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IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard [SOLD]

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: My Daily Driver

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard (Click on the photo to enlarge it)

Manufacturer: International Business Machines (IBM)
Model: Model F Personal Computer (PC) AT
Serial Number: 270127569
Part Number: 6090817
EC Number: EC 528318 (EC = Engineering Change)
Shop Date: F4 4884
Switch Technology: Capacitive buckling springs
Connector: AT
Condition: Very good
Cosmetics: Very good. Scuffs and superficial scratches on bottom of the keyboard. Top and sides of case are in very good condition. Small nick at bottom edge of F8 keycap.
Overall rating for cosmetics: 8.5/10
Operation: Everything works—keys, legs, LEDs. The feel of the switches is classic for an IBM Model F keyboard. This is the keyboard I use for at least 12 hours everyday—it’s that good. (And yes, I prefer this F AT over my Topre Realforce 87U.)
Price: SOLD!

This F AT was my introduction to the world of IBM Model F keyboards. In the last 12 months, I have used this keyboard more than any other. Because I’ve had to do a lot of mission critical work in the past few weeks, I’ve not typed on anything other than this highly reliable Model F AT. My typing speed is also fastest on this keyboard, which is particularly handy when I need to do a few jobs at the same time.

I removed the rust from the top internal metal plate of this IBM Model F keyboard and painted it a few months ago.

The keyboard is in pretty good condition overall. There are no discernible blemishes on the top or side of the case. But there are a few spots under the case that have been scuffed and scratched. Nothing major.

(Click on the photos below to enlarge them.)

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: My Daily Driver: Left Side.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: My Daily Driver: Left Side.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Left Side.

Notice the small nick on the bottom edge of F8. I could have swapped it out but I left it as is because I think it lends character to the board.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Another View of the Left Side.

You can still see the nick at the bottom edge of F8. It’s really not very noticeable, especially when I’m furiously trying to beat deadlines.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Left Side.

I like seeing the red of the painted metal plate underneath through the gaps between keycaps.

IBM Model F PC / AT: Middle of keyboard.

Marks are visible on two of the most often pressed keys—Enter and the space bar. I wasn’t able to remove them with a damp cloth. Something stronger will be required if I really wanted to get the marks off.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Right Side.

Right side of my IBM Model F PC / AT.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Right Side.

Right side of my IBM Model F AT keyboard.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Right Side.

Alternative view of the right side of my IBM Model F AT keyboard.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Numeric Pad.

I find the numeric pad of the IBM Model F PC / AT useful for spreadsheet work.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: The Famous IBM Badge.

The famous IBM badge of the Model F AT.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Cable.

The cable of my IBM Model F PC / AT has kept its coils very well over the years.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Bottom of case.

The bottom of my IBM Model F PC / AT is generally in good condition apart from some scuffs and superficial scratches, all of which were already present when I took possession of the keyboard.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Scuff marks on bottom of case.

Close-up of scuff marks on the bottom of my IBM Model F PC / AT.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Bottom of Case.

Bottom of my IBM Model F PC / AT keyboard: Left Side.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Bottom of Case.

Bottom of my IBM Model F PC / AT keyboard case: Right Side.

IBM Model F PC / AT Keyboard: Serial Number and Barcode.

Serial number and barcode of my IBM Model F PC / AT.

Dimensions of the IBM Model F PC/AT Keyboard

You might be wondering how large this old keyboard is or whether it might fit on your desktop. The dimensions of the IBM Model F PC/AT keyboard are as follows:

Width: 46.3 cm / 18.2 inches (without the knobs to extend the legs); 50.3 cm / 19.8 inches (with the knobs)
Depth: 20.6 cm / 8.1 inches
Height: 3.8 cm / 1.5 inches
Weight: 2.8 kg / 6.2 lbs

Edit December 19, 2012:

This IBM Model F PC/AT Keyboard Is Now For Sale!

Due to Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) of my wrists, I began using a Kinesis Contoured Keyboard from September 2012, and gradually reduced the amount of time typing on flat keyboards, including this IBM Model F PC/AT keyboard. I now type exclusively on a Kinesis Contoured Keyboard while dabbling with other RSI-friendly keyboards. All this means that this PC/AT is currently unused and unloved; it doesn’t look likely that I’ll ever go back to using a flat keyboard. This IBM PC/AT keyboard needs a good home.

Below are some updated photos of this keyboard. (Click on the images to enlarge them.) As you can see, it’s in very good condition.

IBM Model F PC/AT Keyboard For Sale (Full View)

IBM Model F PC/AT Keyboard For Sale (Left Side)

IBM Model F PC/AT Keyboard For Sale (Right Side)

If you have any questions about the keyboard or would like to buy it, please send me an e-mail at modelf4sale@gmail.com.

Edit January 14, 2013:

The keyboard was sold on January 14, 2013. I have other IBM Model F keyboards for sale. To make an offer before I create a post for them, send an e-mail to modelf4sale@gmail.com.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Steve Abshire February 12, 2014, 4:25 PM

    Do you still have any more IBM PC AT model F keyboards for sale? If so, what condition are they in, and how much do you want for them? Pics would be nice also.

    Thanks!

    • Andy Teh February 14, 2014, 11:27 PM

      @Steve Abshire—I’m sorry I don’t have any more IBM Model F AT keyboards for sale.

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