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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf:
1971 Facit 1820

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1971 Facit 1820
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Status: My Collection
Created: 09-11-2014 at 10:39AM
Last Edit: 09-11-2014 at 10:44AM

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It's big. It's very heavy. And it's ugly, in part because of those great expanses of featureless metal that make the 1820 a somber statement.

Typing with it is another matter. The machine works well, too well for a typewriter because it feels more like using a computer keyboard than a mechanical device. Not to worry, there is one feature of the Facit that won't let you forget you're using a typewriter, the noise it makes. The hum and whir from its motor can be described as average for an electric machine, but the clatter from its typebars is on the loud side.

I don't like electric typewriters, there's just too much pressure to work - quickly - once the power switch has been flicked to ON - but I am intrigued by them. Most notable about this big, ugly Swede is that it features a dual ribbon system, which means it has two vibrators (did I mention it was made in Sweden?). The primary ribbon is the traditional 13 mm cloth, but the secondary uses a special carbon - one time only - ribbon. Having tried both it was immediately obvious that the type quality from the carbon ribbon was far superior to the cloth, which incidentally is what was used for the type sample.

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Uwe Wachtendorf
Username: Uwe

Typewriter collector based in Toronto who prefers mid-century models.

1971 Facit 1820 Photo Gallery

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