Product Type: Pelegdesign gadgets
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"I am the keymaster"
Member Name: pmcds
Advantages: Powerful magnet, looks quirky
Disadvantages: Multiple individual keys hard to separate when you want to take it off
But I've already got a key hook, I hear you cry when you wonder what the point is of having this sort of item. And you'd be right - if you already have a key hook then that's great. Congrats - you maybe don't need this. But what if you don't have a key hook, or if you feel like hanging your keys somewhere else today, and then changing your mind tomorrow? Your key hook, drilled into the wall and hooked by probably peering behind it to try and marry up the screw in the wall and the impossibly small hanging piece on the back of the hook, will no doubt require unscrewing and rescrewing and this limits you not only to the places you can hang it, but also by how many holes you want in your wall.
Enter Pete - he's magnetic, so getting him set up is a doddle and doesn't need a screwdriver. Most people have a metallic surface of some sort at home, and Pete happily sticks straight on, so while others are drilling holes in their walls, you're sticking Pete on your fridge. For us, this is ideal. We have the key hooks anyway, but they're not in the ideal place for all of the keys, and we often get confused as to which key does what and why is it there. Pete sits proudly on the side of our fridge, holding the random keys that aren't on bunches and we need for other things.
The magnetism is impressive. You could hang most things off him and they'd not only stay attached but wouldn't drag him down either. We have a variety of fridge magnets, mainly from relatives showing off where they've been on holiday, and while they hold up some of our current announcements school reminding us about this or that, they're not so good at the thicker take away menus, whereas Pete is perfect for this. He sticks and holds and does it well.
If you're familiar with the Paladone products such as the corkscrew or bottle opener figurines, then you should expect something similar. A small red figure with no distinguishing features, he looks as if he's getting ready to abseil down a sheer surface. As you place him on your metal vertical surface, his back is straight up but his feet and one hand are facing flat against the surface, with the other hand held out behind and below him and providing the place where you hang your keys on.
I must admit that even having used him a number of times, I still tentatively draw away whenever I use him for a key. I'm never sure what will or won't come away with my hand, and I suppose the only thing that's worth a word of caution is when you try to take something away from Pete. Occasionally he throws a paddy and a few keys might come away. It's just as well he's powerful as you only need to put the keys back near him again and you can feel him magnetically pulling the keys back towards him.
A solid product, but definitely a niche gadget that is one for those who like quirky things such as this. I'm certainly one of those peeps, but I'm also slightly cautious, and will continue drilling holes in my walls for the most part when it comes to things like key hooks. I'd rather not put all my faith in magnetism, and have a hook that the key ring will hang on. Either way though, this is a very good product that does what it promises. It's not cheap, and the price tag of nearly £10 (once you include P&P you're likely to part with a tenner or so) does require some justification. Is it worth the price? Well, if you like gadgets such as this then yes, it is.
Summary: Effective and quirky magnetic key holder
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