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Behind the scenes #146

Giveaway and advent calendar update, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and discount codes!

Published December 8, 2023
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Hey y'all,

A lot of stuff is going on at these days, I hope I don't miss or mess up anything, at least not too badly.

Slightly belated, only 100 issues behind, but I didn't have to think twice about KBD#146's listening: Forty Six (& 2) by Tool, performed by some cool kids. Or rather Meytal Cohen since 90% of mk enthusiasts are adult males.


Welcome back for another weekly recap and behind-the-scenes write-up.

If you are new to, you can read how this started out and what this is all about nowadays. If you like what you see, subscribe to the newsletter (free) and donate some bucks to keep this otherwise free and ad-free project alive.


Posts I thought are worth sharing:

Pic: Mantis v0.3

Mantis v0.3

Pic: Geekboards, Berlin

Geekboards, Berlin

Pic: WS Jade switches – with metal inserts

WS Jade switches – with metal inserts

  • When lost in the sea of switches, Milktooth's Kevin comes to the rescue and helps us to capture the zeitgeist and identify November's most popular switches for mechanical keyboards. (Again, last day to fill out the November switch poll and win.)
  • Richard Goulter shared two orthos: CH552-48 & CH552-44 – both using the cheap CH552 MCU.

Pic: Zireael


Pic: Le Capybara

Le Capybara

  • Zireael is a low-pro wireless split, shared by Mposible – based on the Dao.
  • Sporkus' Le Capybara is a capacitive sensing keyboard in Le Chiffre layout.
  • A keyboard design framework with adjustable columns on a rail system: Seismos by Danny Vo.

Pic: Seismos


Pic: Cyberdeck


Pic: Nydas36


Pic: Planck unibody split

Planck unibody split

Pic: A-TE-B1


Giveaway update

The anniversary giveaway is over. I mean, my part. Kind of. I have to sort out a couple of remaining items, but this should be a piece of cake. Maybe finding new winners instead of a few unresponsive guys (check out your freakin' spam folder NOW!).

However, I may simply keep these prizes for later use. There are some new offers which may end up in small monthly giveaways anyway.

Pic: PK Sora linears

PK Sora linears

Paramountkeeb offered 70x PK Sora linear switches, Strumace and MechKeys also contacted me, etc.

I'll have to put together a dedicated page for these giveaways and prizes for you and me to be able to keep track of everything.


  • Yay, thanks for your donation Karine!
  • And Ashkeebs (one of your favorite shops based on my numbers) is on board now as well!
  • As always, many thanks to everyone who helped this project thus far, especially to regular supporters. Without you, this project wouldn't have survived for 3 years.

For all the donation options check out the donation page!

In the mailbox

Nothing in the mailbox this week, but MechKeys kindly offered me a free keyboard of my choice. (Thanks!) I can't decide so I thought I'd ask you: which keyboard would you like me to review and then give it away to a lucky reader? Meaning: which one would you like to win?

Help me to choose!, and comment your choice here:

On another note, I'm playing the postman these days. Trying to reunite my collection for a year-end photoshoot, I'm transporting the 15-20 keyboards stored in my office to my attic… I don't really use a car most of the days, my daily commute is a 10 minute walk, and driving would take actually longer. So I'm taking the boards home in small batches. This is how the Wednesday shipment looked like:


Meetup database


New addition:

As always, this meetup database is both a calendar and an archive so feel free to send me upcoming events or even ones from the recent past to make this collection as comprehensive as possible.

Vendors & Discounts

New shops, discount codes and updates to the database of keyboard vendors this week:

  • BeaverKeys (Canada) added, and Peter offered you a 5% discount (KBDNEWS).
  • cocotkeebs is Aki27's new US-based Cocot shop!
  • New KPrepublic discount. $5 off of selected items, $15 min order, one use per customer. (I just discovered I had this for some time but never announced it…)

More than 120 shops offer you various discounts with the semi-standardized KBDNEWS coupon code. At this point you can simply develop the habit to enter it at any online shop at the checkout phase. It should work in one out of four stores. ;)


Yeah, I assign advent calendar articles to a special issue, so they don't show up in issue 146 here. I'm aware of this and will try to come up with a fix.


Still with me?

A man once told me time heals all wounds. So I stabbed him. Now we wait.


That's all for today. Thanks for checking by. As always: Keep learning and building!

Until next time,

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Published on Fri 8th Dec 2023. Featured in KBD #146.


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