Since January 2019, AKB has been designing premium custom mechanical keyboards and keyboard accessories, with a focus on fusing timeless, classic design with modern technology and refined functionality.

Formed at the start of 2019, Alchemist Keyboards (AKB) is James, a designer hailing from the East Midlands, UK.

AKB designs premium custom mechanical keyboards and keyboard accessories, with a focus on fusing timeless, classic design with modern technology and refined functionality.

OGR

About the board:

Originally designed as an entry for the OG Summer competition on r/customkeyboards in 2019, which it thankfully won. It was originally inspired by various vintage keyboards, but chiefly the Cherry/NCR G81-3077 for the iconic Cherry nose, the pronounced seam and the large forehead. It also drew inspiration from the Cherry G80-0832 for the accented piece around the keycaps to give it a truly unique look.

The name is a portmanteau of OG Summer and NCR, whose branding on the aforementioned G81-3077 was also the inspiration for the retro-styled AKB logo. The V1 prototype also had a side-entry cable which was “hard-wired” to the PCB via JST connector, but this has been dropped in later revisions so you can use your own custom cables.

Layout options:

  • Standard options for ISO, split backspace and caps lock.
  • Two separate bottom row options: one with fixed 0.75u blockers, and another with the popular single 0.5u blocker.

Specification:

  • 10-degree typing angle
  • Full 6063 aluminium construction
  • Hybrid sandwich mount with multiple plate options
  • Multiple badge options
  • Original, Cherry-style sticker on bottom
  • 7.5lbs+ built weight
  • Limited to x units