Dodgy

Dodgy caps Dodgy has been around for a while I only wish they were a little more active. They have quite a unique two piece construction and an excellent stamp on the back.

Dodgy artisan cap There was a new design in January which I was quite a fan of but no sales to speak of. I’m sure there will be more in the future but it is a shame some makers are so rare in their appearances.

Clack

It has most definitely been confirmed that clack is or has least been back for the past month. This month has brought us clackvent. Where each day has brought a lucky person a keycap, I am not one of those but there is still hope for the future.

How clackvent works is you follow the thread like a hawk and await the daily instructions on how you can attain a keycap. This is often a simple task but the volume of people doing it means it is infinitely harder to getting the single cap.

Retro

Sad news for now but Retro is currently on hold. Nothing seems too bad, but I hope this is not the end of retrocaps.

PunksDead (Alive)

“I can assure you that this is not an April fools joke :thumb:”

Well today is the day and hopefully something happens. The reason for all the excitement and hope that something will happen is the amount of teasing that has mostly taken place on instagram.

Tease 1 Tease 2

Tease 3:

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Threads worth watching in the eventuality that something happens.

WiddleKitty

Keycap with Coffee Grounds

I’m fairly certain these keycaps are from WiddleKitty. WiddleKitty popped up not so long back with some impressive first tries. They also made their own aluminium master

Pictured above is a keycap with coffee grounds in the top which gives it an incredible visual texture.

The other eye-catching cap I saw a long time ago was the Ransom Note keycap: WiddleKitty Ransom

I would be very interested in getting one of these coffee keycaps. I have tried a similar theme myself but mine turned out more like milky latte’s.

Please do a sale.

ZorbCaps

Carbon Metaljar artisan keycap Zorb has had a lot of sales since I last mentioned them. Pictured above is the Carbon MetalJaw which was featured in the Carbon Mine Sales.

But luckily there is one running right now but this is also a sad sale. As zorb has retired from designing their own keycaps, all future designs will be outsourced to their 9 year old sister. This seems like a solid decision and I can see why this has happened.

Running as of the 1st of April: It’s only $15 for a design by one of the hottest designers currently out there.

WoB

WoB has launched a new site featuring the many designs that were teased on instagram. These are very creative but not entirely to my taste.
One thing I am quite interested in is the rifle keycap puller which was teased a long time ago at the beginning of WoB.

R.A.G.

R.A.G mod set flehrad has finally ascended and bought one of the better keyboards on the market. And with this ascension they quickly began work on making some mod sets. Mod sets are not at all easy and get even trickier when you introduce more colours. I am interested to see where this goes.

Jelly Key

Starry Night cap Jelly Key has been the talk of the town for what seems like forever. But they are still not widely available. They do look awesome and there isn’t much else to say.
They will probably be sold through the facebook store which has been in testing.

There is also another store but every jelly key is sold out.

Ericaps Debut

Rosegold keycap These are on the top side of my favourites from the past few months. Bold colours and simple designs done with apparent competence. Ericaps had a debut sale on the 16th of march featuring 3 designs.

KatzenKinder

katzenkinder mx + fn sets This month KatzenKinder has been prototyping MX + Fn set. A couple of sets were sold on mechmarket. But I expect more will be coming when they are no longer in the prototyping stage.

HumbleOracle

Humble oracle first attempt Just a first attempt but it’s nice to still see people pop up.

KeyForge

Keyforge sneaky potato Sneaky Potato has a number of designs but I would say the saber is my favourite.

Rama

Rama CNC Keycaps & Macropad The RAMA CNC caps have been produced and shipped, and they do look exactly as promised. They also look to come in some incredible looking packaging.

In other keycap news. RAMA also has an Aluminium mould prototype. This is similar to HWS’s $ynth.

Hullabaloo_Goat

Sculpting advice Hullabaloo_Goat wants some sculpting feedback. If you have anything constructive, I’m sure it would be appreciated.

HWS

Pink HWS Easter Keycap Offering My favourite of the Lot
On the 23rd of March there was an Easter sale. This sale took place on techkeys.us and was first come fist serve.

