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Offline HephaestusWorks

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Hello everyone! We are Hephaestus Works, a brand new studio in the community! While this is our first official designing venture we've been in the community for a number of years and thus have a good idea of what makes a keyboard a good one. With that out of the way I'm excited to present to you our first project:

Nasu

First prototype pics







Renders




































Design Elements

Nasu uses Yuktsi's ever so popular Alice layout. With that said it was designed as a more modern approach to the classic Korean keyboard design. It utilizes a seamless design thus ensuring a clean and simple look and simplifies the process of anodizing. Additionally the sides are inspired by the OTD Koala keyboard as they are my personal favorite type of keyboard sides. All these factors combined make for a minimalistic and elegant keyboard that reminds of a simpler time in keyboard design.



Specifications

Typing angle: 6°

Materials offered: Aluminium(6061),Brass(for the weight),PC is still being discussed

Plate materials: Aluminium,Brass

Colors: Black,Silver,E-White,Dark Grey,Deep Red,Navy Blue,Deep Purple

Front height: 19mm

Mounting: Gasket mounting using 16 silicone strips

Connectivity: Custom PCB which uses ai03's unified daughterboard (PCB designed by Yiancar), QMK will be supported

Weight: ~2,3kg

Estimated Price: 350€



Manufacturing and Vendors

I am very glad to announce that the board will be run through and handled by the amazing people over at keebwerk . The board will also be manufactured in the EU thus ensuring that the quality is fantastic.Finally by using the keebwerk configurator the user will be able to fully customize their board by picking any color they desire as well as add switches and stabs to their order



Q&A

Q:Why the name Nasu?
A:Nasu means eggplant. The reason behind it is that eggplants are cool, tasty and everything sounds better in Japanese.

Q:How many units will be produced?
A:TBD

Q:When will this happen?
A:Current timeline is 1.5-2 months after IC release (keep in mind this could change at any moment)



Acknowledgments

First of all a HUGE thank you to the people of Keebwerk for helping me all this time and making this happen.It's been a joy to work with you guys.

Another big thank you to the people (you know who you are) who have supported me and provided me with valuable feedback all this time.

Finally thank you Raz for your amazing renders!



Things to be done and updates


- Add polls for the colors and materials Please take the time to fill out this short IC to help us choose the materials and colors that will be offered in the sale!

- Add more renders
- Iron out the manufacturing details
- Order prototypes
- Organize the sale



Updates

03/07/2020 - IC posted
10/07/2020 - Color and material IC added
11/08/2020 - Colors have been decided! (In the process of picking pantones)
01/09/2020 - Prototype ordered! (ETA 3 weeks)
« Last Edit: Fri, 13 November 2020, 13:05:22 by HephaestusWorks »

Offline bisoromi

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:10:26 »
naisu
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Offline EnjoyMyInSec

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:10:38 »
Take my money, this is insane. :thumb:

Offline limenx

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:11:37 »
Interested, having QMK support would be a plus. What kind of bottom row layout support does it have? glwic

Offline reaxas

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:12:38 »
Can't wait to see renders in Silver and maybe PC, or any other interesting colours (blush pink?). This looks like it'll be great!

Offline ubmit

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:16:53 »
this is classy! I like it!

also, why not QMK?
« Last Edit: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:19:09 by ubmit »

Offline HephaestusWorks

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:26:01 »
this is classy! I like it!

also, why not QMK?

Thank you for the kind words! The PCB will support QMK of course, I just forgot to list it. It has been added.

Offline zekth

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 15:49:39 »
Interesting double backspace keymap

Otherwise looking for it

Offline EnjoyMyInSec

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 16:50:14 »
Interesting double backspace keymap

Otherwise looking for it

At least you can’t miss it !  ;D

Offline raz

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 18:22:37 »
Finally!

Looking tasty! I love the clean and elegant design  :thumb:





Offline Hdjekso

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 01:06:58 »
Why are the renders so low res?

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Offline Koï

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 03:44:22 »
Hyped for this !  :thumb:

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 04:05:08 »
nise

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 04:44:33 »
Hot.
"Synth 060" "GMK Patisserie"

Offline borlopjim

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 08:10:00 »
I'm probable in for this, I would love a PC version

Offline fabijolo

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 08:44:08 »
Nice, I can appreciate the collaboration with keebwerk :thumb:

Offline i luv chuletas

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 08:44:19 »
How you gonna name it after eggplant, give us an eggplant-ish render, and not include the color in one of the stock options for the board?? Criminal  :eek: :))

The board looks great, don't be afraid of trying out new colors!

A dark purple would be awesome with the theme of this

Offline jimboytacos

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 11:29:51 »
Beautiful. Im in. You had me at seamless.

Offline alrgeez

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 11:34:33 »
Seamless Alice? I'm In. This will be my first GB.
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Offline overhigh

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 12:33:57 »
Will this be sold in a GB format?

