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[IC] AKI-S 65% | 20/3 update
« on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:38:21 »


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Hi! AKI-S is the first project that I'm fully involved in and calls are mainly made by me (while BOCC was collaboration with a friend). I chose to use AKI as my signature as it represents 2 of my favorite elements, Japanese culture and Autumn. Upon entering the custom scene, trying different kinds of layouts, I found that 65% is the one that I find it most likable. It's compact, it's packed with necessary utility that I wouldn't need to compromise too much by re-programming the needed keys. In light of that, I chose to use 65% as my first project.

As for the series code: S. It represents another element I like the most - snowflake. This is also the reason why the bottom weight engraving will be a snowflake. Combining the 3 favorite elements of mine into one, I hope this board will become something much more than what's given to it.

Design Inspiration
I adore sleek, seamless and timeless design. Although I'm not a car enthusiast, I've always liked the design of sport cars, namely Porsche, McLaren, Lamborghini. With that in mind, I hope to create a board that resembles the slim, streamlined design that we can always see from sport cars, or more precisely, luxury cars. I want this board to be unique in terms of aesthetics, no matter its when in use - front face, or for displaying purpose.

I opt in for a symmetric blocker design. This means that there will be less flexibility in customizing the bottom row because of the fixed bottom row layout. The reason behind this is that its all about sleek, streamlined and visually homogeneous. Symmetric blockers seem to fit the theme better. I understand that there will be compromises for those who use winkey a lot. I, myself too. The bright side is that we can always program the board to our liking!

There have been a lot of upper right blocker 65 recently. Although it is a great way to express the uniqueness of a board, I'd like to spice it up and refrain from adopting the prevalent expression; instead, I added an accent bar that is embedded in the top case, hoping to accentuate the sport car theme better, as if its a back-light from the rear of a fancy sport car. To further complement the case, we will offer a, if not several choices of stickers for you to complement the top case with some styles.

Gasket has been a heavily appreciated addition to the custom scene in the recent blooming community. I personally believe that a stronger and robust mounting system with solid case enclosure design will help alleviate the typing experience over adding a few gasket rubbers here and there to reduce the possible reverbs caused from typing. And thus gasket rubbers will not be adopted for this kit.



===[ Layout ]===
☑ 65%

===[ Degree ]===
☑ Moderate (4-7) [7 degree]

===[ Mounting System ]===
☑ Top Mount

===[ Material ]===
☑ Aluminum
☑ Polycarbonate (Full case)
☑ Brass (For middle and bottom weight only)

===[ Color Coating Options ]===
☑ Anodize
☑ E-coat
☑ Stingy range of color options (ano Black, e-White)

===[ Plate Options ]===
☑ Brass
☑ Aluminum
☑ Polycarbonate
☑ Carbon Fiber

===[ Plate Properties ]===
☑ Full Plate
☑ Half Plate
☑ Flex Cut

===[ Supported Layout ]===
☑ ISO + Split L Shift
☑ Split Backspace
☑ Stepped Caps Lock
☑ WKL


===[ PCB Properties ]===
☑ QMK
☑ VIA
☑ Backlit RGB
☑ Solder
☐ Hotswap

===[ Misc ]===
☑ Accent Bar (PVD Mirror Finished; Gold, Silver confirmed, others TBD)
☑ Sticker(s) (Gold plated used on top case)
☑ Optional Engrave
☑ Rubber Feet

===[ Price ]===
☐ Free
☐ Cheap
☐ Average (Maybe ☑)
☐ Expensive
☐ Gotta eat dirt for months
Will be around 365 or something like that

===[ Sales Type ]===
☑ Limited (50 spots)
☑ FCFS
☑ One Time Run
☐ Future Run (Maybe ☑)
☑ Collaboration(s)

===[ When ]===
☐ May (Maybe ☑)



Black case | Red middleweight + accent bar + metallic sticker + bottom weight | GMK Dracula


White case | Silver middleweight | Copper accent bar + bottom weight | GMK Noel


PC case | Gold middleweight + accent bar + bottom weight + metallic sticker | GMK Serika


