How to distinguish vintage blacks from retooled?

I managed to get my hands on some, what I am told are NOS vintage blacks, which are supposed to arrive today(out for delivery already). I’m looking at things with a bit of caution as, I was told it would be a raffle but then I was directed to a shopify store to purchase.

It’s not the biggest loss in the world if they turn out to be retooled instead(though I might cry a little :sob:) but for the sake of completeness, I was curious if there are any distinguishing features that I could look for to make sure that I got what I paid for.

I found this guide too, anyone happen to know it’s accuracy?



The best way I know of to tell vintage from modern Cherry switches is the bottom of the stem. Vintage will be perfectly round, while modern will have the little nub at the bottom. Don’t go by the Cherry logo on the top housings as all the variants have been found in vintage & modern batches. I’m working right now, but I’ll put pics up here of a vintage & modern stem bottom when I get home later.

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I actually gotta walk back on previous statement, I might be wrong about the stem bottom being a good tell for vintage or not. I went to take those pics for you & thankfully cracked open a few of the vintage MX whites I got. Well some of them have that rounded stem bottom & some have the cutoff look like modern MX stem bottoms. I took a quick look at the guide you linked & it seems to be pretty accurate comparing the vint white housings I got to it. So I’d follow that to check your batch out.

No worries! Thanks for taking a look!

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