Smith-Corona Skyriter (1960s)
The jet set crowd needs a tool for their age, and by its looks, the Smith-Corona Skyriter is just the thing to get you there. Its got the round metallic lines of a Pan Am Boeing 707. If your next assignment requires you to drop everything and hop on the next flight to Buenos Aires, then all you need to do is throw the Skyriter in its bag and off you go. It’ll easily fit under your seat or the overhead. And once you check into your hotel room, put it on your desk and start working. This typewriter is low, stout and sturdy. You won’t miss your desktop model. There’s nothing light or flimsy about a Smith-Corona. They’re work horses. And the Skyriter can hold up to the thousands of words a week you can throw at this thing. The keys strike easily, yet with authority. You won’t feel cheated when you use this typewriter. In fact, you’ll probably want to continue your story even when the call of the bar beckons. And don’t be shy about making a racket with this typewriter, it’s quiet and fast. The typeface has a strong, muscular quality, lending your writing authority, but without heavy handedness. If you’re considering other ultra-portable typewriters, such as the Olivetti Lettera or Hermes Rocket, the sturdy Skyriter has the guts to get the job done, but without the flashy style of its European counterparts. That doesn’t mean it lacks good looks, with its taut, lean lines, it eschews simplicity and a get-the-job-done mentality. If writing is your job, the Skyriter is your kind of typewriter.
Hermes Rocket (1960s)
The Hermes Rocket typewriter is a pint-sized powerhouse. This little Rocket is built tough. With its all metal body and snap-on shell, you can load it in your pack and scale the Matterhorn. Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! You’ll be singing the praises of this typewriter while banging out your field notes from your tent at base camp. Continue reading
Hermes Rocket (1970s)
The first thing you notice about a Hermes Rocket typewriter is its compact size and quality workmanship. The Swiss have definitely mastered the art and craft of the small form-factor. But what really distinguishes Hermes from most typewriters is its unique style. From its ultra-chic lines to its soothing sea foam colored shell, there’s nothing like the sight of a Hermes. It’s not only good to look at, but is one of the most solid typewriters out there. Continue reading
Olympia SM9 (1966)
The Olympia SM9 is the typer’s typewriter. It just plain works. Its utilitarian lines and solid mechanicals produce consistent type that fills you with confidence the more you use it. Its got the appearance of a plain vanilla office machine, but in the nifty size of a portable. If you need to bang out a big manuscript, this is the typewriter for you.
Everything about this typewriter has been refined by the Germans. The SM-line of typewriters from the 1950s and 60s were the pinnacle of manual typewriter technology. The SM9 is the culmination of that typewriter expertise. The keys are solid. The carriage movement smooth. When you begin typing you realize quickly that you’re in capable hands. The journey of words has found its companion. Continue reading
Royal Futura 800 (1958)
If you were to judge a typewriter solely by its looks, then the Royal Futura 800 would be a winner. But when you start typing on this typewriter, it becomes quickly apparent that this is not the machine for the serious writer. However, what makes this typewriter unique is the typeface. It has a cool aesthetic that is whimsical and fun. Continue reading
Hermes 3000 (1958)
When sitting down to a Hermes 3000 for the first time, you feel drawn to the machine and your fingers want to type. The typebars strike with great precision, they’re tight, controlled, yet snappy. It’s made in Switzerland, famous for these characteristics. There’s a muted quality about this typewriter, probably due to an insulated unibody construction. This typewriter is fully enclosed, and even includes an integrated snap on shell. What is it with the Swiss and keeping a lid on things? Continue reading
Royal Quiet De Luxe (1946)
If you want a solid typewriter that’s stylish and extremely easy to use, go with the Royal Quiet De Luxe. It’s American simplicity at its best. Everything about this typewriter is top notch. The typebars strike the platen with exceptional ease, making fast typing a breeze. Its black finish and chrome accent, mirror what writing is about, black words on white paper. This is a writer’s tool. Continue reading