Like what people are saying, it’s neat! And that’s the beauty of Novelty Keycap
Before we dive into today’s issue, I have a question! What is your first mechanical keyboard build?
Mine was the old vintage cherry keyboard mix with ePBT BOW. It was just neat, tidy, even, and perfect in a boring way.
That was until I found out about the custom novelty keycap!
BUT FIRST, WHAT IS NOVELTY KEYCAP?
Search “mechanical keyboard” on the internet, the result of the images will show you some basic MechKey where the special buttons (as in ESC, Spacebar, Enter, Shift, WASD, etc.) are colored in different ways from the rest of the keycaps. Most of the time, the text on top of the key can be replaced with symbols or logos, making them look even more at odds with the rest. Those separate buttons are novelty keycaps.
The purpose of novelty keycaps is mainly decorative. And it’s usually for the ESC and the WASD. You know, gamers. But Spacebar novelty keycaps, or the whole Tab, Caps, Shift, Ctrl ones are familiar too.
I’LL DO YOU ONE BETTER, WHERE IS NOVELTY KEYCAP?
These keycaps either come from the keyboard makers and distributors as a promotion gift, sometimes as an addition to the keyboard set, or be sold independently. The familiar names are JKT, GMK, KAT, RAMA, etc. (Hopefully, I will edit the text here and add the Dwarf Factory name to the list one day.)
AND I’LL DO YOU ONE BETTER, WHY IS NOVELTY KEYCAP?
Again, novelty keycaps are mainly for decoration! But it doesn’t sound convincing, does it?
From my personal experience and the Dwarf Factory team’s, the appeal of novelty keycaps lies in a looping process.
It starts with how the keyboard looks. Then you begin to wonder, what if I change those special keycaps with different color schemes. And once you start the journey of finding your ideal keycaps, you just can’t stop. Some novelty kits are cheap and beautiful at the same time, some are expensive, but they’re so rare that you simply accept the price. While this keyset is fresh out from the manufacturers, others are from thrift shops or second-hand. It’s how you find them, like collecting Pokémon cards. And when you have the kits, you equip the buttons to the keyboard; suddenly, it becomes anew. You look at your “new” keyboard, just feel so satisfied.
And then, you begin to wonder, what if I build my keyboard according to my concept?
Just like that, the quest to find suitable novelty keycaps has commenced, with or without your knowledge. It’s a loop that never ends.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CUSTOM NOVELTY AND ARTISAN KEYCAP?
The names say it all. The most noticeable difference between custom novelty and artisan keycap is the production. Most custom novelty keycaps are manufactured easier with the help of big machines.
Therefore, the types of novelty keycaps aren’t distinctive like artisan keycaps. Usually, people categorize the products according to factors such as material (ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or PBT – Polybutylene terephthalate), printing techniques (Double Shot, Dye-Sublimation, or Pad Printing), switches (MX), and profiles (SA, OEM, CHERRY, KAT).
Find out more about artisan keycap: https://www.dwarf-factory.com/mechkey-guidebook-vol-2-what-is-artisan-keycap/
Some may say the prices between the types of keycaps are different too. But I beg to differ. There are novelty keycaps worth $1, but $99 novelty keycaps exist too. And that’s for just one keycap on the set.
WHICH IS BETTER? NOVELTY KEYCAP VS. ARTISAN KEYCAP!
As a Libra dwarf, I can be indecisive. If you ask me which type of keycap I prefer, I will choose both. C’mon, both are awesome!
While artisan keycap make you feel special, unique, one of a kind, the custom novelty keycaps certainly give you a chance to say: because it’s neat!
Usually, the handcraft factor doesn’t exist in novelty products, so there is no skewed keycap. Every row looks straight and tidy. The beauty of novelty keycaps is in the even look, the steady feeling, especially when you type on the keyboard. It’s the satisfaction from the start to the end.
….ONE MINUTE ON SELF-INTRODUCTION!
Again, as a Libra dwarf, I’m so into keycaps no matter what type it was, that’s why I produced a whole set of novelty keycaps too! And you may know it already; it’s Viking Novelty keycap!
Unlike the traditional novelty keycap, Dwarf Factory’s has the handcraft factor, which is the color casting. What makes Viking Novelty a true novelty keycap is how we keep the keycap as less skewed as the standard keys are. So that when you plug them in your keyboard, it still looks neat!
AND NOW YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT CUSTOM NOVELTY KEYCAPS. What is left is the excitement and an unknown mystery lying in front of you. Let’s start chasing after the rabbit and see where it leads. As someone already there, I assure you that collecting custom novelty keycaps is just as fun, as thrilled, and worth your investment.
AFTER ALL! IT’S ALL UP TO YOUR NEEDS AND WHAT YOU LIKE. JUST TRY AND I BET YOU’LL LOVE IT FOR LIFE