Monday, March 31, 2014

A Little More Time

Hi everyone! Sorry about the lack of a typecast. I was gone over the weekend, but I did acquire a new machine. This is the first of its kind I have ever seen in person, and the only model of its kind ever made, by my research. It needs some cleaning up before it will type, but I will post on it when I get it working.

Everyone have a great week!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sorry for the Wait

Hello everyone! I am sorry that I have made everyone wait so long. I haven't had time over the past week to do a typecast. I have been very busy with school work, and on top of that, I just got my first customer for pens: someone ordered 12 of them, made out of a special wood from our town. We have an old Carnegie Library building that just got restored, and these pens are made of some of the original oak wood used in trim there. It is very limited in quantity!

Anyways, I should have a typecast coming up, maybe even later today. If not, then hopefully by Wednesday.

I hope everyone has had a great week!


Edit: I am going to be gone over the weekend, but I will bring a machine with me and post by monday. I have been so busy, I haven't had time to type anything.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I Couldn't Wait: My 1920's Elliott Fisher

This is the huge cast iron base that the typewriter sits on. Originally, it would have tables on the arms for holding  copies or papers. The arms should also have another part, which would hold the surfaces, but they were missing.

This is a good shot of the column adding/subtracting registers and the mechanism. When you press a number and you have it set to add/subtract, it puts the numbers into the registers, which are the 6 boxes on the back, above the machine.

This is the row adding/subtracting register. It adds up all the numbers that you type in a row, and displays them so that you can type them in a total column. This has a clever way of changing from add to subtract depending on which column register you are currently inputting to.

This is the interesting typeslug I was talking about. It types the star, or "Clear Signal" character. this can only be pressed if the row adding/subtracting register is cleared. The typist would press this at the end of the line because it was proof that no numbers would carry over to the next line, and mess up official records.

 Here are the pens I have made:
The first one. The little ridge on the bottom part originated from me gouging to far into the wood. In the end, I think it turned out pretty nice. Not very shiny though.
This was the second that I made. It is actually a mechanical pencil. It was a lot better than the pen, and more shiny.
Here is one that I made with my own wood from a tree that fell outside my house. It is ash, I think. This is my favorite wood pen thus far.

And finally, my favorite of all: A shiny acrylic pen modeled after a Montblanc Meisterstuck.

This pen turned out really shiny.

Here it is next to a real Montblanc. The one I made is bigger, heavier, and the mechanism is just as smooth.

Quick update: I just posted this machine on, if you are interested. My username is mderscheid.

As promised in the comments, here is a link to the user's guide of the Elliott Fisher machine, if anyone is interested:
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