Keyboard Builders' Digest
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Issue 147 / Week 50 / 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 4+7 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #147

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



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.

Nyan Keys

An FPGA based mechanical keyboard engineered for low latency and open sourced by rekcatsNyan Keys.

Quick news

Reverb IC/GB at This unibody split is too cool to not to be featured despite my general reservations about group buys.

More open source: bx01 gaming keyboard/macropad by Baxtrom and a beefy split (or two) by PaxUX.

Tool: rianadon open sourced the Cosmos generator. Related blog post.

The humbly named Masterpiece I/O from Masterpiece, a two-sibling company.

Triple shot PBT caps by Ducky. But why lowercase latin alphas as sublegends?!

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!).

Inspiration: Fluorite artisans by KeycapQuarry, and Sneakbox's u/mujimanic put a watch in an artisan keycap.

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