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Norbazaar: rare and sundry Topre aftermarket housings

Norbazaar: rare and sundry Topre aftermarket housings

Norbazaar: rare and sundry Topre aftermarket housings

$1,800.00

These rare, one-off, and factory-second offerings are in stock and available for shipment within a few days of your order (first time, first served). Quality grading system is outlined at bottom below

Please read each lot description carefully; order cancellations now carry a 3% processing fee due to Shopify no longer refunding fees on cancelled orders.

More details on each design (Norbaforce, Heavy Grail, etc.) can be found on their respective product pages here in the shop.

Lot 71

Urbi et Orbi edited (frosted polycarbonate) Heavy-6. D-stock. White rear cover plate.

Lot 70

Urbi et Orbi (frosted polycarbonate) Heavy-6. C-stock housing, B-stock rear cover plate. Gray logo badge. White rear cover plate.  Includes parts pack, abrasive pads, but no acoustic dampener. These housings were C-stocked because they exhibit a weird behavior when held under very bright light upside down, a pattern becomes visible that isn't otherwise. (We were concerned that some people might use these with LED under-lighting, which would make the pattern visible.) 

Lot 69

Urbi et Orbi edition (frosted polycarbonate) Heavy-6. C-stock housing, B-stock rear cover plate. Gray logo badge. Black rear cover plate.  Includes parts pack, abrasive pads, and acoustic dampener. These housings were C-stocked because they exhibit a weird behavior when held under very bright light upside down, a pattern becomes visible that isn't otherwise. (We were concerned that some people might use these with LED under-lighting, which would make the pattern visible.) 

Lot 68

Urbi et Orbi edition (frosted polycarbonate) Heavy-6. C-stock housing, B-stock rear cover plate. Gray logo badge. White rear cover plate.  Includes parts pack, abrasive pads, and  acoustic dampener. These housings were C-stocked because they exhibit a weird behavior when held under very bright light upside down, a pattern becomes visible that isn't otherwise. (We were concerned that some people might use these with LED under-lighting, which would make the pattern visible.)

Lot 67

Urbi et Orbi edition (frosted polycarbonate) Heavy-6. B-stock. Gray logo badge. Black rear cover plate. Includes parts pack, abrasive pads, and acoustic dampener.

Lot 66

Urbi et Orbi (frosted polycarbonate) Heavy-6. B-stock. Gray logo badge. White rear cover plate. Includes parts pack, abrasive pads, and acoustic dampener.

Lot 65

Veracity Steel Heavy Grail Pro 2. F-stock. An otherwise A-stock housing but with broken threads at south rear cover plate screw holes (screws don't screw in all the way), but it is still perfectly usable without those screws; you may wish to add a small strip of thin foam or gasketing material around the plate to prevent any vibration in that area if you find that any is present when typing forcefully. Includes everything except credential folio. 

Lot 64

PVD Black Stainless Steel Norbatouch without risers. A failed finishing experiment due to only partial coverage, but would be easy to coat with Cerakote/powder. Effectively F-stock because there are no threads on the USB connector holes, so you'd need to epoxy your USB connector into place or use some M2 screws and nuts to hold it into place. Images here.

Lot 63

Frosted polycarobate Norbatouch Mark II. C-stock. Does not include wool acoustic dampener. This unit is an early finishing test with a more granular finish than the more satin finish used on the production units.

Lot 62

Frosted polycarobate Norbatouch Mark II. C-stock. Does not include wool acoustic dampener.

Lot 61

Frosted polycarobate Norbatouch Mark II. C-stock. Includes wool acoustic dampener.

Lot 60

Frosted polycarobate Norbatouch Mark II. B-stock. Includes wool acoustic dampener.

Lot 59

Tatctical Black Anodized Norbatouch Round Pi. C-stock. Does not come with risers, so it must be used flat (which is the designer-preferred method, fwiw). Includes parts pack and acoustic dampener.

Lot 58

Copper-plated Aluminum Norbaforce Mark III. D-stock. A failed finishing experiment. Aluminum plated with bright copper, but the clear coat on top scratches easily. B-stock Heavy PVD brass rear cover plate. Unfinished risers to go with this. No passport but includes dampener. Images here.

Lot 57

Brushed Stainless Steel Heavy Grail Pro 3. A-stock. Includes everything. Smooth/unfinished rear cover plate, ready for powder coating or leaving raw for a more industrial motif. Images here

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 56

Smooth finished Stainless Steel Heavy Grail Pro 3. B-stock. Smooth/unfinished parts ready for powder coating. Includes everything except credential folio. Images here

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 55

GOCF Norbaforce Mark III. B-stock. Black rear cover plate. No dampener and no passport. Parts pack included.

