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Datamancer Penshurst Typewriter Keycap Set

Datamancer Penshurst Typewriter Keycap Set

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Product Description
There’s something classically comforting about tapping on a typewriter, but the modern convenience of a computer is too much to avoid. Relive the glory days of keyboards with this set of typewriter-inspired keycaps Read More

Jun 7, 2017
The one thing that I have always felt this set was missing, was a set of media keys (not to mention wide rounded keys, but that's a whole different subject). Even if it were a +$ upgrade option, I still think it needs to actually be an available option. Being able to pay a little extra to get a small selection of keys printed with the play, pause, stop, FF and RW symbols, an alternate up or down symbol for volume control (a little victrola horn maybe)... That'd work well for some people. Not all of us are about tiny keyboards. Me personally... I have a 122 key setup! That's actually a lot of extra keys to fill in! Fortunately, that particular keyboard's getting a different keycap set (and a megaton of Fallout artisans caps), but it doesn't change the fact that when I made that keyboard's blue plates, I got a spare set of black plates made, specifically because I wanted to do a typewriter styled keyboard someday.
I ended up getting those Chinese typewriter keys, cause they do have some additional symbols. I figured that maybe I'd beg on the keyboard forums, asking if anyone filled a 40% or 60% with that set, and were willing to sell me their spare F-keys and symbol keys. I never did get around to actually doing that though.
Still... Adding a few media keys, even as an add on option, I think would go a long way.
richfilesGood point. If anyone needs any extra keys they can contact us and I will make it happen. Many of our customers do request things like this and I usually make caps with custom symbols and whatnot for them. Contact me at if you would like something heavily customized.
Aug 19, 2017
DatamancerThis is unrelated to his comment, but had to ask what's up with the set. I just got them in the mail and they are all off-center. So if i wanted to turn an arrow a different way, I simply can't. Or if I want to have one of the different modifier keys facing a different direction, it won't fit right.
Is there a reason for this? Really makes the set seem off.
Jun 6, 2017
Is it possible to get this for iso and or costume language setups?
Axel.seWe can do ISO for this drop, if you contact us at Anything custom beyond that though, is not available for this drop.
This photo is slightly out of date, but it still captures the essence of the keyboard. This is a Vortex Pok3r (MX blues) with Datamancer walnut case and Penhurst keycaps (the black caps came from one of those cheapo typewriter keysets you see here often). I call it the Penhurst Pok3r:
I lined the bottom of the case with a sheet of sorbothane acoustic dampening rubber, and now the switches produce a very soft click. They take a little getting used to, but they are actually quite fun to type on.
Jun 6, 2017
Is there somewhere we can see exactly what keys are included in each set? I'm most interested in the 40% and 60% sets, but it might be nice to see all the options.
CFellHmm, I don't have an easy way, but I can describe it here: the drop includes all of the keycaps included for the Fullsize, Ergodox, and 40% in the description. The TKL includes everything in the Fullsize set, minus the numpad, and the 60% includes everything in the TKL set, minus the F-keys, arrow cluster, and Insert-Delete-Home-End-PageUp-PageDown cluster.
why are keycaps so expensive wtf are they made of?
spartaman64The keycaps are hand assembled in the states, and they're made up of chromed steel and plastic pieces.
Jun 5, 2017
spartaman64Lies, wishes, and a shitload of comments from people with more dollars than sense.
Jun 2, 2017
$110 for keycaps that aren't even that good to type on? Lol that's funny
Jun 4, 2017
They'd better love them for the price they paid lol.
Jun 7, 2017
pordssam89I mean most high end/custom keycap sets fall right in this price range. Pretty much any SA/GMK/DSA profile is gonna set you back a tidy $120-150.
Jun 2, 2017
How will the clear plastic faces wear? A few decades ago, my first manual typewriter had similar styled keys, but those keys were capped with glass. They took finger prints, but were always clear. Finger abrasion may tend to scratch these.
oldgearheadI've had several sets for many years now. The worst that happens is they get a slight tint of yellow, but only noticeably if you're really looking at it. They won't scratch from your fingers.
Jun 2, 2017
It'd be cooler if there was some way to cover up the switches in the background, like a thin plate of obsfuscation. It really loses the effect when you can see the plastic white background. Not my jam, but they're pretty cool to look at.
Jun 3, 2017
ProletariatThey didn't do a great job on the photos for this set. The white back-plate is really not a good idea for these keycaps. It just clutters them up and accents the switches. I've noticed the photo department on Massdrop seems pretty sloppy on a lot of their drops. Not a big deal, just being picky, but I'm a big fan of datamancer (had mine for 2 years or so) and feel like they would have received a lot more interest if their pictures weren't cluttering the keycaps with a white back plate.
Jun 2, 2017
It's a well made, quality set, such bad timing for a drop however - there's been a keycap one every couple weeks for the last few months; any chance of a numpad only kit? I know your sets are much higher quality than the competition's typewriter ones; but, I'm just not sure how it would serve on a day to day manner. A cool numpad, in a self made wooden case, is something that would be a wicked gift and doesn't require a huge investment.
PS, I'd use a case with solid black switches and a black plate for your photos, it'd look sleeker - my 2c.
Jun 1, 2017
They look nice but I imagine the typing experience to be awful. Plus, I'm more of a goofy colors GMK kinda guy.
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