Penk Chen's Rasti64 is a 64-key, low-profile board sporting the author's custom keycap set.
KBD.news Published January 25, 2024
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Penk Chen, author of the Penkesu deck, creator of the Mobop keycap profile and kbd.news donor (thanks!) is back with Rasti64. This board is a 64-key, low-profile, staggered mechanical keyboard with a custom keycap set, that ticks a few niche boxes of the author.
Finally got time to make the PCB and release the keyboard – Penk.
65% staggered layout with arrow keys
Low-profile Choc v1 switches are used
New custom keycap set
Works with standard Choc stabilizers and Choc spacing keycaps
Powered by RP2040-Zero (other compatible boards)
QMK/VIA firmware support
The layout is essentially a MacBook keyboard sans the Function row.
The case can be 3D printed (FDM/SLA) or CNC machined using the provided files. E.g. the showcased model in the top photo features a case CNC machined from Aluminum 6061 with a bead-blasted finish, and SLA-printed black resin keycaps.
Thanks to the low-pro switches, the whole build is under 15 mm (without the case).
Individual caps of the custom Mobop keycap set range from 1U to 2.25U, completed by a 4.75U spacebar that utilizes a 6.25U stabilizer.
Daily language lesson with kbd.news:
The name "Rasti" is derived from the German compound word "Rasterrahmen" (grid + framework).