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Behind the Scenes of Issue 83

New discounts, bizarre packaging reloaded, giveaway results, KBD.NEWS metal artisan giveaway continued.

Published June 20, 2022
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Hey y'all,

PSA: Summer recess, but the KBD.NEWS metal artisan giveaway continues – for now.


Welcome back for another edition of Keyboard Builders' Digest (this time Issue #83), a weekly roundup of this DIY keyboard focused newsletter and blog from Tamas Dovenyi – that's me. If you are new to this, you can read how this started out and what this is all about nowadays. If you like what you see, you can subscribe to the newsletter (free) and donate some bucks to keep this otherwise free and ad-free project alive.


Summer recess

So it seems everybody is on holiday. At least that's what the prolonged response times from vendors and makers suggest.

That's one reason for the unusual number of pending posts waiting for designers to get back to me with additional info, photos and repos.

In the next few weeks I'll be on holiday too so I may decrease my activity here. What does that mean?

I will continue bookmarking stuff and occasionally posting too – to ensure the continuity of the blog.

However, I may skip one or more issues: organizing the posts into issues, making the cover image, writing the BTC post, compiling and sending out the newsletters, managing the giveaway – these take a lot of time every week.

Once I'm back, I'll try to recap everything in an extra issue.

New shops & discount codes

  • Keysium – "kbdnews" 5% off. Can be used on multiple orders and also when sales are going on to get a further discount. Can't be used with other discount codes.
  • KeySculptNerd – $5 off orders over $50. (However, there's a one-use 20% coupon for new customers so use that for your first purchase. Later, you can use "kbdnews" any number of times.)

RichCables, KeycapKings added.

New supporter

Yay, a new supporter: Jeremy Gam. Thanks!

It's been a long time since the last kind reader donated so I was pleasantly surprised.

Of course I'm very grateful for my recurring donors too:

In the mailbox

Smith-Corona Ultrasonic. My first ever electric typewriter.

It arrived in a bizarre packaging. First I thought the seller wrapped the cardboard box or the original plastic case of the typewriter into a blanket for extra safety:


But no… There was no case, no box or anything: the typewriter itself was directly wrapped into the red thing. Maybe a curtain. It's a real miracle it survived the travel without any visible damage.

For more info and the unique acoustic actuation sensing check this post.


Last week's winner

Aaand last week's prize goes to retr0FPS. Congrats!

You won one of these machined aluminum novelties, courtesy of, the only caps of this kind in existence – at least for now.

New giveaway!!!

I continue the raffle with the custom KBD.NEWS metal artisan offered by

Pic: KBD.NEWS novelty keycaps by

KBD.NEWS novelty keycaps by

How to enter the raffle

Feel free to like, upvote, share, whatever. However, that's not how you join this raffle. :D Instead:

1.) Comment (top level) below this issue's post on Reddit or/and Twitter (here and/or here) with one or more of these:

  • What did you like the most in this week's issue?
  • What did you learn from this week's posts?
  • Did you spot any typos/factual errors? (If you don't want to publicly embarrass me, you can send this to my email: info at :D.

2.) And close your comment with your country.

Pro tip: you can comment both on Reddit and Twitter to double your chances.

Raffle method: Again, I'll randomize a number to decide between Reddit and Twitter, and then another one to select the winner from the top level commenters on that platform (ordered by old->new).

I will contact the winner and publish his/her nick in the next issue (next Monday).


That's all for today folks.

Feel free to comment in this issue's r/mk thread, and as always: keep learning and building.

Cheers, Tamás

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Published on Mon 20th Jun 2022. Featured in KBD #83.


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