Product Type: Pelegdesign gadgets
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You just cannot lose your keys when Pete's around
Member Name: goosey
Date: 02/02/12, updated on 08/10/13 (184 review reads)
Advantages: Can easily hold up to 30 keys at a time. Ideal novelty gift
Disadvantages: If anything, just a tad expensive.
Pete , is the new man in my life; I met him on the internet a few weeks ago, thanks to Joker who had recently spread the word of his existence. Anxious to get to know him and his wondrous attributes, I searched Amazon, found, and sent off for him..paying a small fee of £7.49
A few days later, he arrived, having been transported free of charge in a transparent, plastic cube, neatly packaged in an oversized cardboard carton.
Let me introduce you to Pete.
Pete, his full name is Key Pete, is a 7.5cm tall, glossy, cherry- red plastic man, with two very strong magnets, one attached to each hand. One arm is extended forwards, as are both feet and the other arm, bent at right angles, is extended backwards; in a pose resembling that of an abseiler.
He comes in two colours, red or blue with a price ranging from about £4.85 to £9 on Amazon. His official dimensions are: 6.5cm x 7cm x 5.5cm, but I think my Pete must have grown since his dispatch, for I make his measurements to be 7.2cm from foot to rear hand (depth) 7.5cm from head to foot, (height) and 5.8cm from one foot to the other foot (width) He weighs in at a mere 390g
He was among other novelty gadgets designed by Pelegdesign, their website is: www.peleg-design.com where you can find more of their ingenious magnetic novelties.
Key Pete comes with a warning that he is not a toy and therefore not suitable for small children ; there was no mention of dogs, but I can imagine canines enjoying making short work of Pete, should they get their jaws around his legs, and the kafuffle, if Pete got attached to the metal tag on its collar.
What does he do? You ask
Key Pete is the keeper of keys, or anything else that can be held by magnets. He stays firmly attached to any ferrous metal surfaces, such as fridges; or sheets of tin; the feet are padded with a silicone/rubber substance which helps prevent Pete abseiling down the door when weighted; the extended arm holds onto the metal surface, and the free arm holds the keys. He is said to be able to hold the weight of 30 keys... now I have no idea what the weight of 30 keys is, but I do know the weight on my hammer. So to test Pete's strength I tried attaching the hammer... hey -presto a lb weight, (454g..which is just under half a kilo) was held firmly in place without Key Pete sliding down the length of the fridge door. However, when I tried the same when he was attached to one of those magnetic message boards, he rapidly slid down to the bottom, still holding on to the hammer I might add, there is no doubting the strength of the magnets that is for sure.
Why do I need a key keeper?
When I first read about Key Pete, my first thoughts were that I did not really need one, since I have a perfectly good place to hang my keys when not in use.
Then my thoughts quickly turned to the occasions when visitors, about to leave, would wail, "Has anyone seen my keys?"
Often they would turn up having slipped out of their pockets down the side of the sofa or be hiding under a handbag, paper or even on the floor.. not under the dog as yet, but it's only a matter of time.
Now all they need do is give them to Key Pete to mind.. and he won't even charge for the service... perfect.
Of course it must not be used near magnetically sensitive items with moving parts, such as watches and clocks where it would probably magnetise the delicate mechanisms and disable them.
For the moment, Key Pete's home is on my fridge door where he uncomplainingly holds firmly onto the key to my shed, but I intend to make him a more permanent abode in an alcove, situated close to my front door, by inserting a thin sheet of metal, behind a print, into a small, glassless frame, and hanging it on the wall. I am seriously considering buying another to keep him company and give him the job of holding all the spare keys I have languishing in a drawer. In the meantime, he is proving to be a popular conversation piece with my family.
I have since cut a piece of magnetic material, framed it and hung it on the wall by my front door. This is now Key Pete's permanent home.
Summary: Although just a cute, novelty key holder, he is a very useful addition to my home.
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