SPECIALEE MADE Sleeves

POK3R keyboard sleeve

I saw these a little bit of a while ago but did not remember their name. But I did remember them as they have a very distinctive look about them. The awesome looking business card and packaging also attributes to a aesthetic.

At $35 + shipping these are quite reasonable.
Custom orders are also available.

January GH GB

GEEkhack January GB This is a small GB for the geekhack keycaps. Set’s are $5 + shipping and each set includes an MX and Alps mountable keycap.

RoastPotatoes Posters

RP posters hhkb and Topre

These are my posters and I now have both designs available.

If this interests you, here is an order form.

RoastPotatoes Poster Order Form

New F62 & F77 Order Available End of Jan

Possible new F62 box art Possible Box art

This was something else that struck me as incredibly exciting. These new pictures are further proof that this project is indeed more than hot air. The image above is the potential box art.

The other images are photos of almost fully assembled prototypes. At the bottom is a link to all the photos. Also, pictured is the custom styrofoam case. Industrial Grey F77

Orders are likely to open up sometime around the end of January.

The website is also close to completion however do not order anything yet.

https://www.modelfkeyboards.com/

JD45

This project has been around for a while and it could be closer to a wider GB. You might have guessed from the name, but the JD45 is similar to the JD40 but has 5 more switches. JDCarpe does know what he’s doing so it is of solid design.

The indication of movement is the twitter photo of an aluminium (probably) milled case.

Hunger Works Studio :~$ynth

This was probably the most exciting new project as I was not at all aware of something like this happening.

This is the :~$ynth :~$ynth

It is the underside of a keycap mould that makes keycap making a bit easier. If you are interested in making your own keycaps, I suggest you read the whole thread.

This video featuring binge is also tells you what you need to know.

Zealio R2 Live

Zealios are the popular Gateron custom switches made by ZealPC.

R2 brings:

  • 78g weight
  • Different Purple for stem colour
  • Milky bottoms that withstand higher temperatures

  • Available on ZealPC.net

Max Keybords Custom Backlit Keycaps

Max Falcon-8

This is an 8 key keyboard. Make of it what you will. It could be a media pad, WASD or whatever use you have for it.
You are given a large amount of customisation options on the maxkeyboards website so this is a bit of a unique product.

Granite R4 is on Massdrop

Granite R4 bonus pack

Every time Granite ends it immediately becomes in demand again. This is R4 the most likely final round.
Already it has proved to be very popular with 4310 kits purchased.

ErgoDox Infinity Back on Massdrop

I don’t remember the final number of the last drop but I do remember it being a success. The ErgoDox has always done will on Massdrop and this is the next iteration.

EnjoyPBT GB

This is a really awesome GB as it’s run by Shadowvved and they look to be excellent keycaps. Shadovved is a good name to be attached to a GB and you are likely to be very safe with this one. I have seen EnjoyPBT’s name continue to crop up over the past weeks but they did not see to be too freely available.

I absolutely love the CMYKRGB kits although they are printed.

Everything is a little more expensive than the previous Gateron GB caps but they do look to be of nice quality.

ISO Interest Check

Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro L/Pro S

L = Fullsize S = Tenkeyless

This is an RGB keyboard. I am sort of seeing a peak in RGB keyboards. If this good quality, I think it could at least fill the need for RGB keyboards.

1upkeyboards Woodland Camo and ErgoDox

POK3R, HHKB and 40% sizes available

The other new availability is the ErgoDox sleeve. This is a nice design and something I haven not seen before.

PMK Slightly Back

It seems PMK is back to normal, and you are able to vote on new keyset designs. It still isn’t the most responsive or fluid design. But as of now it seems to be doing something.


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This is playing catch-up for December so recent January stuff has been omitted.

Clack is Back

I would like to tentatively say that clickclack, The Clackman, ClackFactory is back. This came as a very nice surprise to everyone. It has been quite a long hiatus and it is very exciting to see geekhack with this member back. I am very interested to see what happens in the future and what current geekhack will be like with clickclack back.

The small resurgence resulted in completing some past sales and completing the keypaciter sale.

