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Offline paulgali

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[GB] Safa TKL | GB COMPLETE
« on: Sat, 12 February 2022, 06:02:32 »


Safa is intended to be a lightweight, simplistic take on the TKL form factor (i.e. it's just a rectangle), with my primary focus being feel and sound.

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Expected ETA - 9 Months from March 1st


Pricing



(Extras pricing in EU is subject to updates, everything else is final)
VAT included everywhere excluding US
LIMITED TO 2 PER HOUSEHOLD


A note for UK orders: When you order ships it will be converted to a UK order.  We have our UK VAT number and are able to ship orders without export/import procedures.   Next month new orders will automatically be UK orders (charged in pound).
There are not going to be extra costs to be paid anymore.


Unit allocation & Sale format

Sale will be conducted in a FCFS, 400-unit limited GB format.

MKBEU - 225 units https://mykeyboard.eu/catalogue/category/group-buys/keyboards/safa-588-f13-keyboard-kit_678/
HEX - 100 units https://hexkeyboards.com/products/safa5-88-group-buy
Rectangles - 15 units; Region locked
Basekeys - 30 units; Region locked https://basekeys.jp/en/products/safa-5-88-f13

Specs
  • 5 degree, 88 key (F13) TKL.
  • 1550g - 1700g weight depending on build
  • Winkey and WKL
  • Adjusted front height of 18.8mm (excluding case feet - 3M 8mm bumpons)
  • Included hard carry case
  • Primarily top mount, secondary gummy worm
  • Fixed ANSI, ISO plates. Variable JIS Plate available
  • Additional polypropylene (PP) plates will be available. Specifically chosen for its more dampening effect over PC
  • Aluminum half plates, ALPS and JIS Plates will be included. Note - ALPS requires hiney's h88c
  • Internal brass weight only - not exposed externally. I live in sandland, its hot, humid, and I never look at the bottom of the board. If its on my desk how can I? I wanted this to change the sound of the board, no other reason.

Plates are also compatible with Jane v2, KFE and other similar mounted boards. You will be able to purchase all available plates, including ALPS Alu 1.2mm options, separate from the main GB

Color options
  • 432c Dark Grey
  • 533c Navy
  • 188c Dark Red
  • E-White (Dark Grey plate)
  • Silver (Red plate)

Alu plates will be matched to case color by default - Grey alu plates are also an option.
PP plates will be black. If you want colored PP plates, get some spray paint and mod it  :D
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PCB Compatibility

Solder PCB will be offered in the kit only, but Safa will be compatible with Gondo's hotswap 88 when he releases it.
Featuring north AND south facing space stab support, ANSI, ISO, JIS (both 4.5u and 3u), I have updated the configs for VIA to include this (see here: https://imgur.com/a/jvQMewU)



Front Height

Measured from the inside of the top ledge, to case floor without feet.

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Prototype Photos

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432c Proto, Built in JIS 4.5u. The grey is very dark, so much that I have decided to not run a black variant of the board (at least for now).


Samples of the 533c Navy and 188c Dark Red. Please bear in mind, these are V1 protos. Read "The original Safa" for more info.


A look at the bottom, and engraving, which are not infilled stock. I recommend oil-based Acryllic paint to get a similar effect to how it looks on the JIS build



Color Options / Layouts

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Every vendor will offer each variant as a base kit, excluding JIS - which will only be a base kit option for Japan (Basekeys).

ANSI WKL




ANSI WK




ISO WKL




ISO WK




JIS






A few QOL insights...

Brass weight coverage - made to cover as much of the alphas as possible. Being such a low profile board has its limitations, and this was as much coverage as I could reasonably achieve



Alignment pillars - a simple way to assemble the case and not worry about alignment. These cover both the X and Y axis'



USB tolerance - uh...yeah...kinda obvious. Also helpful for locating the port when not looking directly at it, as the entire ledge leads to this point.



Back and side profile - please ignore the ano color on this - it is not an option






Soundtests
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pGhf0mRoGE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFWezluM5dM
https://youtu.be/9EkjwVae_2M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y_Vnjhn_80

Credits
David & Evy - awesome PCB work, as well as general guidance
The entire MENA server - for having my back throughout the past year
Boyos - you know who you are, thank you for the constant encouragement
g1lbrt, Hueth, Lovi, Poesjuh, Simone - For your testing, building of protos, and honest feedback
Bachoo - for your early render work, as always, much love

Discord
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« Last Edit: Wed, 02 March 2022, 00:15:58 by paulgali »

Offline paulgali

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 12 February 2022, 06:07:13 »
Reserved.

