I have… too many more boards than those, just… those are the ones I actually find myself using.
The Model M needs no introduction, but it was my first mechanical keyboard and will always hold a special place in my heart. Buckling springs are, so far, my favorite switch type, but as you can tell, I have accepted Box Navies with open arms because they’re pretty damn close.
The Pearl was my first exposure to the world of the 40-45% keeb. I built it with a split spacebar, because I wanted to use it as kind of a stepping stone to the Iris, which I technically built before the Pearl but the claustrophobic split layout was too weird at first for me to use regularly. I chalk a lot of this up to my particular keymap neuroses; for example, I keep the key to the left of ‘a’ (usually CapsLock, or sometimes just Ctrl) mapped in QMK as
MT(MOD_LCTL, KC_ESC)—on tap, it generates Esc, but on hold, I get Ctrl.
The Pearl experiment worked! I ended up translating the Pearl layout I was using over to map almost 1:1 with the Iris (the Iris has a whole extra row, and one fewer key on the top row than the Pearl as I built it, but almost everything transferred over without issue). And now I can use the Iris to type almost as fast as my Model M.
And then the Clueboard is the most recent. I wanted a 60-66% with a split spacebar, because now that I’ve gotten used to it on the Pearl and Iris, I needed a split spacebar on a bigger board.