All kits sold at splitkb.com come with through-hole, axial diodes by default. They're easy to handle and easy to solder for beginners, but more seasoned builders might prefer these smaller SMD diodes.
Without legs to clip, soldering these is faster once you get the hang of it, and you won't have parts of the legs sticking out of the other side of the PCB, which can help if you're using Kailh Choc switches on builds with acrylic cases.
- Type: 1N4148W Signal Diode
- Package: SOD-123 (compatible with all kits at splitkb.com)
- Packaged as: Cut reel in ziploc bag
Any kit sold at splitkb.com will already include axial diodes by default: diodes with legs. You won't need to purchase these diodes separately, unless you'd prefer to use these.
When soldering these diodes, make sure the line marked on the diode is aligned with the line on the PCB - they're directional and will only work in one orientation, just like axial diodes.