports bag.

  • Jeroen Berkenbosch

    I would like to add PocketToolX, which was recently acquired by Leatherman. http://www.leatherman.com/family/pockettools/pockettools

    I’ve owned the Brewzer for about two years and has the same functionality as the Megadangler, minus the clip. It’s inexpensive, so It’s definitely worth a try for anyone looking for a basic keychain tool.

    I’ve recently ordered the Leatherman Ti Mako (also designed by PocketToolX), which is specifically designed as a lightweight, no-nonsense bicycle tool. You might want to look into that, Taylor 🙂

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      I took a very careful look at that PocketToolX when I was on my hunt. I really wanted that Ti option, but they were sold out, bummer.

      How are you liking the Ti Mako? Looks like a solid pocket tool with tons of features.

      • Jeroen Berkenbosch

        The Mako was shipped yesterday from the US to the Netherlands (about 50% cheaper than buying it in the Netherlands, including shipping). So it’ll probably take a couple of weeks before I have an answer to that question 🙂

  • Johannes Flem

    Awesome EDC primer, Taylor!
    It’s funny to see how similar your “adventures in EDC” have been to mine. I’m carrying a Mega Dangler (yes, the Munroes are awesome people), but have a more modular loadout, as all of my small items (car key, house keys, Leatherman Squirt PS4) have McGizmos and I then clip them onto the Mega Dangler.
    I have also been lucky enough to score a couple of Atwood items at reasonable prices (some from Peter, some from some other good people), and carry a G1 Superbug in my jacket/backpack/messenger/whatever, along with other stuff.
    Oh, and if you *don’t* feature the awesome Quantum DD (or D2) light by Veleno Designs in part 2 or 3, I will be *very* disappointed. Very. Very.


    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Thanks for the message Johannes,

      I like your Mega Dangler modular setup, very cool. I really would like to give this method a go, but I worryabout the McGizmo clips coming open when I’m doing something a bit more active. Love the simplicity of my keys now, but having different options for different activities would be amazing.

      How do you like your Atwood pieces BTW?

      • Johannes Flem

        Taylor, I never had any problems with clips coming off, but I guess it might happen.
        I have one clip on the Mega and one on everything else. The clip on the Mega goes to the split ring on my keys, and the clip on my keys goes to the Mega’s clip split ring. Tools (like the Quantum light) are single-clipped so they’re easier to detach.
        Here’s an example:

        I love my Atwoods, but as I live in the Metric world, all the SAE wrenches are of little use to me. The Superbug on the other hand has a screwdriver bit and is infinitely handy. Oh, and it opens beers like a champ 🙂

        • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

          Hey Johannes,

          Thanks for your response, man!

          I dig that dual security setup of two McGizmo clips on your key ring specifically. So two clips keep your keys nice and secure.

          Also- love that long skeleton-esque key. Wish I had a lock I needed a key like that for, haha.

          Makes sense on the SAE/Metric stuff. It would be great to see some amazing artisan craftsmen around Europe (or the rest of the world) popping up who make similar Ti pocket tools. Seems like most of them are based in the US for now though. However… if it were up to me, we’d be all metric, 100%. Standard just doesn’t make any sense at all. I use Metric over here in the US on a regular basis. So much better, easier and more accurate.

          • Johannes Flem

            Taylor, you should do a quick interview with Peter (Atwood). Email me and I’ll send you his address. Really nice guy.
            He has done some metric tools too, but they’re hard to come by (even by Atwood standard). He’s even done a bike tool, which I’m sure would suit you…

            My approach is like yours; only the basic stuff I need, as much of that as possible in a pack/bag and no tactical stuff or weapons. I have found, however, that a tiny light and a tool are really practical to carry.

            Oh, and I expect you’ve seen it already but there’s an abundance of useful info on http://www.everydaycommentary.com

        • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden


          I actually tried to reach out to Peter, but he politely declined the interview. Check the section in the post above about Atwood. He was very nice and honest about it… it was sort of a compliment in a way, haha.

          BTW- about the Quantum DD…. awesome! I never spotted it during my research. I’m going to go in and add a bit on that before EDC 2of2 goes live. Personally, I find the Flashlight app on my iPhone 5 powers the rear-facing LED pretty damn well. Little thing is surprisingly bright… but not 50 feet bright. Having a legit flashlight makes a lot of sense for EDC… especially one that is actually this small. Great suggestion man.

  • http://www.hruminations.com John Hritz

    I was going to ask what a koozie is, but I see that it is an insulated wrapper for a cold drink.

    Why do folks in Austin carry one around? Is this so you always know which drink is yours?

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Hey John,

      Indeed, it is a cold drink fabric/foam sleeve for drinks (beer, topo chico, etc).

