When I first released the Granite set a few years ago I never would have thought I would have seen a Round 4.
I actually wanted to make the first round a limited edition –like all of my designs– but I’ve been accused of being selfish and if the community wanted more I should have let ’em.
So we had Round 2 and it sold twice what the first round did. Again, I thought the world had enough, but boy I was wrong! I was basically receiving a message on Reddit, Geekhack or Deskthority every other day about running the set again.
I reluctantly agreed on Round 3, sure that nobody would have cared about Granite anymore. Round 3 sold even more than the previous run. I’m pretty sure I said Round 3 would have been the last one, not because I didn’t want more, but because I thought the interest on gray keycaps was gone for good. Apparently I was wrong again.
So I’m glad to announce the forth round of Granite. I won’t say that this will be the last one, but I’d like to concentrate on something new for the next time.
What is this all about again?
Despite the huge success and high visibility some of you might still don’t know Granite or don’t understand the fuzz about a gray keycap set. The main Granite features are:
- DSA family. DSA is a low profile, spherical top keycap family by Signature Plastics. I myself prefer other keycap profiles, but DSA has its undeniable qualities. One for all, the keys are not sculpted, they all lie on the same level, making it ideal for custom keyboards or if you want to cover less common layouts like colemak. Granite, thanks to its DSA backbone, is an extremely versatile keycap set that will adapt to virtually any keyboard.
- PBT material. PBT is arguably the most durable material for keycaps. Granite was the first set ever to feature a PBT spacebar from Signature Plastics together with all the other key sizes.
- Dye-sublimated legends. The legends are dye sublimated and virtually eternal. The ink is soaked into the plastic few micron behind the surface. The legend becomes part of the plastic itself and you really have to scratch deep to wear it off.
- Options. Lots of them. Granite was first designed to support custom keyboards. As such we also included keycap sizes that are not normally available elsewhere. Also, since we don’t need a new mold for each legend, we were able to add a plethora of novelty keys and support for many international languages!
- Attention to details. The legends were designed one by one with an incredible attention to detail. The characters are not aligned to the absolute center, but to the visual center. For example the right arrow
→visually weights to the right, so to make it look like it is really in the center we had to slightly shift it to the left. Countless of these small adjustments were applied to reach what I believe has become a little piece of art.
- Text and Icons modifiers. Not only you can mix and match keycaps to cover the most arcane keyboard layouts, you also have the freedom to choose between the simplicity of TEXT or the elegance of ICON modifiers. We had a poll at the very beginning to decide if we should have run text or icon but we ended up making both and in all rounds they always sold 50/50.
- Simplicity. Last but not least. There are dozens of incredibly colorful and well designed keycap sets around, but nothing’s more elegant than a simple gray layout.
If you want to know more you can also check the Keypuller page.
Difference with previous runs
Each round had its own character and some limited edition keys. This one is no different.
Specifically two kits have never been done before: Elven Tongue and Secondary Legends. The former is something I always wanted to do, I actually started working on it in September 2012 and only thank to Granite success it is now a reality. The latter has been requested so many times and I finally took the time to design it; it’s the perfect companion for your 60%.
Round 4 has other small differences: the control key has a new icon, we now have text and icon arrow cluster (it was icon only before), UK keys are now split from the international kit, and of course I added some novelties for the WhiteFox (my custom keyboard)!
What kits do I need?
It’s impossible to make a list of all compatible keyboards. Generally speaking to cover a 60% (Poker and the like) and a Tenkeyless you need Common kit and Modifiers (choose between text and icon). That being said I strongly recommend to also pick at least the Pro Modifiers, to future proof your purchase and keep a good resell value.
If you have a full standard layout keyboard you also need the Numpad. If your full size also features additional multimedia keys (likely above the numpad) you need to grab a kit that has four 1 unit keys. Your best bet is the Bonus Pack.
If you have a Winkeyless, or anyway a keyboard with 1.5u modifiers and a 7u spacebar (instead of 1.25u and 6.25u) you need Common kit + Modifiers and Pro Modifiers + a spare 7u spacebar. Don’t forget the spacebar! The Common kit only carries a 6.25u bar.
The safest options to cover an Ergodox is to pick: Common kit, Text Pro Modifiers (for the extra 1.5u keys), Ergodoxian and possibly some Blank spares.
If you have an ISO keyboard you definitely want to grab the ISO Enter and the UK or the International kit. If you require the Alt Gr key, that is in the Extreme Modifiers.
The WhiteFox (and other 65%) is covered by Common kit, Modifiers and Pro Modifiers. The Bonus pack has the fox icon (and few extras), so you might want to grab that as well.
Mac users of course might want to pick the Apple kit.
Everything else is pure vanity. Of all I’d pick the RGB kit, while I suggest any custom builder to also add the Extreme Modifiers kit.
Below the complete list of the available kits. Good hunting!
For future reference the following is the Granite Round 4 price list.
Common kit ......... $31.99 Modifiers .......... $27.99 Pro Modifiers ...... $21.99 Numpad ............. $14.99 Extreme Modifiers .. $18.99 RGB(YO) kit ........ $18.99 Bonus Pack ......... $23.99 International kit .. $32.49 UK kit .............. $6.99 ISO enter ........... $9.99 Mono Legend ........ $19.99 Extra Homing ........ $7.99 Ergodoxian ......... $32.99 Apple kit .......... $13.99 Windows kit ........ $12.99 Blank pack .......... $8.99 7u Spacebar ......... $4.99 6.25u Spacebar ...... $3.99 3u key .............. $5.99 Elven Tongue ....... $28.99 Secondary Legends .. $29.99
Thanks for making Granite available again! Is the 3u key not a spacebar?(i.e. It cannot be used for minila?)
