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Offline endjy

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[IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed Keyboard | New Prototype 3.0
« on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 20:36:12 »
#Discord
https://discord.gg/t5BcXDmVDy
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We did two batches of prototyping since last update. Finally, we are happy to say that all production standards are met!
Prototype 3.0:

Brass parts are gold plated to perform better in anti-oxidation. We also stress corners and sides in straightness and hardness. Better CNC milling routes for side brass parts and smaller margin tolerance.
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Prototype 4.0 write up will be been soon



Chinese Build Stream: http://live.bilibili.com/22409001 05/01/2021 10:00 AM Beijing Time (
sorry that sound and frame did not match well)

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This month we finally received new prototypes from the new factory and redesigned PCB from previous IC feedback, and we also designed the packaging box and deskmat.
Right now the designing and prototyping phases are done and we are looking forward to production. Also, Build stream and type sound coming later this week.

New Packaging Box:
Valhella Rock
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New Desk Pad
Runes Fountain
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New Prototype Raw:
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New Prototype Finished:
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*Note: all color choices are NOT final.
These are NOT Renders!
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#New Renders with SA Hávamál!(IC: NA)
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We already received the new Prototype and started the evaluation, also we have new PCB samples on the way. Silicon pad was done.

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#New Renders with GMK Lazurite!(IC: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=109549.0)
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#New Renders with GMK ReForged!
We are happy to announce that we have a Render collab of GMK ReForged(IC link: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=111586.0):
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#New Renders with GMK Taegeukgi!
We are happy to announce that we have a Render collab of GMK Taegeukgi(IC link: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=107143.0):
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Also, we are happy to offer Render Collab with interesting Keycap Designs! Just PM us in discord![/font]

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#New Renders with GMK Hunt!
We are happy to announce that we have a Render collab of GMK Hunt(IC link: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=111089.0):
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Also, we are happy to offer Render Collab with interesting Keycap Designs! Just PM us in discord![/font]

#Project Updates!
We are moving to final prototyping phase this month!
GB Time: Apr or May under the current schedule.
GB Format: In Stock.
GB Units: ~100 (I know it is small, but that is the maximum load we could handle right now, sry)



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#New Renders!

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#Refined Weight Design!
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#Proto No.1 Photo Sampler!
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*Please note that these are only Engineer Samples, and we already collaborated with another factory for better quality.


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#Proto Type Sound


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ISO support for soldering PCB!


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Hi, friends of GeekHack!
   This is Endjy and I am here to introduce the AXE60, a Norse AXE-themed gasket mount 60% keyboard.

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#AXE60 Features
Norse AXE(Tomahawk) theme
Improved gasket mount with integrated silicon pad(Injection Molding)
8 degree
21mm bottom height
Interchangeable 60% Layout
Mother-Daughter PCB
QMK+VIA
Future Support for battery and Bluetooth



#2 version
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Classic ver.
Concise ver.



#Supported Layout
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WinKey with 7u SpaceBar
WinKeyLess 7u with 7u SpaceBar
HHKB



#Colors
TBD
But I will update once we get the color sampler from the factory.



#Complete View
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#Discord
https://discord.gg/t5BcXDmVDy


#IC Form
https://forms.gle/M2kWNnftKVAmDmjQA


#More Render
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#Long Design Story
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After played God of War 4 on PS4, I deeply fell in love with the Leviathan Axe and decided to use this theme to design a custom keyboard kit. I started designing the board in June and the first idea came to me was to use a TOP-Mount Plate and GH60 compatible PCB, with a C-to-C extended wire to make the USB-C out right in the middle.

However, I soon realized the importance of gasket mount and other soft no screw mount methods. Hoping to obtain a balanced and better typing experience, I decided to use an integrated silicon pad to support the Plate-PCB system and silicon/Poron top gasket pad on the plate to isolate the system from the case.

During that time, I tested a large variety of material with different characters and hardness and I am satisfied with the current outcomes.
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Since it is a Norse themed keyboard, I also spent a long time on Rune and visual elements. http://attfreya.com gave me a lot of inspiration and explanation on different Runes. I got 4 Runes from word “six”: ᛋ ᛁ ᚲ ᛋ, and build them into my personal logo:
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Then it’s the design of the back weight, as well as the keyboard logo. I decided to generate ideas from Yggdrasill in Norse mythology. Firstly I got ᚨ ᚲᛋ ᛖ from word “AXE”, but I did not get a satisfied logo/weight. As I read “The Art of God of War”on my bookshelf, I noticed that in the game, there were not only elder Futhark Rune, but also newer Futhorc Rune, and I found the Rune I want for letter “X”:


Besides, I found and interesting Rune:
a combo of two X Rune structs a new Rune means World Tree Yggdrasil:


