daedalus wrote:From what I have heard, the dye sheets for custom keys are made in house, whereas the regular production ones are made for Unicomp by a company that specializes in such things. Thus, why the custom ones tend to be a bit dodgy.
That said, I have some keys were standard markings have been printed onto coloured keys, and the marking are skew-ways. I think this may be to do with the fact that the keycaps are usually printed as part of the keyboard manufacturing process - the keyboard is assembled with blank keycaps, and then the entire keyboard is printed onto in one go. I can imagine that to print a single keycap would involve some creative use of their printing equipment. It's not like the custom doubleshots, where the keys are actually manufactured as individual pieces.
That's kinda what I was afraid of ...
'Printing' the entire keyboard in one go should ensure properly aligned legends ..
But if I was to order 'National characters only' keysets for the main Euro-languages I'm afraid that
they might be 'off-centre' or slightly off-colour . And some people just can't stand that !
mhinsch wrote:@Peter - may I ask where you live? I'm looking for Model M keycaps but shipping costs to UK have so far prevented me from ordering them from Unicomp directly. I.e. in case you order to EU and especially UK or DE I would be interested in joining.
I'm starting to think that it won't happen, people will have to order their own national layout-sets directly from Unicomp.
One reason is the Danish 25% Sales-Tax on the entire invoice
,another the 23Euro customs handling-fee .
It's just to much money for me to have to front ATM,
considering that a large portion is going down the Government Black Hole.
Somehow Unicomp needs to set up a pipeline into the Euro-market if they are interested ..
( German Sales-Tax is 'only' 19% IIRC ?
Also, German International freight-rates seem reasonable, at least compared to Danish Post or UK Royal Mail )