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Hey everyone! Honch0 here. You guys spend alot of time on mechmarket, and you know as well as I do that there has been a MASSIVE uptick in group buys lately. Seems at any given time there are 3 or more GMK buys going concurrently. GMK sets are great. They are, in my humble opinion, the finest keycaps money can buy. But compatibility drives the cost up, limited font options, and they just dont fit everyone's budget.   
 
Last year I started working with a new factory in China (new to me at least, these guys have been making kits awhile now). I wanted to bring something to market that was different, affordable, fun, and high quality. After months of screwing around on Illustrator and getting samples back and forth allow me to present: 
 
TKC Katakana Cherry PBT
 
- PBT dye sublimation 
- Target price $75 +/- depending on color way
- Mac keys included in every kit 
- UK ISO keys in every kit 
- Ortho Keys Included
- Waiting on factory to see if we can add a 6u centered stem spacebar and R3 Esc
- 4 color ways available (for now) 
- Estimated delivery April 2019
- Kits packed in trays
 
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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 08:50:08 »
Approved, GL w GB!

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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 08:50:54 »

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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 08:58:11 »
Digging Matcha. Will go good with my FEI switches. Just need a new board to put them on:)

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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 09:03:57 »
Great prices!

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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 09:34:28 »
Will the BoW have the same white as WS1 of GMK? I'm concerning if its turn out beige instead of pure white

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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 09:38:45 »
Will the BoW have the same white as WS1 of GMK? I'm concerning if its turn out beige instead of pure white

Actual photo of the white (alpha keys)

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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 09:40:03 »
Icon mods and I would have jumped straight on this. :< Get skiidata up and running, too! :D

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Re: Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 09:57:55 »
Icon mods and I would have jumped straight on this. :< Get skiidata up and running, too! :D

You had youre chance in the IC!

Were going to be running more of these apple font sets this year so an icon mod set it doable! I just wanted to keep the aesthetic clean and authentic for this debut.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 11:17:07 »
Ok buy is actually open now! Shipping rates are now as accurate as they can be!

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 11:24:12 »
Do you have any real pictures of the Grey? Would like to know how well it goes with the tgr alice in grey.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 11:24:45 »
I don't like the italic fonts so much... Wouldn't it make more sense to use cherry style legends, which allow to have bigger letters? Probably function keys font look too big in comparison to the others?

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 11:26:01 »
I don't like the italic fonts so much... Wouldn't it make more sense to use cherry style legends, which allow to have bigger letters? Probably function keys font look too big in comparison to the others?

The italic font was kind of the point: Every set on the market with few exception is the same font.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #13 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 11:26:39 »
Do you have any real pictures of the Grey? Would like to know how well it goes with the tgr alice in grey.

No, I dont have any samples of the gray. However there are pantone codes on each mock up to help illustrate the color.

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« Reply #14 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 12:42:44 »
does light bleed through these?
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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #15 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 13:47:18 »
does light bleed through these?

Donít know; I donít own any backlit keyboards.

Iím sending a set to Living SPeed Bump to test. Iíll seenif he can accommodate you.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #16 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 17:15:50 »
Would have preferred to see a version without sub legends but decided to join anyway due to the very fair pricing and HHKB support.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 01 February 2019, 19:10:42 »
Pricing is great! Awesome job.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 08:36:45 »
Great prices, and a breath of fresh air in the legends. In for a set of Grey caps!

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 11:26:50 »
your pricing on these is already fantastic.  now i just need to find a set of cherry profile alphas so i can use those included ortho keys on a 2nd board!

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 11:47:11 »
your pricing on these is already fantastic.  now i just need to find a set of cherry profile alphas so i can use those included ortho keys on a 2nd board!

Just buy 2 sets; theyíre $5 off each when you buy 2+. Use KATAKANA as a coupon code at checkout.

2 sets of these cost less than a GMK base kit. And itís more keys.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 12:09:17 »
I love the concept. Iíve had pretty bad luck with previous purchases of reverse dye subs. How is the sharpness on these ones? Any close up shots of the reverse dye sub keys?