White top + PC bottom case | Black middleweight + accent bar + bottom weight | GMK Apollo


Silver case | Gold middleweight + accent bar + bottom weight + metallic sticker | KAT Oasis

courtesy of KAT Oasis runner, JSaintS and amazing render from Manzel

Black case | Red middleweight + accent bar + bottom weight + metallic sticker | GMK Sumi

courtesy of GMK Sumi runner, FaKe_VirTual

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No, bottom weight brass would most probably be gold color









Side view


Exploded View
*updated





AKI-S FF Edition (Friends and Family)
White Case | Black middleweight + accent bar | GMK Bleached







It'll only be available to friends & family and
4 spots allocated to public via treasure hunt - 2 of which were already taken in our Discord server;
(stay tuned for updates on Discord server)
1 spot allocated to GMK Bleached milestone prize




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What's Next
☑ Confirm with factory with the blueprint
☑ Gather interests and make necessary amendments if any
☑ Confirm and finalise the details of the GB
☑ Proceed to manufacture prototype
☐ Final updates with regard to the board blueprints and GB details
☐ Proceed to GB



Sales Style
- I am looking at 2 ways -
(1) google form with only one yes & no question for submission [~20-25 spots]
(2) trivia quiz / raffle, for those who do not have internet speed or bot or whatever reason [~10-15 spots] <<< this will be decided in 2nd IC by you all
Quote
(i) trivia quiz reading materials will be accessible to all before the quiz starts. The idea is to make you feel you're fighting/earning the spot instead of praying for RNGod
(ii) raffle will be pure luck.

- I will communicate with factory first and see how it goes, if it goes well, then optional case combo + accent; otherwise, set case combo + optional accent bar



Update Summary:
20-3-2020
- topped the spots from 40 to 50
- took away hot swap PCB due to technical difficulty
(sorry guys)
- open an option for engrave at cost of liberty of choosing middleweight color
(case combo not set yet, but close to final)
- placed order for prototype
(meanwhile, still amending the blueprint)
- confirmed PCB maker - Xelus
(further details will be announced once all things are settled)
- added Apollo render
- added render courtesy of FaKe_VirTual
- added product page for a concise summary
(this will not be the place for FCFS)




Update Log:
  • 17-2-2020 - added a bottom weight render | streamlined the contents
  • 19-2-2020 - added signature banner
  • 20-2-2020 - added more renders | refined inside corner | refined bottom weight design
  • 25-2-2020 - added PC renders | finalizing color options (should be ano Black, ano Silver, e-White) | communicating with factories, changes here and there are being made (mainly internal)
  • 26-2-2020 - added IC form
  • 28-2-2020 - finalized some of the GB details
  • 3-3-2020 - announcement of FF edition | prototype status
  • 20-3-2020 - updated GB details | added renders | added product page



Possible FAQ
Q: When are you expecting to hold this GB?
A: At the moment, please allow me to finish fulfilling the GB orders of BOCC. I'm holding this IC because it takes at least a month, if not months to finalize the details on everything, and at the moment, besides waiting for the factories to resume to their work stations after the coronavirus outbreak, I could only plan things ahead so I could smoothen the experience and get things done quicker when the BOCC GB is concluded. Back to the question, I'm looking at May.

Q: Can you take away the bottom left engraving?
A: That isn't an engraving, instead, it's a metallic sticker. It is an add-on that can be purchased when you joined the GB. Now we offer an option for you to choose whether you want it to be engraved onto the top case or not.

Q: Will there be full brass version?
A: Not at the moment. I'm pretty sure its already pretty heavy with the middle and bottom brass weight on its own.

Q: Why is it the quantity that low?
A: Running a group buy is excruciating. I didn't mean to use such strong word, but that's the reality. While its really nice to have everyone included in the sales, everyone will be happy; its always the opposite for the runner because the more I intake, the heavier duties I bear. These duties are, but not limited to taking more risks - A LOT OF risks; we are talking about the risk of runner embracing a total loss if the factory encounters any sort of accidents, increased chances of upping the cost because of failed runs/productions, increased chances of encountering unforeseeable accidents that will hurt the GB and etc., nightmare grade logistic problems, longer QC checks and so on. I can go all day around this because I've been through with my first GB. Not that I'm not confident enough to make a larger group buy, its just that I want this to be good, and I want it to be less stressful. Thus, I'm taking down the numbers.

