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Build Your Chieftain 42 (Group Buy)

Build Your Chieftain 42 (Group Buy)

Regular price $205.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $205.00 USD
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The Chieftain 42 is a keyboard case for the Corne keyboard, essentially the most popular custom split keyboard out there. This was designed to be a hefty, luxurious, and elegant case that I hope peaks your interest!

It also includes a tenting kit which uses multiple standoffs to give you different tenting height and angle options. 

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REMEMBER this is a group buy, check the information below.

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  • Discreet, Adjustable Tenting

    The tenting on the Chieftain is durable and customizable. With up to 4 legs per side, you can even tent on two angles!

  • Robust Aluminum Design

    At over a pound of 6061 aluminum, this is one of the heftiest split keyboards out there, giving it a strong, premium feel.

  • O-Ring Mounting

    The separate plate and sandwich o-ring mount system allows better acoustics and feel than integrated plate systems.

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What's in the box?

2 Case Halves

2 Plates

Basic Tenting Hardware (M4)

  • 4 Thin Nuts
  • 8 12mm Tenting Legs
  • 4 20mm Tenting Legs
  • 4 30mm Tenting Legs
  • 16 M4 Nylon Washers

Plate Assembly Hardware:

  • 20 M2 Brass standoffs - 5mm for oring mount, 8mm for standard mount
  • 20 M2 Screws
  • 40 1mm ID Orings


How does a Group Buy Work?

In a group buy, expect your order to take over a month to ship from the time the GB closes. Interest and purchases is collected prior to the manufacturing order, so lead times are long. (However they will be shorter than this for the Chieftain R2 due to some preorder logistics I did, but worst case still stands)


This case set should be compatible with most wired and wireless MX-SPACED* Corne PCBs that do not have extra parts that stick out. Discuss on the Discord for confirmation. If you have an existing Corne Plate that you want to use, you will also be able to use that, assuming that it is MX-spaced.

*Most PCBs are, it basically means it is for normal key switches, not a special condensed layout for low profile switches

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Richard Baptist
Premium keyboard case

The Corne keyboard has been my daily driver for several years now. I have owned three IMK cases for it and when I saw the Chieftain I knew I wanted to try this one as well. This is by far the best case you can get for the wonderful Corne and really brings it to a high end level.

This case brings a very premium look and feel to the keyboard. The way the shape fills out the board and hides the tenting makes it a beauty to behold.

I love my IMK case, but it looks very much like a hobbyist case compared to the Chieftain. With added foam between the PCB and the plate/case it also sounds like a premium keyboard.

So yes, I recommend this. I am considering buying a second if there is a new round. (Cerakote white please)

The only thing I miss is the underglow. This could be elegantly addressed by having just six small holes in the bottom of the caes where the underglow LEDs are placed in the PCB.

I know not everyone cares about it, but I think it will do more justice to the options of the Corne.

Tyson Decker
Worth it

I don't know of any other aluminum corne cases. This improves the typing experience so much compared to the fr4 plates I used as a cases before. Definitely worth it if you're into DIY keyboards with milled aluminum cases, but you also don't want to use anything except the corne.

C. G.
High quality case and great group buy experience

The case itself is very high quality with the fit and finish of a very premium product. Great box too. Group buy was well run with good communication throughout the process with Ryan being very active in the discord and keeping us filled in with updates and timelines.

Great case and great community

This case was easy to put together, the build guide was great, and the community was fantastic. I rant into some latency issues with my wireless board, and the community was super helpful in pointing me in the right direction for getting it resolved!