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[IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:30:02 »
Petrichor   by AKB
FRL 1800

GB to run from Friday, 14th June to Monday, 15th July.
Starting from $230 (+$10 for e-coat, +$5 for hotswap)
more details below



The idea with Petrichor was always to keep it simple. Simple mounting, implemented well. Simple design, but enough
to retain its own identity. No external weight, but the board still has weight to it. Every feature serves a purpose.

There isn’t too much of a story to tell for this board, but this to me is everything I need and want in a keyboard, and
I’ve been using a Petrichor as my daily driver since 2020. Hopefully that is enough to convince you that it’s worth
your consideration.



Links:

AKB Website
AKB Discord

CannonKeys coming soon page

Lightning's build stream VOD
Alexotos' build stream VOD



Specs:
  • 8° typing angle
  • 6063 aluminium top/bottom case
  • 20mm effective front height (with bumpons)
  • ~1.7kg (3.75lbs) built weight



Key Features:
  • Standard & HHKB-ish layouts
  • Anodised & E-coated options
  • Gasket mounted
  • QMK and VIA-compatible PCBs (solder & hotswap)
  • RGB LED indicator daughterboard
  • USB 2.0 passthrough hub
  • OG-style product sticker on bottom a la OGR
  • Internal brass weight to cover the hub parts
  • Bold, pronounced seam
  • Manufactured by Hongtu





Some details, in detail:

Default universal plate:



The gasket implementation:

I have a personal preference for a firm, but cushioned type feel. My chosen way to achieve this is to use a firm plate material
(I lean towards carbon fibre) and then dampen it with soft grade gaskets. I am also a fan of offering choice and allowing the
user to tweak the formula to their own preference. Pictured is the “default” gasket implementation used to achieve my desired effect:



To make things easier, I have engraved small indicators in the gasket slots to show the default gasket placement. There are slots
above and below for every tab so you can see what works best for you. Various plate materials will be offered during the GB so
there’s a lot of space to really make this your own.






Prototype photos:

Note: two of the screw holes on the internal weight are misaligned on the prototypes, which have since been rectified along with some
minor other changes. Also the JST connectors were hand-soldered for the prototype dbs.





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Renders:

I've chosen the final colourways now - thanks to everyone who filled in the IC form.

Onyx


Verdant


Woad


Fool's Gold


E-Beige


Rubedo


Luna


Dolch


Dolch side view




Case Layout Support:

Two tops will be available - one regular and one “HHKB” which covers the corner 1.25u keys.

Regular case compatibility:
  • 6u (center & off-center), 6.25u & 7u bottom row compatibility
  • Full/split backspace
  • ANSI/ISO
  • Full/stepped caps
  • Full/split numpad mods
  • Split/full numpad enter


HHKB case compatibility:
  • Fixed 6u bottom row
  • Full/split backspace
  • ANSI/ISO
  • Full/stepped caps
  • Full/split numpad mods
  • Split/full numpad enter




PCB Layout Support:

Solder PCB compatibility: (same as regular case)
  • 6u (center & off-center), 6.25u & 7u bottom row compatibility
  • Full/split backspace
  • ANSI/ISO
  • Full/stepped caps
  • Full/split numpad mods
  • Split/full numpad enter


Hotswap PCB compatibility
  • 6u (centered only) & 6.25u bottom rows, compatible with both case tops
  • Full/split backspace
  • Fixed ANSI
  • Full/stepped caps
  • Full/split numpad mods
  • Split/full numpad enter




Group buy plans/details:

  • Unlimited GB
  • GB to run from Friday, 14th June to Monday, 15th July.
  • Price: starting from $230 (+$10 for e-coat, +$5 for hotswap)

Plate addons available:
  • FR4
  • Carbon Fibre (half)
  • 5052 Aluminium
  • Polycarbonate

PCB addons available:
  • Solderable PCB
  • Hotswap PCB
  • Daughterboard Kit (USB hub, USBC DB, LED DB + all cables)

Other addons available:
  • Foam kit
  • Extra gaskets
  • Extra AKB feet
  • Extra tops in both WK and HHKB.



