A deck plate key is a universal hand tool that fits, tightens, and opens deck plate caps. It opens all types of deck plate caps, such as slotted, raised lug, spaced hole and star (winch handle) type caps.
What makes a good deck plate key?
A good deck plate key should be constructed from robust and corrosion-resistant materials like stainless steel, aluminum, or durable plastics to ensure longevity in the marine environment. They key should fit securely and snugly onto deck plates or access hatches, with a design that facilitates easy operation. A well-designed handle or grip offers comfort and a secure hold, allowing for smooth and controlled turning. Additionally, a good deck plate key should be compact, lightweight, and portable, enabling easy storage and transportation. Some keys, like Davis Instruments' Snap Tool Multi-Key may even offer additional features, like bottle openers, shackle keys, or wrenches for added functionality.