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Issue 157 / Week 9 / 2024

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 9+8 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #157

Keyboard projects, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendors and discount codes!



Vladimir Glushkov's Soroka is a DIY-friendly 40% keyboard with customizable panels.


The Gigapad is a wireless macropad designed by Eric Pietrowicz.


Sporewoh is back with yet another monoblock split pocket keyboard: the $5(!) idawgz32.

Cygnus 1.0

Juha Kauppinen shared his Cygnus, a 36-key handwired project with keywell.

CYOA Ortho

The Choose Your Own Adventure Ortho (or CYOA) is a Pro Micro compatible ortholinear PCB by STHLM kb – with lots of snap-off parts.

Larva mk.3

Grezeh's Larva keyboard is a Katana style symmetric layout with combined Latin+Cyrillic keymap in mind.


Kemove K98 1980 review

This week I tested the Kemove K98 1980, a fully built three-mode wireless hotswap mechanical keyboard with 1800 layout.

Tips & Tricks

Vixen keycaps

3D printed sculpted and tented keycaps by ze_or.

Quick news

Tanto 40, designed by Mangokitty, is the little 40% brother of the Katana60. Files to be shared later(?).

Transport case for the ULP-Dactyl by jonbohz (github).

Tapico Typer. Built around a 60% Kemove keyboard it's still WIP, but looks dope. And btw just learned about the distraction-free writer community's r/writerDeck sub – with lots of DIY abominations. :)

Shark revamped his trackpoint page, trying to answer the question "what first-party IBM (and related companies such as Unicomp and Lenovo) TrackPoint or other integrated pointing device keyboards are out there?" Includes many different types of keyboards, e.g. the IBM CANPOS he and I got earlier.

I'm quite immune to group buys and am not a big fan of most novelty keycaps in general, but Switchlab's Habitat somehow resonates with me.

WIP: accura-xy by u/mason_cw – a modular ergo macropad for CAD.

Swept Corne by u/Mycelius. Small run PCB, resin printed KLP Lamé keycaps, custom case in clear resin.

Custom Akuma with flame-treated copper weight.

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