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ID Accessories: The Anatomy of the Lanyard

ID Accessories: The Anatomy of the LanyardPretty much everyone is familiar with what a lanyard is. It’s a simple accessory and is very widely used. Though it is quite basic, there are wide ranges in style and application.

All lanyards are comprised of a strap that is worn around the neck. Though this can come with a variety of designs, colors and materials, this is a constant. The greatest differentiations come when you begin to add finishing options. Let’s take a look at a few of the options:

  1. Breakaway – This is a wonderful security feature that allows the lanyard to break apart when too much tension is applied. These lanyards have a connecting piece that snaps together and will pull apart to prevent choking. This is a great option for those who work in highly active or hazardous environments.
  2. Cord Locks / Crimps – Unlike the standard lanyard, this feature will allow you to adjust the lanyard’s length to give you a more comfortable fit that is specific to you. Crimps allow you to fasten the ends of the lanyard together to hold it in place.
  3. Attachments / Finishing Options – These are used to attach your ID card, keys and more to your lanyard so that they can comfortably and safely hang around your neck for easy access. Common attachments are clips and grips. Clips typically require that your ID is hole punched while grippers do not.

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