NK Silk Series vs NK Dry Series

Some find lubing switches relaxing. I am not one of those people. For me, it is a necessary evil, so I was excited to try the new pre-lubed Novel Keys pre-lubed Silk series and compare them to the Dry[1] series (not lubed switches).

I did two identical builds, except for the switches.

Each build:

  1. Key65 FR4 Plates
  2. Key65 Hot-swap PCB
  3. Durock stabilizers

For the switches, I went with the black variant of both the Silk and Dry. For the Silks, they are 100% stock. For the Dry switches, I lubed the stems very lightly with 205g0 (springs with 105) and filmed them with TX switch films.

Overall, the Silks are much better than I expected. If you have never used lubed switches and switched to the silks, you would likely see a significant improvement in both feel and sound.

Of the two, I still favor the modified Dry switches, but this is expected since I modified them according to my personal preferences.

When I get a moment, I am going to try adding some films to the Silk switches and see if that evens things up.

If you have a minute, give them both a listen and see which you prefer.

Update

I added TX switch films to the Silk series switches. While I was pleasantly surprised by how good the stock Silks sounded, I was disappointed in the films' minimal improvement.

The Silks are the best stock switches I have used by a mile, but the sound is quite a bit behind the modified Dry series. The feel of the Silks (filmed or not) is also not nearly as good as the modified Dry series. It looks like my days of lubing at not quite over (yet).

You can compare the sound for your self below. To feel the difference, you will need to buy your own. 😛


  1. You could compare these to just about any other JWK switch. I went with the Dry here to keep my comparisons as close as possible (spring weight, when it was manufactured, etc.). ↩ī¸Ž