Ok, some of you guys asked me to make the same Cootie key but make the base heavier. I get it…hard sometimes to switch over from smacking a bug all about the shack to a little guy with a very light touch. SO……I am now going to offer up the same key with a 1/2″ solid stainless steel base which makes it ever so chunky. Either way, this key is becoming a favorite to many a happy cootie convert….BUT remember, the key comes with an adapter to make it a cootie so it is also a stellar performer as a paddle. Two keys for the price of one eh?
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the cootie key or sideswiper. I’ve been using one for years and all of my keys can easily be used as either a paddle or cootie.
Knowing that cootie keys are not the most popular way of sending CW, I’ve set out to produce a key that is wired as a paddle but is equally at home as a cootie, and most of all, it’s very affordable. It features my exclusive Torsion Bar action and hand rubbed exotic wood (usually Brazilian Rosewood) finger pieces with genuine Mother-Of-Pearl inlay on each finger piece. Images above have ebony finger pieces.
The key is a solid block of stainless steel with brushed brass mechanics, and has enough mass (even though it only has a footprint of 3″x3″) to stay put during use thanks to the blind tapped rubber feet. A 3.5mm cable is included as well as a stereo to mono adapter.
Handmade with great care, this key will last a lifetime.
Waiting time averages about 2 weeks with the exception of the Christmas holidays where wait time last year was about 4 weeks. Keys are sent via USPS Priority Mail and professionally packed to ensure safe delivery.
Here’s a video of the first “Fat Boy” version:
TBFB (Torsion Bar Fat Boy) $225 plus $12.85 USPS Priority Mail Shipping