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Issue 117 / Week 12 / 2023

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard enthusiast's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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There are 14 entries in this issue:


Behind the Scenes of Issue 117

New shops, in the mailbox, developments, etc.


Mt. Choc

Sonal Pinto's low-profile 65% keyboard, Mt. Choc, features a cool digital pin badge.


A self-designed 132-key keyboard by dangerbobgames built along the lines of the classic IBM Model M 122.


An open-source split by Christopher Hoage loosely based on the Ergodash: Spleeb.

Pica40 v2.1

Some updates to the Pica40 – v2.1 published by zzeneg.


The 47-key handwired HiveMind by Protieusz has an ambidextrous numpad in the middle.

La Lettre

A 35% unibody split by somepin: La Lettre is a 3D-printed, handwired mechanical keyboard.


Flying fox aka Pteropus – a unibody split keyboard open-sourced by hulapig.

Dactyl Chimera V3

u/WolfIcefang's test bench for various column curvatures, Dactyl Chimera V3, is here!


Kunsteak's Briq is a wireless-only split ortho keyboard.

Tips & Tricks


After last week's post, Kate of HIBI got back to me with more info on her uniform BLOCK keycap profile.

Gasket mount Draculad case

A custom gasked mount Draculad case shared by chewiedies.


Honeywell H316 kitchen computer

Some thoughts in defense of the often ridiculed Honeywell H316 kitchen computer.

Memorex Model 88

A photodump of my latest acquisition, a nice Memorex Model 88 key from 1987.

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