Q: Will there be another future run for this if I missed the GB?
A: It depends on the reception of the board. If there is a lot of demands for the board, I'm flattered and would be happy to bring it back.



Special thanks to
Kingk22 for the mental and physical support
Whimsy Cult for the ever so supportive vibe that drives me to push this through
My fellow HKers who've been supportive from the beginning of the day we met
« Last Edit: Tue, 31 March 2020, 08:46:22 by senryo »

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:38:41 »
Reserved

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:39:28 »
nice renders, pls gib

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:47:15 »
Sexy sides

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:47:41 »
me need, plz gib

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:48:00 »
GLWGB :D

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:49:54 »
interested!
waiting for the bottom renders

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Offline SoraNoTenshi

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:50:27 »
I like the design.

Are you against a top-right blocker?



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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:51:33 »
Looks nice. Definitely keeping an eye out.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:51:44 »
Would be in 100% if there was a windows key option, I can’t live without it

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 08:52:02 »
I like the design.

Are you against a top-right blocker?

Haha, I'm not, it's a lovely addition by any means. But it has become a norm IMO, and I want a design that stands out.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:02:21 »
I like the design.

Are you against a top-right blocker?

Haha, I'm not, it's a lovely addition by any means. But it has become a norm IMO, and I want a design that stands out.

Awesome design, really caught my eye! I especially like the markings on the bottom left of the case. Personally I agree with the blocker on the top right being overdone since the 910 & like the more traditional 65% layout myself. I always use that spot as my Delete key with Pg up, Pg Dn, & Fn below it. So losing that spot really throws of my favorite key mappings for a 65%. Anyways this looks like a really great board, I'll be keeping my eye out for updates!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:14:35 »
Cool accents, I will be watching

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:19:56 »
whimsy cult checking in

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:22:38 »
Very nice
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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:25:35 »
Me want keyboard, me buy keyboard

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:40:20 »
Really liking these edges

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:44:27 »
Too few render photos (especially from the side or the back) and too many unnecessary stuffs (unchecked checkboxes, really?)

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:49:22 »
Will accent & case colours be sold as a set? Or will everyone be free to choose their own colour pairings?

Interested to know how many accent colours will be avail, I'd imagine offering too many would be a logistical nightmare.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:52:19 »
awww wish wk
Had
DAS blue
DAS brown
Realforce 103ub

Current
Filco 104 browns

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:55:57 »
Too few render photos (especially from the side or the back) and too many unnecessary stuffs (unchecked checkboxes, really?)

More renders to come, thank you for your interest.
It's more of a way to express, chill bro ;)

Will accent & case colours be sold as a set? Or will everyone be free to choose their own colour pairings?

Interested to know how many accent colours will be avail, I'd imagine offering too many would be a logistical nightmare.

Current plan is that (if we offer less than 4 colors in total, not including mid weight color here) -

> Choose top case color
> Choose middleweight color
> Choose bottom case color
> Choose accent color (available in extras as well)

Otherwise, we would prefer

> Choose a set
> Choose accent color (available in extras as well)

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 09:56:32 »
Too few render photos (especially from the side or the back) and too many unnecessary stuffs (unchecked checkboxes, really?)

Just for you to have something new to whine about.

Also, this logo looks very close to Alchemist Keyboards no?(The Raine)
NO!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 10:04:43 »
Too few render photos (especially from the side or the back) and too many unnecessary stuffs (unchecked checkboxes, really?)

Just for you to have something new to whine about.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ There are 4 new ICs for high-end customs today alone, all fighting for people's interest and money. So yeah, I'd complain when folks try too hard to look cute.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 10:07:09 »
Any chance to add a WK layout?

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 10:33:26 »
Any chance to add a WK layout?
+1 for a WK Layout

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 10:44:50 »
Too few render photos (especially from the side or the back) and too many unnecessary stuffs (unchecked checkboxes, really?)

