Keyboard Builders' Digest
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Issue 159 / Week 12 / 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 7+11 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #159

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



Sandalmoth published the Powerspill, a Dactyl-like split with keywell.


Jhonatan Ferrer's JK206 is an open-source 12x5 ortho keyboard – actually 3 numpads stuck together.

Silli41 & Silli18

Squalius-cephalus shared the Reviung-derivative monoblock Silli41, along with its numpad companion.


Irok ND75 review

The IROK ND75, sold by MechKeys, is a genuine little gaming board with compact layout, nice magnetic switches, and plenty of RGB.

Tips & Tricks

Kada Spectrum

A 65% keyboard case inspired by the ZX Spectrum: Kada Spectrum by Emil.

Partycrasher Micro & Xiao

Semickolon shared some updates to the FAK firmware, along with Partycrasher Micro, a Pro Micro drop-in replacement.

Quick news

I learned about text expanders like Espanso via LividElevator's r/mk post. Unfortunately, steno is not for heavily agglutinating languages I type in, and the usage of these text expanders is limited too, but I set up unicode fractions, some emojis, arrows, etc.

Svalboard Lightly with trackball holder (onshape repo, source).

Numpad 21 by alan0ford (photos).

Some photos comparing Keyreative's "dye sub plus" technology (reduced post-dye-sub diffusion resulting in sharper edges).

Katana Kombat by Protieusz (closed source) – with symmetric layout and trackball.

Kyria tenting clip by dasmikko.

Inferno by Qlavier (source)

RE:CAP – artisans from recycled plastic by jankycaps (source).

Evolurk Aperture 75 – A keyboard (IC) inspired by Leica M Series cameras. "Viewfinder" (display), "ISO knob" (encoder), magnetic contact interfaces and screwless quick-release mechanism for easy assembly.

Chinese dragon spacebar, made by the ladies at Aihey Studio.

"Switch" keycaps (IG)

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