Cleaning a Focus Electronics FK-2001 Keyboard

New keyboard, who dis?

I’ve been using the Focus FK-2001 for about a week now, and I’m enjoying it. Coming from my Matias Tactile Pro, it’s a pretty easy transition (both using Alps switches and all). I do really enjoy the Tactile Pro, but I wanted something with Windows keys.

I also wanted something with a vintage style, but I didn’t like the prices for a Model M (most Model M keyboards with Windows keys are rubber dome switches anyway, and not the superbly clicky bluckling spring switches that the early Model M units employ). Anyway, I now have me a genuine vintage clicky keyboard that is a treat to type on.

Unfortunately, it’s rather…dirty. Time for a deep clean!

Opening up the case, we find the keyboard driver chip. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate any information on this Intel microcontroller. It’s really just an object of curiosity right now, though.

Ran the keycaps through the ultrasonic cleaner for about 30 minutes and lubricated the switches before putting everything back together. These are all the keys with wire stabilizers reinstalled.

Gave the case a good wash with soap and water, too. Of course, I forgot to put the stabilized keys back together first, so I had to take it apart again 🙄

Now it’s completed, and I only messed up 1 key putting it back together!

All clicky, no sticky!

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