Lot 54

GOCF Heavy Grail Pro 3. D-stock. Includes everything except credential folio.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 53

Ghost-of-Chrismtas-Future (Frosted Polycarbonate) Norbaforce Mark III. C-stock. White rear cover plate. No dampener and no passport. Parts pack included.

Lot 52

Smooth Finish Stainless Steel Pro 3 Heavy Grail. A-stock. K2 rear cover plate. Uncoated/raw and sanded to a smooth matte finish, ready for coating or lovely as it is.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 51

Veracity Steel Heavy Grail Pro 3. D-stock. Dents around the housing + scratches. Images here. Includes everything except credential folio.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 50

K2 Heavy-9. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio. 

Lot 49

Veracity Steel Heavy Grail Pro 2. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio. Images here.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 48

Black-and-White Norbaforce Mark II. B-stock. K2 housing with black texture rear cover plate & black anodized risers. Includes everything else except credential folio. Images here.

Lot 47

Waxed solid Copper Patina Heavy-6. A-stock housing with slightly blemished white rear cover plate (small chip near screw hole). White logo badge and rear cover plate. Includes Credential Folio & dampener. This a renewable, waxed living finish that can either be kept as a pristine display piece, or will change and darken over time with use and touch. Images here

Lot 46

PVD Black Stainless Steel Heavy Grail Pro 3 in matte finish.
C-stock. Various discolorations & spots around housing, partial coverage but otherwise a good smooth base for another coating like cerakote/powder. Includes Credential Folio, dampener, and microfiber cloth. Images here.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 45

PVD Black Stainless Steel Heavy Grail Pro 2 with mirror finish.
B-stock. Includes Credential Folio, dampener, and microfiber cloth. Images here.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 44

Veracity Steel Heavy-6. A-stock. Includes everything.

Lot 43

K2 Heavy Grail in Pro 3. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 42

Veracity Steel Heavy-9. A-stock. Includes everything.

Lot 41

Ghost-of-Christmas-Future (Frosted Polycarbonate) Norbaforce Mark III. B stock. White rear cover plate. No dampener and no passport. Parts pack included. 

Lot 40

Ghost-of-Christmas-Future (Frosted Polycarbonate) Heavy Grail Pro 3. B stock. Includes everything except credential folio.

Comes with Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these switch plates but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 39

Ghost-of-Christmas-Future (Frosted Polycarbonate) Norbaforce Mark III. C-stock. Includes everything except credential folio. Comes with white rear cover plate.

Lot 38

Ghost-of-Christmas-Future (Frosted Polycarbonate) Norbaforce Mark III. C-stock. Includes everything except credential folio. Comes with black rear cover plate.

Lot 37

Ghost-of-Christmas-Future (Frosted Polycarbonate) Norbaforce Mark III. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio. Comes with white rear cover plate.

Lot 36

Tactical Norbaforce Mark III. A-stock.

Lot 35

One-off carbon steel Heavy-6 with clear-coated rust finish. A stock. Insanely heavy. Black rear cover plate. White logo badge, acoustic dampener, & credential folio. 

Lot 34

Raw Aluminum Norbaforce Mark III. This is as it comes fresh out of the CNC mill, with standard milling patterns, some of which have been lightly sanded away in a couple of spots. Comes with unfinished risers, white rear cover plate, dampener, & credential folio. Can be used as-is for a cool raw/industrial look or powder coated/cerakoted by a local vendor of your choice.

Lot 33

Heavy Grails Pro 3 in K2 finish. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 32a-32g

Veracity Steel Heavy Grails in Pro 3 and Pro 2 variants and various finish quality grades. See this page for each specific unit for sale and its condition. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 31

Frosted polycarbonate Heavy-6. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio.

Lot 30

Veracity Steel Heavy-6. B-stock. Everything included except for credential folio. Photos of this specific unit are here.

Lot 29a-29e

Factory-second Veracity Steel Norbaforces. Most can likely be refinished by a competent polishing vendor. Specific item details and photos here.

Lot 28

Periwinkle Heavy Grail Pro 3. A-stock. Includes everything. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 27

Sunset Blvd Heavy Grails Pro 3. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio. Comes with white switch plate.

Lot 26

Urbi et Orbi Heavy-6. B-stock. Includes everything except credential folio

Lot 25

Heavy-9 in Aperture finish. A-stock.

Lot 24

Norbaforce Mark II in K2 finish. F stock. Will include either a stripped rear cover plate screw hole or riser screw hole. You can still fasten these parts together and use the board without all the screws, however. Both have slight imperfections and dimples, basically these would B stock without the stripped holes. Includes everything except credential folio

Lot 23

Sunset Blvd Pro 3 Heavy Grail. A-stock. Includes everything. White switch plate.

