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22-5-2016 01:47:46  #1


WTB: Ribbons

There's thankfully no shortage of places where one can buy typewriter ribbons, but I've noticed that it's increasingly difficult to find ribbons that are really - and I mean really - black. I don't know if this is because they're all the same quality of nylon these days, but the fact is that even a new ribbon is more dark grey than black. Has anyone out there found a supplier of coal-black ribbons? Or a particular brand? 

 

22-5-2016 07:28:24  #2


Re: WTB: Ribbons

Hi atavus,

You don't say where you are (I know: 'on the internet'.) The Typewriter Man, here in the UK, supplies good ribbons. And Rymans sells plain black Pelikan ribbons that are really good. If you buy the cheap ones off the internet you will get cheap ones - it's like buying generic refill ink cartridges for your printer. 

But sometimes it's just the typewriter. I think there is a sense in which some machines get old and tired, and something maybe slips, the slugs don't hit the platen as hard, or there's some minute adjustment that loosens...? And type faces get worn. Especially if their user all those years didn't use a backing sheet.

But I've often found that if you clean the type it sharpens up the impression. Cleaning the segment makes a big difference. Cleaning it really thoroughly, under and behind and inside. Given the state we are getting these typewriters in, the single biggest problem they have is neglect. So, dirt, rust, dust, old caked ink, old caked oil. The number one panacea I've found for almost everything is cleaning and cleaning and more cleaning. (And don't buy cheap ribbons.)

 

22-5-2016 16:21:32  #3


Re: WTB: Ribbons

KatLondon wrote:

Hi atavus,

You don't say where you are (I know: 'on the internet'.) The Typewriter Man, here in the UK, supplies good ribbons. And Rymans sells plain black Pelikan ribbons that are really good. If you buy the cheap ones off the internet you will get cheap ones - it's like buying generic refill ink cartridges for your printer. 

But sometimes it's just the typewriter. I think there is a sense in which some machines get old and tired, and something maybe slips, the slugs don't hit the platen as hard, or there's some minute adjustment that loosens...? And type faces get worn. Especially if their user all those years didn't use a backing sheet.

But I've often found that if you clean the type it sharpens up the impression. Cleaning the segment makes a big difference. Cleaning it really thoroughly, under and behind and inside. Given the state we are getting these typewriters in, the single biggest problem they have is neglect. So, dirt, rust, dust, old caked ink, old caked oil. The number one panacea I've found for almost everything is cleaning and cleaning and more cleaning. (And don't buy cheap ribbons.)

Amen!
 


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31-5-2016 21:25:21  #4


Re: WTB: Ribbons

What is considered to be a "cheap" ribbon?


Elliott 1
 

01-6-2016 16:36:20  #5


Re: WTB: Ribbons

Well, those anonymous sort of places on amazon or ebay that sell mainly printer ink and also sell typewriter ribbons for (obvs over here) sort of £3-5, I'd consider them a little dodgy. I've had ribbons fro those sort of places, when I first started buying ribbons, that printed that grey colour. Tom L sells them for around the top end of that bracket, but he won't supply nasty cheap-quality ribbons because he cares what he's selling. And Pelikan is a respected and old brand, so naturally I trust them. 

It's about quality, of which price is PARTLY a reflection... 'cheap' was the word because it applies to both.

 

16-6-2016 23:12:28  #6


Re: WTB: Ribbons

colrehogan wrote:

What is considered to be a "cheap" ribbon?

One that doesn't dirty your fingers nice when you go to put it in!
 


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17-6-2016 07:00:35  #7


Re: WTB: Ribbons

TypewriterKing wrote:

colrehogan wrote:

What is considered to be a "cheap" ribbon?

One that doesn't dirty your fingers nice when you go to put it in!  

Not like this then?

http://www.vorg.com/ESW/Images/1950_Olympia_Plana_Ribbon.JPG

 


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17-6-2016 16:30:18  #8


Re: WTB: Ribbons

YEAH!!  Just like that.


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17-6-2016 16:31:38  #9


Re: WTB: Ribbons

If a ribbon can do that to your fingers, you'll know it can produce some nice, dark print.


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17-6-2016 16:33:44  #10


Re: WTB: Ribbons

Uwe wrote:

TypewriterKing wrote:

colrehogan wrote:

What is considered to be a "cheap" ribbon?

One that doesn't dirty your fingers nice when you go to put it in!  

Not like this then?

http://www.vorg.com/ESW/Images/1950_Olympia_Plana_Ribbon.JPG

 

A cheap ribbon will only give you, maybe, a little bit if you rub on it hard enough, but a ribbon like that one in the picture that can do that to your fingers if you just barely touch it is a nice, fresh ribbon.
 


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