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« Reply #22 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 13:25:48 »
I love the concept. Iíve had pretty bad luck with previous purchases of reverse dye subs. How is the sharpness on these ones? Any close up shots of the reverse dye sub keys?



Best I could find.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 02 February 2019, 13:45:54 »
Very excited about this GB!

A detail that I want to point out for the Matcha set:


In most other sets, the 1u backslash cap on the numeric row (circled in orange), is usually in the color of the alphas (in this set should be the cool gray color) to achieve a full symmetrical look for layout such as 7u-spacebar HHKB layout.
Please check if you can modify this for the production.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 03 February 2019, 10:41:23 »
I love the concept. Iíve had pretty bad luck with previous purchases of reverse dye subs. How is the sharpness on these ones? Any close up shots of the reverse dye sub keys?

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Best I could find.

Looks much sharper than what I've seen before.  :thumb:

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 03 February 2019, 12:35:11 »
Do you have any real pictures of the Grey? Would like to know how well it goes with the tgr alice in grey.

No, I dont have any samples of the gray. However there are pantone codes on each mock up to help illustrate the color.

I'm interested in the colour of the grey set too. I googled the pantone code and came up with this illustration of 2 varieties of 'pantone grey 1', from the XDA Oblique gb:




Personally, I think '1 U' looks nicer, but I think I'd be just as happy with '1 UP'.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Live NOW]
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 03 February 2019, 15:33:27 »
Do you have any real pictures of the Grey? Would like to know how well it goes with the tgr alice in grey.

No, I dont have any samples of the gray. However there are pantone codes on each mock up to help illustrate the color.

I'm interested in the colour of the grey set too. I googled the pantone code and came up with this illustration of 2 varieties of 'pantone grey 1', from the XDA Oblique gb:

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Personally, I think '1 U' looks nicer, but I think I'd be just as happy with '1 UP'.

I chose Cool Gray 1 because it was the closest swatch I had to OG Cherry double shot black on grey. Itís an ambiguous color and will compliment many different color ways. 

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 05 February 2019, 07:17:46 »
Post updated. Shipping rates resolved. R3 Esc Added. 6u Centered Spacebar added. New renders uploaded. (Waiting on Matcha revision)

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 05 February 2019, 11:29:45 »
seems like there's no mention about the end date of the GB..? Could you let us know

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 05 February 2019, 11:39:00 »
seems like there's no mention about the end date of the GB..? Could you let us know

March 1. One month as always.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 05 February 2019, 14:07:39 »
How are they handling the White on Black?  Is it reverse dye subbed?

I missed the IC, but colemak / icon mod / katana kits would be an instabuy for me.

Good luck with the GB.  We need more GBs like this.
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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 05 February 2019, 14:53:32 »
How are they handling the White on Black?  Is it reverse dye subbed?

I missed the IC, but colemak / icon mod / katana kits would be an instabuy for me.

Good luck with the GB.  We need more GBs like this.

Reverse dye sub.

The MOQ are way too high to offfer child kids like COLEMAK. Sorry.

And thanks! I hope everyone likes it

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 07 February 2019, 00:40:21 »
Those new images look great. Grey kit ordered via EU proxy.

I hope this gb goes well enough to have another high quality supplier of dye-sub cherry profile on the market.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 07 February 2019, 16:16:38 »
Just want to point out again, in the Matcha set, as the top row 1-unit backslash cap (circled in red) is there for the HHKB style layout, like the keyboard examples below, it should be of the same color as the alpha:



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Please kindly make this change for manufacturing.


Other than this one, this GB looks totally fantastic!
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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 07 February 2019, 20:59:32 »
Is it a standard 1.5mm thick pbt? Cant decide between bow and grey

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 07:40:28 »
Is it a standard 1.5mm thick pbt? Cant decide between bow and grey

Get them both, theyre cheap enough! 2 sets with the discount and shipping is still less than one GMK base set! As far as thickness, Ive not thrown a micrometer on them. Ill see if I can get around to it today. There is a pic in the post showing how thick they are compared to GMK.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #36 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 07:41:02 »
Just want to point out again, in the Matcha set, as the top row 1-unit backslash cap (circled in red) is there for the HHKB style layout, like the keyboard examples below, it should be of the same color as the alpha:

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Please kindly make this change for manufacturing.


