September 29, 2021

MONOKEI x Hand Engineering - Kage

“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”

- C.S. Lewis

Friendship sometimes begins like a good dream, you never quite know how you got there, and you'd love for it to never end. On rare occasions, one finds like-minded friends across oceans.

We've worked closely with Lewis of Hand Engineering over the past year and a half, from releases such as the Bauhaus inspired Haus to a multi-coloured veneration of British racing history. The Kage is a distillation of MONOKEI and Hand Engineering's visions of mechanical keyboard design.

The Kage is a top mount TKL with an optional o ring mounting style available as well.

Sound tests available here and here.

1. Sale Format:

This sale is an unlimited group buy with the caveat of The Human Limit as always. We're confident of expanding that definition with the addition of regional vendors and have paid for production slots with the manufacturers for this design.

The launch time may differ according to region, so keep an eye out on Discord and other social media platforms for more information for your respective regions.

2. Combinations:

Kage Standard Kit

The available colours (aluminium top and bottom pieces) for the group buy are:

Each board also comes with:

Kage SE Kit

(Both variants available from all vendors)

1. Frosted White

Kit Colour: Polycarbonate Top & Bottom (Frosted White)

Plate: Polycarbonate plate (Frosted White)

Weight: Copper (Sandblasted)

2. Titan Grey

Kit Colour: Polycarbonate Top & Bottom (Titan Grey)

Plate: Polycarbonate plate (Titan Grey)

Weight: Copper (Sandblasted)


3. Prices:

Kage Standard Kit (Solder | Hotswap)

MONOKEI: S$660 | S$675

Mekibo: US$504.99 | US$514.99

Apex Keyboards: CAD630 | CAD640

myKeyboard: €529 | €539

Prototypist: £383.33 (inc VAT) | £391.67 (inc VAT)

DailyClack: A$732.50 | A$732.50

Thic Thock: $504.99 | $514.99

Kage SE Kit (Solder | Hotswap)

MONOKEI: S$750 | S$765

Mekibo: US$569.99 | US$579.99

Apex Keyboards: CAD720 | CAD730

myKeyboard: €595 | €605

Prototypist: £525 (inc VAT) | £535 (inc VAT)

DailyClack: A$833.70 | A$850.40

Thic Thock: US$569.99 | US$579.99

4. Layout:


Kage solder layout


Kage hotswap layout

5. Addons:

We're offering the following items as addons:

6. Shipping & Taxes:

Please check with your respective vendors for further information. For Singapore residents, GST will be absorbed by MONOKEI.

7. Quality Expectations:

While we strive to provide a perfect experience, no kit can be 100% flawless at our scale of production, as such the caveats are as follows: