Keyport Slide V2.0 (and V3.0)

IMG_2002 2 A couple months ago I posted on Everyday Carry (or EDC) key systems.

After doing a little bit of research (mostly just just deciding that I need a system that worked well with modern transponder car keys) I decided that I was going to order a Keyport Slide V2.0 (which just happened to be on massdrop.com at the time).

I now have had and have been using my Slide V.2 for about a month and it makes carrying almost all the keys I would ever need a quite easy and enjoyable task. The unit is around the same dimensions as a box of tictacs. In that space I have keys to both my cars (I have to swap transponder chips if I want to drive my wife car though), keys to my house, my parents house, my grandmas house in San Diego, and a mini flashlight or ball point pen depending on my daily needs. My wife thought that it was going to be really gimmicky (and I will admit I was worried about that a little as well), but after using it for the month it is amazing.

Shortly after I received my Slide from Massdrop.com Keyport announced that they were soon launching a Kickstarter for Keyport Slide V3.0 a new version that will be made out of aircraft aluminum and stainless steel.62ec9246e4d8c1051c74c18816704893_original Even though I have a V2 that I adore I promptly backed because along with the 6 port polycarbonate version 2 they are offering a 4 port and a 6 port (I ordered both!) and a completely new model the Keyport Pivot (older design that has been around a while but allows you to not have to convert all your keys to keyport blades). I prefer the esthetic of the slide design in a finished product, but you are able to decide based on your needs in a key system.

I plan to become an authorized dealer for Keyport as we do not have one in Bakersfield. The basic dealer package is $500 which comes with supplies to build 10 Keyport V2.0 Slides (your cost will be around $60-70 for a complete slide depending on features). So if you are interested please message me so that I can get the ball rolling (especially if you are willing to give me a deposit to help cover initial costs). I love mine and I am pretty sure you will as well.

EDC key systems to take the jingle out of your keys

While checking my email the other day I came across an email from Massdrop (massdrop.com) showing that they had a current drop (at the time, it has since expired) for the Keyport Slide v2.0 (mykeyport.com) and it got me thinking about this and other “key holders” like KeyBar or the similarly designed Keysmart. I carry a bit of stuff in my pockets or on my belt on a regular basis, as I am sure many of you do. this post is an attempt so get rid of some of the bulk.

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My E.D.C. (usually) Simpsons Mighty Wallet, My Lockpicks (old set, I think my good set is in the wife’s car), Gerber E.A.B. (so I don’t mess up my good knife cutting boxes at work), Chrome Industries Key Buckle (where most of this article is actually attempting to focus on), Pilot Precise V7 retractable tip pen, Kershaw Emerson CQC-7k, iPhone 6+ Case (iPhone was used to take the picture), Glock 27 Gen 4 in Old Faithful Tuckable holster, and a spare Glock 27 magazine

Another Blog called HiConsumption already did a lot of the work for me filtering down the 40+ choices down to the top ten.’

  1. Keysmart
  2. Bladekey Bolt 6
  3. Key Disk 2
  4. K-Addict by Cineik
  5. Handmade Leather Key Holder
  6. Keyport Slide v2 (the one that I chose, Review to likely come after the first of the year as I bought it at a discount through Massdrop and it will take a bit to get here.)
  7. Keybiner Carabiner
  8. Orbitkey
  9. Titanium Mini Q
  10. Keyclip 

If you want to read  their insights into each of the designs then feel free to click on the HiConsumption link.

However with my research over the couple of days that I had to decide whether or not I wanted to participate in the drop or not. I found that the only key holder that easily supported chipped automotive or motorcycle keys was the Keyport Slide V.2

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It does this using a chipped insert that takes up one of the key slots or a chipped side plate allowing all 6 slots to be used for keys or other accessories. Keyport HQ recommends that you only  use a slide for one car as the Chips/Transponders could interfere with each other (Since both of my cars take the same type of chip I have also been doing some research as to whether or not I could encode one chip to both cars. A post on the feasibility of that will come later on.)

To sum it up, there is a lot of personal preference in the EDC or any community for that matter but if you would like some help with taking the bulk out of your keys I am always happy to help.

 

Mailbox Locks

The other day (a couple Fridays ago) a former boss, now a Padlock’s customer messaged me and asked if I could pick open/ drill open and replace his mailbox lock on one of those “Community” mailboxes like the ones pictured below.