      In Austin, it is just a thing, part of the culture in a way. Easiest way to instantly spot a tourist is to see someone drinking a cold beverage with no koozie on it. I suppose it does make it much easier to determine which drink is yours, absolutely. It is also insanely hot here most of the year… pushing 110+ Fahrenheit regularly. Without a koozie to help insulate (its primary function), your beverage can get nasty very quickly. Plus, Austin ranks way up there on the list of US cities who enjoy a drink (it was #1 per capita last year). My girlfriend probably has two in her purse at any given time. We have a collection of about… eh… 120 of them over in the kitchen. Events/clubs/businesses/restaurants/bars/etc, they all make them and give them out or sell them. You can really find some creative ones with wild artwork.

      FWIW- growing up in Hershey, PA (USA), I never heard the word “koozie” before. It is big in other, mostly Southern (hot temp) states, but no where like here.

      Oh, the koozie.

      • http://www.hruminations.com John Hritz

        Makes perfect sense. On reflection, we used these while I was in Florida and South Carolina. In those days, they were just closed cell foam and weren’t pocketable like the neoprene ones. Thanks for the post. I covet one of mega danglers. They seem as hard to get as the Atwood stuff. I have a couple of prybabys in my collection.

        • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

          Heya John,

          Just shoot Jana at Munroe Knives an email. She’ll hook you right up with a Mega Dangler. Tell her Carryology sent you!

          I’m sure you’ll love it. I end up using mine almost daily. So many little uses, without being too tactical/etc.

          Let us know how it goes, would ya?

  • Ethan

    Awesome Post!

  • Bob

    Good article, I look forward to the next installment.

    In the meantime, perhaps you could help me out? I have a problem with the email address “sales@munroeknives.com” seems to keep resolving to another address and I receive failure messages. Is there another address?

    • Scott

      I used this address and did not receive an error though they have not responded yet.

      • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

        Here ya go man, sorry!

        Jana AT munroeknives DOT com

    • http://evanmeagher.net Evan Meagher

      Ditto on getting mail delivery failure. Mailer daemon response indicates that delivery has been disabled on the account that “sales AT munroeknives DOT com” resolves to.

      • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

        Hey Evan,
        Here is the proper address for ya
        Jana AT munroeknives DOT com

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Sorry about that guys, here is the proper email
      Jana AT MunroeKnives DOT com

      • Scott

        My best guess is that their host servers are down, as it is now not working for me.

  • Albert

    Excellent post, can’t wait for the next installment. I personally carry a Fenix P1, and during the winter, a Static Electricity Discharger (www.thinkgeek.com/product/9de7/). I use a locking carabiner on my rear belt loop, with the keys going into the back pocket. After this, I will be emailing Jana about the Mega Dangler.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden


      That SED is a a killer device, thanks for sharing it. Never would’ve discovered this on my own. Now that winter is over here in TX (79 F today), I’ll have to give it a try next year.

      Really digging that we’re all learning so much from our thoughtful, experienced, and intelligent readers. Thank you all.

  • Jason Cons

    I’ll add my voice to the list of sad folks who desperately want a Mega Dangler, but keep getting bounced at Munroe Knives. Anybody have an alternative contact rather than the “Jana at” or “Sales at”?

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Hey all,

      I’ll see what I can do to help the situation out!

      Keep waiting, the Mega Dangler is mega awesome.

      I’ll post an update once I know something for ya guys

  • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

    Here are the two email addresses I have so far….




    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      FWIW- I just sent an email to the jana email address and haven’t received a non-mailer daemon return message yet.

      I’ll keep you guys updated. Trust me, it’s worth it.

      • Scott

        My guess is since they went to that knife show they shut down their email… you would think they would want to get email during that time though!

  • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

    Getting in touch with Munroe Knives….

    Hey all, it looks like Munroe will be making an update to their site once they return from Las Vegas. I’ll post an update once their emails are back up and working!

    • Virgilio Montorio Jr

      I hope they get the site up soon. That Mega Dangler looks great. I’ve been trying both emails hoping to get through. Please keep us posted. Thanks.

      • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

        We’ll make a post on Carryology once we hear back from Munroe.

        Who knows, maybe they’ll offer up some Carryology discount or special for a giant group buy? I’m just speculating though. They’re certainly worth full price in my book.

        In the meantime, you can win a Mega Dangler via our EDC Giveaway. Enter now, contest ends on Friday!

        • Scott

          I have a feeling there are at least 100 people looking to buy a mega dangler on carryology right now…. you guys should have a very good relationship with munroe knives once this is all over.

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            Guys/Girls; just FYI in case you don’t know anything about Munroe, Deryk Munroe is an artist and his main focus is custom knives.
            Check out the photo blog here:

            He does have a few side projects like the DTS Dangler and Mega Dangler, but knives is the main product. I’ve seen some of his knives fetch $6000 and they’re pure art.

            Not speaking on his behalf, but my impression is that mass production of Danglers is not really where his passion lies. Last time I saw a production run of Mega Dangler was before Christmas, and the one before that was in August (I think). They did sell out within a few days. They are, however, worth chasing after and waiting for.

