From the start, The Safa TKL was designed to have a simple aesthetic – as boxy as you can get, combining both western and eastern aesthetics.
Make use of traditional top mount or gummy o-ring mounting. Dedicated plates for ANSI, ISO and JIS, coming in your choice of aluminium or polypropralene
Safa is intended to be a lightweight, simplistic take on the TKL form factor. My intentions were to have a crisp, sharp sound profile, akin to that of eastern-designed keyboards. With a 2:1 bezel ratio and subtle rounding, I have been aiming for what is basically a refined rectangle. The entire chassis has a ledge around the sides and back for portability. Functionality and small QOL improvements were made over time.
– F12 / F13 support
– Split Right Shifts ; Regular, JIS
– Bottom Row – 6.25u, 7u (tsangan and WKL), JIS 4.5u, JIS 3u
– ANSI / ISO
The initial design was intended to have a simple external profile, which has carried over to v2. Each unit had 8mm uniform bezels and were all WKL units – I tried to make it work, but I was not happy with the aesthetic result. Note the engraving. I recommend grabbing some acrylic paint and having a go!
Safa Prototype V1 – Cherry Topped H1’s, GMK Burgundy on Safa’s 188c colorwayPoesjuh
The following changes were made for v2 prototypes