Pimp My Keyboard (PMK), a Signature Plastics company, is a small, family-owned business located in beautiful Custer, WA—about 120 miles north of Seattle.
For more than 30 years, we’ve been a leading producer of plastic keycaps and components and today, we produce everything from air traffic control keypads, to commercial telephone buttons, to—you guessed it—mechanical keyboard keycaps.
Today, the company is led by father-daughter team Bob and Melissa (yes—the same Melissa who responds to all of your emails!). Together, they partner with mechanical keyboard lovers all over the globe to make your dream keyboard a reality. In fact, we’ve created some of the keyboard community’s most popular keysets, including Granite, 1976, Jukebox, Deep Space, Carbon, Pulse, Dolch, and others.
Check out this video by Ryan Norbauer for a behind-the-scenes look at our facility:
What makes our keycaps better?
For one, we specialize in two-shot (also called double-shot) molded custom keycaps. This process involves molding two materials together, making for a highly-durable keycap that can withstand a significant amount of use (which make them perfect for gaming).
We also specialize in sublimation printing, which retains legends much longer than other types of printing, since it forces the dye into the plastic.
You can also choose from a variety of profile families, including SA, DSA, DCS, and G20.
Our keycaps are molded primarily in two types of plastic: PBT and ABS. PBT allows for sublimation printing and is a perfect process for printing multiple colors at the same time and printing intricate designs that can’t be double-shot molded. ABS is used for double-shot molding, which allows molding of any color combination, whereas sublimation printing is restricted to dark colors printed on lighter keys.
And to make sure you get the best click for your clack, our team inspects each key cap to ensure there are no imperfections.
In short, our key caps are incredibly high quality and last a really, really, (really) long time.
A brief history
Signature Plastics started in 1976 as Comptec Inc. In 2000, Comptec was purchased by Bob Guenser and a business partner. In 2003, Melissa Petersen (Bob's daughter) joined the team and today, the two of them share the company's ownership.
Since the company’s inception, we’ve focused on growing the commercial side of the business, dealing with keyboard resellers and companies that create their own boards. But over the last few years, we discovered the world of consumer sales, in which we’re working directly with the end user.
We’re constantly surprised at the level of interest in keycaps and are always excited to see new ideas coming from the keyboard enthusiast community!