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--- Quote from: iMav;5362 ---I, personally don't like them one bit.  I can't imagine them being at all comfortable to type on.  Way too much form over function for me.
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The function looks mostly fine to me.  The only problem I see are keys like enter, alt, ctrl, etc are a little smaller than I am used to (which doesn't seem like that big a deal at all), and the felt may make cleaning out keyboard chow rather interesting. :)   I'd probably take one of these over the similarly priced Optimus Maximus keyboard. :)

The datamancer boards are based closely on the board found here:

This one is based on an IBM Model M.  The site shows how it was built.

Cory Doctorow got one of the Datamancer boards. He says:

--- Quote ---When I got back from my book tour earlier this month, I was delighted to discover that the handmade steampunk keyboard I'd ordered from Datamancer had arrived. I unpacked and connected it right away and I've been using it ever since, every day, here in my office. The action is great, a little like well-oiled manual, a little like one of the classic indestructible IBM clacky sysadmin keyboards. The keys are shaped like tombstones (I got to specify that) and the three little crystalline lamps on the top right corner light up for power, caps-lock and numlock. There are plenty of gracenotes, too -- like the heavy metallic keyboard cable and the legend "Aether" on the spacebar. It wasn't cheap, and it took eight weeks to arrive, but man, was it worth it
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Doesn't sound too bad.  :)

I nearly ordered one of these for myself a few months ago, more for the art than the function. But there there is something to be said for functional art.

Once I get myself back in a position to support the arts again I have every intention of contacting him for a custom job.

I would like a set of typewritter keys for my HHKB Pro 2, but I think anything else would just kill the design of the 'board.


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