I was given this interesting typewriter by my girlfriend´s uncle. As many of the typewriters found in my village, it had seen little use, and it is in pretty good shape. In fact it´s been in my collection for quite a while, and now that I have found the elusive serial number I´ve decided to bring it here.
What caught my attention was the weird position of all the machinery, and then I learned about its history. It´s the successor of the Spanish Patria, which in turn is the Swiss Patria built under license in Eibar (Basque Country). The Amaya seems to be an updated model with a more modern design and a cheaper plastic case. It looks exactly like the Florida (see links), and instead of categorizing it under Patria (Spain), I´ve gone for the Amaya brand. Nevertheless, there is quite a mess with this manufacturer and the brands, because after the Amayas the comany would reappear as Sedic S.A.
The machinery is quite nice, although I have been tell Patrias an all its tribe are quite mediocre, but I disagree. It´s quite entertaining to use, and seeing it at work without the ribbon cover is a spectacle.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98.
Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter is the only one which is NOT in my collection. How ironic...
Things then got... complex. I moved from Valladolid to my village, and suddenly found myself with a lot of room available at home, so the small collection is turning into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.