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Behind the scenes #147

Quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and discount codes!

Published December 15, 2023
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Hey y'all,

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

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I'll spare you the trouble this time and won't stuff down your throat anything, in particular a 20 minute prog-metal masterpiece performed by one of my favorite bands.


Posts I thought are worth sharing:


  • Philip Lalonde writes about fan art: mashing up the graphic design and keyboard hobbies.
  • Jesse Vincent of Keyboardio describes building a force tester out of an old 3D printer: Forcy McForceFace.
  • The team behind KeebSupply sums up the past year and what inspired them to open an online shop for keyboards.

Pic: 3uGoood & Orthofly by Wayduh

3uGoood & Orthofly by Wayduh

  • WayduhKBD writes about learning PCB design and stonework.
  • Pete Johanson sums up the early days of ZMK, everyone's favorite wireless first firmware, and looks into the future.
  • Sadek Baroudi wrote about the inception and significance of VIK, a standardized interface for keyboards (and more).
  • Here is the story of the CLP profile, vvhg's personal keycap project, with a narrative arc starting from scavenged typewriter caps. :D

Pic: Qazikat


  • A clever PCB with two different layout options, one on each side: Qazikat by weteor.
  • ProtieusKeeb's monoblock Sentinel, inspired by Le Chiffre, comes with an interchangeable trackball unit.

Pic: Sentinel


Pic: Nyan Keys PCB with Lattice Ice20HX4K

Nyan Keys PCB with Lattice Ice20HX4K

Pic: The Reverb

The Reverb

Pic: Triple shot caps by Ducky

Triple shot caps by Ducky

  • Week of giveaways on r/mk. I was relieved when these were banned on the sub but I can live with it for a week. In addition, last time I discovered some new vendors unknown to me, so now I may stumble upon new discoveries too (I did!).

Pic: Fluorite artisan by KeycapQuarry

Fluorite artisan by KeycapQuarry

Pic: Miyo – mujimanic put a watch in an artisan

Miyo – mujimanic put a watch in an artisan

I thought I'd share my infusion of horology into the keyboard hobby! Miyo is a 1u MX-stemmed keycap, and a fully functioning quartz watch – muji.


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In the mailbox

Nothing in the mailbox this week, but something exciting on the way: Divinikeys' Carl arranged this, and the Daring Run guys sent me a DR-70F (not available yet). Inspired by the TENET70, it's a 70% + 5% with two-in-one layout configuration options and some other cool features. Review soon.

Pic: DR-70F by DaringRun

DR-70F by DaringRun

I still haven't decided on the MechKeys offer because I will travel in the next couple weeks so don't want to miss the parcel. Will get back to this early next year I guess. You can still help me: Which keyboard would you like me to review?

Help me to choose! E.g. by commenting here:

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 and updates to the database of keyboard vendors this week:

  • keysaii (Germany) added. Julius offered you a 10% discount (thanks!) with the KBDNEWS coupon code. Since there's a default opening discount in effect, this coupon will come in handy later.
  • offered you a 5% discount (KBDNEWS). Thanks!
  • Meletrix (Wuque Studio) (China) added.
  • Masterpiece, a two-sibling company based out of Canada.


Pete Johanson was kind enough to send me his article as a nice markdown document. This could have reduced the uploading and formatting part on my end to a few minutes – only if markdown was properly implemented in my self-made blog engine. :D So I updated some parts of my backend code:

  • markdown style embedding of images, blockquote, nested lists (in progress), etc.
  • TODO: more testing, and multiline code block formatting and style/css fix (this caused issues in Jesse's article too)


Still with me?

What do you call a beehive without an exit? Unbelievable.


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 15th Dec 2023. Featured in KBD #147.


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