I found the keypaciters to be one of the more interesting keycaps I’ve seen in a while and seeing the photos they do look very special. Also, a special mention to Whizzard who created a similar design first.

Massdrop Vader

Dark Lord Vader Keycap The other exciting thing to happen in December was of course the release of The Force Awakens. In due time, a dishevelled Vader helmet keycap was put on massdrop. This drop went very quickly and I didn’t even see the live massdrop page.
It was created by HiddenPower who you will most likely know from their previous War of Betrayal series of keycaps.

Nubbinator

Nubbinator has been doing something very interesting for a while now. I never see too many sales but I see caps and an understanding that Nubb knows what they are doing. The project I am interested in is the Modular Cap System. This is interesting because of the ambition and also because it does seem to be working to an acceptable degree, and only getting better.

This project is really encompassing two things. The modular cap system works by itself having stems that can be swapped out into a specially made keycap that fits all of these stems. The other part of this project is Nubbinator’s TMX stem which is a Topre and MX stem.

Modular Cap System Stems Modular Stems

TMX Keycap Render TMX Keycap

I am very interested in where this is going and I really like the idea of the TMX stem. But I’m not really sure how this will be released, if it will be open sourced or just a Nubbinator thing.

Of course I would love to be able to use this for myself but this is not mine and I would be fine with it staying a Nubbinator thing.

SpinningWaffle Wooden Caps

wooden cherry keycap This was very surprising to my eyes as I have heard more about people making wooden keycaps but not actually seen them. From these initial images they do look really nice.

Krytone Year of the Sheep

Sheep krytone krap

Krytone has been creating a new store and it has been intermittently working. The last time I looked it was down for maintenance. Pictured above is the sheep which I imagine has something to do with the Year of the Sheep sale.

Bcredbottle

Bcredbottle has continued to make progress with some alps keycaps to fuel some giveaways

Pictured above is my favourite.

Gen.S Keycaps on Techkeys.us

For those who missed out on all the opportunities to get these gem keycaps, a couple of colours are still available on teckkeys.us

KatzenKinder

Something worth mentioning is that KatzenKinder now has a blog. I’m not sure how long this has been around but it is here now.

Bro

Just like KatzenKinder Bro now also has a blog. I did find this a while ago but forgot to put it in somewhere.

Many Giveaways

In the Christmassy spirit there were a nice spate of giveaways that popped up in the lead up to the new year.

  • Retro Caps giveaway_2015

  • BroCaps

  • Booper Keywok Artisan In keeping with the Star Wars theme of the month, a couple of keywoks.
    As well as the booper giveaway a new keycap was revealed.
    This is Enraged Bruce enraged bruce shark artisan

Meowcaps V2 Been and Gone

Meowcaps V2 lineup These were the more popular of kudos_and_goodspeed’s debut keycaps that I did not see a lot of in the wild. But this second round was bountiful. It is fair to say that KeyKollectiv has been doing some very good things these past months.
I think the simpler paw design is one of my favourites. But the technical ability in furt makes it a special keycap.

Don’t forget, KeyKollectiv also has a blog.

Zazie

Zazie had an incredible debut with some excellent patterns and colours. This was a beta sale of sorts with some defects.

R.A.G Caps

/u/flehrad had another sale in December featuring a lot of designs and colours. Also, featuring the more unusual MX tab’s.

Badnewscaps

This is a maker who came out of nowhere with a surprising amount of designs. Not only a lot of designs a very BN mark.

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With only one keycap they are doing ok.

Carbonman24

This is a very well sculpted keycap and appears to be painted. I have no love for super meat boy but this will certainly appeal to many.


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Red white and blue HKP

After previously contacting martin for information for the artisan series introduction, I began to think that martin might be a bit of an interesting subject for an interview. Hot keys project is different from some makers because of the volume they produce and how keycaps are made and orders are fulfilled. For a closer look at Martins caps I did a spotlight on the raven and armor keycap.

Firstly, who are you? Just a small explanation of who you are in relation to what you do.

