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Bakeneko65

Bakeneko65

Originally designed by kkatano, the Bakeneko65 is an open-source keyboard featuring an o-ring gasket. An o-ring between the plate and PCB provides friction to hold the plate/PCB assembly in the one-piece case. Cutouts on the PCB allow the o-ring to rest on the mounting points built into the case. The result is a bouncy typing feel with a great sound profile.

Our version of the Bakeneko65 features a few key changes from kkatano’s original design to allow it to be casted. We also designed our own solderable and hotswap PCB.

The Bakeneko65 is made from aluminum alloy using a casting process vs CNC. The decision to use cast aluminum was made to drive down cost maximally, and to more quickly produce keyboards. One tradeoff of the casting process is different surface finish properties.

Please reference this quality guide on what you can expect for surface finish quality with the Bakeneko65.

Our intent is to try to keep these in stock, or at the least have a quick cadence of restocks.

We hope you’re pleased with not just the value of this keyboard, but the entire experience.

ADDONS AVAILABLE HERE!

Addons: Solderable PCB featuring extended layout support, JST cables and daughterboards, wooden wrist rests, and 30A/50A/70A O-Rings.

Features:

  • Cast Aluminum Case
  • 590g unbuilt without weight, 910g unbuilt with weight
  • 6 Degree Typing Angle
  • O-Ring Gasket Mount Style
  • CannonKeys Hotswap PCB with ANSI layout and cool per key LED (CannonKeys Solder PCB available as extra)

Colors:

  • Whitish (Powder Coated)
  • Black (Powder Coated)
  • Dark Gray (Special Powder Coated)
  • Lavender (Painted)
  • Navy (Painted)

What’s included:

  • Bakeneko65 Aluminum Case

  • CannonKeys Custom Foam Carrying Case (Black)

  • 50A Silicone O-Ring Gasket

  • FR4 Universal Plate

  • CannonKeys ANSI Layout Hotswap PCB with cool per key LED

  • C3 Unified Daughterboard (with ESD protection) and JST Cable

  • Microfiber Cloth

  • (3) 2u Cherry Clip-in Stabilizers, (1) 6.25u Cherry Clip-in Stabilizer with CannonKeys Wire

    • Due to the mounting style of this keyboard, screw in stabilizers are not supported on backspace and space. We recommend using the included stabilizers.
  • Custom Bumpon-compatible Silicone Feet (if you lose them, you can use regular bumpons)

DISCLAIMER: WE WILL NOT COMBINE ORDERS

We believe we’re providing amazing value at this price point and have worked really hard to make this price point possible. For years, the go-to starter build for most newcomers has been the Tofu - but once you add up the PCB, stabs, and plate that you have to purchase to go along with your Tofu case, you’ve easily spent as much as (or more than) our Bakeneko65 kit costs. We want to provide a higher-end feel to newcomers compared to the traditional Tofu tray style of mounting, and believe this kit accomplishes this goal.

Check out our build guide as well as the quality guide!

Default Hotswap layout Support:

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