Just for you to have something new to whine about.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ There are 4 new ICs for high-end customs today alone, all fighting for people's interest and money. So yeah, I'd complain when folks try too hard to look cute.
I think jaes was the only other one, and none have set GB dates. Plenty of time to flesh out design, make changes, renders and prototypes. This isn't some kind of render race to win XD.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 12:23:54 »
I know its a long shot, but any chance for split space support?

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 17:11:33 »
i need this keyboard how much is this one going to be going for?

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 17:37:45 »
Instantly made for biip’s upcoming GMK Bushido


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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 17:45:37 »
I really really like the accent bar and double blockers.
Hope to see some pictures of the underside and internals soon, but very interested and watching for sure.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 19:22:15 »
this is nice

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #31 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 20:14:57 »
Accent is beautiful, but may be better to place it a tiny bit higher!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 20:31:14 »
Instantly made for biip’s upcoming GMK Bushido


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Right?! I don't really need another keyboard this year, but I'm super tempted to jump on this just to combo those two together.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #33 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 20:32:13 »
Accent is beautiful, but may be better to place it a tiny bit higher!

I kinda like it peaking through the back of the keys, like a samurai waiting to strike from the tree-line.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 22:30:04 »
Looks cool. I like it

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 00:59:26 »
i need this keyboard how much is this one going to be going for?


Q: How much are we looking at?
A: Currently we have no idea because the factory is still on holiday, if not self quarantining under the effect of emergency law imposed lately across the nation. Once we get to confirm the blueprint with the related parties, we will announce the information.

I know its a long shot, but any chance for split space support?

Sorry man, currently we are not looking to support split space; we might change our mind before the GB starts, but chances are slim.

I really really like the accent bar and double blockers.
Hope to see some pictures of the underside and internals soon, but very interested and watching for sure.

More renders to come, thank you for your support!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 02:05:32 »
By any chance did you forget to fillet the inner corners? They seem pretty sharp on the edges or is that a feature?

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #37 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 02:11:58 »
definetly keen for this one!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 09:33:59 »
Yes And Yes!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #39 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 10:00:18 »
I'm sold, I love the layout and the design!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #40 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 10:34:27 »
forgot to mention that half plate availability for this would be real nice

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 11:06:56 »
Very interested if full pc. Nice board!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 14:08:02 »
board aside, the formatting of this IC is very nice and concise. Others would do well to implement a similar checklist IMO.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 14:21:13 »
board aside, the formatting of this IC is very nice and concise. Others would do well to implement a similar checklist IMO.

I like it, I just wish there was a way to collapse the non-chosen options, or maybe a summary list of whats available at the end. It's cool to see the thought process, but in the end those options aren't/weren't ever available to us anyway.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 14:28:04 »
board aside, the formatting of this IC is very nice and concise. Others would do well to implement a similar checklist IMO.

I like it, I just wish there was a way to collapse the non-chosen options, or maybe a summary list of whats available at the end. It's cool to see the thought process, but in the end those options aren't/weren't ever available to us anyway.

Your request has been answered.

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 14:36:25 »
board aside, the formatting of this IC is very nice and concise. Others would do well to implement a similar checklist IMO.

I like it, I just wish there was a way to collapse the non-chosen options, or maybe a summary list of whats available at the end. It's cool to see the thought process, but in the end those options aren't/weren't ever available to us anyway.

Your request has been answered.

Woohoo! Looks great, thanks!

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 14:47:41 »

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #47 on: Mon, 17 February 2020, 17:25:26 »
 metallic sticker? It doesn't look like a sticker

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #48 on: Tue, 18 February 2020, 08:23:13 »
Aki means autumn, why snowflake on back? wouldnt something like a leaf fit more

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Re: [IC] AKI-S 65%
« Reply #49 on: Tue, 18 February 2020, 08:42:08 »
Aki means autumn, why snowflake on back? wouldnt something like a leaf fit more

AKI-S, S stands for snowflake.
I didn't explain it in the context, which is my bad.
AKI stands for autumn yes, but it's more of a signature of my product, I'd like the engraving matches the model than my signature.