Finally, I used ᚨ ᛉ ᛖ with rotation to get my favorite logo for AXE, and I made it the weight of AXE:
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And for classic verison, I choose the root from World Tree Yggdrasil braided spreading to the edge of AXE:
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The general design of AXE featured hard straight lines with some smoothness from curves and angles. I did not find a good solution to suit the side profile until I saw the Magic Keyboard from Apple:


And in the end I got:


For internal design, I believed that a new mounting method that not only separates plate with case but supports the plate stably was needed. My final plan is to use an integrated silicon pad covering the whole plate and a traditional top gasket pad separating from the top case. Also, I provide 8 optional support screws for Hot-Swap Users.
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Thanks for reading my long boring design story.
I really appreciate your patience and hope you like AXE 60!
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#Change Log
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2021/02/02: ISO support layout added.
2021/02/05: Proto Type Sound added.
2021/02/15: New Render, Proto Photo added. Logo Design Refined.
2021/03/10: New Render with GMK Hunt
2021/03/15: New Render with GMK Taegeukgi
2021/03/20: New Render with GMK ReForged
2021/03/27: New Render with GMK Lazurite
2021/04/18: New Render with SA Hávamál, New Proto Arrived, New PCB sample on the way, Silicon pad done.
2021/04/29: New Proto, New PCB, New Box, New Deskmat, Build Stream
« Last Edit: Thu, 05 August 2021, 22:47:34 by endjy »

Offline MQLYU

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axe yyds!! :thumb:

Offline badaer

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great works!

Offline Havattack

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This is neat. You're neat. Everything about this is just gosh darn neat/
Sign me up.
With this keyboard, will a keyboard warrior be deemed worthy to ENTER Valhalla?
Posting your design journey was awesome and should be a good blueprint and inspiration for other potential designers.
« Last Edit: Fri, 22 January 2021, 21:15:39 by Havattack »

Offline flyinggbuddha

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Oh wow. This is beautiful. This + Gmk Norse would be a beautiful pairing. Looking forward to the progress :thumb:

Offline bigoldbox

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Looks fantastic, a real show piece. Can't wait to see a prototype when it exists

Offline endjy

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Looks fantastic, a real show piece. Can't wait to see a prototype when it exists
We already received the Prototype No.1, which haven't reach our GB standard, but I will post some pictures of that in a few days.

Offline vyoming

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looks siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick af

Offline njrobb

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Yo this is super cool! Really like the design, nice job. Great work with the IC btw :thumb:

Offline Buburoo

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Out of pure curiosity, How many individual parts are there?

Offline endjy

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 08:08:45 »
Out of pure curiosity, How many individual parts are there?
10 for classic ver. excluding duplication.

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 08:46:04 »
This is pristine board, and I like that you R&D for materials, many designers nowadays don't spend time in materials and go for the consensus.
Besides, I like complex board builds with a clean result.
Im in.

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 11:28:15 »
This is beautiful

Offline Flexmaster

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 12:46:55 »
This looks amazing

Offline Arithmetics

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 12:47:11 »
not for me, but looks super cool. awesome to see someone taking things to the next level around here!!

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 16:25:07 »
I love the idea and design! I am all in!

Offline Diamagisk

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 16:57:20 »
This looks amazing, can't wait to see more!

Offline Drakenocas

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 19:15:00 »
This is nice.  I just invested around 900 in a 60% or I would be all over this one.

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 20:06:14 »
well this is certainly different, prototypes should be interesting.
This and the swiss cheese keyboard is the next generation of keyboards

Offline Pandamom98

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 20:09:19 »
Oh dang that looks sick, I can't wait to see more of this keyboard


Offline powwu

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 22:40:30 »
Broken images, please don't use attachimg and instead use img tags

this case design came straight out of Vietnam... it's okay? it fits the theme well, not sure if it's for me.

Bottom mounting posts are too close to the spacebar imo, but since the mount is flexy enough it should be ok(?), you have the protos so I'll trust your judgement

can I get an alternative angle on the parts breakdown?

I love the module system of this board, and it's obvious you've put a lot of work into it and it shows with this IC. I wish there were more people in the hobby like you.


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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 23 January 2021, 23:10:49 »
this is pretty good
(Forever) Illustrious.

Offline highpur

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 01:54:42 »
Definitely, a great ICs as of recent times because you actually have a prototype.

Offline ben56k

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 03:56:08 »
Any chance for something visible on the front? I'm interested.

Offline soloplayer

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 05:27:54 »
Hello Endjy!
This is not related to topic, but do you have any news about Jer1800?

Offline endjy

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 05:37:17 »
Hello Endjy!
This is not related to topic, but do you have any news about Jer1800?
Hi, thanks for your interests, in stock sale coming after J80s shipment!

Offline soloplayer

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 09:16:03 »
niceeeeee. thank you!! cant wait

Offline oTEMPE5To

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 20:43:06 »
I absolutely love this design, I can see the love that went into designing this too. Definitely interested, Whether I can afford it is going to be another story... my wallet is shaking.

