These Are Keys, For A Keyboard

These Are Keys, For A Keyboard
Image: KeypressGraphics

And they’re incredible.

These matching Shishi and Orochi keys are direct replacements for the boring, regular keycaps of any board that uses Cherry MX switches — if you’re a mechanical keyboard enthusiast, or even a frequent typist, you’ll definitely know what I’m talking about here.

If you’re theming your keyboard in the first place, you want to put in some effort, right? That’s why they’re hand-painted, too.

Images: Artisan Archive

The keycaps themselves were hand-made by Keyforge and painted by Keypress Graphics.

You can see on Keypress’ site that these tiny artworks fetch an impressive price: the most recent Japanese-themed Empire key sold for $US305, or about $380. That’s a lot of cash for a single cap on a 104-key keyboard.

[Spotted on Reddit’s excellent r/MechanicalKeyboards]


  • These are the keyboard equivalent of custom shift knobs in cars – even the good looking ones tend to come off a bit gaudy. They’re not something I’d buy, but I appreciate the artwork.

    These kinds of keys are almost exclusively used for the escape key so you usually only buy the one. A lot of these caps have overhanging decoration, so the escape key is the only one that has the clearance to fit some of them in.

  • When I’ve gone looking for custom keycaps pretty much all I can find is this kind of rubbish, as if anyone is going to be able to actually type on such things. Kind of defeats the point, eh?

    Nice as art pieces though, maybe I’d even buy one if it was a figurine.

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!