Not a huge amount of much this week.

Backlit POK3R on Massdrop

For those who want a backlit 60% this is a good option. The standard POK3R has been around for a while and has been quite well received. In general this is thought of as quite a nice stock 60%.

Possible New Vortex Board

There isn’t a lot too this as you never know if this will make it into production. This is a 40% ish prototype from Vortex.

Hmm...A brand new series coming soon!!!

Posted by Vortex Keyboard on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New F62 and F77 Prototypes Slightly Delayed

This is not a major setback or anything. But at this stage everyone is patiently waiting for the full prototype so delays like this can be the most frustrating. Prototypes could be still a week or so away.

RoastPotatoes Fancy New Domain

It’s happening. All previous links should still work. Potentially this opens up the possibility of

I also managed to miss my deadline of Friday newsletter. It will happen this week.

Other RoastPotatoes

RP poster disappointment My posters were going excellent up until today when I really looked at them. They are OK, but maybe not where I had quite hoped the quality would be. Reprint is coming on Thursday so they are slightly delayed. I will see what happens from there.

Designs for 4704 keyboards have moved along quite a bit and I am quite interested to see what I will settle with. I have designs wish legends and without and the relegendeble keycaps.

Please follow the RoastPotatoes Poster Thread if this interests or concerns you.

Typed on HHKB Pro 2


Impendingxdoom cherry blanks Excellent photo & excellent keycaps.

To me these were the most eye catching keycaps I saw this month. These are cherry profile blanks in quite incredible colours. The sale is currently over but I imagine these won’t be the last to make it into production. A stellar example of what makes artisan keycaps appealing.


Katzenkinder rGB Sale KatzenKinder is mildly back and had a RGB sale. I mentioned it a week or so ago when it happened and it had some very nice looking keycaps. This sale emphasised the simpler colours and the improvement that can be seen Katzen’s casting.

I really do admire KatzenKinder and appreciate their work.

Small note on KatzenKinder in Week 23


GirlDC has been maintaining the increased activity and shown new colours and new keycaps. It doesn’t look like these are available just yet. But I would keep an eye out on

Also, watch /u/girldc for more photos and updates.


Zorb is doing something quite interesting with a giveaway raffle type thing, but I’m not sure I entirely sure what is going on. As I understand it there are 25 entrants and 25 days of free keycaps randomly given away to those who managed to get in.


I was quite surprised to see a new Darth Vader cap this soon, but this is modelled after the Force Awakens Vader helmet seen in the trailers.


XX7 MEGATRQN XX7 was on massdrop with the MEGATRQN design. It was available in Topre and MX with 3 colour schemes.

If you missed out, then you can still purchase one in xx7’s store.


KeyKollectiv Alien Skull KeyKollectiv has been teasing the new design which is some sort of alien skull thing, but its name is Furt. I’m not sure what it is but it seems to be technically impressive. Having translucent surrounding the sculpt is probably not an easy process.


As a new maker this super meat boy keycap looks remarkably nice. It seems to be shaped quite well and the colour is strong and it does indeed look like super meat boy.

Super Meat Boy Keycap


Pyrolovesmoney is a new maker who has started painting 3d printed keycaps. I do think there is something that can be added to some keycaps through a bit of paint. I am particularly fond of what Bosk has done with some of mine.


hydro dipped keycap The name you have to copy and paste has been experimenting with hydro dipped keycaps. The main concern here is will they last under even a small amount of duress. I do like some of these off the wall colour combinations.


Monty20python is known for creating the most unwieldy keycap ever is back with bold designs. It’s nice to see the tenacity in their continued work.


Gloyz has quickly appeared and maintained their detailed high quality casts. These are photos from the upcoming Christmas sales which I’m sure will be along sometime in December. My favourite out of those would be the holly. It makes use of their superior sculpting ability but in a simpler design.


A small update from Bro was posted in the official sales thread on geekhack. Read the full thing here.

