Custom Made Keychains At The Lowest Prices In Australia
With our very own manufacturing facility and a complete in house design studio you would be crazy to look elsewhere for your custom promotional keychains. Our team are on standby to assist you with your requirements, and our prices can't be matched within Australia. Browse below and select your style, from there simply use our quick contact form (right) to request a fast written quote.
The Origins of Custom Keychains
The unassuming but ubiquitous keychain. How did it come about, and how does it now live in every crevice of modern living? From cultures far and wide, from the school child who attaches one to his bag, to the granny who uses one to secure her secret cake pantry key, keychains are in their billions. It was not until Linus Yale invented the cyclinder lock in 1848, and mass produced inexpensive locks that keys were carried by the general population. So around that time, keychains started to gain popularity. One of the earliest souvenir keychains dates back to the World's Fair in Chicago, 1893.Typical designs today, include leather objects, replicas, stuffed toys and metal logos. Some really inventive ones involve flashdrives, laser lights, digital photo frames or even Swiss army knives.
You will find millions of keychain designs in many stores. The items commonly attached to keychains is almost endless. There are bottle openers, carabiners, credit cards, trolley coins, compasses, electronic games, Kubotans: which is a rather handy self defence keychain weapon. Users must exercise moral responsibility and use only in self defence and not in a fit of shopping rage when your ankles have been hacked for the second time by an ignorant fellow trolley user, as tempting as that may be.
Let us continue the list of what you can find on the end of a keychain. There are lanyards, lighters, logos, loyalty program cards, membership cards, nail clippers, personal sirens (a more passive aggressive approach than Kubotans when in shopping centres), rabbit feet, tape measures, whistles, deep breath and watches.
In the 1920s Henry Ford mass-produced the motor-car and created the massive automotive industry, and very soon after, the first car was stolen. This tendency to steal forced Ford to use a Yale style locking mechanism to secure his creation, and that in turn, must have upped the sales of keychains. Keychains soon became a popular way to advertise companies, brands and logos.
The Evolution of Keychains
There are quite a few different types of keychain attachments, but by far the most popular ones are those with a chain; its most basic and essential attachment. Then there is the swivel chain, which allows for flexibility in your pocket and restricts tangles.
The evolution of keychains still continues to this day. More recently, they have been made as carabiners. The carabiner is a more advanced type of keychain, mostly used by professional mountain climbers to secure the ropes they are suspended from. Due to its strength, its use has been extended to include holding keys and valuables together. This is a more specialised and larger form of key holders.
Who are these debonair wild cats that reach for their keychains after a morning coffee has been quaffed? Well besides, just about everyone on the planet, more consistently, its those whose jobs demand frequent use of keys, such as janitors, security guards, prison officers, dungeon masters, or store managers.
Of course, designer labels have got in on the act. The wealthy, or those wishing to be, can show off these fabulous creations, in a not too subtle way, and hint that the keychain is just the start. Who knows what other designs by the brand lurks in the owner's closet? It is a win-win for the designer labels too because they are getting free advertising and brand awareness.
The love for keychains runs deep. Some people are avid collectors, most notably, Joseph Andreu Amorós Perez, who according to the Guinness World Records, holds the largest collection of keychains in the world. He lives in Mallorca, Spain, and has 47,200 different keychains. He is not the only collector. There are many out there. The most popular keychain types in collections are advertising, souvenir, monument, popular characters and nostalgia-related items.
Collectors display and store their keychains in several different ways. Some collections are small enough that the collector can place all of their keychains on a bigger standard keyring. Some larger collections can be stored and displayed on cork boards, tool racks, in display cases, or hung on walls. Some collections are large enough that entire rooms have to be dedicated to the collection. The craze does not look like it will abate any time soon even though keychains do not hold their value as well as other collections: perhaps it is just simple fun that drives them!
The Place to Get Custom Keychains
If you live in Australia and you want a keychain, custom made for your business, you can give The Pin Factory a call.
We produce many fine products. You certainly could not call them an average local trophy supplier, no, no, no! We do so much more. We are a wholesale manufacturer of die-struck metal products for the promotional industry and custom keychains Australia. Having honed and fine tuned our service to the point where we can offer factory direct prices without the need for our clients to order millions of units of a single item. We are also fully Australian owned and operated, meaning that all profit stays within Australia.
At The Pin Factory metal custom keychains Australia can be made in dozens of different metal finishes and our branding options are endless. We do digital print epoxy dome keychains which are designed to last for years with the hard epoxy coating. Impressive full colour print of the logo, photographic images and gradient designs can be brilliantly reproduced underneath the coating. These badges have a brilliant smooth finish and a slightly raised bevel edge. Print colours are vivacious and stand out from a mile away.
