After a very long wait, Keyreative is finally at the stage where they’re starting to produce samples of the KAT Napoleonic kits. Color-matching was completed several months back, so the focus now is on overall cap shape / quality, dyesub accuracy, and kit content accuracy. These are the first samples I received post color-matching, and overall I feel like we’re progressing toward a good deliverable product.
These samples consisted of one alpha kit and some assorted mods. It was enough to fill a 60%.
The color quality is great, even on the reverse dyesub keys.
The reverse dyesub keys seem to be a tiny bit shorter than their counterparts.
This is a bit more noticeable for the 1u keys.
The “walls” of the larger mod keys also seem to shrink a bit for reverse dyesub caps, making them just a tiny bit smaller than the alpha keys proportionally.
There are a number of legend alignment issues that I’ve already been in conversation with Keyreative about.
My second custom keyset group buy, DSS Late Harvest, was announced earlier this year, and I have recently spruced up its homepage. Based on community feedback, I have made several updates to the set’s kits (including full UK support in base). I have also added several new vendors to the list. The Group Buy is currently scheduled to run from April 12th to May 12th.
About DSS Late Harvest
DSS Late Harvest is a custom keycap set in the DSS profile that combines a classic grey & white pairing with a muted, autumnal approach to vintage RGB mods. It consists of a primary base kit along with three child kits. The base kit provides physical compatibility for a wide range of mainstream and exotic MX-compatible boards and supports both US & UK layouts. The planned child kits provide novelties, unaccented mod options, and “NorDe” localization support.
DSS Late Harvest keycaps will be made with doubleshot ABS plastic and manufactured by Signature Plastics.
For further information on the set, check out the homepage. Be sure to fill out the Interest Check survey if you have further feedback or want to receive an email when the Group Buy begins.
Today, December 9th, is the last day of the KAT Napoleonic Group Buy! Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind PBT keycap set. To join the Group Buy, simply preorder the keycap kits you require at one of the vendors linked below.
Last Minute Bonus Renders
Huge thanks to manzel for sharing these; he’d made them to inform his own shopping decisions! Keyboard featured is the Polaris by ai03 and kevinplus.
Tomorrow, December 9th, is the last day of the KAT Napoleonic Group Buy. Don’t forget to place your order so that you can cover your MX-compatible mechanical keyboard in this historic PBT keyset!
What is KAT Napoleonic?
KAT Napoleonic is a custom dye-sublimated PBT keycap set for MX-compatible mechanical keyboards. It was designed with a focus on early 19th century history as well as wide localization & compatibility. KAT Nap supports over 21 languages and layouts, including several layouts rarely seen in the hobby, like Canadian French, Swiss, Tamil, and Cherokee.
As is common in the custom keyboard hobby, KAT Napoleonic is being sold through a “group buy” process, a sort of limited-time preorder that runs prior to the set being manufactured. Those preorders end tomorrow, and the set will ship some time next year, with my best guess being around October 2021.
Over on Reddit, I’ve organized a giveaway of one of the Napoleonic USB micro cables along with a prototype ortholinear keyboard of my own design. The winners will be drawn tomorrow at approximately noon (EST). See the post for further rules & details.
The KAT Napoleonic keycap and peripherals collection is now available for preorder! This Group Buy will last until approximately December 9th, 2020. All but two of the vendors (g Heavy & Fancy Customs) are currently live!
Check out the KAT Napoleonic homepage for more renders and all the details.
For guidance on what kits to buy for what type of keyboard, check out the KIT Shopping List on the KAT Napoleonic homepage! For more detailed questions, please feel free to ask on my Discord server (NoPunIn10Key).
KAT Napoleonic Peripherals
Deskmats in two sizes and two designs can be purchased from most vendors alongside your keycaps.
Likewise, a limited number of custom USB cables from KustomKeys will be available on MKUltra, myKeyboard.eu, Ashkeebs, and Fancy Customs. These will likely not be available for the entire duration of the Group Buy, as we are limited to approximately 100 cables worldwide.
Finally, we are partnering with Keeb Nerd for official Napoleonic scarves (neck gaiters) and coffee mugs. These are made-to-order and are sold by Keeb Nerd’s own site. Check in with the NoPunIn10Key Discord server for discount codes.
The British Navy kit was added as a response to popular demand for Indigo-colored mods using either English or icon-only legends. The British Navy uniform will only be available as a single alternative mods kit. Its contents are pared down as compared to the standard TKL kits and do not offer quite the same compatibility; the price will be lower to reflect this.
The British Navy Alternative TKL Mods Kit is fully compatible with the French Indigo Numpad kit for full-size keyboards.
Other Kit Updates
Also per popular demand, the Ortho Mods kit in the French Indigo colorway has been updated to use icon-only legends. Additionally, the Doppelkaiser alpha kit (Hungarian & South Slavic Latin) received a minor correction to account for a mislabeled character.