Hex Keys

Hex Keys commonly referred to as Allen Keys are hand tools found in any toolbox or household. Their primary purpose is to loosen or tighten hexagonal head fasteners. They are available as a singular key piece or as a Key Set with different lengths. RS Components offer a huge range of the most popular brands such as; Bahco, Facom, Gedore, Wera, Weller, Wiha Tools, Stanley and RS PRO with large stock quantities.


Choosing the right Hex Key


Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or a Tradesperson it is very important to have the right Hex Key. Our extensive range has been chosen to meet all your solution needs from L-Shaped Hex Keys to specialist VDE approved Hex Keys.


Hex Key Types


  • L-Shaped: The most common type of Hex Key that has the same size head on each end, allowing the key to be used in either orientation. The longer arm allows greater leverage and more torque, whereas the shorter arm allows better access into confined spaces with restricted access.

  • T-Handle: Designed with a more comfortable, ergonomic handle so that it is easier to use a higher amount of torque on stubborn fasteners. Some T-shaped keys have a secondary Hex Key integrated into the handle, allowing easier access.

  • Straight: Designed for better torque transfer and more in the mould of a screwdriver. They are ergonomic, contoured to fit your hand and offer improved control and more comfort.

  • Folding Hex: Folding Hex Key Sets are a handy way to keep differing Allen Key sizes all in one place. The Hex Keys fold-up neatly into a handle, fit comfortably in your hand and stored easily in a pocket or pouch. Convenient and versatile, ideal for on-the-go applications.

What Sizes do Hex Keys come in?


  • Metric (mm)

  • Imperial (inches)

What are the most common types of Hex Keys?


  • Hexagon

  • Hex-Plus

  • Ball End

What are the advantages of Hex-Plus?


A Hex-Plus profile offers a larger contact surface within the fastener head, reducing the notching effects and risk of damaging the fastener recess.


What is the advantage of a Ball End Hex Key?


The ball end on a hexagon key allows it to be inserted smoothly into a socket head. This ability to slide in allows for easier blind insertion, allowing you to more effectively feel the keys way into the socket more easily. As such, for difficult to access sockets, ball end hex keys are preferable.


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Description Price Imperial or Metric Number of Pieces Hex Key Size Shape Short or Long Arm Finish Hex Key Type Non Sparking Height Safe Material VDE/1000V Approved Priced to Clear
RS Stock No. 542-3509
BrandRS PRO
£24.68
Each
Units
Metric 15 1.27 mm, 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 3.5 mm, 4.0 mm, 4.5 mm, 5.0 mm, 5.5 mm, 6.0 mm, 7.0 mm, 8.0 mm, 9.0 mm, 10.0mm L Long - Ball End - - S2 Steel - -
RS Stock No. 537-732
BrandRS PRO
£5.42
1 Set
Set(s)
Imperial 10 1/4 in, 1/8 in, 1/16 in, 3/8 in, 3/16 in, 3/32 in, 5/16 in, 5/32 in, 5/64 in, 7/32in L Short - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 542-3515
BrandRS PRO
£14.06
Each
Units
Metric 9 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 4.0 mm, 5.0 mm, 6.0 mm, 8.0 mm, 10.0mm L - - Ball End - - S2 Steel - -
RS Stock No. 541-7324
BrandRS PRO
£39.01
Each
Units
- 33 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 4.0 mm, 5.0 mm, 6.0 mm, 8.0 mm, 10.0 mm, 1/4 in, 1/8 in, 3/16 in, 3/32 in, 5/15 in, 5/32 in, 5/64in L Long - Ball End, Hex Wrench - - - - -
RS Stock No. 537-782
BrandRS PRO
£10.96
1 Set
Set(s)
Imperial 10 1/16 in, 1/4 in, 1/8 in, 1/16 in, 3/8 in, 3/16 in, 3/32 in, 5/16 in, 5/32 in, 5/64 in, 7/32in L Long - Ball End - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 537-811
BrandRS PRO
£26.46
1 Set
Set(s)
Metric 10 2.5mm T Long - Ball End - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 833-5913
BrandRS PRO
£38.16
Each
Units
Metric 15 9mm L, T Long - Ball End, Hex Screwdriver - - Steel - -
RS Stock No. 449-9606
BrandRS PRO
£12.92
1 Set
Set(s)
Metric 9 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 4.0 mm, 5.0 mm, 6.0 mm, 8.0 mm, 10.0mm L - - Ball End - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 537-748
BrandRS PRO
£5.54
1 Set
Set(s)
Metric 10 1.5mm L Short - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 450-1002
BrandRS PRO
£3.41
Each
Units
Metric 8 0.7 mm, 0.9 mm, 1.27 mm, 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 4.0mm L - - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 449-9612
BrandRS PRO
£16.55
1 Set
Set(s)
Imperial 12 0.5 in, 1/16 in, 1/4 in, 1/8 in, 3/16 in, 3/32 in, 5/16 in, 5/64 in, 7/32in L Long - Ball End - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 734-882
BrandRS PRO
£0.168
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
Metric 1 2mm L Long - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 735-100
BrandRS PRO
£1.54
Each
Units
Metric 1 5mm L Long - Ball End - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 537-805
BrandRS PRO
£26.25
1 Set
Set(s)
Imperial 10 1/4in T Long - Ball End - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 734-911
BrandRS PRO
£2.42
1 Pack of 5
Pack(s)
Metric 1 4mm L Long - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 537-827
BrandRS PRO
£14.48
Each
Units
Metric 25 1.5mm L Long - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 734-905
BrandRS PRO
£1.42
1 Pack of 5
Pack(s)
Metric 1 3mm L Long - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 734-876
BrandRS PRO
£0.20
Each (In a Pack of 5)
Units
Metric 1 1.5mm L Long - Hexagon - - Chrome Vanadium Steel - -
RS Stock No. 199-5202
BrandRS PRO
£31.53
1 Set
Set(s)
Metric 15 0.7 mm, 0.9 mm, 1.3 mm, 1.5 mm, 2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, 10 mm, 17mm L Short - Hexagon - - Chrome Nickel Alloy - -
RS Stock No. 247-9997
BrandRS PRO
£40.93
1 Set
Set(s)
Metric 8 2 in, 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 4.0 mm, 5.0 mm, 6.0 mm, 8.0 mm, 10.0mm T Long - Hexagon - - Chrome Nickel Alloy - -
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