Scott Watermasysk Husband, Father, Bootstrapper, Developer, Keyboarder, Pained Sixers Fan.

Keyboard Posts

FR4 is one of my favorite plate materials. To me, it is the best mix of flex and stiffness. Another enduring quality is the price. It is usually very cheap.

This is a quick sound comparison of a PC (polycarbonate) bottom vs an ALU (aluminum) bottom) are the same in both.

The Sinc is 75% split PCB by I have been itching to try a split keyboard. I thought it would be interesting to commission an acrylic case by SM Keyboards to match Kat Milkshake.

The J-02 has changed my outlook on what a mechanical keyboard can be. It is eerily simple and elegant at the same time.

The Discipline is a through-hole PCB kit).

The Space65 CyberVoyager is the follow up to GrayStudio's popular Space65.

Form Factor

The Austin is a compact full-size keyboard by DriftingMechanics.

The Mira SE GB originally ran back in 2017 around a time I thought $100 was a steep price to pay for a keyboard.

The Key65 has been my most used board since the moment it hit my desk. It has been a joy to use.

This is a comparison of a POM plate and a FR4 plate on a MGA Alice (clone).

Below are sound profiles for the following three plates:

I am still working through the last stages of the Key65 rebuild.

Deskey films are a new option in the MX switch world. Like other switch films (most notably TX films), they attempt to make the top and bottom housing of the switches fit tighter. The switch films help reduce housing wobble and provide a deeper sound.

I had an original NK65 and sold it. I regretted that sale, so I was keen to jump on the new updates.

Some find lubing switches relaxing. I am not one of those people. For me, it is a necessary evil, so I was excited to try the new pre-lubed Novel Keys pre-lubed Silk series and compare them to the Dry series (not lubed switches).

The playlist below contains recordings of the Rekt1800 with Kat profile keycaps. Each recording uses a different method to control the sound profile with in the Rekt1800 case:

The Rekt1800 is a compact 1800 layout from the CannonKeys Brutalist line. It is a simple yet attractive design. No extra weights, brass, etc. (though it is hefty for sure).

The Rekt1800 is a part of CannonKeys' Brutalist line of keyboards in the 1800-Compact form factor.

One thing that caught me off guard during my first build with an Alice style layout was the left bottom row.

On the KBD67 MKII build post, I mentioned switching to a silent switch on the spacebar.

This build was a labor of love and some pain and misery. But in the end, I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Typically, a split backspace takes your standard 2U backspace button and splits it in half (i.e., into two separate keys). You can usually choose to whatever keys you want for these two keys. I (and many others) prefer pipe and backslash for one and tilde and accent for the other. You can then take the standard 1.5u pipe and slash and convert that to backspace.

The Noah is my first keyboard by Matrix Lab. It has a few rough spots that make getting everything set up a bit of a challenge, but it is well worth the effort.

The Luna is the first board from Ungodly Design. The design is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

The Mysterium is a TKL through-hole produced by CFTKB. It is the much bigger sibling of the Romeo (and slightly larger sibling of the Discipline).