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Pawnerd
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Pawnerd
Oct 5, 2016
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Hi,
I will just shortly introduce myself. I am known in the mechanical keyboard community of Reddit as Pawnerd. My first wooden keycap design was made ~1.75 year ago. The keycaps in this drop are a result of all work I put in it. The keycaps sold here are from a new batch that will be made.
I've seen a lot of comments about the pricing for these keycaps. It takes a lot of time and labour to make these keycaps. Including the curved surface at the top and details at the bottom, I hope it will be understood that these keycaps can't be produced quickly.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them.
Oct 5, 2016
UrVAITguy
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Oct 7, 2016
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Hello Pawnerd,
Unfortunately, a lot of the people who make ignorant comments about the cost are likely biased due to the massive amounts of cheap products available by machine/mass production.
It's clear you've put a lot of your time and effort into the keys' creation and production. For those who think it's overpriced, they simply don't have the money to spend and are mad because they wish they could.
Cheers to you mate!
Oct 7, 2016
theZamboni
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Oct 7, 2016
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Machining small parts one at a time is expensive. I used to work in a shop that billed machine time at $300 an hour. Anyone coming in and offering $9 for a part with this kind of detail would have been laughed out of the shop (and the video shows a machine with manual tool changes, not a chance). Bringing the price down on a carved part is going to be tough without access to a multi-head CNC mill that can slice a few thousands keys out of a 1x12 board at a time (probably breaking half of them in the process). Add in laser time for lettering and this is still going to be a magnificently expensive set of caps even with good equipment.
Oct 7, 2016
UrVAITguy
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Oct 7, 2016
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Well said, Z. Whether the vendor spends a ton of money for machine shop time or has to carve these by hand, either way it's costly. My point in saying machine/mass production was more about the assembly line and the diminishing cost per unit, the more that are produced.
Oct 7, 2016
Pawnerd
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Pawnerd
Oct 7, 2016
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Thank you for the kind words. Even if I sold/made 1000 units, it wouldn't be considered a high volume by the manufacturers. The topside of the keycaps are made on a waver, then the keycaps are cut from the board and individually put in a CNC machine to mill the bottom side. The machine used for this job does have an automated tool changer though, the video shows the machine I have at home.
I liked making these nice little keycaps myself in the beginning, but for these quantities I had to work together wih another shop.
Oct 7, 2016
derhp
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Oct 19, 2016
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Hi, I'm wondering about the possibility of a wood spacebar in the future? What would the pricing look like for that?
Oct 19, 2016
Pawnerd
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Pawnerd
Oct 19, 2016
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Hey @derhp, together with the batch of these 1x1 keycaps, a first batch of my new design for spacebars is being produced. I had made some a time back, but they unfortunately didn't fit on some keyboards. I really hope my newer design will work fine so I can go forward with that! For the pricing, I could say that they probably will be priced better than this four-pack, but I don't know for sure.
Oct 19, 2016
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