Keyboard portfolio

Recently I’ve been gettting a lot of requests and questions about mechanical keyboards. Mostly because of this one video. This one to be exact:

For this video, I want to give a short shoutout to Ville Erkkilä and Kiehu Creative for coming up with the idea and filming the amazing video. This whole video was shot on my old apartment, in a quite smallish place and didn’t even take that long to shoot! Altogether it was a fun evening with keebs and cameras and friends.

The reason I am doing this “portfolio” is that I think this might be the best way to show people what kind of custom keyboards I’ve been building/assembling/consulting/whatever.

My keyboards

KBD67 rev 2.0

On the contrary to the common belief, I don’t collect keyboards. I only have two keyboards - one for home and one for work.

My daily driver, KBD67 rev2.0. © Olli Granlund

My daily driver, KBD67 rev2.0. © Olli Granlund

This one is my “daily driver” and my current “endgame” keyboard. The only thing that I am missing is a wireless PCB. It seems that the technology to do wireless custom keyboards is not just there. I have made a few USB-cables myself, so that the cable looks pretty neat, but I’d love to have a full wireless setup.

Here are the exact specs of my #1 keyboard:

Part Part name
PCB KBD67 rev 2.0 USB-C
Switches Zilents v2 62g (lubed with Superlube)
Case KBDfans low-profile aluminium case, black
Plate Brass Plate
Keycaps GMK Wavez
Stabilizers GMK Screw-in (clipped, band-aid and heatshrink modded)

With this keyboard I tried to aim for as silent as possible keyboard, which I think I succeeded in pretty well, except for the spacebar. That thing is still loud, because of the long stabilizers that the spacebar uses. That rattle sound is pretty hard to get rid of, even with modified stabilizers.

DZ60 rev 3.0

This one is my keyboard, that I (sometimes) have with me at work.

DZ60 rev 3.0. © Olli Granlund

DZ60 rev 3.0. © Olli Granlund

Part Part name
PCB DZ60 rev 3.0 USB-C
Switches Zilents v2 62g (lubed with Superlube)
Case KBDfans low-profile aluminium case, red
Plate Alumium plate
Keycaps NPKC Blank rainbow keycaps
Stabilizers GMK Screw-in (clipped)

For this being a keyboard I keep at work, it had to be as small and quiet as possible. I don’t want to be the guy with the loud clickety clackety clacker keyboard. What is special about this, is that the normal 60% layout keyboards don’t have dedicated arrow keys. By using a smaller left shift and 1U sized right shift, you can squeeze in the arrow keys. This is one of the best things when getting a custom keyboard, you get exactly what you want. I’ve had colleagues say that the sound of this keyboard is pretty pleasant and not disturbing. The keycaps are rainbow, because they were the cheapest around that time :)

This was also my very first custom keyboard that I’ve built.

Commissions

Most of the keyboards that I’ve built has been commissions and I’ve streamed a few of them on my Twitch channel. There a lot of people have asked questions and I’ve answered them on livestream.

Check out the Keyboards page for more information on these :)

DZ60

The most common type of keyboard that I’ve built is a DZ60 keyboard. It is a pretty cheap, but it still has pretty good features.

I won’t go too much in to the details of these, since they are almost clones of each other.

DZ60, Zilents v2 65g, acrylic TOFU case and amazing artisan keycaps

DZ60, Zilents v2 65g, acrylic TOFU case and amazing artisan keycaps

This one has a pretty cool theme going on. It has a few artisan keycaps and the spacebar is making me jealous as heck. The USB-cable is made by me, it has a aviator GX14 connector and MDPC sleeves. The DZ60 has underglow LEDs and it shines nicely through the slightly frosted acrylic TOFU case.

Thanks LepiJopi for this project!

DZ60, Zilents v2 67g, aluminium TOFU case

DZ60, Zilents v2 67g, aluminium TOFU case

What’s cool in this project, was the case. TOFU case weighs a lot. The 60% version is a chunk of aluminium.

