Going back through some of my older picture files I came across this image of my Nye Speed-X telegraph key described recently in my QSL Card post. I picked up this key at my first Hamfest in 2008. The hardware is handsomely nickel plated and under the black crinkle finish is a zinc alloy casting produced from the same molds dating back to the 1930's.
The Speed-X brand has changed hands a few times in the past 80 years. Speed-X was started in 1934 in San Francisco by Stewart Johnson. The brand was then sold to Les Logan in 1937 who produced keys for a decade then sold the line to E.F. Johnson in 1947. Wm. M. Nye acquired E.F. Johnson in the early 1970's and has been producing the Speed-X brand ever since. The Nye Speed-X is a unique example of a current American made product that can be purchased by an amateur radio operator or telegraph enthusiast that is virtually unchanged in quality and design from the era when code was king.