1935 Erika 6 #516316/6
Status: My Collection
Created: 10-19-2016 at 08:11AM
Last Edit: 10-19-2016 at 08:38AM
This is a good one, or I should say this WILL be a good one.
Currently itÂ´s waiting to be repaired, because there are many things in it going wrong. Apart from a broken drawband, thereÂ´s a bit of rust and one of the springs that pull the typebars is broken, and thatÂ´s quite important.
The Erika 6 (and other Erika portables) use a weird system of springs instead of the usual links between the key lever and the typebar. This achieves huge victories in two fronts: flatter typewriter and lightning-responsive typing. The downside is the deafening noise it makes, because these spring driven typebars hit the platen quite hard.
As for now, it will have to wait for a while, because my repair queue is getting a bit out of control. Anyway, IÂ´m eager to pit this one against its close relative, the Modell S. Who will be victorious?
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´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 only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.