xueyao wrote: ↑
Are the keycaps really blue? I know that actual light blue selectric caps exist but they are rarer than unicorn hair. I've added some black selectric caps and I'm now itching for some actual blue caps for my beamer.
So, I don't know what IBM intended. I found my first set on a black Selectric. The second was on a blue Selectric off eBay but the chips in the paint suggest is was painted over a darker color, probably black. Their intention may have been to make them black, but they just added a lot of blue dye, kind of like a Playstation 1 disc. So, they have a blue tint in direct lighting. To my eyes, they are quite noticeably blue, but I did mistake them as black initially. It's quite a lot easier to see in real life than in photos, but here's some examples:
So, maybe I should be calling them black keycaps. Maybe that's what IBM wanted them to be. I only changed that after I browsed eBay to find two sellers (the only ones with Selectric caps of this type in recent selling history) describe them as navy blue. Now, what confuses me is that if IBM wanted to make them a pure black, they could have. They have pure black plastic parts on the rest of the typewriter without the blue tint to them (although I no longer have access to that Selectric and those parts may have not been ABS). And adding carbon to plastic is much cheaper than other dyes, no?
Maybe IBM intended for them to be black, but the plastic they chose is really a dark blue.
What I like is that it's darker than their other "black" caps which I have previously described as dark grey. If one were to place them on a vinyl record, for instance, it would become clear that both colors are not true black. One could feasibly put a black legend on the dark grey color of cap and have the legend be readable like some companies are doing (with PBT, but the argument is about the color of plastic, not the material).
Anyway, I personally like both how dark they are and the fact that in the right lighting, they are clearly blue but in others they appear black (it was quite clear in person, much less so in photos on a screen).
As to what color we should call them by on the forums, I'm up for whatever others decide, but my vote is for "deep blue."