The MT3/MT2 Drama-not-Drama

Let’s start from the main announcement and reason for this post: I am not collaborating with Drop anymore. You’ll still see some of my products on their website, that’s because they are already produced, but they will slowly fade over time. That means that there won’t be any new product designed by me for Drop. So no Dark Speech Tolkien keycaps, no Elven dices, no full brown Retro, no MT2 set designed by me (in contrast to what I announced few hours ago).

Of course it’s hard to stay objective but I’ll try to stick to facts, things that I can prove and have documentation for (emails/chats/whatever).

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What the hell is MT2?

What the hell is MT2?

What the hell is MT2? Great question, thanks for asking.

Drop announced a fancy new keycap profile, truth is that I don’t have a clue what that is! My guess is as good as yours because Drop dropped this bomb out of nowhere.

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What a great start for 2022!

What a great start for 2022!

I tried to have SA Retro re-run with Signature Plastics since forever but apparently that is not going to happen any day soon… fortunately we have a far superior keycaps profile, I’m talking about MT3 of course! A slot opened in the production pipeline and we jumped straight into it with MT3 Retro!

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How to write in Sindarin, an introduction

How to write in Sindarin, an introduction

This is the video I wanted to do since a long time. The Tolkien sets are not just fancy gimmicks, they can be actually used to write in Sindarin and Khuzdul. All you need is to install the right font and a little reference material.

In the following video I show you how easy it is to write in Sindaring and show off your Tolkien nerdom to the normies! It’s just an introduction, but should give you an idea.

The Tolkien keycaps are finally live!

This will be a very quick update, but an important one.

After months of work and tribulation I’m cautiously proud to inform you that the official Elven and Dwarven keycaps are finally up for pre-order at Drop!

The pre-order phase will last a couple of months at a special price, after the release date they will be still available for a while but at full price.

Production has already started so they should be ready really soon!

All left to do is to choose your race!

Are you an Elf?

https://drop.com/buy/drop-the-lord-of-the-rings-mt3-elvish-keycap-set

Or a Dwarf?

https://drop.com/buy/drop-the-lord-of-rings-mt3-dwarvish-keycap-set

The Lore behind the Tolkien keycaps

The Lore behind the Tolkien keycaps

The Tolkien keycaps are being produced as I write and I think this is the right time to talk about the lore behind this keycap set.

I’d like to stress on the fact that this is more than just a fancy LoTR set to dress your 5th keyboard; if you want to you can actually write in Elvish and Dwarvish with these keycaps. They are not just nice, they are functional. Not to mention they are officially licensed!

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Keycaps update

Time for a much needed keycaps update. As you know by now I’m working on Elven/Dwarven keycaps, the colors are finalized –which is a big achievement– but dye-sublimation is proving more difficult than anticipated. I received various rounds of prototypes in these last weeks but the manufacturer doesn’t seem able to get all the pieces right. The problem I believe is a mix of multi-color legends together with the side prints.

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Building a 60% with arrow cluster and split spacebar

Building a 60% with arrow cluster and split spacebar

I like compact keyboards layouts but I need my arrow cluster, that’s why I never adventured in sub 65%… until now. I tried to find a PCB that supported all the features that I wanted but couldn’t find one, so had to resort –once again– to hand wiring.

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MT3 Row 5 Spacebar STLs, all of them!

MT3 Row 5 Spacebar STLs, all of them!

I hate it when you have that great idea for a new keyboard layout but you can’t make it because you miss that weird spacebar size. So here they are, MT3 spacebars in all shapes and form. Please note: these are not the same 3D models used to make the actual molds. I redesigned them so we could have spacebar sizes and stem positions not currently supported by the “official” MT3 profile. Well, I designed the MT3 profile, so I guess these are official too :)

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