I’m very much into low-profile switches, and so I like the Kailh 1350 choc switches a lot. However, there doesn’t seem to be much choice of keycaps for them available? Kailh itself offers one set of double-shot caps in black and white, a number of cream and black blank caps in different sizes, and transparent blank caps, but that’s pretty much it?
I also found some second-hand g913/g915/g813/g815 caps that look on the photos like they would fit, but I’m not sure.
So my question is, what are the usual sources for such keycaps? Is anybody making custom ones?
Unfortunately at the moment no one is making custom keycaps for Kailh choc switches as far as I know. I think what they offer is kinda all there is. Most all choc switch purchases and uses are by OEMs who will have custom orders of keycaps fulfilled per their requirements. I think that’s about it for the most part.
For Kailh Choc builds, keycap options are not something available at the moment really.
I think Adron may be planning on making some separately but I think when he IC’d them they got basically no love because there weren’t many solid boards that supported choc. It’s a major catch-22 for a new switch design; the switches need to hit a critical mass for keycaps to be able to hit MOQ, and there need to be good keycaps available for folks to give the switches the benefit of the doubt.
While the mainstream keyboard media may not be aware of it, this lack of choc keycaps is simply fake news. For quite some time now, MBK profile has been available at my website as well as others. It is very comfortable spherical/flat PBT in black or white, and soon to be, colors. I also stock dyed color options for the flat Kailh caps and clear scooped caps, with more colors coming soon.
I currently have 6 switch options listed and another 2 shipping to me, as well as another 2 in development. This is not counting the heavy options that NK_ created with exclusive rights, or I’d be carrying those as well.
Choc is growing up quickly and besides TEA, there are at least 2 other profiles in the works that I am aware of that we should see soon. That critical mass/catch-22 issue is a bump in the road, now in the rear view mirror.
So there is an interesting thing. I tried to put those keycaps in my HV-KB390L with blue switches, and they don’t fit there - the holes in the switches are too close together. But they do fit perfectly well with the white switches I have in my flatreus. So it seems even the Kailh is not compatible with itself?
Compared to Kailh’s own keycaps, and the TEA ones, those caps are about 1.5mm higher, because the stem doesn’t go all the way up inside the cap, and they are considerably smaller, at 16×16mm, compared to 17.8×17.4mm of the Kailh transparent key caps.