From 43 Studio comes the second iteration of the Rara switch, one of the first JWK tactile switches to hit the Western market! First ran on Drop at the start of the year, this run will be entrusted to ourselves as well as a number of vendors worldwide that we’ve reached out to! One of the major improvements over the previous version is the reduction of housing wobble, which is prevalent in JWK switches. The housing material has changed slightly, with adding a polycarbonate top instead of nylon for a smoother experience. It comes stock with ThicThock DL springs, as well as pre-filmed!
To help answer some potentially common questions, I will list my experiences with the V1 Rara switches that I have. They are a medium-tactile switch , in the realm of Ergo Clears and Kiwis with a b-bump that begins shortly after the initial keystroke. They are quieter on the upstroke than other tactiles that they’re compared to, such as T1s and Koalas, though with the change to a PC top it will most likely be a bit clackier. I personally really enjoy them, and think you will too!
Designer: 43 Studio Manufacturer: JWK Housing Material: Nylon bottom, PC top Stem Material: POM Spring: 63.5g ThicThock DL Spring Factory Lube: No
These are pretty interesting. I like the idea of a medium bump. ThicThock springs are nice, and the pre-filming is cool too. Seems like a band-aid though or way to charge more. Why not just make your housing tighter? That being said, people film everything by default it seems these days.
Thanks @ajoflo, I might have to pick some of these up.
My thoughts exactly. I’m wondering what film material they’re going with. It reminds me of KBDFans’ new mount stabilizer. It’s a patch for a problem that I’m sure they’re retooling to resolve. Exciting times.
I’ve been asking for tighter tops on JWK For every version run. They made an effort with serikos, but it honestly didn’t fix the rattle. I still had to film them. And they were hard to get apart. Kinda made it worse, really.
Have you ever tried a Zealios V1 switch? I have heard some rumors about the Jades and Rara stem being pretty similar but have unable to find any confirmation. Just curious if you have add your opinion, if you have it.
The Rara (left stem) does look very close to a V1 Zealio stem IMO. It may have a bit bigger of a bump though. I haven’t went in on a batch of Raras yet, but plan too if they are still available after my pay hits thurs. night. I have a bunch of V1 Zealio stems & housings (they are all split up into parts, but I have them labeled LOL!), so if I get in some Raras I’ll be sure to do a comparison with V1s for you guys!
I have some Rara recolors, and while I never tried V1 Zeals I can say that they feel almost exactly like ergo clears. They’re exactly what I was looking for in an updated mx clear: extremely smooth, low wobble and with a slightly more tactile bump to compensate for the smoothness. Glad someone stepped up because Cherry sure as hell isn’t interested.
Also this is the first JWK switch I’ve tried that doesn’t feel rattly without lube. They stick a little on the upstroke just like ergo clears, but with 67g springs it’s not a problem. If you do lube them though go extremely light with it because it’s easy to kill the tactility.
edit: after trying some more spring weights “exactly like ergo clears” isn’t true. But if you want something a little more tactile and snappy than clears these are great.
Sorry for the rough pic, but here is a Zealio V1 stem. I analyzed that pic from Drop for a while @HungerMechanic, but I wasn’t not able to say they are 1 to 1. My hunch is that Rara and Jades seem to be pretty damn close.
I posted a Zeal V1 stem in my previous post, but I think your are accurate and this is my feeling as well.
“Rara (left stem) does look very close to a V1 Zealio stem IMO. It may have a bit bigger of a bump though.”
I agree completely. When you improve the smoothness of Cherry-style Ergo Clears [or even Browns], you should enlarge the tactile bump to compensate. Because otherwise the tactility will be too weak and linear.
Nonetheless, I remember looking for ways to soften the tactile bump on the Jades a little. Not because it’s harsh, but because I found it to be a little more than is necessary.
The Jades feel a bit rattly without lube and filming. And sound worse. With lube, the sound actually becomes potentially great. Like one of the best bang-for-the-buck signatures out there. Kind of like Alpacas.
And with lube, they don’t feel rattly anymore. The 58 G springs on the Jades are pretty light, but 3204 slows it down a bit to make it more like a 60 or 62 G switch.
In a more tactile housing [Jade apparently uses a linear housing], you would probably want a heavier spring weight. Hence the 63.5 G default for the Rara V2.