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Reviews Summary for Vizkey Camel Back Straight Key
Vizkey Camel Back Straight Key Reviews: 30 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $148
Description: The Vizkey "Camel Back" is a modern interpretation of a vintage design. This key is constructed of solid brass and incorporates a reliable leaf spring.
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K1EDG Rating: 5/5 May 15, 2013 08:29 Send this review to a friend
Great Key!!!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have had My Viz Camel Back and I have now use it for all key QSO's. It is smooth, easy to adjust and stays adjusted. One of the best key's I have ever owned. Smooth key, great looks, fast shipping, good price, excellent key!!
W4TRJ Rating: 5/5 Apr 23, 2013 07:18 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a very fine piece of workmanship. It is the kind of instrument that one buys when one buys Snap-On tools to work on their car or a Gibson guitar to play music -- the kind of tool that will last a lifetime. Smooth as butter, will hold the adjustment, gorgeous finish.

And made by a real live man who will answer the phone.

This key was a gift to myself for getting on the air with cw. I was using an old speedex (which aint a bad key actually), but I wanted a key to grow into and one I wouldn't outgrow. I'd say I found 'er.

For people who really use cw, this is a fine way to do it.
K7REL Rating: 5/5 Jan 19, 2013 17:13 Send this review to a friend
Very Nice Key!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Camel-back straight key is a very nice key indeed. Beautiful craftmanship!! You can tell that Tom takes a lot of pride in his work. Ordered the key on Thursday via email, and it was here by 10:30am Saturday morning.

I used a straight key exclusively for my first 45 years, then changed over to an iambic paddle, so I could run cw mobile. Haven't used a straight key in 8 years, but this little camel-back is so smooth that, once adjusted, I was back up to 20-25 wpm in a couple of hours.

And as an unexpected side effect of sending with the straight key = it has actually improved my sending with the paddle.
KD1XH Rating: 5/5 Oct 1, 2012 10:53 Send this review to a friend
Very Awesome  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am a new member of the SKCC and wanted to get back into using a straight key so I started looking for a good deal on a quality key. After reading the reviews here I jumped on this one and it was a great choice. It arrived almost instantly (ordered Wednesday, showed up Friday), took just a minute to adjust tension, connect to my rig and start having fun!

In the future I may also may try the cootie key and/or a bug. I got a used bug for now from eBay to experiment with to see if I can send with one first.
AC4BT Rating: 5/5 Sep 7, 2012 18:58 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding Customer Service and Key!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I needed a straight key and after reading the reviews I decided to get the Viskey Camel Back. The Key was shipped promptly and was securely packaged. It is a beautiful key and quite heavy and will definitely not move around during use.

When using it on my first QSO I found my fingers didn't fit comfortably around the knob so I emailed Tom and asked if he had available a Navy Style knob that could be added to the Key to give my fingers something to rest on. I offered to pay for it and the shipping.

Tom responded quickly to my email with a picture of the Navy Knob so I could see how it would look and work. He then shipped it to me at no cost! He said he didn't want to have even one dissatisfied customer. Well, in my many years of experience in purchasing Ham equipment I have never seen such outstanding customer service! Tom stands behind his product 100%

With the Navy Knob added, I find using this key to be a joy. It's beautiful to look at and comfortable to use.

Tom's outstanding customer service is rare to find, and the Viskey Camel Back Straight key is a joy to use!
K9NRW Rating: 5/5 Sep 6, 2012 18:17 Send this review to a friend
Great Key!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I received the camel back key in 2 days. It was every thing all the other reviews said it would be. Very solid and smooth to use. Any adjustment are easy to make. I can't say enough about this key.

Thanks Tom.
WK0X Rating: 5/5 Sep 6, 2012 18:13 Send this review to a friend
Functional, beautiful and American made  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After 34 years as a ham, and loving CW, I decided it was time to look for a high quality straight key. I've used various lower priced keys, and wanted a nice one to compliment my Vibroplex 2000 Blue Racer bug. I've never used any form of keyer, always preferring to "roll my own." Initially, I was leaning towards ordering a Bengali Blade or Spark model. However, while looking through the reviews on e-Ham, I noticed a key with perfect reviews. I found this rather odd, and decided to investigate further. I'm glad I did. For about half the price of the Bengalis, I decided to take a chance on the VisKey Camel Back.
This is an outstanding piece of craftsmanship. Not only does it perform as advertised, the appearance is stunning, with its machine textured solid brass finish. It stays put on the table, and the settings stay where you put them, as noted by previous reviewers.
Tom had set the pivot point screws nicely, so no adjustment was necessary. That left only the spring tension and contact spacing to fool with. Initially, I had some difficulty getting the key to feel exactly like I wanted. I then realized that the leaf spring tension has a slightly different "feel" as compared to the usual conical spring. To compensate for this, I opened up the contact spacing ever-so-slightly and the key started to sing. Solid as a rock, with no lateral movement.
Tom and I exchanged several e-mails, as he wanted to make sure the key arrived safely, and performed well. It most certainly did and has. I also discovered Tom is an ex submariner machinist mate. As an ex sub sailor myself, I can attest personally those guys can build of fix anything. If you are in the market for a straight key, you need to look no further.

KI5IO Rating: 5/5 Aug 8, 2012 12:20 Send this review to a friend
Extraordinary Key !!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is one fantastic key. Craftsmanship is well above par. Straight-forward adjustments and they "hold". The key is heavy for its size and is very solid/stable

Tom is working out a solution for my "Navy-style knob" request and I am impressed with the solution.

Tom's customer service and Camel-Back key is excellent.

If you are looking to add a key to your station (collection) or to get your first key you will not go wrong with the VizKey Camel-Bank as your choice.

Nolan Kienitz
Plano, TX
KD4VQT Rating: 5/5 Jul 3, 2012 17:59 Send this review to a friend
Excellent key!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This key is a masterpiece of craftsmanship. It arrived with one of his business cards between the contacts--perfect spacing. Its appearance is beautiful. The machine finishing on the key is just the right touch-always looks new each time I use it. It is so smooth that I can send good code with complete control. It takes the same force every time to make contact with the key. It has boosted my speed by atleast 3-5 wpm because of its smooth operation. It will keep the settings you set when you tighten the lock "nuts" down. I do not have to repeat the set up because it stays as you set it. I am a great beliver in "Made in the USA." and it lives up to that standard exactly! I will probably never search for a key to replace it. I could sing its praises all night. Get one and you will have a "friend for life." It takes up so little space on my desk and yet performs excellently. I wish I could give it a 5+, it is so good.
AK4LP Rating: 5/5 Jun 19, 2012 03:08 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding key  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
First thing, Tom is great. I ordered the key and asked if he would provide a different style knob. He did so without any additional cost, which I greatly appreciated.

Second thing, Tom makes great keys! Besides being quite beautiful, this key works beautifully. I am very impressed with the workmanship, the adjustability, and the smoothness of operation.

I keep my key set so that it is almost touching the contact, and keep it pretty stiff. Once established, that setting has not budged a bit and I don't believe that it will.

Straight keys are fun, and the Vizkey Camel Back brings a smile to my face every time that I use it. I definitely recommend it.
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