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Offline Azmodan

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Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« on: Thu, 26 March 2020, 05:21:09 »
Hello All,

I have been looking around for keycaps on the style and thickness of the IBM beam spring keyboard keycaps but for Kailh and Cherry style switches. I have found a few spherical/SA style keycaps but none I found are of this exact style and most are not that spherical. Also finding thick keycaps seems to also be an issue... Does any of you wonderful people here have any suggestions, links advice?
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Offline jacethesaltsculptor

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 26 March 2020, 09:26:36 »
So Beamspring caps are notoriously awesome and product of their time, and almost nothing will be as thick as 5251 Beamspring keycaps. (I got mine right next to me to take a look at right now.)

That said there have been quite a few people striving for that look.

SA and DSA keycaps in general have this sort of look: https://kbdfans.com/collections/sa-profile

7bit made some top notch ones: https://deskthority.net/wiki/Round_5
(Problem is I don't think he's doing any anymore, but you can find them second hand from time to time.)

Hope that gets you in the right direction.  :thumb:
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Offline zslane

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 26 March 2020, 12:42:29 »
The closest you will find today is the MT3 profile. It was designed specifically as a tribute to beamspring keycaps, and they are quite thick. However, at this time they only exist as dye-sub PBT keycaps in the /dev/tty set. They are working on the double-shot process though.

Offline Azmodan

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 29 March 2020, 16:30:47 »
Thanks both for your replies! I have now found both MT3 and SA-P keycaps that look exactly as I would like them to!

Offline reavy

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 13:39:07 »
This info is really helpful. I've been looking for something like this, too.

I can't figure out why no one seems to be making these sets in colors to match the IBM 5251. The Dolch is kinda close -- the black is okay, but the gray for the main keys/letters is off from the IBM beamspring keyboards I've seen.

Offline Carogna

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 20 April 2020, 14:24:38 »
Hi Azmoda,
where did you find MT3 and/or SA-P keycaps set ? Could you post web shop link ;) !!!
Thanks a lot

Cheers

CRG

Offline FRANCO

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 21 April 2020, 23:48:19 »
Hi Azmoda,
where did you find MT3 and/or SA-P keycaps set ? Could you post web shop link ;) !!!
Thanks a lot

Cheers

CRG

https://drop.com/buy/drop-matt3o-mt3-dev-tty-keycap-set

There are a few other MT3 profile caps on that site, but this is the only one that's readily available

Offline shine

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 30 April 2020, 04:45:56 »
if only they made it ISO...  :-[
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Offline Treehouse

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Re: Looking for IBM beam spring style keycaps
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 05:52:11 »
Amazon is selling MT3 style keycaps (I bought mine from AU Amazon, but the US site will work just as well. Last I checked, drop only has Ortho left in the dev/tty profile)

Also if you go to Pimp My Keyboard they are selling a "DSS" Dolch which may also meet your keycap requirements. It's a new sculpt of an old key from that era.