2022/02/15 - Added Side/Back profile

Brass inside TM
« Last Edit: Tue, 15 February 2022, 04:24:13 by paulgali »

Offline of_sam

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:02:00 »
Best of luck to you Baul. Awesome project.
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Offline kyuut

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:02:23 »
i love this rectangle. lets go :cool:
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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:03:16 »
thank you baul for making weight and abnt avail

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:03:26 »
Very cool keyboard, hope I can get one. (thank you mr paul for designing this cool ciel clone but tkl)

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:05:56 »
Nice  ;D

Offline Hetpet

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:06:49 »
Very nice keyboard


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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:07:08 »
Lets goo
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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:08:03 »
Hello I would like this board I am very rich spoon magnate pleas contact me thamks in advance
 

Offline Kptburger

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:09:43 »
Lets ***ing go, baul.
Finally its here, best of luck with the GB, very cool rectangle, almost as cool as the person who made it  :p
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Offline herbologist

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:13:19 »
go baul! gib.

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Offline keai

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:13:36 »
cool keybort

Offline hpetrovski

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:15:32 »
About damn time, good luck with the group buy Baul  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:18:11 »
I will not be able to afford one right now but congratulations on this awesome project :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:23:33 »
hand it over baul

Offline TibtibThePrincess

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:28:02 »
Safa so good
Good luck with group buy!!

Offline Phractals

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 12:36:27 »
Can't wait to get my hands on this. Best of luck with the GB baul!

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 13:21:05 »
Definitely buying this. And it's my first ever custom mechanical keeb!

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 13:36:19 »
Great project - best of luck
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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 13:39:31 »
Good luck with gb! Very excited for this!

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 15:00:22 »
Good luck with the gb, awesome its finally happening

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 16:20:08 »
all hail Baul
bro this a **** set, just be thankful you even getting 1 base running fr

Offline goya_dechi

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 13 February 2022, 18:00:37 »
It's finally happening, wishing you Baul all the best and a successful GB!

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #24 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 06:20:30 »
real stoked to get this, best of luck to you Baul

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #25 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 06:58:54 »
Grabbed my copy of Safa!

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #26 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 11:21:33 »
BASED

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #27 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 14:49:15 »
Can't wait to get this in my hands! Best of luck with the group buy!

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #28 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 17:00:53 »
Do you have any shots of the side, back, and bottom of the board? Literally all the pictures I can find are top down shots.

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #29 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 18:46:16 »
you mention weight was a big design factor but I can't find a built weight anywhere. something I'd definitely like to know before purchasing.

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 19:27:34 »
picked up a Red WKL with extra PCB and pp+half-alu plates, can't wait to have it in hand  ;D

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 14 February 2022, 23:02:45 »
you mention weight was a big design factor but I can't find a built weight anywhere. something I'd definitely like to know before purchasing.

Pic with PP plate from Pauls Discord (Alu should be 150/200g more):

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 15 February 2022, 04:45:12 »
you mention weight was a big design factor but I can't find a built weight anywhere. something I'd definitely like to know before purchasing.
Brass inside

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 15 February 2022, 18:16:27 »

Pic with PP plate from Pauls Discord (Alu should be 150/200g more):
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thanks. super helpful.
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thanks. super helpful.


Offline paulgali

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #34 on: Wed, 16 February 2022, 01:53:48 »
you mention weight was a big design factor but I can't find a built weight anywhere. something I'd definitely like to know before purchasing.

Updated the post. Sorry, things kinda haywire and I missed this. But yeah, depending on the build anywhere from 1550g to 1700g

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 21 February 2022, 11:35:44 »
Beyond excited for this

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB LIVE! Feb 14th - 28th
« Reply #36 on: Tue, 22 February 2022, 16:54:06 »
It's almost perfect. The red color is amazing, the sound is great and the price is very fair. It's a shame that I don't like the side profile. I will definitely be on the look for more stuff from you.

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Re: [GB] Safa TKL | GB COMPLETE
« Reply #37 on: Wed, 16 March 2022, 21:59:37 »
Fell for this board and ordered one. Going to be my first custom keeb. Any update regarding the manu accepting your order?