HWS and Massdrop

deal with it jack artisan 2.0 This is not the first time they have collaborated with Massdrop, but the good news is that it will happen again.

HWS :~$ynth

There has been some movement on the keycap making aid the $ynth. On the left you have the pre-production model and on the right you have the production. It’s not quite ready as it was almost released a couple of weeks ago. HWS $ynth prototype

HKP

Pastel colour Trooper HKP Artisan HKP also rode the easter sale wave featuring a nice amount of pastelly pink.

Eat_the_Food

Halfshell artisan on hhkb Very popular and very awesome. I was taken by these caps the moment I saw them. Eat_the_Food or Nightcaps was the hype before jelly key. It started out with the half shell pictured above.

I wanted to share this image because it looks like a matte painting from STAR WARS.

Fugu Set Fugu Set

There are too many good caps to show off so have a look at the whole albums.

So far Nightcaps has been a constant stream of good stuff.

Coz

The Coz Caps Sale happened on the 19th of February and appeared to be very popular.

They have also made some new designs that have yet to be sold.

RAWr keycap

KeyKollectiv

As always it is a little hard to keep up with all that KeyKollectiv has done as they get up to a lot. But one thing that happened was the booper and KeyKollectiv collaboration.

The other good news is, mods are back on the menu. The latest mod sale is currently live. bubblegum crisis pink

SuitedUp

Legion keycap The French Cuff sale happened featuring new designs.

I also highly recommend reading Bambino’s thread as there is lots of good information if you want to make some keycaps. You will also get to see a lot of upcoming keycaps.

Demiils

Waddles keycap gravity falls Just a little bit of sculpting from a new person. I really like the look of the pig and even with the uneven surface it looks like something from a clay animation.

Chesapeake_Stripper

I was skeptical of these keycaps when I first saw the renders but they have come out very nice. With the renders as smooth and detailed as they were I just didn’t think they would translate to the 3d printing.
They are available to purchase from shapeways.

KeypressGraphics

Keypress totoro Totoro Cap in the wild
A couple of new designs on keypress graphics. But they really caught my attention again as I saw the Totoro cap on reddit.

It is also worth mentioning that they are doing an artisan roundup of all the keycaps on shapeways.

CFC

boba fett keycap CFC has been popping up a little bit here and there with flash sales of boba heads. They are not readily available as of today.

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Remainder Keyboards: 62/60 RGB Hotswappable Programmable 60%

Remainder 62/60 Full Album
From that title this is quite the keyboard. A community made hotswappable keyboard alone, has been rare enough to come by. But this is has RGB LED capability.

I am assuming the people or person behind this keyboard are Remainder Keyboards as that is what is on the PCB.

Copied FAQ

How can I get this?
More info + case pics will be coming next week! Round 0 (~15 boards) will occur in the next couple of weeks; I’ll gauge interest after that. If you’re interested in reviewing the board, send me a PM.

How does the lighting work?
There are a total of 72 RGB LEDs on the board- one per key on the front, and ten on the back. They are extremely easy to program- just set the RGB values in the firmware. (I’m currently implementing visual support into EasyAVR.) If you have programming experience, more complex effects are easy to implement.

How does hot-swapping work?
The board uses tech similar to SIP sockets. All MX-compatible switches work, although translucent switches (Gaterons/Zealios) are recommended for best usage of the LEDs. The sockets used are not compatible with any other PCB on the market.

What 60% cases is it compatible with?
The screw holes on the current Round 0 batch are not in the correct, standard position; this will be corrected in future revisions, although with LEDs and pins on the back, it might not be compatible with most current cases. I’ll be offering my own acrylic sandwich cases- pics to come next week.

Is this plate or PCB mount?
It can be either! A plate makes it slightly more difficult to remove and insert switches, but provides more stability. More details on that will come with the case update.

How much will it cost?
Still working out pricing, but it’ll be around $120 for PCB + case (with integrated plate), fully assembled.

Potentially priced at $120 (case and pcb).
With all of that information I would certainly say this is an interesting project and the beginning of the new wave of RGB customs. It seems solid, I can only say wait and see how it turns out.

