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Here are some of the custom keyboards that are available for purchase. These keyboards are painstakingly handcrafted works of art and have been seen in many publications and on television, including SyFy Channel's "Warehouse 13" and NBC's "It's worth What?"
All of these keyboards use the highest-quality mechanical keyswitches which, unlike a standard $20, off-the-shelf "soft-touch" style "throwaway" keyboard, are rated for millions of keypresses and years of reliable service.

These keyboard "models" are shown merely to illustrate some of the more popular combinations of available options. More customizations are available upon request including different fonts, personalized icons, symbols or names on the spacebar, different metals, finishes and faceplate materials.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page or CLICK HERE
for ordering info and Frequently Asked Questions

 

NEW!

"The Streamline"

Art Deco Keyboard


This keyboard pays homage to the "Machine Age" styling of the 1920's with a glimmering layered frame of highly polished aluminum

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"The Sojourner"
A.K.A.
"The Warehouse 13 Keyboard"

Polished brass keyboard with aged leather faceplate, cloth cord, and elegant key font on parchment.

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"The Sojourner"
in an "aged" finish

The Sojourner, except with a painstakingly buffed and artificially tarnished finish.

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"The New Yorker"

An elegant Art Deco design featuring a mixture of polished brass and aluminum

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"The Marquis"

Polished brass keyboard with acanthus-leaf engraving, cloth cord, leather faceplate and an elegant key font on parchment

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"The Silver Marquis"

The Marquis keyboard, except in polished aluminum with black leather faceplate, violet LEDs and a cloth cord

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"The Reliquary"

A keyboard with some surprises! Hidden in this attractive wooden box is a keyboard with padded velvet wrist-rest and aged leather faceplate.

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"The Alchemist"

This keyboard features a key set that is an homage to the medical arts, including many arcane alchemical and apothecarial symbols

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"The Datamancer Deco"

1920s "Machine Age" charm for your desktop computer!

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NEW!

"The Datamancer Deco"

Now in a "Mac-centric" all-white version!

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"The Emperor"
Chinese Keyboard

An engraved brass keyboard featuring a Dragon on one side and a Phoenix on the other, with keys in CANGJIE layout

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"The Aviator"

Brushed Aluminum keyboard with a black leather faceplate and braided-steel cord that has a decidedly "mechanical" or "clean industrial" theme.

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"The Aviator"
in Polished Aluminum finish

The Aviator, except with a hand-polished mirror-like finish.

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"The von Slatt Original"

Polished Brass keyboard with a black felt faceplate, cloth cord, and "old typewriter" key font.

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"The Archbishop"

Originally designed to accompany my Archbishop PC, this keyboard is now available as a stand-alone design. It features a wooden faceplate in a red mahogany stain, a polished brass frame with quatrefoil designs in the side, a cloth cord, and keys in a fancy cursive font.

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"The Industrial"

An aged, dirtied, scuffed-up industrial keyboard with hex-nut keys, steel mesh faceplate, and gears for feet.

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Customs and "One-offs"

These are keyboards that are not currently for sale, but are here to illustrate the range of options for custom keyboards

"The Datamancer Ergo"

The keyboard that inspired the Marquis. This keyboard featured a built-in buttonless trackpad mouse, padded wrist rest, and a unique forward-tilted design. No further ergonomic keyboards are available at this time.

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"The Baron of Cyprus"

An all-copper keyboard with black leather faceplate and cloth cord.
Production of the Baron of Cyprus keyboard is on hold temporarily but will be available in the future.

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"Scrabble Keyboard"

This keyboard features real Scrabble tiles on the keys.
This keyboard is currently being developed for future production.

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Frequently Asked Questions


"How much?"
 
   The approximate range on the "standard" models seen above is about $800-1500 USD. Each keyboard is intricately handcrafted, rare, unique and priced as "art" rather than a "PC accessory". Some of the more intricate pieces and custom designs can be a bit more.

"How long do I have to wait?"
 
