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.

Specs/features:

 

 

  • Inspired by Cherry G81-3077/G80-0832
  • 10° typing angle
  • Full 6063 aluminium construction
  • Bead-blasted and anodised finish
  • Top mounted, leaf-spring carbon fibre plate
  • 21.5mm effective front height (with bumpons)
  • QMK and VIA-compatible USB-C PCBs
  • Integrated cable aesthetic
  • Period-authentic product stickers
  • 2.9kg (6.5lbs) / Numpad 0.9kg (2lbs) [unbuilt]

Renders of available options
(Courtesy of Pontus)

Group buy details:

OGR

  • Price: $550/£442 ex.VAT
  • Format: Raffle
  • DateSaturday May 28th – Saturday 4th June
  • Units: 250
  • Colourway options: Dolch & Blue/Grey
  • Layout options: 7u bottom row (WKL) & 6.25u bottom row (WK)
  • Estimated shipping timeline: Q1 2023

OGRN

  • Price: $230/£185 ex.VAT
  • Format: Open sale
  • DateSaturday May 28th – Saturday 4th June
  • Units: Unlimited
  • Colourway options: Dolch & Blue/Grey
  • Estimated shipping timeline: Q1 2023

OGR Extras:

  • 5052 Aluminium plate: $35
  • PC plate: $35
  • CF plate: $30
  • PCB: $50

OGRN Extras:

  • 5052 Aluminium plate: $25
  • PC plate: $25
  • CF plate: $15
  • PCB: $30

Prototype Photos – Dolch Colourway
(Courtesy of Koen)

Background Info:

 

The OGR was 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. While the PCB is USB-C compatible, the port is enclosed deep inside the case and the case parts gently clamp the cable down to give the aesthetic of a hard-wired cable.

Also, for those who are interested, there will be a numpad (OGR-N) available either as an optional extra or separately.

Layout Support:

Two case options will be available – one for 7u bottom row with dual 0.75u blockers, and one with a single small blocker for 6.25u (WK) support. The plate provided will be universal, and fixed plate files will be available to download via the website.

 

The OGR-N PCB will have support for regular and southpaw configurations, as well as the option to have a full 1u setup. The plate available will support regular and southpaw layouts only, due to its reversible design.
 

OGR kit contents:

  • 1 x Top Case – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Bottom Case – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Accent – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Plate – Carbon fiber leaf spring
  • 1 x Badge – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Solder PCB – Black FR4 with green solder mask
  • 1 x EVA plate foam
  • 4 x AKB Bumpons – Injection molded silicone
  • 1 x Bottom sticker
  • 1 x Split cable grommet
  • 10 x Torx button screw M3 x 6mm in A2 stainless steel (plate)
  • 5 x Torx button screw M3 x 6mm in A2 stainless steel (accent)
  • 6 x Torx button screw M3 x 12mm in A2 stainless steel (case)
  • 2 x Torx countersunk screw M3 x 5mm in A2 stainless steel (badge)
  • 1 x Instruction manual

OGRN kit contents:

  • 1 x Top Case – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Bottom Case – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Accent – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Plate – Carbon fiber leaf spring
  • 1 x Badge – 6063 Aluminium
  • 1 x Solder PCB – Black FR4 with green solder mask
  • 1 x EVA plate foam
  • 4 x AKB Bumpons – Injection molded silicone
  • 1 x Bottom sticker
  • 1 x Split cable grommet
  • 4 x Torx button screw M3 x 6mm in A2 stainless steel (plate)
  • 4 x Torx button screw M3 x 6mm in A2 stainless steel (accent)
  • 4 x Torx button screw M3 x 12mm in A2 stainless steel (case)
  • 2 x Torx countersunk screw M3 x 5mm in A2 stainless steel (badge)