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BEHIND THE DESIGN: JTK NIGHT SAKURA

As some of you may know, the national flower of Japan is the cherry blossom—more formally called, "sakura." Sakura represents a time of renewal and optimism, signifying the arrival of spring. The blooming of the sakura symbolizes human mortality for many Japanese people. Japan has given many countries Cherry Trees as a gift of friendship, including the US in 1912. These trees still line the streets of Washington DC and bring visitors from all over the world. The spirit of the flowering cherry blossom is the inspiration behind Rifen's JTK Night Sakura collection. In fact, while the name "Night Sakura" seems pretty straightforward (pink tones and cherry blossom accent keys for "sakura," dark gray scale and black keys for "night"), there is actually a...

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BEHIND THE DESIGN: GMK LUNAR

In 1969 history was made with the Apollo 11 space mission. An estimated 650 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the first ever moon walk. This event truly was "one giant leap for mankind" as noted by Neil Armstrong, and was just the gateway to continued space exploration.  GMK Lunar is a sharp keyset/deskmat pairing designed by Moridin. This set was created in 2019 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's space mission.   The design inspiration comes from the Apollo Guidance Computer and its interface DSKY. As you can see below, DSKY has a black keypad with white legends, yellow indicator lights, and a green electroluminescent seven-segment display. (DSKY: pronounced "dis-kee") (Core Kit)  (Assembly Kit) (Novelty Kit) To compliment...

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BEHIND THE DESIGN: IFK DELIGHT

If you've been a part of the keyboard community for a while, you may be familiar with HipyoTech, the popular YouTube personality and musician most commonly known for reviewing keyboards and tech related gadgets. What you may not know is that he is also a designer, and the brains behind IFK Delight. When asked about the inspiration behind Delight, HipyoTech said, “I wanted to make a really cute keycap set about some of my favorite sweet treats! The set originally started as Strawberry Mint Chip, but apparently I'm the only person that likes that dessert, so it reformed to Delight.”  (the final Base Kit design) (the final Novelties design) This is HipyoTech's debut IFK keyset, and it wasn't without trial and error. "A...

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March Releases and Product Updates

With so many products arriving we wanted to compile all the updates on our group buys that are still outstanding. We've also included some dates for extras so if you missed out on a group buy and have your eye on a set, check out when to set your alarms!

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