The wood – every piece is different
As a natural material, each wooden board has its own unmistakable character. The first differentiating factor is the species of tree. From Caucasian walnut to pear, maple and olive – there are over 60,000 known species of tree, over 3,000 of which are used commercially worldwide. The color spectrum ranges from jet black, chocolate brown and green, through to cream and white hues. Some species even produce purple wood.
Each variety perfectly underscores the unique nature of this versatile material. Regardless of which wood you choose, your keyboard’s exclusive aesthetic will no doubt continue to surprise and delight you for a great many years to come.
More stunning with every passing year
Wood is not a static material. It is constantly evolving. Over time your keyboard will become slightly darker and take on a natural patina, depending on how it is used. Unlike conventional plastic products, the aesthetic value of our keyboards increases with age – as will your emotional connection with its timeless and functional design. When you run your fingertips gently over the surface of the wood, it feels smooth, warm and natural. A Gebr. Hentschel keyboard truly is a feast for the senses.
The keys – made primarily from natural stone dust
The 108 keys are produced using an extremely hard-wearing and durable mineral composite, which is also particularly hygienic and easy to clean. The material consists primarily of natural stone dust and can be recycled, making it an excellent choice in terms of environmental sustainability. Visually, is reminiscent of fine white porcelain and makes the keys exquisite to the touch, which is another essential criteria for the perfect typing experience.
The letters, numbers and symbols are engraved and hand-painted with indelible paint to ensure they won’t fade over time. According to laboratory tests, the estimated service life of these keys is over 200 years.
18K gold ridges for touch typing
The raised ridges on the F, J and 5 keys play a special role in relation to touch typing. They help you to correctly position your hands on the keyboard while keeping your eyes focused on the computer screen. The embedded ridges on Gebr. Hentschel keyboards are made from 18 karat gold, generating a wonderfully subtle contrast to the ivory white keys.
Industrial steel for superior stability
The back panel is crafted from sturdy, one-millimeter-thick steel. It affords the keyboard exceptional stability and a satisfying weight, ensuring the keyboard sits securely on your desk. The steel panel is powder-coated in matte black in accordance with industry standards, making the surface highly resistant to scratches and other signs of wear.
The brushed stainless steel trim set into the front of the keyboard is an attractive design element that further enhances the keyboard’s elegant look and feel. This type of steel is typically used in mechanical engineering for surfaces that are subject to extreme wear and tear. So naturally, the steel trim also meets our exacting standards in relation to the keyboard’s maximum service life.
Cable manufactured by a specialized ropery
A small ropery in Switzerland’s Emmental region supplies us with the cable jacket for the keyboard’s connecting cable. The family-owned business exclusively uses organically farmed flax from the surrounding region and a local electronics company crafts the finished cable jackets.