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Basic Typewriter Tools

Like any hobby or profession, there are basic tools required to do typewriter repair.  As my grandfather always said, "Use the right tool for the right job."  His advice couldn't be truer today especially with typewriter repair.  Here are a few items you'll need to get started.   A Good Set of Hollow Ground Screwdrivers.  Don't cheap out on this one and don't use the screwdrivers you probably have for repairs around your home or to work on your cars.  Here are a few sets that many people use. Gracie Gunsmithing Screwdrivers.  I really like this set and use them almost every day.  It has a nice mix of sizes that you'll need and the screwdrivers are made in the...

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Recommended Typewriter Accessories - Part 2 - Colored Typewriter Ribbons!

Last time, I wrote about one essential typewriter accessory, the typewriter pad.  In this blog post, I thought I'd write about another recommended typewriter accessory:  colored typewriter ribbons! Traditionally, typewriters have used solid black ribbons or half red/half black ribbons.  Those are the two most common typewriter ribbons available for purchase today.  Those are the ones I sell in my shop on kytyper.com. However, it's great fun to add a splash of color to your typewritten notes, poems, and letters.  A green typewriter ribbon is perfect for the holiday season that is just a few weeks away!  Have fun with it. We're also fortunate enough that colored typewriter ribbons are fairly easy to come by.  Recently, I purchased FJA's 7...

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Recommended Typewriter Accessories - Part 1

You've bought a beautiful vintage typewriter and now you're wondering what accessories you may need.  One essential accessory for your typewriter is a nice typewriter pad. Typewriter Pads I  use a typewriter pad most any time I am using a typewriter.  What is a typewriter pad?  It's really just a cushioned pad that is placed under a typewriter to help hold the machine in place and to absorb any vibration.  My current favorites are these sold by Richard Polt.  They are the perfect size for most all my typewriters and have a rubber packing which really helps keep my typewriter in place when I'm typing.  Even better, the proceeds go to a good cause.  Go buy yourself a couple and...

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The IBM Wheelwriter Typewriter: A Review

I’ll admit it, I used to turn up my nose at the IBM (and later, Lexmark) Wheelwriter typewriter.  After all, it was electronic and being I prefer manual or electric (mechanical with a motor) typewriters, the Wheelwriter never really appealed to me.  Unlike the IBM Selectric, it didn’t have a pleasing design.  It lacked all sex appeal.  Even the color was bland and uninteresting.  And then there's that plastic case. All those things still ring true but the IBM Wheelwriter really shines in functionality.  To be completely transparent, when I have a lot of typing to do, I reach for the Wheelwriter more often than not.  Why?  Because it’s a solid workhorse of a typewriter that can handle anything I...

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