The ScottoKatana is a 33-key katana staggered keyboard with a 6.25u spacebar and two 1.5u function keys. The board uses Gateron Milky Yellows lubed with Krytox 205G0 and is likely my best sounding board yet. The keycaps are fully 3D printed and feel really nice to type on, you can find them here. It comes in two different variant, the integrated plate version and a gasket mount version. Everything is powered off an RP2040 Pro Micro but the board is also compatible with a standard USB-C Pro Micro.
If you’re interested in getting one assembled, contact me and we can discuss the components and other details for a commissioned build. However, the files are available for free here if you want to build one yourself.
- 1 RP2040 or ATmega32U4 Pro Micro
- 33 1N4148 diodes
- 10 M2x5mm screws
- 10 M2 heat set inserts
- 1 6.25u plate mount stabilizer
- 33 MX switches
- 30 1u keycaps
- 2 1.5u keycaps
- 1 6.25u keycap
When looking at the back of the board, the columns (blue) go to the following pins on the controller from right to left: GP3, GP4, GP5, GP6, GP7, GP29, GP28, GP27, GP26, GP22
Then the rows (red) go from top to bottom: GP10, GP0, GP1, GP2
Keep in mind, you can connect anywhere on the column or row to the controller, it doesn't need to just be at the end.
You can find the firmware files on the qmk_firmware repository or you can compile them online using the QMK Configurator. However, QMK is often slow at getting changes merged and because of that you can find the most up-to-date firmware on the ScottoKeebs Github repository. Also available are the pre-compiled firmware files that are ready to flash:
After flashing vial.uf2, you should load the vial.vil configuration file within the Vial application to ensure everything functions as expected.