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So, having worked on some of these (with the locksmith that I apprenticed with) but unsure as to the legality I did some research before heading over to my customers house.

I found this blog from this year that says “Go For It / DIY” because a locksmith is going to be too much (he was quoted $250) but all the comment said “boo”, this is highly illegal, don’t drill your mailbox, etc. In general, I charge around $45 to come out and replace your mailbox lock with a couple keys (almost 1/5th as much as many other “locksmiths”). and it is completely legal.

How to Change a Mailbox Lock in 5 Minutes

Later on, I decided to check with the Post Office and found this tips page or faq.

Tips for Postal Customers with Centralized Mailboxes

In the end I found out that it is not only legal to change your mailbox lock but highly recommended if you just bought a house that has one of these style mailboxes, are renting a place with one (please make sure it is ok with your landlord), or just happened to lose your key (the case with my customer.. p.s. it was in the mailbox, idk how but it was)

So when you are ready give me a call and we will get you fixed right up.

-Mark

Found on Zillow: Do You Need a Locksmith to Rekey Your House?

After reading this whole article I feel like Zillow may be on the payroll of Schlage/Kwikset. Having a Licensed Locksmith rekey your house should always be cheaper then replacing all your locks every time you just need to rekey. Also while the Kwikset/Baldwin/Weiser smart key system (easy rekey) is an ok product, avoid the Schlage + product like the plague (I believe that they have already discontinued the product line due to a high failure rate).

So to answer Zillows question, Yes! you should always at least call and get a quote from your local Licensed Locksmith.

with that being said here is Zillows link and article.

Do You Need a Locksmith to Rekey Your House – Zillow

A properly locked door is your first line of defense against intruders. Of course, that defense is not very reliable if you’re not sure who has keys to those locks.

There are many reasons for changing a lock, including:

You’ve just moved into your house.
You’ve lost a key.
Your house has been broken into.
Your purse has been stolen, and your keys were in it.
Your current lock is worn and temperamental.
Your current lock is builder’s grade, and you want something more substantial.
You want to be able to use the same key to open all the doors in your house.
You’ve lost track of which contractors, service people and neighbors have keys to your house.
The difficulty of changing or replacing a lock varies from job to job. If no new holes are needed in the door or door jamb, replacing a handset is a fairly straightforward, DIY job.

Rekeying vs. replacing

If a new hole is needed, lock sets come with a template that folds over the edge of the door and locates the hole center. Unfortunately, hole saws are not the most common household tool, and even if you do own one, it can be pretty difficult to line up the saw to go straight through the door without the slightest angling. You may want to hire a locksmith or contractor to tackle more complicated lock replacement projects.

If the lock itself is in good shape, it may be possible to rekey the lock instead of replacing it. Rekeying a lock is the process of changing the tumblers of a lock cylinder with tumblers of different sizes. When you rekey a lock, a new key, which coincides with the new tumblers, is needed to open the door.

A locksmith can rekey your locks for a significantly lower cost than full replacement of the lock. Or, if you’re handy, you can purchase a rekeying kit and do the job yourself. Rekeying kits are brand specific, so you’ll need a kit for each brand of lock used in your home. The kits come with two keys, detailed instructions and the tools needed to complete the job (you’ll also need a screwdriver and needle-nose pliers). It’s important to note that your old key is needed to take out the lock cylinder plug, and then the new key is used to rekey the lock. If you’ve lost your only keys to the lock, you’ll need to call a locksmith.

DIY options

If investing in rekeying kits and calling locksmiths is unappealing, you may want to check out some of the rekeyable locks now on the market. Kwikset and Schlage are among manufacturers selling these consumer-friendly systems.

Rekeyable locks come with two standard keys plus a reset key. When you insert the reset key, the pins inside go to a neutral or standby position, and are then reset in a new configuration with new house keys from the same manufacturer.

“With our SmartKey technology, a homeowner can rekey her own lock in about 15 to 30 second max,” said Kwikset vice president for marketing Marty Hoffman. “That’s not an exaggeration — it really is that easy.”

The rekey feature typically costs only a few dollars more than a similar lock without it.

Basic Price Sheet.

Good morning everyone. Thanks for checking us out.

So that people have an idea, opening prices are as follows

Service Call: $30
Schlage or Kwikset Basic Rekey: $10 each
Kwikset Smart Key (with existing key) Rekey: $2 each
Without Key: $10 each
House Keys Copied (brought to the house): $1-3 each

Other services available, quotes available upon request.