  • Taylor

    Just out of curiosity… if you’re interested in purchasing a Mega Dangler but cannot reach Munroe Knives, would you mind responding here in the comments?

    Perhaps we could put together a Carryology group buy for all the folks who want to buy one.

    • Taylor

      So far I count roughly 10 people (between emails, these comments and the comments from the other two EDC posts, etc).

      • Eric

        Interested as well.

      • rfb

        I’m in.

      • Johnson

        I’m also interested, pending international postage costs.

      • Brad

        Interested as well

    • Scott

      I’m in….

      • Virgilio Montorio Jr

        Count me in if you haven’t already.

    • Jason Cons

      Yup, me too.

      • Nicolas

        I’m in.

    • Jason

      Count me in!

  • Rajat

    Hi Taylor,

    I tried to reach Jana but the mail keeps bouncing back. Could you help me connect with her?


  • Scott

    I have seen signs of life on their tumbler… but still no luck.

    • Taylor

      I just got a potential lead on how to contact them. Let me reach out and see when they’ll be back up.

      Stay patient folks, a possible exciting idea for these Mega Danglers is in the mix….

      I’ll share all the information the minute I find out.

  • James

    I’m also desperately trying to contact them about a Mega Dangler but getting my emails bounced… any help greatly appreciated!

  • Scott

    Just wanted to let you guys know that Jana emailed me and said they are starting a new batch that will be ready in a few weeks!

  • Virgilio

    Thanks for the info Scott.

    Taylor, any word on your end? Or should we just order directly from Munroe?

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      I should have information within the next 48 hours. Thanks all!

      You probably could order directly from Munroe… but you might miss out on something special…. nothing official just yet.

      • Virgilio

        I will wait for the “something special” . Thanks Taylor.

  • Jana Munroe

    Hi all! We were on a trip for a few weeks, but are now back in the shop 🙂 My email is working now (oops), and I am currently going through all the correspondence…next round of Megas is coming up soon!

  • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

    Great news everyone!

    We’re working out a Carryology-reader-only Group Buy (discounted price) for the Mega Dangler!

    Stay tuned, more info is on the way…

    • rfb

      Can’t wait. NEEED!!! I don’t wanna miss out on this! :D)-<

  • Virgilio

    Count me in for two in the group buy. Thanks.

  • Ian

    I definitely want in on the group buy.

  • Scott

    Doesn’t sound like this is the official sign up, but count me in for 2 as well.

  • Lotus Cowboy

    Group buy count me in please

  • Lotus Cowboy

    (international costs )

  • Jimmy

    Hope I’m not late to the party, count me in for 2!

  • Gerald Mosley

    Definitely want in on that group buy. Don’t count me out!

  • Virgilio

    I showed my friend the site and he wants one to. Count me in for THREE.


    Any new info on the group buy?

  • rfb

    Still nothing happened here and, my apologies, that sucks!

    Especially when you announce to have more info within “48 hours” and that was like weeks ago and you didn’t even follow up on this :/

    Any news at all?

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  • Scott

    Hey Taylor, Have you ever used the DTS dangler (non mega) as a money clip? I was wondering about pairing it with a card older to maybe slim down my wallet.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Heya Scott,

      Great question. I haven’t used the DTS for a money clip just yet, but I think it would be a great solution for a super minimal option, as long as you had a card or two in there to keep it all nice and tight!

      • Scott

        Cool! Sounds like a good solution for my only need money, id, and 1 credit card soln. Perhaps I’ll wait a bit to inquiry Munroe as they seem to be super busy for some reason… =D

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    2nd – How the hell do you get a 30% off Whole Foods card?!

    • http://www.coroflot.com/TaylorWelden Taylor Welden

      Heya Kevin,

      Thanks for the message, man!

      Haha, I wish it were easy. My girlfriend works at the flagship WF in downtown Austin. They give incentives for employees that are healthy. She happens to get A’s on all of the requirements, so we both get 30% off (the maximum). I believe other WF employees get 20% off though. A killer deal, I’ll admit.

      In fact, today (and today only), they did team member appreciation day…. 40% off! We stocked up on everything.

      • Kevin Falk

        Dang! I figured it was something like that. I was always curious how strict they were on that policy. Does you girlfriend or anyone that gets the A rating have to work out constantly? Or if your skinny your in. How do they measure that anyway? with a doctors visit or physical test?

        • Taylor

          Hey Kevin,

          Great questions.

          So basically, they have about 5 different sections in which they grade you on. You need 5 “A’s” to get the maximum 30% off. She definitely does run and does yoga, but she isn’t a marathon runner or competitive athlete. I’d say “fit”, but nothing crazy. I think being naturally skinny gives her a huge advantage, no question. It was a test conducted by a doctor, they take blood, measure BMI, etc. Tobacco use showing up in the blood sample is a fail, etc.

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