The main points

3 All future sales will not require a post count.

4 There will be some Bro-related products for purchase in the CTRL ALT store soon (could be swag, caps, etc).

5 MX Gamer keys are undergoing a re-design and will be released soon-ish.

6 Your favorite keycap design will be coming back in its new form.

I was hoping the favourite design was the Brobot V3 but I have no idea.


A Krap sale is slated for this Saturday the 5th it is a Topre sale so will probably include Topre caps. Krytone has been teasing some very nice new skulls and cluster sets so this could be very interesting.

Official Closure of Bingecap

This is a fairwell to the front of everything Binge as Bingecaps. After the year is up Bingecaps is officially Hunger Work Studio. This isn’t bad or anything but just an evolution of what binge has created. I imagine it will be quite interesting.


New RoastPotatoes Keycap I have been mostly making posters this month. But I did make some keycaps at some point. I have made new moulds for Heart Hugs as that is one of my favourite keycaps. The Heart Hug should be reappearing in new MX, Topre, and buckling springs.

RGB is not dead, but on hiatus until I can make them again.

Typed on HHKB Pro 2

New Topre Keyset

New Skull Squadron Keyset I would say this is the most exciting news this week. The new Topre keyset up on massdrop. This is not a totally new idea as the design inspiration is Skull Squadron. Previously seen in a limited DSA set. It is a 104 full keyset with Topre’s profile. It also comes with a companion PBT spacebar to match the set.

This is exciting as we have not seen official Topre keysets produced in a while. The fact that it’s this slightly interesting colour scheme makes it all the more interesting. Although this is all exciting and good news the major hangup is the lack of HHKB and FC660C support. This might happen in the future but it will be the main thing that stops people from committing. The MOQ for this is 200 sets with the price at $139.99 changing to $99.99 once 500 orders have been placed.

New Stock at 1upkeyboards

These things are worth mentioning as 1upkeyboards is an independent store and does make some very nice sleeves.

New Sleeve Colours:

It’s worth looking at the photos for these. Click the links to see them.

New techmattr Cables

I’m quite a fan of the holly jolly here.

Find all of these at

A Look at the Hotswappable Chinese Keyboard

This was an interesting keyboard as it seems to have trumped the smart68 quite quickly in the ability to swap switches without soldering.

This is an imgur gallery and review from reddit user /u/redditsavedmyagain

[photos][review] i got that chinese keyboard with the hot-swappable switches. it arrived. it is awesome.

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It seems interesting but I would like to have a closer look. Although it is an interesting feature I don’t see it as useful or something that I would make use of a lot.

With this news someone was quick to organise an interest check for a potential GB.

Adereth’s Talk about Keyboards

This is a very interesting talk that is a pleasure to watch if you are interested in keyboards. The speaker Adereth, is someone to follow because of their own custom keyboard the Dactyl. The Dactyl is still in development but it is very interesting. Simply put it is an improved ErgoDox with ergonomics and typing ease and comfort in mind. This comes mostly in thee form of the contoured nature of the Dactyl. He also makes his own PCB’s.

The Dactyl Keyboard

There is a nice shoutout to geekhack and Deskthority.

SSK’s Available on Amazon

Courtesy of CorusKB quite a few SSK’s have been put up for sale on amazon. At $230 it’s an OK price. But considering Cindy of elecplus generally sells these at $99 maybe not. But this is the current only source you will easily find an SSK.

Small Note about Katzenkinder

Katzenkinder RGB artisans Katz is back and making caps. Possibly in the coming week so time sensitive. This upcoming sale is the RGB sale featuring as you might imagine red, green and blue as well translucent black and purple. This is a bit of a laid back approach to colour schemes more akin to Binge’s ideas on keycaps.

Katzenkinder has been on intermittent hiatus despite the Skidata companion caps. but I am glad to see them back. Katz’s axol is one of my most favourite keycaps.

From the photos of this upcoming sale there is some very clear improvement in the casting quality. There looks to be a lot less bubbles and casting marks all round.

KatzenKinder RGB Basic Sale

My favicon is all over the place

Typed on The Planck