It is a standard key (it is concave), but you could use it as a spacebar if you really wanted. Not ideal, but it works.
Why is the elven kit not a replacement for the core set? I mean since it replaces all nearly all keays but the function keys.
And are other international layouts so scares that it is most reasonable to sell them all in one pack?
if you bought a previous round of Granite you’d have to pay more for keys you already have, though.
Yes these things have trade offs any way you put it.
More choices means higher cost per keys.
If you look past the function keys I would believe the added keys to the Elven set would be negligible.
It would be really cool to have an full Elven set with colors that resembles dated paper and ink. With only one symbol per key. I don’t need my native letters on the keycaps, but I cant glance down to check where my hand is as easily with blank keycaps (I am learning to do it with blank keycaps though)
Thanks for the drop again! :) Love it!
By the way tho, would the spacebar on the common kit fit the WASD TKL v2?
WASD TKL has a very standard layout, so it is indeed covered by the common kit spacebar.
Will the elven tounge have the English legends printed in red on them or is it just for show now? If so, that kinda kills the feeling if you ask me =/
yes, the elven kit has both legends.
Such a shame the colored ISO Enter key is no longer included. I regret missing this during the last round :(
Oh and one more piece of feedback, the mono legends are just short of a § to perfectly fit the German keyboard layout.
Theres a monolegend ‘3’. Why would you put a ‘§’ (secondary legend) between the numbers (primary legends) of your number row?
Few of the symbol mono legend s are primary legends. It’s more helpful to have the secondary legends on the top row to me. Last rounds mono legends actually had this key, too.
This looks like a fantastic cap set, and I’ve very, very tempted to purchase. It’s a shame the escape, tab and enter keys (for a ISO standard keyboard) are only available in the base modifier keys set. They’re probably the only keys I’d want from that set, and would otherwise just grab the RGB set, if that had them in it :P
The point is that not everyone wants a fully colored keyboard. Someone may just want to use the red control or the green shift instead of going full rainbow.
So this config was the best we could actually offer.
What do you think about “Think Different” Keyset?
I’m interested in buying their standard modifiers to match to your set.
Does their grey color exactly match with your Granite Keyset?
Why wouldn’t the Ergodoxian + Base be enough to complete an Ergodox keyboard? I really hate to pay for a bunch of extra keycaps :/
because nobody agrees on an “optimal” ergodox layout and to include them all it would cost more than the current setup.
Hey matt3o, I am desperately looking for the pics from the previous rounds of Granite. The round 3 drop page at massdrop has been replaced by round4. People often ask “which kit included that key” or “from what round is that kit” and this blog would be the perfect place to provide a full reference of all rounds/kits of granite ever produced :)
it’s hard even for me to make a full list, we had so many options… I’ll try to collect all info and see if I can make a comprehensive catalog.
I’m a big fan of the Sindarin back then. I joined GH because of that groupbuy.
I’m glad it came to fruition! I remember, I always bugger you in PMs for it.
Now my keyboard journey is finally over.
Thank you so much bro!
Thanks for taking the time to write! I’m glad you like it!
I have bought something from each round. The first round was a full set, but the last two have been smaller kits here and there. However, you did such an awesome job with the Sindarian and alternate alpha set I actually bought a complete additional set.
Great job, as always, matt3o
I know it’s kinda late, just wanted to say I really like the keyset ?
Unfortunately, the spacebar of my common kit got damaged by my dog and now I can’t complete my set :/
Is there any way to get a replacement for the standard size space bar?
wait for R4 to be out into the wild, I’m sure you’ll be able to find some spares in the classified on Deskthority or Geekhack.
Hey matt3o. Any chance for a 5’th round?
very slim :)
Almost 1400 people on Massdrop have requested another round. *fingers crossed*
So you’re telling me there is a chance? YEAH! And thanks for the reply! :)
I would appreciate a fifth round for the chance to get this amazing keyset but I also understand that you would like to move on to other creative ventures. Anyways, thanks for all the cool stuff you do!
I would also love to see another round or a new set from you. Currently 1681 people have requested round 5, please consider it.
Elven tongue keycaps!! If only I had known about these before. Is there any hope for a second chance?
I’m afraid that was a very limited edition
Please please please haha I just got into mech keyboards and I love this entire set. Especially the elvish keycaps.
When will we see a second round of the Granite Keycaps?
I really want the common, international, ISO enter, RGB(YO) key cap sets (and maybe the bonus pack).
I’m thinking of buying a keyboard from WASD keyboards (a board without the numpad, see link), you think that those will fit?
Link of the keyboard.
Why isn’t there a belgain version? I really like these keycaps but it seems to be the only layout that is missing.
have you got any kit left?
They are on sale at http://pimpmykeyboard.com/dsa-granite-keyset/
Hi, all the kits on pimpmykeyboard are out of stock, do you have any available?
Would love to opt for ROUND 5 !!! =)
so ready for round 5!
I’m interested in round 5, need to complete the Manila ISO-DE Layout.
Round 5 please!
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