The IST Fujin III aims to set a new standard among Korean levers with a host of respected, 3D fighting game centric features.
Designed by Airbaguy
Lately we have seen some of the best K-Sticks come from notable modders in the scene, adopted by manufacturers and revered by enthusiasts. Airbaguy is known for his use of a custom shaped metal plate below the lever's housing, creating a perfectly flat surface for the microswitches to sit. It is he that designed the third iteration of the Fujin lever, and many argue its features make this latest model the definitive one to own.
Form and Function
The Fujin III is also attractive, utilizing a frosted white battop with a thinner shaft than most Samducka levers. The aim here is to reduce hitting or riding the collar, plus better manipulation of the rubber grommet-based tension. The flat switch mounting plate offers a uniform presentation, while reducing any looseness or wobble of the highly popular Gersung GSM-V1623A3 .187" Long Straight Hinge Lever Microswitches that are utilized for inputs. The grommet is a stiff Myoungshin 45 Shore tension, optimal for players that most often use Tekken's Mishima characters and where wavedashing and constant movement requires a fast return to neutral.
All of these elements are housed within a high tolerance mold, quality similar to the 2019 version of the Myoungshin Fanta Joystick. The mounting plate is also designed for maximum compatibility with most Japanese style mounts, though the higher-profile 35mm collar remains a requirement for custom DIY or Korean compatible Fightstick layouts.
- Designed by Airbaguy
- Frosted Bat
- 7.8mm diameter shaft (2020 model)
- Flat switch mounting plate
- Utilizes Gersung GSM-V1623A3 .187" Long Straight Hinge Lever Microswitches
- Much higher tolerance mold
- Oversized grommet bushing for better tension of grommet
- Easier to find corners
- Faster return to neutral
- Zero deadzone slop
- Narrower shaft reduced collar ride, better manipulation of grommet tension
Much thanks to Buttercade's John Buttero for helpful description of features. IST Fujin III photos used with permission.