Vendors:
  • US: CannonKeys
  • UK: Proto[Typist]
  • EU: Oblotzky
  • KR: Swagkeys
  • OCE: KeebzNCables
  • SG: iLumkb
  • IN: Neo Macro
  • ME: SandKeys
  • LATAM: Latamkeys



Special Thanks:
  • The folks who joined the initial private GBs and provided welcome feedback along the way (but not you, Capsy).
  • Max/Cable Car Designs for his blessing to use the open-source Cypher PCBs in the early proto runs.
  • The CannonKeys team for helping me finally bring this project to market.
« Last Edit: Fri, 17 May 2024, 07:03:24 by Alchemist Keyboards »

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:30:23 »
Updates:

  • 19/04/24 - Updated the KLEs to show split/full numpad support
  • 25/04/24 - Updated the render section to show the finalised colour choices. Added a note in the GB plans/details section to mention available plate materials.
  • 08/05/24 - MSRP is now starting from $230. Confirmed GB window. Added some vendors.
  • 14/05/24 - Final vendor list and available addons list confirmed.
« Last Edit: Tue, 14 May 2024, 08:16:29 by Alchemist Keyboards »

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:33:08 »
glwic, support james  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:34:16 »
I neeeeeed this

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:34:50 »
Ive always wanted a waterproof keyboard....

Seriously tho this is awesome.

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:36:01 »
I think there is a permission issue with the form

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:39:14 »
I think there is a permission issue with the form

all fixed thanks!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:45:32 »
Having used an earlier proto, I can say without any doubt - BUY THIS! Awesome work James!

Offline ilikerustoo

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:46:35 »
Sweet

Offline IBMweMissU

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:47:51 »
Finally! can't wait ! Great price
« Last Edit: Wed, 27 March 2024, 15:56:11 by IBMweMissU »

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 16:05:05 »
Around $250???? GLWIC James! This is hawt

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 16:07:15 »
Love the target price, love the layout, love AKB.

GLWIC

Offline halfling_barista

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 16:10:51 »
Looks excellent with a great price target. Nice tweaks to the design.

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 16:14:38 »
This checks quite a few boxes, very cool! :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 16:19:12 »
So in at that price

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 16:19:23 »
Hyped for this! Love everything about this board, GLWIC! :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 18:20:47 »
Both colours look great, and I love the inclusion of the USB passthrough.  It's a great layout.

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 18:33:47 »
Since there is no left right function position in this HHKB layout, how are you accessing layers?
« Last Edit: Thu, 28 March 2024, 12:43:53 by Wise Donkey »

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 20:11:24 »
Since there is no left function position in this HHKB layout, how are you accessing layers?
This keyboard will be QMK and VIA compatible meaning you can rebind any key to whatever you want. You could even have 3 left function keys if you desire by using the two keys to the left of the spacebar and where capslock is located.
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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 21:09:48 »
Looks great, will heavily consider it in beige :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 21:44:00 »
 :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 22:09:19 »
Your website link doesn't work, you have an infinite redirect loop on www. but https://alchemistkeyboards.com/ works fine.

Also cool board, I'll take one please  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 27 March 2024, 22:15:34 »
James you already know I need this

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 28 March 2024, 02:34:13 »
This is precisely the kind of layout the world needs more of, and as a hhkb lover I loved this instantly :-)
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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 28 March 2024, 05:02:06 »
Your website link doesn't work, you have an infinite redirect loop on www. but https://alchemistkeyboards.com/ works fine.

Also cool board, I'll take one please  :thumb:

Thanks for the heads up! :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 28 March 2024, 09:13:33 »
so so hyped for this! excited to see what other colors may come about :-)

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 28 March 2024, 16:23:22 »
Universal plate? 6u? Aiming for a solid price? Oh go on then

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 29 March 2024, 07:58:36 »
Hubba hubba!!!  :eek: :eek:

That E-beige, the old school sticker, the USB hub! Good luck, mate!
Will do my best to convince all "I need a keyboard with a numpad" people to get a Petrichor! :p
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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 29 March 2024, 08:28:06 »
I love projects that keep it well-made and simple. Nice layout support, and if that target price is anywhere close to the final price, then it's a bargain!