Lot 22

K2 Norbaforce Mark III. C-stock. Includes dampener, parts pack, risers

Lot 21

Aperture Pro 3 Heavy Grail. A-stock. Includes everything. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 20

Tactical Black (hard anodized) Heavy-6. A-stock. Includes everything.

Lot 19

A solid copper Heavy-6. A-stock. White logo badge and rear cover plate.
Includes Credential Folio & dampener. This a renewable, waxed living finish that can either be kept as a pristine display piece, or will change and darken over time with use and touch.

Lot 18

Norbaforce Mark II in textured white/gold experimental finish. A-stock. Includes everything except for risers, so you would need to be someone who uses his Norbaforce flat (no typing angle), which for whatever it's worth is the way the housing is really designed to be used anyway. This finish was experiment and we just forgot to include risers with the coating. Done in this experimental color from Prismatic Powders.  

Lot 17a-17c

Factory second Veracity Steel Pro 3 Heavy Grails. Condition of each is specified (with photos) in this document.

Lot 16

Pro 3 Heavy Grail in Enigma Black. A-stock. This rare finish was never offered as part of the official drops. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 15

Heavy Grail Pro 3 in Sunset Blvd. B-stock (very good, nearly A-stock). White switch plate.

Lot 14

Heavy Grail Pro 3 in VHS. A-stock. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 13

A small restock of the Norbaforce Mark II in VHS and K2 can be purchased directly on the corresponding original product page. A-stock.

Lot 12

A small restock of the Heavy-6 Urbi et Orbi edition (frosted polycarbonate) can be purchased directly on the corresponding original product page. A-stock.

Lot 11

Solid copper (extremely heavy) Heavy-9 with powder clear coat. B stock. Small dents in the metal before coating and some small abrasion spots in the clear coat. This could be chemically stripped and clear coated again if one cared to (and had a careful powder coating vendor doing the work). High-res image here. Black rear cover plate.

Lot 10

Pro 2 Heavy Grail in Enigma (texture) Black finish. A stock. Not compatible with Pro 3 HHKBs. This rare finish was never offered as part of the official drops. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 9

Pro 2 Heavy Grail in Aperture (silver + gray texture) finish. A stock. Not compatible with Pro 3 HHKBs. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 8

Pro 2 Heavy Grail in K2 (texture white) finish. A stock. Not compatible with Pro 3 HHKBs. Norbauer Pink switch plate (some minor color fading present at edges on these but is scarcely discernible after assembly since the plate edges are hidden by the keyboard frame and keycaps.)

Lot 7

F-stock Aperture Heavy-9. Powder coating is too thick around rear cover plate opening so rear cover plate doesn't seat properly enough to be fastened. Everything else is perfect. Recoating can likely be done on this unit up to an A-stock condition.

Lot 6

Norbaforce Mark III in Tactical (Hard Anodized) Black. A-stock. Shown below with a JIS layout, but works with any R2 or 87U-style TKL Realforce.

Lot 5

A limited new finish for of the Heavy-9 in Aperture, separately available on the Heavy-9 page here.

Lot 4

"River Finish" Retro Refrigerator Heavy-9. B stock. Various small dents (smaller than 3mm each) throughout the housing. Housing is coated in River Finish Retro Refrigerator while rear cover plate (not visible during typing) is coated in Matte Retro Refrigerator, therefore exhibiting two different textures.

Lot 3

Limited-edition Heavy-9 in frosted polycarbonate. First-quality (A Stock). Each unit comes with an acoustic dampener and credential folio.

Lot 2

Limited-edition solid copper Heavy-9 in hand-applied verdigris patina finish. Comes with White Rear Cover Plate. A museum piece. Each stochastic finish will be unique. Comes with textured white rear cover plate, acoustic dampener, and credential folio. First-quality (A Stock). These have a renewable, waxed living finish that can either be kept as a pristine display piece, or will change and darken over time with use and touch.

Lot 1

See the special-edition anodized Heavy Grails

Grading system

A Stock. First quality retail-grade products in retail packaging. As per usual, some powder coat units will have microscopically non-uniform areas, which is just in the nature of the powder coating process. Only these items come with product passports.

B stock.
 Has surfaces that show subtle but discernibly non-uniform areas or small dents (typically along the bottom edge of parts) smaller than 5mm. B-stocks aren't easily distinguished from A Stock unless you go looking very closely for irregularities. These units are often able to be re-coated or re-polished up to a A stock condition through the use of third-party refinishing vendors.

C stock
. Has non-uniform areas bigger than 5mm or dents more significant than B-stock. These units are often able to be re-coated or re-polished up to a B stock or even sometimes A stock condition through the use of third-party refinishing vendors. 

D stock. 
Deep dents in the metal, deep gashes, or bends in the metal that cannot be easily hidden through refinishing.

F stock. 
Parts with form/fit problems, such as missing threads or deformations that prevent parts from fastening to each other normally.