I swore to myself I would not get another 60, I only need 1 of each layout but this could change that for me.
« Last Edit: Sun, 24 January 2021, 20:44:53 by oTEMPE5To »

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 21:54:59 »
GIB PLOX  :eek:

Offline R3BORN

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 23:19:48 »
This design is nuts. Well done!

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 23:33:51 »
chonky boii

Offline Leo Yoco

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 19:44:09 »
So special shapes the k...weapon  haha,Valhalla calls us

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 21:08:16 »
Filled the IC form.

Love the idea of the weight and the World Tree Yggdrasil, worth to wait boys!!!  :thumb:

Offline RicWatt

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 21:17:02 »
Yeah I am in for sure, how much are you expecting the the GB to run at?, are you going to be selecting vendors or are you selling it yourself?

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #34 on: Tue, 26 January 2021, 04:34:27 »
This is looking stunning and interesting , waiting for proto and more information

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #35 on: Tue, 26 January 2021, 12:32:07 »
While this is not for me, I gotta appreciate the work and care that went into this, very cool! :)

Offline StrangPrisoner

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #36 on: Tue, 26 January 2021, 14:12:11 »
I am all for this elaborate and carefully thought out board. I will definitely buy when it goes to GB!

Offline Gnome

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #37 on: Tue, 26 January 2021, 14:46:12 »
This board is so sick! Wish it was a 65% though. If this was successful, would you consider doing a 65% version later on?

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 26 January 2021, 15:35:05 »
I'm impressed by the Yggdrasil designs, looks very CNCable, ngl I was ready to see something that wasn't feasible but the logo and the side profile looks great!

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #39 on: Tue, 26 January 2021, 15:37:10 »
Nordic Axe themed, but it doesn't support ISO which is used in Nordic countries.
Also the ISO enter looks like an Axe so why not?

[img width=267 height=120]https://i.imgur.com/in3VqH2.jpg[/img

Offline endjy

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #40 on: Tue, 26 January 2021, 22:00:05 »
Nordic Axe themed, but it doesn't support ISO which is used in Nordic countries.
Also the ISO enter looks like an Axe so why not?
The main concern is the internal design that currently does not support ISO layout, but if there is a strong desire, we will try to support them in the future because haveing new silicon mold costs.

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #41 on: Wed, 27 January 2021, 10:27:26 »
Design has trended towards a minimal aesthetic however the height of craftsmanship was once defined by intricacy. You really seem to have found a balance between the two. GLWIC.

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #42 on: Wed, 27 January 2021, 10:56:31 »
Nordic Axe themed, but it doesn't support ISO which is used in Nordic countries.
Also the ISO enter looks like an Axe so why not?
The main concern is the internal design that currently does not support ISO layout, but if there is a strong desire, we will try to support them in the future because haveing new silicon mold costs.
It would be soo cool to have a GMK set with an Axe on the ISO Enter and on this board.

[img width=267 height=120]https://i.imgur.com/in3VqH2.jpg[/img

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 28 January 2021, 00:47:03 »
Very interested! Renders look amazing

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 28 January 2021, 15:47:57 »
This board is absolutely gorgeous. Time to start saving for this beaut

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 28 January 2021, 21:00:10 »
As a Dane, this annoys me way more than it should. lol.
Like keycaps with Futhark legends and Viking themes, but no NorDe add-ons. :))

But looking really special. Wish you all the best with the IC

Nordic Axe themed, but it doesn't support ISO which is used in Nordic countries.
Also the ISO enter looks like an Axe so why not?


Offline endjy

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 29 January 2021, 00:17:21 »
Nordic Axe themed, but it doesn't support ISO which is used in Nordic countries.
Also the ISO enter looks like an Axe so why not?
The main concern is the internal design that currently does not support ISO layout, but if there is a strong desire, we will try to support them in the future because haveing new silicon mold costs.

Nordic Axe themed, but it doesn't support ISO which is used in Nordic countries.
Also the ISO enter looks like an Axe so why not?

As a Dane, this annoys me way more than it should. lol.
Like keycaps with Futhark legends and Viking themes, but no NorDe add-ons. :))

But looking really special. Wish you all the best with the IC

Nordic Axe themed, but it doesn't support ISO which is used in Nordic countries.
Also the ISO enter looks like an Axe so why not?



Thanks for your advise, we will make it ISO compatible!

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 29 January 2021, 23:49:08 »
Wow this is thick. I'll definitely keep an eye out. What plate options are you considering?

Offline endjy

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #48 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 04:18:07 »
Wow this is thick. I'll definitely keep an eye out. What plate options are you considering?
PC, Alu(standard), and Brass for now, but we definitely want to try more material!

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Re: [IC]AXE 60 - Norse AXE Themed 60% with Integrated Gasket & Screwless Bottom
« Reply #49 on: Sun, 31 January 2021, 06:41:42 »
What a beautiful chonker! glwic