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1963 Facit T2 Serial # 285719 1963 Facit T2 typewriter, Serial # 285719 Truls Henriksson's 1963 Facit T2 typewriter. 2020-12-05 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Truls Henriksson: 1963 Facit T2 Serial # 285719 My third typewriter, and it's quite a beast. Some wide carriage typewriters look like normal-size typewriters just with an oversized carriage, but this one looks like it was built around the wider carriage. It weighs 14.5 kgs (32 lbs), so it's the furthest typewriter from a portable I've ever seen.

The typing experience is good, even though I prefer lighter keys than this typewriter has, and the travel distance of the keys is also fairly long. The keys themselves have a nice shape and feel very ergonomic.

A really nice feature of this model is that the entire carriage assembly can be unlocked and taken off. It allows you to access the escapement mechanism and more, which was really handy when cleaning and checking for damages. It's also really interesting to see how all the levers and buttons interface with the carriage through mechanisms that can be taken off. The space bar, backspace, tab set/clear, and ribbon selector all need to control something on the carriage assembly from the keyboard, and seeing how they connect was really interesting and fun.

1963 Facit T2 #285719

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Truls Henriksson (Kebabrulle4869)
Created: 12-05-2020 at 02:14AM
Last Edit: 12-05-2020 at 04:13AM


Description:

My third typewriter, and it's quite a beast. Some wide carriage typewriters look like normal-size typewriters just with an oversized carriage, but this one looks like it was built around the wider carriage. It weighs 14.5 kgs (32 lbs), so it's the furthest typewriter from a portable I've ever seen.

The typing experience is good, even though I prefer lighter keys than this typewriter has, and the travel distance of the keys is also fairly long. The keys themselves have a nice shape and feel very ergonomic.

A really nice feature of this model is that the entire carriage assembly can be unlocked and taken off. It allows you to access the escapement mechanism and more, which was really handy when cleaning and checking for damages. It's also really interesting to see how all the levers and buttons interface with the carriage through mechanisms that can be taken off. The space bar, backspace, tab set/clear, and ribbon selector all need to control something on the carriage assembly from the keyboard, and seeing how they connect was really interesting and fun.

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ÅÄÖ on this keyboard are in the bottom row, while on modern Swedish keyboards, Å is next to P and ÖÄ are next to L.
ÅÄÖ on this keyboard are in the bottom row, while on modern Swedish keyboards, Å is next to P and ÖÄ are next to L.



"Cleaned and adjusted on the 72.03.06". I felt it was only appropriate to add my name and the date I cleaned and adjusted it.
"Cleaned and adjusted on the 72.03.06". I felt it was only appropriate to add my name and the date I cleaned and adjusted it.



Serial number location. 285719.
Serial number location. 285719.


Tab stops.
Tab stops.

Carriage assembly lock engaged.
Carriage assembly lock engaged.

Carriage assembly lock disengaged.
Carriage assembly lock disengaged.

Carriage assembly taken off.
Carriage assembly taken off.

Carriage assembly and cover taken off.
Carriage assembly and cover taken off.



Escapement mechanism. The black metal pieces are part of the ribbon vibrator mechanism.
Escapement mechanism. The black metal pieces are part of the ribbon vibrator mechanism.

The long bar sticking out to the right is acivated by the space bar and moves the carriage forward one character.
The long bar sticking out to the right is acivated by the space bar and moves the carriage forward one character.


Hunter: Truls Henriksson (Kebabrulle4869)

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Young typewriter collector from Sweden. I've always been interested in tinkering with mechanical machines, and typewriters are perfect objects to tinker with, as you can get so much use out of them. I've always loved the primitive complexity of the machine that could make letters appear on a paper entirely mechanically, and that's why when I saw a Facit TP1 in a thrift store in February 2020, I knew I had to buy it.

And that's where this all started for me. Now I'm interested in the history of typewriters, and especially how the layout of the Swedish keyboards evolved and were standardized over time. I'd like to someday have a machine from each major era in typewriter history, so that they together tell a story of how they were developed. But I also like to use typewriters, and that's why I will happily get any typewriter that's unique among the ones I already have, whether that means having a wider carriage, being really quiet, or just being really good-looking.

And yes, that's my cat in my profile picture. Isn't he the greatest? :)



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