F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Feel free to discuss the project here and post any questions or comments!

Orders are now being accepted at ModelFKeyboards dot com

Feel free to look through the Deskthority and Geekhack project threads (and the project updates blog on the above web site) for the long history of the project, including the long factory production delays that have since all been resolved. We are now in the assembly phase with shipping expected to start around mid-year.

Unprinted key sets from the brand new one-piece molds began shipping out this month. Last year the inner foam began shipping out (inner foam is available for all the original Model F Keyboards as well, except the XT style ones).

You can stock up on repair parts for your original IBM / Unicomp keyboards too: Key sets, barrels, precision cut inner foam, flippers/springs are all compatible with the original IBM Model F keyboards and the key sets are also compatible with the IBM Model M keyboards in addition to IBM Model F Keyboards.

The project’s goal is to reproduce the extremely hard to find 60% and 75% style Model F keyboards. All of the keys of the large Model F keyboards are available through function layers that are fully customizable with the open source GUI software. It took me a little time to get used to the more efficient layout but being able to own a Brand New Model F keyboard makes it well worth the effort!

I have gotten a few requests for making molds for larger keyboards but adding extra keys would make the keyboard similar to the Model M’s on eBay that sell for well below what new production keyboards can possibly sell for.

The brand new Model F keyboards are native USB with NKRO and are fully customizable with function layers, macros, and the option to customize each key and layout.

I do hope everyone considers ordering a Brand New Model F Keyboard before the limited production run ends!

SUMMARY OF EVERYTHING THIS BUY INCLUDES

  • Basic keyboard models: F62, F77, Ultra Compact F62, Ultra Compact F77
  • One-piece XT-style keycaps made from new molds, including Industrial SSK style blue keys - extra sets are also available separately
  • Extra parts also available separately including Model F (AT) compatible barrels, flippers, cases, PCBs, inner foam, and inner assemblies
  • Available layouts: ANSI: US and HHKB style with split backspace and regular non-split backspace. ISO: Vertical enter with a variety of international layout variants: Spanish, German, Nordic, French, UK, etc.
  • More specifics at ModelFKeyboards dot com
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Why not give an actual link to the site?

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Looks like it was crossposted from a site/forum that doesn’t allow urls

@Ellipse- how do the buckling springs compare to those in the Unicomp? That’s the only real experience I have with that switch type, so I’m curious to know how they compare before dropping a few hundred bucks.

Thanks in advance!

a_little_shy, the Model F keyboard is a big step up from the Model M keyboard. The Model F originally cost more than $600 in inflation-adjusted dollars, while the Model M was a mid- to late-1980s effort to remove more than two-thirds of the cost by moving to cheaper materials (more plastic and less metal); the Model M now sells for about $100. The Model F 4704 style keyboards have a heavy metal case and two steel plates on the inside, along with individual barrels and large flippers that produced a sharper click upon actuation.

Chyrosran22 has an excellent Model F overview - feel free to go on YouTube to his video: “The Ultimate IBM Model F review (XT, AT, F104, F122, 5291, 4704 etc.) (capacitive buckling springs)”

Those who have tried out the keyboards in person have said they are as good as, or even better than the original Model F Keyboards.

https://deskthority.net/group-buys-f50/brand-new-f62-kishsaver-f77-industrial-model-f-s-made-this-year-t11046-2880.html#p400013

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Holy zombie thread, I know, but KTers might be interested to know that the window for new orders is not yet closed (it’s slated for the end of this month, I believe). I thought I’d missed it, so I’m psyched to get in on the modern model F action.

For anyone out of the loop, as I was until now: Some early orders have been shipped already and apparently folks are posting reviews. QMK compatibility has been announced… exciting things are happening! I’m HYPEd

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Yes, shipping started and 360 keyboards have shipped so far. I individually test and ship out each one myself.
Not sure if everyone’s aware but please let me know if you wanted your keyboard to ship early without the printed keys (if you had other Model M or Model F keys or Unicomp keys that you wanted to borrow). As per my recent blog update, I’ve been mailing out lots of orders early while the factory takes care of the key sublimation to help reduce the number of keyboards that have to be mailed out later on while I have some down time now. However not all keyboards are eligible as many keyboards (including most of the compact case keyboards) are in the second container shipment of the early bird round, delayed this year but shipping in about a month or so from China (more details on the project web site blog).

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Thank god I saw this post and reminded me to slip into this GB. Super excited to add to my collection… eventually lol

Topre v MX v Buckling Spring who will win as my daily driver I wonder.