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Gateron Ink Black V2

Manufacturer: Gateron
Brand: Gateron

Black Inks are a well loved linear switch in community. Smooth from stock due to the custom housing material and coated spring but especially smooth with a great sound after lubing.

Note. The first version of Gateron Black Ink switches had minor issues with the leafs being loose and prone to falling out when dismantled. As of November 2019 that issue has been resolved.

There are 2 variations of this switch:

Gateron Black Ink
Coloured (opaque)
Custom (Ink)
Custom (Ink)
Gateron Silent Black Ink
Coloured (opaque)
Custom (Ink)
Custom (Ink)

The same switch, but this variant has two rubber dampers underneath the stem.

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Switch Type icon
Linear switches have a smooth and linear feeling from top to bottom when pressed.

Mount type

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Color coated


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Standard switch with no dampers, can be further silenced with lubrication or O-rings.

Lubrication info

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Factory lubed? Slight factory lube

Gateron Ink Black respond particularly well to being lubricated. Krytox 205 Grade 0 is a great choice for an extra smooth feeling switch.

Looking for switch lubrication advice? Here's a great start

Switch film

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Yes, this switch in particular is vastly improved when switch films are used.

Switchandclick.com – We used a thinner switch film from the Kebo Store and found that it allowed the switch to rest more firmly in the plate and reduce the overall wobble of the Gateron Ink Black switches.

Why use switch film? Here's a good explanation and a great demonstration.

More info on films and Thicc films by Jinra.

Stem construction

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The stem on this switch is of the standard variety.

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Where to buy

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