    The typical turnaround time is about 2-3 weeks from order to arrival for one of the "standard" models seen above, though the delay time has been getting shorter lately as I streamline my processes. I also occasionally have an extra keyboard or two already assembled so it's possible to have a keyboard in just a few days. For more intricate keyboards, it could be a month or two. For super-custom, one-off work, it could be as long as a 6-month build process, but I provide many in-progress photos and discuss build details with you the whole way.

"Can I get one for my Mac?"
   Yes, you can! I use a multi-OS core in my keyboards which work well in any Operating System. If you request a Mac keyboard, I will add the appropriate Mac keys including F13-F15, Command and Alt-Option. Depending on the Mac OS version, you may have to swap the Command and Alt-option keys in your keyboard settings, but that only takes one click of the mouse. My keyboards do not have a built-in USB port in them like some Mac keyboards, so you'll have to run your mouse cord down to the PC instead.

"What do the keys feel/sound like?"
 
   The mechanical keys on most of my keyboards have the slightest bit of a tactile "click" or "snap" to them, which lends itself nicely to the "typewriter" theme of the keys and provides a nice sense of touch-feedback. They are slightly louder than a "soft touch" style membrane keyboard, but not obnoxiously so. On a noise scale of 1 to 10 with a laptop keyboard being a 1 and a classic IBM Model M keyboard being a 10, my keyboards are maybe a 3 or 4.

"How are the ergonomics?"
 
   The keyboards are pretty comfortable, and most of my customers are writers and computer professionals who use their keyboards all day long with no complaints, but my keyboards do sit a little bit higher than a normal keyboard, so if you are very particular about your keyboard ergonomics you might want to use a padded wrist support with the keyboard.

"What LED colors are available?"
 
   I currently have Red, Blue, Green, Amber/Yellow, Violet/Purple, and White.

"What's the connection format?
 
All my keyboards are USB

"What materials and finishes are available?"
 
   I can build metal keyboards in brass, aluminum, copper, or steel in a brushed, polished, or antiqued finish. Wood keyboards can be made in any choice of stain or finish.

"What about the faceplate?"
 
   The most common materials are leather, felt, and wood, but I can make the faceplate material out of a wide range of materials including metal, fabric, or even paper (I add a sheet of clear protective acrylic)

"Can you tell me what "mechanical keyboard" actually means?"
   
  Most "soft-touch" style keyboards (like the one they give you for free when you buy a new PC) are called "membrane" keyboards, meaning that, underneath the keys are two thin plastic sheets, or "membranes", that each have half a circuit printed on them with a conductive material. When you press a key down, the key squishes these two flimsy membranes together, which momentarily connects the two halves of the circuit. This design is effective but not very robust and is very vulnerable to dirt, dust, liquids, aging, and is basically not supposed to last anyone more than a year or two. My keyboards are "mechanical switch" designs, meaning there is a separate physical electronic switch on each key which provides a much more reliable connection and is rated to industrial specifications (something like "over 20 million" duty cycles, or key presses). Comparable retail keyboards are the Matias Tactile Pro and the Das Keyboard.

"Do you offer foreign-language keyboards?"
New!
  
 I've only very recently become able to make foreign-language keyboards in ISO format (UK, Spanish, German, French, etc). Though there is no increase in price, there will be an increase in the length of the build time for a while until I can locate a local supplier of Euro-layout keyboards in the high-quality mechanical-switch configuration I use in my keyboards.
"Ok, this all sounds great. I want one! How do I order?"
 
   Drop me an email at Datamancer@datamancer.net and let me know what you would like. For the rest of the info, see below.


Ordering Info

   
Ordinarily I take a 50% deposit up front for parts and security, with the rest due upon completion. Paypal is the easiest method, but I will also accept personal checks and money orders. I offer free shipping within the contiguous United States, but will ship anywhere upon request. If you would like to research a shipping quote on your own, my keyboards usually ship in a box that is 24"x12.5"x8", weighs about 6 pounds, and departs from Chino, CA, 91710.
 
 

Thank you for your interest in my work, and I hope to hear from you soon.

                                      -Richard "Doc" Nagy



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