The K-Type Official Forum Presence

K-Type RGB TKL by Input Club I’m not sure if there has been much more development on the K-Type or if there is anything necessary to announce. But they now have official forum posts on geekhack, deskthority and reddit.
Last week they also created a page on idea hunt. I’m not familiar with this website, but the name is fairly self explanatory. You are able to propose ideas and people feedback on those ideas.

Frosty Flakes at 1upkeyboards

The frost Flake is a custom controller for the Cooler Master QFR. I always thought these were a good idea especially when I was getting into keyboards. It is a good way that you can make a programmable keyboard. But if you have this already as your keyboard then it is a good introduction to what else you could do with your keyboard.

SoCal Meetup in 1 Week

This meetup isn’t for me but for anyone in Southern California try not to miss it. There are always posts after events like “how did I miss this?” or “how did I now know about this?” despite there being a sticky on /r/mk for weeks in advance.
So hopefully this notifies somebody about the event they might have missed.

WoB Online Shop

The War of Betrayal keyboard shop is online. WoB’s main export at the moment is the Star Wars inspired keycaps. But they are of course known for the War of Betrayal line of keycaps.


Typed on HHKB Pro 2

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Wooting Keyboard Update

Wooting Keyboard Prototype V0.3 Wooting have continued to listen to the community about their upcoming keyboard. This will be the last prototype so if you are itching to give them feedback this could be the last chance to make a difference.

A couple of changes have been made since the last iteration, so have a look at the blog post to see what’s changed.

A couple of sales worth knowing about:

Mechanical Keyboard US Market Research 2016

This is almost interesting but it is not easily accessible. It is a huge report on the US mechanical keyboard industry, however the single user license is $3800 so I can’t tell you anything insightful.

If you are very serious about your knowledge of the US keyboard market, you can find the report here

Logitech Orion G610

Logitech Orion G610 with Brown Switches Logitech has brought out two new keyboards. I say two but it is actually one with two choices of switches.

It is:

  • Full-Size
  • Backlit
  • Media Controls
  • Featuring Some Programmability
  • Feet (if that appeals to you)
  • Not the most offensively designed
  • Available in Red and Brown cherry switches
  • GBP 104.99

Action Against Ivan

Enough has been had, and there is now some organised action against Ivan for leaving with all the GB money.

The situation is, Ivan collected the money for keysets and has not delivered. Even worse however, is Miami Nights a GMK GB hasn’t even entered production by GMK. Even though Ivan received the money, the order with GMK was not placed. This is of course everything you don’t want from a GB.

So to sum it up it is about time that there was a little more accountability for GB’s. There are many situations that could come up if you are running a groupbuy. But once you take peoples money you need to make sure everyone knows what is happening.

If you are a part of the undelivered Ivan GB’s, it is worth getting involved.

1upkeyboards

Keycap Kit I think this has been a long time coming, as there is always someone asking how they can make keycaps and where they can get materials. This just means you can buy a startup kit much easier than before.

There are 3 levels of kits:

  • Complete $93
    • 1 ComposiMold Original 20oz
    • 1 Clear Casting Plastic 16oz
    • 1 Mold Release
    • 1 Bubble Buster 4oz
    • 1 plastic syringe
    • 1 Packet of Delight Air Dry Modeling Compound
    • 3 sculpting tools (Note: Actual tools may vary from those shown).
  • Advanced $83
  • 1 ComposiMold Original 20oz
  • 1 Clear Casting Plastic 16oz
  • 1 Mold Release
  • 1 Bubble Buster 4oz
  • 1 plastic syringe
  • Basic $62
  • 1 ComposiMold Original 20oz
  • 1 Clear Casting Plastic 16oz
  • 1 plastic syringe

All of these seem like useful kits. Even if you can only afford the basic, you should be able to create something.

TechMattr Cable Restock These are the type of fancy USB cables you buy to complete your perfect keyboard.

KingRama

Only a small update, but for those who bought Rama’s aluminium cnc’d keycaps. They have been produced and are on the way to Rama.

IBM SSK RAMA Poster The Rama.works store also has some really nice posters available.

RoastPotatoes has also made progress on his own Cherry MX Poster.


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