Offline dabbaranks

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 14:25:59 »
Very interested, that purple looks great. Will there be an interest check form where we can leave our email?

Offline FaKe_VirTual

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 15:33:15 »

Q:Why the name Nasu?
A:Nasu means eggplant. The reason behind it is that eggplants are cool, tasty and everything sounds better in Japanese.


Right there you had me

Offline lovidore

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 15:45:01 »
Very nice! i look forward to seeing more details in the future renders.

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 16:21:01 »
naiiisuuu!

Offline robrobro

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 16:27:10 »
How you gonna name it after eggplant, give us an eggplant-ish render, and not include the color in one of the stock options for the board?? Criminal  :eek: :))

The board looks great, don't be afraid of trying out new colors!

A dark purple would be awesome with the theme of this
Seconded! Purple-on-the-verge-of-black would be really nice. Also, a plastic/flexy plate material would be appreciated.

Looking forward to more details about the gasket style.

Will it be manufactured by Salvun?

Offline xsaav

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 16:37:04 »
How do I stay updated?

Offline crusader_alex

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 17:00:25 »
Very interested, that purple looks great. Will there be an interest check form where we can leave our email?
Yep there will be an form soon, mostly to vote on colors, materials etc.

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Offline crusader_alex

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 17:06:05 »
How you gonna name it after eggplant, give us an eggplant-ish render, and not include the color in one of the stock options for the board?? Criminal  :eek: :))

The board looks great, don't be afraid of trying out new colors!

A dark purple would be awesome with the theme of this
Seconded! Purple-on-the-verge-of-black would be really nice. Also, a plastic/flexy plate material would be appreciated.

Looking forward to more details about the gasket style.

Will it be manufactured by Salvun?
As far as the colors go I'll leave the rest to the community. We're looking to do 3 extra colors so I'll post a google form so you can tell me which ones you want.

In the IC you'll also be able to vote about extra case and plate materials (e.g polycarbonate)

As far as the gasket system goes I'll post some renders that show off the mounting system once they're done!

And finally no it will not be manufactured by Salvun



(Also for clarification I'm one of the members of Hephaestus works, sorry for the confusion I might have caused haha)

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 17:16:33 »
oooo okay  :thumb:

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #29 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 20:21:25 »


waiting for this

Offline ayumi971235111

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 20:34:55 »
I need her...0///0

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #31 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 23:06:00 »
Are those soft grey/purple key caps a real set of were they just rendered to match the eggplant Nasu color? If real, please share the name. They are really nice.

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #32 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 23:47:53 »
Hello Sir, in the IC it was stated that the set is GMK Avanguardia.
Are those soft grey/purple key caps a real set of were they just rendered to match the eggplant Nasu color? If real, please share the name. They are really nice.

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #33 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 23:53:57 »
Really digging the eggplant color. It has to be an option with the board being named after it haha

Offline Llamakob

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 04:28:04 »
Looking good man, might be in for one especially as ist in the EU so VAT wont be a problem. good luck with the GB
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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 05:10:42 »
Mousepad made me spit my drink lmao.

Offline Krzew

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 05:14:51 »
any chance for polycarb or pom plate available?

Offline w0nkey

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 07:59:00 »
Failed to join Rukia, but I won't miss Nasu if you propose any PC mod !

Offline Lazick

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 09:38:29 »
PC please !!!! :p  :thumb:  :thumb:

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #39 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 10:51:20 »
Hotswap version?

Offline myflowsocold

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 20:16:52 »
10000% trying for the Raffle/FCFS

Now how do I explain to my girlfriend why I need another Alice layout
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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 21:10:42 »
me likey pt 2

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 21:42:31 »
I WANT IN!!!!!!!

btw is that chinese or japanese characters on the back?

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #43 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 21:51:48 »
btw is that chinese or japanese characters on the back?

Originally Chinese, but the same characters mean the same thing in both Chinese and Japanese. The “nasu” pronunciation is Japanese though.

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 22:33:51 »
not a type-moon themed keyboard :weirdchamp:

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 06 July 2020, 04:41:45 »
Looks good. Is that price estimate including EU tax?

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« Reply #46 on: Mon, 06 July 2020, 14:58:18 »
Looks great. Definitely gonna need to get one.

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #47 on: Tue, 07 July 2020, 14:31:43 »
Would 100% be in board for a seamless polycarbonate verison. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Offline HephaestusWorks

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 08 July 2020, 12:38:43 »
Would 100% be in board for a seamless polycarbonate verison. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!
Considering the interest we've seen so far for PC we'll probably add that as an option!

Offline Retne

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Re: [IC]Nasu - A premium Alice layout keyboard
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 08 July 2020, 13:18:01 »
Will there be any vendor for NA/Asia?