Hello everyone, I’m excited to introduce
GMK Masterpiece マスターピース
Where to buy?
Group Buy will be live from May 1st to June 2nd.
Estimate shipping: Q4 2020 / Q1 2021.
Limited time opportunity to purchase a truly aesthetic, clean, unique and versatile keyset with 85 new molds for only $129 USD. This is by far the most unique GMK set that made it into Group Buy phase the traditional way, from ordinary Interest Check to Group Buy. Impress your friends and colleagues with this high quality keyset!
Kepler giveaway! A beautiful board limited to 50 units by ProjectKeyboard for a GMK Masterpiece participant! For free! You will receive a Kepler spot for every order with a GMK Masterpiece Value (base) kit. Be sure to fill out this form after your order.
GMK’s very first keyset with Katakana legends
Double-shot ABS Cherry Profile keycaps set.
High quality manufacturer.
Made in Germany by GMK electronic design GmbH.
High quality 1.5mm thick keycaps.
GMK Lunar had 77 new molds in comparison.
Custom Blue: RAL 240 40 40, White: WS1
Inspiration & Design
The inspiration for this set comes from the Japanese high quality craftsmanship. Japanese craftsmanship is handmade and created by people using skills passed down for generations to ensure only the best quality product - a true masterpiece. With that spirit in mind I designed a keycap set, capturing the unique aesthetics of the Japanese culture. The Katakana legends will give the set a very unique look, paired with a beautiful rich blue.
This will be the very first GMK set with Katakana only alphas and mods. So new molds will be created for this set. Because of GMK’s limited offering of stock blue colours, this set will be using a custom blue (RAL). The Katakana legends are as you noticed not narrow as the Hiragana mono/sublegends and Katakana sublegends. Instead, the Katakana monolegends are wider to offer a similar look to the latin/cyrillic counterpart. They look like they came straight from GMK. The Katakana-only mods are completely new, my own creation, and were inspired by various old boards. I wanted a more consistent look for the keyset as a whole as the Kanji were left out completely. The keyset has traditional icon mods and text+icon mods, and I think this solution will satisfy nearly every person. I also included all keys for a true ISO and proper ISO Japanese layout (R4 ロ) unlike past sets with japanese legends. The layout was designed on the basis of today’s Mac keyboards in Japan but without the JIS bottom row.
Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
バリュー ＶＡＬＵＥ Base
クラリティ ＣＬＡＲＩＴＹ Icons
プレサビング ＰＲＥＳＥＲＶＩＮＧ Spacebars & Ortho / Basic 40s
ウェスト ＷＥＳＴ Latin alphas
J80 by jer
HEX.3C. First render with english alphas and icons mods.
iS0 by Simon
Deskmats 900mm x 400mm
RAMA x Masterpiece
Get the tools of traditional japanese craftsmen on your keyboard made of finest brass. The shape is reminiscent of a tried and tested blade, or a chisel. You decide.
Gold PVD brass
Black PVD brass
Get yourself the spirit of a true skilled master on your keyboard.
Gold PVD brass
Zeuscables x Masterpiece
Real lighting environment
The blue shade depends on the environmental light. All renders were done with the same blue, RAL 240 40 40. The images below give you an idea of how the color might look like in sunlight, on your desk etc. All renders above were done with studio lighting. Most of the time, other sets don’t offer renders with different lighting conditions to not confuse buyers. So have a look and trust me, the blue is just fantastic.
Direct afternoon summer sun. Notice the keyboard (J80) lying in the shadow
A beautiful workplace in the afternoon sun
In your kitchen on a cloudy day (scene by JaeArtist)
Group Buy is live! Find your vendor above!
A Discord channel is available for updates and further discussion here https://discord.gg/xBUCEgq
Thank you for your attention!
Thank you to everyone that helped and supported this set! This project wouldn’t be possible with the help from the awesome community! Thanks to: 159 from ProjectKeyboard, Yuliaa from Mykeyboard, Stef from SwitchKeys, Louis from iLumkb and jerrolds from deskhero, Kate from RAMA, Oblotzky, Abec13, Dixie, Chokkan, Nasp, OneCreativeMind, JaeArtist, Simon, jer, uoma2, Kasterborous, Moridin, SoraNoTenshi, whole german keyboard community, everyone in the Masterpiece discord, the japanese community and last but not least every supporter of this fantastic set!