The Pin Factory offers screen print epoxy dome keychains. Screen print is the printing of up to 5 colours. These custom made keychains have a wonderful smooth finish and a slightly raised bevel edge. All the print colours are vivacious and eye catching. This style of product is notably economical. Colours are matched to the Pantone standard. The Pantone standard is a set colour chart that gives the exact colours regardless of computer screen or resolution which varies from type to type.
When customers refer to this standard they can be one hundred percent guaranteed that the colour they are choosing will match exactly the one they have in mind. The Pantone matching system, otherwise known as PMS is a proprietary colour space used in a variety of industries but predominantly in printing. By standardising the colours different manufacturers in various locations can all refer to the Pantone system without having to make direct contact with one another to ensure that the colours precisely match.
Another design we have are the moulded and polished custom made keychains (no enamel). This style of customisation features a simple mould of the customer's design. The design's raised sections are sandblasted which creates a contrasting finish. This brings the logo or emblem out of the background metal. These outstanding results will last for decades, due to the fact they do not have enamel ink filling or any print to wear off. In that state they remain in pristine condition for longer. This is an option worth considering, for companies wishing to promote their brands.
One of The Pin Factory's most popular style of metal finish is the raised enamel ink filled keychain. A Brilliant effect, it is a mould of the client's design which is then attached to the custom made keychains with names. These design sections are then filled with colour matched enamel to create a vibrant, extremely long lasting and durable finish. The difference between raised enamel and flat enamel is that these badges have an almost 3d look, with the raised section polished or sandblasted to create a more defined finish.
Another custom made product that gives more bang for your buck is the modest but hard-hitting key chain that goes hand in hand with the trolley coin. In these cash less days who has a coin to hand when shopping? Enter the trolley coin. There are a variety of stunning, durable styles and finishes. The clip style keychains allow the coin to be removed from an integrated snap hook whenever it is needed. Once the trolley has been returned to the shop (and not taken for a swim at the beach), the token can be released and snapped back onto the keyring with ease.
For those with their hands full, the holder-equipped keychains allows the coin to easily slide out or back in as needed with only one hand free required. A popular style among corporate companies are the two sided coin custom engraved keychains. They fulfil a double task with each side of the included token mimicking a coin of a different denomination. This in turn opens up more space for branding options.
The Australasian Promotional Products Association (APPA) has conducted research to show the benefit of the promotional merchandise industry in Australia and New Zealand. According to APPA the effectiveness of promotional merchandise is demonstrated by research which shows that 52% of recipients of promotional merchandise say their impression of a company is more positive after receiving promotional products, 76% recall the name advertised on the product, 55% keep the item for more than one year, nearly 50% of recipients use them daily and 52% of people do business with a company after receiving their marketing freebies.
Speaking of branding, check out our website for other custom made products, Button Badges, Lapel Pins, Dog Tags, Trolley Coins and custom-designed items for personalised wear. The Pin Factory sells great items that you can customise such as corporate cuff links, custom branded tie clips and bars, and custom belt buckles.
Various Other Custom Made Products Available
The Pin Factory does a variety of products that can be customised. We have enamel ink filled medals, raised and polished medals, commemorative coins, plain etched medals, epoxy dome medals, cheap custom keychains and button badges. We also specialise in the widest range of customised and bespoke manufactured lapel pins in Australia. With all kind of options including enamel pins, epoxy dome finish, custom shapes and sizes all with low minimum order quantities.
Last but not least, The Pin Factory also do dog tags, trolley coins, bar items such as bespoke bottle openers, branded beer coasters, custom design keychains and custom fridge magnets.
Just when you thought the bond between a human and custom logo keychains could not possibly get any stronger, have a look at this poem where the poet Molly Pendleton, back in March 2011, wishes she was a keychain:
“I wish I was like a key chain
A thin metallic tie to keep
The plastic shell of my mind
A series of silver links
That would jingle whispers
Of my entirety and body
Without really revealing
Anything about me”
In between the simplicity and mystery of the keychain is a huge canyon in which people can relate to the dear keychain in anyway they choose.
Yes indeed a lot has happened in the world of custom printed keychains since those days when Henry Ford was having to devise new ways to keep sticky fingers from wandering near the ignition of his auto mobiles. Nowadays, there are alarm systems, GPS tracking schemes, or a good old vicious, sharp toothed Chihuahua left on the front seat while you nip inside the post office. But for those who must have keychains (and who realise you can not attach your pet pooch to a keychain) there is another invention called the Siren Song. It is a personal alarm, which, you guessed it, is attached to a keychain, and is indeed the size of a small keychain charm. Joseph Andreu Amorós Perez, the Guinness Book World Record accumulator might want to add this one to his collection. He would have to be careful to not activate it though because it emits an extremely loud noise to scare off any potential criminals.
It was apparently inspired by the military and we know what a noisy bunch they are. One wonders what Ford would have made of it in his day.