I’ve been typing on the Silks for a few days now. They do be smooth af right out the bag.
These are my first JWK switches so I can’t compare there, but I can tell you I don’t think they need films.
I’ve seen some commentary that the Drys might have different tolerances but I haven’t seen any verification of that.
Holding the top and bottom half in my fingers and trying to move them around / twist them did not make evident any play or rattle. I was able to get the tiniest movement by pushing quite hard - but I think that’s way outside normal use-case forces, and was just overcoming the clips with force more than finding play.
So far I’m really liking these. I originally ordered them mainly out of curiosity and to share my thoughts of them with the community - but I’m thinking they’ll have a place in my rotation of daily-drivers as well.
I currently have them paired with some thin-ish double-shot ABS TaiHao caps that haven’t seen the light of day in years (my first keyset!). I’d originally stopped using those caps because I thought they were just too shrill-sounding with the knock-off blues I was using at the time - but with these Silks, they actually make a sound I think is quite pleasant.
I think this and a few other pairings make a good case for thin caps having a time and place.
About that pleasant sound - ever heard a rain stick or shuffled a handful of small seashells? Gently typing on these with the thin ABS caps sounds about like a rain stick does when it’s slowing down, and you can pick out the individual plinks and plonks.