Liner, Spring and USB attachments
Liner, Spring and USB attachments

The keyring on a Swiss Army Knife typically consists of a small metal loop, on a spring or liner, to which a small split-ring is attached. The split-ring provides a larger attachment point that is suitable for a lanyard, or to connect to a regular keyring.
Wenger often attached a small chain with split-ring to the metal loop on many of their 85mm models.

The SAK keyring was a replacement for the shackle or bail attachment mechanism, which was used on many of the older Swiss Army Knives.
The keyring transitioned from being a looped extension of the liner by the blade, to being a looped extension of the spring of the opener layer around 1991. This can be a useful reference to help date medium sized Victorinox SAKs.

Between 1964 and 1992 Victorinox used a hollow rivet as an attachment mechanism on some Alox models. The rivet goes right through the whole knife and allows a lanyard to be attached, by threading it through the rivet. Wenger continued to use this mechanism in their Soldier model until they no longer made Swiss Army Knives.

Models with a USB flash drive have a split-ring attachment point built into the plastic flash-drive cover / release spacer.

Victorinox creatively include the keyring as a tool when counting the number of functions of a SAK.

Early 84mm brass keyring attachment
Early 84mm brass spacer keyring attachment

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