KBD67 rev 2.0

This one was made for Ville Erkkilä, they guy who made the most of the earlier video.

KBD67 rev2.0

KBD67 rev2.0

Part Part name
PCB KBD67 rev 2.0 USB-C
Switches Zilents v2 62g (lubed with Superlube)
Case Aluminium TOFU case, purple
Plate Aluminium Plate
Keycaps NPKC sunset gradient keycaps
Stabilizers GMK Screw-in (clipped, band-aid modded)

The coolest thing about this project was once again the weight. I remember weighting this keyboard and the scale showed something around 1,5 - 2,0 kg. That is a lot of weight for a keyboard of this size. The case also has a brass weight on the bottom.

Wonderland Lubrigante

This has been the most interesting project for me.

Wonderland Lubrigante. © Olli Granlund

Wonderland Lubrigante. © Olli Granlund

Part Part name
PCB Wonderland
Switches Gateron Silent Ink Black (lubed with Krytox)
Case Lubrigante acrylic case
Plate Integrated
Keycaps GMK 9009
Stabilizers GMK Screw-in

To get something special like this, you need to be kinda active in the keyboard community. These things are ordered with a group-buy format. If you are too late to the party, you may need to wait a long time for the keyboard parts to go for a new round. If you get to the group-buy, you still have to wait for the parts to be finish manufacturing.

This is a split ergonomic keyboard. The idea is that when you rest your hands on top of they keyboard, they sit on a more natural position.

Thanks ElPedró for this epic project!

KBD75v2

KBD75v2

KBD75v2

Part Part name
PCB KBD75v2 USB-C
Switches Gateron Silent Ink Black (lubed with RO-59tmKT)
Case Aluminium KBD75v2 case
Plate Brass plate
Keycaps Tai-Hao Miami PBT keycaps
Stabilizers Cherry Screw-in (clipped, band-aid modded)

Yet again, one heavy keyboard. KBD75v2 PCB also has underglow LED lights, so the red stripe you can see in the picture has a smooth glow, which can be customized to your liking. The 75% layout includes a full F-row (F1 to F12 buttons). The KBD75v2 also supports a numpad, but then you have to make bigger compromises.

This one is for my good friend Joakim!

Questions & answers

If you happen to have any questions regarding keyboards or memes, you can hit me up on Twitter or wherever you might get a hold of me :)

Q: Why do you lube the switches?

A: The lubricant (lube) reduces the amount of friction within the switch. By adding the lube, you can make the switches smoother and more silent. Lube is definitely worth the extra time from my point of view. This takes a lot of time though.

Q: What is a stabilizer and what do the mods mean?

A: Stabilizers are used together with the longer keys, i.e. spacebar, enter etc. The modifications are pretty well documented by RAMA. The idea is to reduce the sound. Stabilizers are the loudest part of the keyboard.

GMK stabilizers

GMK stabilizers

Q: Are you open for commissions?

A: Yes. Hit me up on <generic_messaging_platform> and we’ll discuss more!

Q: What about nordic characters (Ä, Ö, Å)?

A: There are considerably less keycap sets with ääkköset. I understand that some people look at the keyboard when they are typing, but you have more choices regarding keycaps if you don’t mind having wrong alphas in the keys.

Good stores

Store URL Location
Candykeys https://candykeys.com/ Germany
MyKeyboard https://mykeyboard.eu/ Belgium
KBDfans https://kbdfans.com/ Asia
KPrepublic https://kprepublic.com/ Asia

Not affiliate links, not endorsed or anything. There are more shops, I know.

Ending words

I’d like to thank everyone who has shown interest ❤️ Mechanical keyboards have been a hobby for me for a couple of years and it really warms my heart to get positive feedback on the video that we made and the keyboards.

Shoutouts

  • Oliver Granlund for the epic photos from last MechKeeb Finland meetup! ❤️
  • Ville Erkkilä / Kiehu Creative for the epic video! ❤️
  • Everyone who has ordered a keyboard from me ❤️
  • You for reading this ❤️