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 29 March 2024, 12:37:13 »
Been a long time coming - will be following!

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #30 on: Fri, 29 March 2024, 13:46:53 »
looks cool ill recomend to some friends looking for 1800

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 10 April 2024, 19:55:37 »
Looking forward to the GB hope it comes sooner than later

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 11 April 2024, 04:27:39 »
Would love to see split spacebar instead of 6u.

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 16 April 2024, 12:07:57 »
This in green is going to be a killer board for botanical

Offline Alchemist Keyboards

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #34 on: Fri, 19 April 2024, 10:00:21 »
Updated the KLEs to show split/full numpad support  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 22 April 2024, 05:10:26 »
How does the Petrichor keyboard address the needs of individuals who prefer a keyboard with a Numpad, and what updates have been made to the KLEs to showcase its split/full Numpad support?

The KLEs show split enter and split + compatibility now,  previously it was missed by mistake.

Offline Alchemist Keyboards

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 22 April 2024, 07:22:55 »
How does the Petrichor keyboard address the needs of individuals who prefer a keyboard with a Numpad, and what updates have been made to the KLEs to showcase its split/full Numpad support?

It addresses the needs of individuals who prefer a keyboard with a numpad by including a numpad :thumb:

Also RE: the KLEs, as Beesley said above they didn't include that support in the images before but I have amended those now to reflect the full support.

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #37 on: Tue, 23 April 2024, 07:45:23 »
What size is the right shift?

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #38 on: Tue, 23 April 2024, 08:07:15 »
What size is the right shift?

1.75u  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 25 April 2024, 12:43:40 »
Updated the render section to show the finalised colour choices. Also added a note in the GB plans/details section to mention available plate materials :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 25 April 2024, 14:49:36 »
Fool's Gold is so lovely.   :-*

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #41 on: Wed, 08 May 2024, 11:07:01 »
MSRP is now starting from $230!

GB is scheduled to run from June 14th - July 15th.

Added some regional vendors too, more TBD!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #42 on: Tue, 14 May 2024, 08:23:37 »
Final vendor list confirmed:
  • US: CannonKeys
  • UK: Proto[Typist]
  • EU: Oblotzky
  • KR: Swagkeys
  • OCE: KeebzNCables
  • SG: iLumkb
  • IN: Neo Macro
  • ME: SandKeys
  • LATAM: Latamkeys



Plate addons available:
  • FR4
  • Carbon Fibre (half)
  • 5052 Aluminium
  • Polycarbonate

PCB addons available:
  • Solderable PCB
  • Hotswap PCB
  • Daughterboard Kit (USB hub, USBC DB, LED DB + all cables)

Other addons available:
  • Foam kit
  • Extra gaskets
  • Extra AKB feet
  • Extra tops in both WK and HHKB.
« Last Edit: Fri, 17 May 2024, 07:02:41 by Alchemist Keyboards »

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #43 on: Tue, 21 May 2024, 13:12:05 »
Awesome to see Oblotzky on board for this project. Can't wait to pick one up!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 30 May 2024, 08:24:51 »
Manufactured by Hongtu but no CN vendor, what a shame
paying extra shipping from other vendor doesn't feel right for me :'(

Offline POCO Estudio

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 30 May 2024, 11:38:13 »
this style is special

Offline Ceyx

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #46 on: Tue, 04 June 2024, 09:58:32 »
If you plan to sell a board on EU market too, include ISO layout option with hot swap PCB goddamnit.

Offline Adqam64

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 05 June 2024, 18:21:05 »
Learn to solder, it's worth it.  Hotswap ISO is rare since so few people use ISO.

Offline Ceyx

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #48 on: Thu, 06 June 2024, 02:17:41 »
Alright, will do. Want me to send you a PM for financial details? For the gear and materials one will need to practice on and such. 🤡

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Re: [IC] Petrichor by AKB (updated with price/GB details)
« Reply #49 on: Thu, 06 June 2024, 02:22:08 »
By the way, if one goes through the efforts to bring a board to EU, but not offering ISO hot swap, is laziness.
And do not come with the “ISO is much used”. Guess what, in the EU it is.
Grab as much money with the least effort……..