In some cases, we cannot understand why some accessories are so expensive. This keychain is a case. Here in Brazil, it costs about USD 30.00 . All right, all right! You will tell me that it is an excellent keychain, swiss made and with best materials available in the hole word, and I agree. Someday I decide to buy my own of those, but the price is greater than another Swiss Army Knife. I've preferred to buy the knife and make my own keychain :)! I refer to the model 4.18 60 of the catalog.
Let me clarify that THIS INSTRUCTABLE DOES NOT INTENT TO TEACH HOW TO MAKE A "FAKE VICTORINOX KEYCHAIN", BUT A GENERIC KEYCHAIN THAT LOOKS LIKE THAT STYLE. DO NOT USE THIS INTRUCTABLE TO PRODUCE OR SELL ANYTHING AS A VICTORINOX PRODUCT! PLEASE RESPECT TRADEMARKS AND LAWS OK?
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Step 1: What Stuffs You Need
This is the materials list you will need to make your keychain:
- 01 large flat carabiner;
- 01 large key ring;
- 01 medium key ring;
- 03 opened iron rings;
- 01 standard carabiner;
- 01 meter (3.28 feet) chain.
You also need a plier to open and close the iron rings, but if you are so strong to do it with your hands, forget the pliers!
A NOTE FOR THE FLAT CARABINER: The flat carabiner is also called "table style" carabiner here in Brazil. I don't know how it is called outside here, but I include a pic of it here. Also, this model was choosed only because it is similar to the original model and anyone of your choice will work fine!
Step 2: Step One - Iron Rings on Large Key Ring
Start your work by insert two iron rings on the large key ring.
Step 3: Step Two: Key Ring on the Large Carabiner
In the next stage you must insert the large key ring (with the two iron rings) on the large flat carabiner.
Step 4: Step Three: Cuting the Short Chain
As in the original model, you must take a chain with 10 rings length. You can cut an amount of chain or only open a ring and separate the 10 rings chain portion.
Step 5: Step Four: Attach the Short Chain to an Iron Ring
The next step is to attach the short chain to an iron ring. Use your pliers (or even your hands if you do not pay attention for the pain!!!) to open the ring, insert the chain on it and close the ring again.
NOTE TO THIS STEP: IF YOUR CARABINER DOESN'T HAVE A MOVABLE TERMINATION THAT ALLOWS THE KEY RING "ROTATE" AND IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THE ORIGINAL MODEL, THE SHORT CHAIN MUST BE PLACED ON THE RIGHT SIDE.
Step 6: Step Five: Cut the Longest Chain
Now you will need a long chain with 70 rings length, as on the original model. Do the same way to cut or separate the long chain you've used to the short one.
Step 7: Step Six: Place an Iron Ring on the End of the Chain
Now, take the last iron ring and place it on the end of the chain.
Step 8: Step Seven: Attach the Longest Chain on the Key Ring
Now, as you do with the shorter chain, attach the long chain to the key ring, using the iron ring that remains there. Remember that the long chain will have an iron ring on each end.
Step 9: Step Eight: Place the Small Carabiner on the Short Chain
Now is the time to place the small standard carabiner on the short chain. You have noted that this short chain haven't iron ring on the end. I is because that in the original model the carabiner is attached directly on the chain, but you can use another iron ring to place it. If not, open the last ring of the chain and insert the carabiner on that, and close the ring again. I prefer to use pliers than hands to do it!
Step 10: Step Nine and Finish: Place the Key Ring on the Long Chain
This easy step is only to place the medium key ring on the end of the long key chain, on the iron ring. Just place the key ring using your hands... (in this case, I prefer do not use pliers!).
After you finish this step, you can say "Hooray!", because your keychain is ready to use!
Use the short chain with the carabiner to place your Swiss Army Knife and the long chain to place your keys. This long chain is designed for you can use your keys without take your keychain out of the belt. Yet, you can place your Swiss Army Knife in or out your pocket, as you prefer!
I have attached a pic of the original Victorinox model in order to compare the results. I'm sorry about the small pic, but it was the only one I've found!
I hope you enjoy this easy Instructable and I ask you make your comments of this job! If you make one of this with this Instructable, please place a pic if you can.
Best Regards for all!