1984 IBM Model F keyboard (6110668) 13 DEC 84 (122-key)

SKU: H8563 Category:


part# IBM model F (122-key keyboard)
serial# H8563
date 13 DEC 84 (36 years old)

heavy weight: 9 pounds, 1 oz = 4.1 kilos

22″ x 9″ x 2.5″. (558mm x 229mm x 64mm)

IBM logo silver logo with black text
metal steel back case (painted black)
cable attached, gray coiled cable, 5-pin connector
condition Keyboard in good condition for an artifact that is 36 years old.

Keyboard tested and fully validated to working 100% using Soarer’s 240 degree IBM Model F 122 converter (sold by Orihalcon on eBay).  (not included)

key switches VERY clicky = buckling spring
condition Requires use of additional converter/adapter in order to work with modern PCs link
comments Feet extend in three positions (fully retracted, partially extended, fully extended).  Metal shiny internal plate (zinc galvanized steel).  Black-painted metal bottom case.   Keyboard weight = 9 pounds, 1 oz (4.1 kilos).

Painted-black metal steel backplate with 8-position DIP switch.

IBM 3179 sticker. https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/9/897/ENUS184-039/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

*   New keyboard
    -   A new modifiable keyboard with 122 keys provides 24
        individual program function (PF) keys, a numeric pad in
        adding machine layout, and cursor-move keys positioned in a
        cross pattern for easier use.
    -   Keyboard layout can be modified by the customer to fit
        application requirements.
    -   Low-profile, movable keyboard with coiled cable has an
        adjustment for use at any of three angles of inclination:  6,
        12, or 18 degrees.
    -   Keyboard switch setting by operator allows either of two
        modes of keyboard operation:
        .   Emulation mode
            When a 3179 keyboard is used in Emulation mode, it must
            be attached to the following engineering change (EC) or
            microcode release levels of the control unit or
            Display/Printer Adapter.

Note: 2 hairlines in the paint of front case.  #1 is underneath the PF1-PF4 and #2 is to the bottom left hand corner of case next to 10 function keys

Gray keyboard cable in very good coiled condition with metal end. 

see for Chryosan’s YouTube review. IBM 3270/3179 Model F “Battleship” keyboard review (capacitive buckling springs)





Additional information

Weight 11 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 12 × 4 in