Note:
I would just like to make it clear and reiterate that this is in fact a joint venture between [CTRL]ALT and JTKeycaps. [CTRL]ALT is not manufacturing the keycaps by themselves.

Quite excitingly it seems that a new keycap producer is entering the game, and this time from a familiar face. Just announced on geekhack. [CTRL]ALT is collaborating with JTKeycaps to produce keycaps to rival the current offering. There is little information at the moment but the current offering is doubleshot ABS keycaps. At the moment the offering is just for MX keycaps. But it seems like Topre keycaps are not an extreme suggestion. Quoting BunnyLake “just mx….for now”.

ctrl keycapBunnyLake’s photo

With only a few photos released at the moment it is of course hard to tell exactly how the keycaps will turn out. But since they are coming from [CTRL]ALT they get the benefit of the doubt. From the limited preliminary photos, they look great. But BunnyLake says they are “looking to match both the quality and flexibility of others in the marketplace”. With only the announcement of doubleshot ABS, GMK is the first company that comes to mind. And they are known for the best quality doubleshot ABS on the market. This of course may be a great indicator of their quality. But they certainly hold quite a tough level to meet. It is also nice to see someone else producing keycaps. Hopefully these keycaps will rival others quality and create a bit of friendly competition.

Two new pictures have been released and the caps are looking good. doubleshot back One thing to note is that this looks like quite a refined doubleshot technique it looks quite unlike other doubleshot keycaps. Usually they appear a little more messy but these look very crisp. The thickness is also looking good. The future is certainly looking bright.

This post will be updated as more information is available

The sale is taking place sometime today. It should be taking place somewhere on geekhack. At the moment it looks like it will be taking the form of a 24 hour raffle similar to how brocaps orchestrates his sales.
Follow this thread for additional information.

I will update with a link to the sale as it happens.

Update
It’s almost happening. Main thread has been updated with images of the caps included in the sale. Google doc for orders has been added.

Brocaps Synjin kudos_and_godspeed Hipsterpunks Voidward Koala-T-Kaps K3Y/K3KC

<h2> Brocaps: Lick the Rainbow</h2> Stumps and Fn Brocaps who has recently concluded his “#shithappens” auction where he auctioned off two caps. A cherry v2 brobot for $825 and a topre v2 brobot for $800. Is most likely preparing for an impending sale.

Recently there have been some images emerging of the new lick the rainbow keycaps. As of yet there has not been an official sale. However it seems there was a small presale that took place sometime around the 26th.[1]
The sale was teased a short time ago on the 19th. But it was overshadowed by the “#shithappens” auction. I’m not sure if this will delay the sale or even if there even will be a sale. But these are certainly some nice looking keycaps.
The sale seems to include:

  • V2 Brobots
  • Stumps
  • Topre Fn keys

The colours seem to be:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Pink (maybe)[2]

So keep an eye out for a sale, it might be soon, who knows.

Brocaps: Topre Gamer Set (and Cherry)

Well Brocaps has certainly being busy and it has paid off. His new caps are looking better than ever. The textured caps look incredible and the colours are out of this world.
But alongside the “Lick the Rainbow” set he has been creating the Topre Gamer Set. The Topre Lineup is as Follows:

  • Esc
  • WASD
  • Fn

The Fn keys seem to have a different texture than the ones in the “Lick the Rainbow” collection. It is a finer texture with thinner squares. However this may just be the old Brotype Fn. So all Fn’s in these sets may be the same as seen in the “Lick the Rainbow” set. The Topre caps comprise of V2 Brobots, textured Fn’s and Reapers.

BlueOpaque PinkGlow in the DarkPurpleOpaque
Brobot V2xxx
Fnxxxx
Reaperx

This is information that I have just gathered from the thread and nothing is official or final. This is just my conjecture. <h2>Synjin: Topre Fn</h2> Pink and sparkly Fn Synjin seems to have entered the artisanal keycap world, with some very good prototype keycaps. Currently he seems to be creating Topre Fn keys, but most interestingly Topre spacebars. This is something that you don’t see a lot of with artisan keycaps. It seems he might be taking requests or commissions. If you are interested be sure to head over to his thread. These are turning out to be some very nice keycaps. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on.

<h2>kudos_and_godspeed</h2> Another relatively new artist has entered the scene and he is looking very good. They appeared just under a month ago on r/mechanicalkeyboards, with a Topre Fn cap. The future is certainly looking good for Topre artisinals. But their first cap “Spilled Mountain Dew” was certainly a very strong effort. "Spilled Mountain Dew" And their caps have only gotten better. My personal favourite is the “Spilled Purple Drank”. Be sure to check all of their work out. They have recently been experimenting with double pour artisans. Although their not quite there yet there is definite promise in their keycaps.
From their recent posts it seems like they are trying to ramp up production so keep a look out.
I can only find their profile on reddit so be sure to watch their posts. <h2>Hipsterpunks: KWK</h2> Blue KWK This is a small piece of activity from Hipsterpunks and I have to say it is one of the nicest caps I have seen. Similar to the recent Brocaps with the stamp in the back. From the photos it seems flawless. I’m not sure if these are for production or what but it would be nice to see more in the future. If you haven’t listened to his interview make sure you do, it is very interesting. <h2>Voidward: 3d Printed Skulls</h2> Broken Copperfill With the first skull iteration over 2 months ago. You are now able to buy these 3d printed skulls. There are 18 different colours available all of which come in two versions: normal and broken. There is one special version which is 3d printed copper. They all cost $15 apart from the copper version that costs $40. They aren’t quite to my taste. But I do admire the effort. You can get them at https://v0idtek.storenvy.com/ <a name=”koalatk”<h2>Koala-T-Kaps: Meowcaps</h2></a> meowcap Koala-T-Kaps alongside kudos_and_godspeed has entered the keycap scene as well. Again this is a very good looking keycap. From the image available there appear to be no blemishes or scuffs. This looks like a well casted keycap. Koala-T-Kaps definitely has a promising future.


That’s all for this month. Sorry if I missed anyone. Honourable mention goes to Defect for their watermelon keycap.
I am going to try and make this a monthly feature because the sheer number of people making caps. Keep doing what your doing!


Update

As pointed out by ripster I managed to miss a couple of people. But I think it is necessary that I include K3KC or K3Y as they now might be known. Because this is their first really original keycap design. They have made blanks before but even these have been criticized as knock offs.

<h2>K3Y/K3KC: Lobo sale</h2> the lobo These are the first original designs from K3Y and it is quite impressive. The keycap is more impressive on first glance. It does seem to have a reasonable level of detail which I’m sure is quite hard to produce. If anything this does show that K3Y does have some ability other than casting others caps. There are both Topre and MX versions available the sale starts on the 2nd of April the countdown clock is here.