These Oni switches are easily top-tier. My initial impression of this switch was that it reminded me of a Black Cherry Pie (BCP) frankenswitch in terms of looks, sound and feel... except better. Both have a long pole stem resulting in a quicker bottom out, but the Oni switch is waaaaay smoother and barely any stem wobble...
New budget favorite linear
TL;DR - Super smooth, excellent sounding long-pole linear switch but IMO requires lube and maybe films to be great. Right out of the box I was intrigued with these switches but a little disappointed with their stock form. They have a super slick housing that reminds me of the Durock POMS, and they also share that sort of resonant tone of the Durocks as well which I think is excellent. The housings are reasonably tight with minimal wobble, at first I didn't think films were necessary. The sound is noticeably scratchy, crunchy/pingy. My guess is some of this is the spring moving on the housing, as such I found spring lubing (bag lubed with GPL 105) was very helpful though didn't resolve the issue completely, maybe 90% better. Perhaps a heavier lube/oil would be better on these in the future. I tried a few different lubing techniques for the stem/housing and ultimately decided on just lubing the stem with Krytox 205G0 as lubing the lower housing seemed to have very little difference. I did make sure to lube the inner stem housing/pole and this pretty much took care of the remaining crunchiness. At first I used a Durock film since the housing was reasonably tight but found it didn't change much for the sound. Then over to Deskeys films and I feel this made the switch much deeper and more muted, both are my preference so I went with that. All said and done they are hugely improved over stock now. The long pole causes some natural loudness and clack but its quite pleasant and I personally enjoy the abrupt bottom out of the longer pole switches. In feel they remind me quite a bit of the Prevail Epsilon, very smooth just not quite as deep. Overall I think these will be my new go-to ESPECIALLY at the price. I think Divinikey knocked it out of the park with these!
Excellent aside from the spring
This could easily have been a 5 star switch in my opinion if the stock spring didn't have so much crunch. I cover more of it in my quick review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZkeL1j7mTo
75% - 80% of the Black Cherry Pie Experience for less than 1/3 of the Price!
Awesome switch! A little quieter i volume than other long pole linears like the Zaku, Epsilon, Techno-Violets, & Creams. Volume wise it is closer to the Durock Pom Linears or as some people call them, Pianos. Another similarity it shares with the Pianos is the amazing stem and housing wobble. This switch DOESN’T need films at all! Which is consistent with my experience with Tecsee manufactures switches. I’m not too big a fan of the colors, but I am a big fan of the sound, smoothness, and tolerances that this switch has. Weirdly enough it sounds quite close to the BCPs that I made for experimentation, just a little quieter. Solid 9/10. That said, if this came with a longer spring AND factory lube on the tier that the Matcha Lattes or the Gateron Oil Kings have. I would give this a 10/10 STOCK. For now it’s a 9/10 because it needs some lube albeit only a little.
Not perfect, but closer to 5 stars than four. The only slight knock against these is a touch of spring-wiggle sound, which you can address with tuning. These are quite smooth with a medium-pitched clack and shorter travel thanks to the long pole. If you like or are interested in shorter travel linears, these Oni are a great option.