Other than this one, this GB looks totally fantastic!

Thanks for pointing that out, ill get it squared away as soon as this flu subsides.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #37 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 08:23:17 »
I'm curious about how dark the black actually is, as it seems to be represented differently in all the renders.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #38 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 09:13:38 »
I'm curious about how dark the black actually is, as it seems to be represented differently in all the renders.

Perhaps reference the manufacturing sample.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 10:34:21 »
Just curious: can you comment on the surface texture please.

On a scale of 20 year SA caps to brand new won't, how rough can we expect them to be?

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 10:39:37 »
Just curious: can you comment on the surface texture please.

On a scale of 20 year SA caps to brand new won't, how rough can we expect them to be?

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Here are some macro shots. You be the judge. Itís a very minimal texture, not super heavy like those sets TaiHao sells

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 10:54:04 »
Thanks, wasn't expecting such a rapid response!

Those look fine to me, GMK-level texture (GMK texture is great when new, but being ABS they smooth out very quickly).

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« Reply #42 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 10:57:48 »
Thanks, wasn't expecting such a rapid response!

Those look fine to me, GMK-level texture (GMK texture is great when new, but being ABS they smooth out very quickly).

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You just got lucky; someone on Reddit asked for macro shots of the legends. Sorry the photos arenít better, Iím recovering from the flu.

I thought you guys knew by now TKC doesnít sell junk! These caps are TOP QUALITY! Game changing.

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« Reply #43 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 13:36:22 »



Legends are smaller, which I like. Helps make the set different than so much of the other bilingual sets out there. The legends are surprisingly crisp as well from the test set I've had my hands on. Would def be in for a few sets based on what I've seen in person.
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« Reply #44 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 13:57:24 »
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Will Matcha modifiers be darker as shown above or a bit lighter like in the OP? Maybe it's just the lighting that makes it look a bit different.

edit/ Hope you feel better, TKC!
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« Reply #45 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 14:20:24 »
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Will Matcha modifiers be darker as shown above or a bit lighter like in the OP? Maybe it's just the lighting that makes it look a bit different.

edit/ Hope you feel better, TKC!

Both photos are of the same set. Itís different lighting.

Thanks! Already on the up and up.

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 20:53:30 »

You just got lucky; someone on Reddit asked for macro shots of the legends. Sorry the photos arenít better, Iím recovering from the flu.

I thought you guys knew by now TKC doesnít sell junk! These caps are TOP QUALITY! Game changing.
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Your claim had me close to pulling the trigger, considering your track record and those TKC1800. Maybe a typing video comparing it with GMK and ePBT  :p :p

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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 21:41:24 »

You just got lucky; someone on Reddit asked for macro shots of the legends. Sorry the photos arenít better, Iím recovering from the flu.

I thought you guys knew by now TKC doesnít sell junk! These caps are TOP QUALITY! Game changing.
Your claim had me close to pulling the trigger, considering your track record and those TKC1800. Maybe a typing video comparing it with GMK and ePBT  :p :p
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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 08 February 2019, 22:06:08 »
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Legends are smaller, which I like. Helps make the set different than so much of the other bilingual sets out there. The legends are surprisingly crisp as well from the test set I've had my hands on. Would def be in for a few sets based on what I've seen in person.

The Matcha looks over brewed towards dark grey in this lighting, hope it is lighter in color in person.


A comment about general keycap sets that make use of the legend Ďcodeí as a modifier:

For text modifiers, I hope TKC consider trying to use something other than Ďcodeí that has real historical convention, such as the Ďmetaí, Ďsuperí, Ďhyperí from the space cadet keyboards of Lisp machine. A lot of sheer profit GB runners like MassDrop just brainlessly use Ďcodeí in most of its set, which is tasteless.
Seeing how TKC runs the GMK Terminal, I believe TKC is into delivering nice designs, hope you can consider this text modifier advice in the next designs.
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Re: [GB] Katakana Cherry PBT Sets by TKC [Shipping Rates Resolved]
« Reply #49 on: Sat, 09 February 2019, 01:45:06 »
This is great, and SO cheap. I might just grab all sets.