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SNKB-M1987BS122

Notes

This was my first vintage IBM keyboard and now the flagship of my collection. In a way, the performance of this keyboard ensured I got sucked into and stayed with this hobby. So sufficed to say, this keyboard holds great sentimental value! The original terminal-centric legends were largely replaced with a Wheelwriter 6 keycap set recovered from a beyond recoverable keyboard assembly, with some standard PC Enhanced Keyboard keycaps peppered in. The pearl Esc, and pebble Fn, 1u backspace and old-style Windows logo keycaps were from Unicomp. The Ctrl/Enter keycap was from a IBM 3270 PC keyboard of some sort. I presently unsure what exact terminal this keyboard operated with. This keyboard was also featured in my Differences between and classifications of 122-key Model Ms comparison topic.

Original specs/details

Full Name
IBM Command Key Keyboard
Part Number
1390886
Type
Model M Type II Functional Key Keyboard
Nickname
Battleship
Switches
IBM membrane buckling springs
Feet
Elongated single-setting flip-out feet
Protocol
Set 3
Connection
Cable
Cable
Grey coiled fixed DIN (240)
Form Factor
120%
Production Date
1987-11-29
Acquisition Date
2019-08-30

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