A little bit about myself is that I am originally from the field of interior design. I love designing and creating things and it is through my designing days that I had started to develop an interest in designing keyboards and keycaps. I felt that in a profession where the use of keyboard is so important, it makes work easier if we had a more interesting and lively keyboard to work with, hence the idea in developing different types of keycaps for this purpose. I am also a fan of collecting collector items, and the idea of making keycaps something of a collectors item really appealed to me. Moreover, the fact that no one is really into designing these things made it an even more interesting idea for me.

Why did you start HKP? and what do you do differently and why?

How is HKP different from the others, I think with my collections I have more virtual and robotic designs.

Do you think that people think of your keycaps differently to other makers who do the more limited production runs?

Compared to the other makers who do more limited production runs, I am a bit different in that I want more people to be able to have access to my keycaps. I enjoy seeing people being able to have a nice keyboard and be able to use the collection of keycaps that I have designed. All in all it comes down to self fulfillment and satisfaction in seeing others use my products.

70s Blank Fn

Did you have any prior experience with sculpting and casting before starting HKP/gasmaskkeycap?

My prior experience with sculpting and casting would come from my interior design days where I would think and design a product from scratch and see it being made into a real project/product. I also enjoy being able to play around and utilize different materials and colors to create different projects.

Gasmask keycap jelly

Is gasmaskkeycap.com dead? And was this just to evolve into HKP so you were not constrained by the gasmask design?

Gasmask is part of HKP. I wanted to deliver a broader range and variety of products hence we assimilated the products into our HKP line.

What inspires your designs? Particularly the gasmask.

The inspiration for my designs comes from all the online video games that people are playing. I felt if the younger generation enjoys war games and FPS games then the production of the designs particularly the gasmask should appeal to them. Seeing that the keycaps are targeted for this particular clientele, it was pertinent to find a common theme and design which will appeal to them.

Do you find that any other keycap makers inspire your own? And is there a maker in the community you currently like?

I like the designs of Brocap as his designs are unique and specialized.

What is the status of revisiting previous designs and colourways? You have made quite a few which I think many people are interested in. My particular favourite is the Iron Mask. Could this make a return?

The idea of revisiting previous designs and colorways highly depends on the popularity of the keycaps. If the customers like a particular design and that design sells well, then I will try to design/produce another upgraded version of the first.

Do you have a favourite design of your own? And colourway?

My favorite design and colorway of my own collection will be the Raven. The black over red creates a stimulating color tone for the keyboard, and the fact that additional parts can be added onto the keycap makes it more interesting and fun.

black and red Raven

I have been looking through your archive on geekhack and you have made a lot of different colourways. Do you have a number of all the variations of keycaps you have made? e.g. how many colours of gasmasks?

Below is the keycaps that I produced, about the color each type at least more than 10 kinds, in the future I will produce more different colors to fit different people.

  • G2

  • Warmaster

  • Raven

  • Armor Cap V2

  • Trooper

Gray Wolf Topre G2

Is HKP going to expand into anything else? Maybe other keyboard related products. I ask this because you previously made a keycap display case.

So far, all products are centered around keycaps as this is my area of interest however, there is a possibility in branching out into more product ideas. The keycap display case was designed so that users have a place to store their collection of keycaps as you know how small a keycap is! Plus there is not a case available to store keycaps made for collectors, so I thought this will be a good idea.

I think I read somewhere on GH you collect converse, what is your opinion on the Chuck II’s?

I feel Chuck IIs is an upgraded version of Converse and I find its concept is like that of my keycaps. They focus on adding and layering over a basic design. They are trying to upgrade the simple version by allowing the wearer to choose from a variety of designs, accessories and materials

And do you continue to collect them?

Yes, I will continue to collect Converses and sneakers as I am a collector fan at heart!


This was done a bit of a while ago now but it is still very relevant. Martin continues to produce these keycaps to a very high standard of quality.

Current Sale 9th of January 2016
The current HKP sale is GMK/Cherry and Topre Blanks. This features some very nice colour combinations and some excellent colour matching for gmk. The most appealing to me is the 70’s colourway Topre Esc and Fn.

HKP GMK/Cherry and Topre Blanks Order Form

To read a little more about some Hot keys. I did a spotlight a couple of months ago.
Artisan Spotlight on Hot Keys Project


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