Mini Cash-Can and Toothpick Case Review


Are you an EDC (Everyday Carry) junkie who is always on the lookout for cool new keychain tools, flashlights, pocket knives and storage gadgets? I am 🙂 That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to take a look at the Mini Cash-Can and Toothpick Case from Sunshine Products USA. Go ahead and get out your credit card now, you’ll be needing it in a few minutes.


I was sent three different products, the Mini Cash-Can, Mini Cash-Can II and a Toothpick Case. Let’s first take a look at the Mini Cash-Can.


The only difference between the Mini Cash-Can and Cash-Can II is size. The Cash-Can is 1 1/2″ inches long and can hold one bill. The Cash-Can II is 2 inches long and can hold two bills. Both are available in your choice of Brass, Copper or Aluminum.

You can see the Aluminum Mini Cash-Can II in the image above (click it to see a larger view). You’ll notice the wonderful engraving of The Gadgeteer logo, which I just love. You can opt for your own engraving for an additional charge ($15-$20).


The Cash-Can is comprised of two parts. The outside housing and an interior spindle. The parts are machined from a single bar of material. In the image above, you can see the seam at the bottom…


…and around the keychain eyelet.

When I first tried to open the Cash-Can, I stumped for a few seconds, till I figured out that you have to pop out the spindle.


This is done by removing the keychain split ring and pressing the spindle top on a hard surface.


With some pressure, the spindle pops out of the bottom of the Cash-Can.


Bills can be folded and wrapped around the spindle.


The top and bottom of the spindle have a rubber O ring, that will make the interior of the Cash-Can waterproof. There’s also no worry that the Cash-Can will open accidentally, as long as you keep it on a keyring.

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Mini Cash-Cans are a handy way to carry some extra money with you on your keychain. Always have an extra $20 with you at all times.

Mini Cash-Can – $25.00
Mini Cash-Can II – $35.00


The Toothpick case holds… toothpicks 🙂 It can also hold cash, small pills etc. It’s significantly larger than the Cash-Cans, at 2 7/8 inches long.


I was sent the Stainless Steel version, but it is also available in a two-tone Copper and Brass version. Look at that lovely engraving (click the image to see a larger version). This case is available with a keychain cap or a plain cap.


Both are threaded caps. An O ring on the case keeps the contents dry.

Toothpick Case – $47.00

I love all these little cases because they are unique and useful. Any of them would make a great gift for your favorite gear head.


Product Information

Price:$25.00 - $47.00 (engraving extra)
Manufacturer:Sunshine Products USA
  • Unique
  • Waterproof
  • Handy
  • Nice gift idea
  • None
12 comments… add one
  • Noah Senzel October 18, 2009, 12:11 pm

    Maybe it should’ve been
    Cons: Price.

    Really, they’re quite expensive for a little can. Still intriguing.

  • Henry October 18, 2009, 10:48 pm

    I agree. Crazy expensive (it must be the engraving). You can find similar items on ebay (without engraving) for like $10.

  • Lee October 19, 2009, 1:46 am

    If you’re a military nut an easy way to do this is get a good size spent bullet or two (for practicing) drill a hole for some string or a keychain, and some quick modding to the bullet itself would allow for the same deal for next to nothing, another option is the inside of a pen.
    You could probably get a plastic version of this that would also float for less than 2 bucks if you hunt around ebay a bit.

  • Fred October 19, 2009, 6:11 am

    Expensive? Did you guy see the titanium capsule?

  • Rob O. October 19, 2009, 9:58 am

    I’ve carried one of these little Hobby Tool Supply keychain pill containers for well over a decade and it’s served me very well. I discarded the inner vial since the rubber O-ring seal around the top keeps my pills dry. This is perfect for someone who takes midday maintenance meds and is often away from home or the desk.

    And at $7 for a 6-piece set, you can’t ask for a better price! Keep one and use the rest as cheap unexpected little stocking stuffers. (Yeah, we start thinking about Christmas kinda early around here…)

  • Al Gore October 19, 2009, 4:44 pm

    I say you should always keep a $100 on you… there are few situations that a C-Note wont get you out of…


  • Danny October 20, 2009, 1:39 am

    Rob O.,
    Two questions about the pill container:
    1. How do the two sections stay together? Is it threaded?
    2. Is it large enough to hold a folded bill?

  • dwiddle December 8, 2009, 1:38 pm

    I agree, jst too expensive. I wouldn’t pay over $2 for any of them. Pretty devices though, and look well machined.

  • Daniel December 8, 2009, 5:48 pm

    What? This is ridiculous crap for rich people.


  • Nathan August 31, 2014, 7:43 pm

    Last thing I’m about to do is wear an overpriced container that tells people where my money is stashed…whoever designed this is a greedy fool.

  • Ron Bannon March 6, 2015, 6:09 pm

    I own one of these and I can attest to the fact these are worth the extra money. Really well made, and will most likely last a lifetime. I would also like to recomment Gus Made as another great manufacturer of quality machined key fobs.

    One question, I wonder if the gadgeteer logo-ed cash can is one-of-a-kind, or are they for sale too?

    • Julie Strietelmeier March 6, 2015, 8:23 pm

      @Ron you might be able to ask them for one with the Gadgeteer logo, but they don’t sell them that way by default.

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