Star Glow Metal Cleaner: For Tarnished and Rusty Metal

Last December, my girlfriend and I were strolling around the nearby festival mall to do some holiday shopping. Near the end of the day, we ran into a slick salesman working from a kiosk. This guy’s whole presentation reeked of over confidence and snake oil. He illustrated his product, a metal cleaner, on my girlfriend’s…

More Misadventures with a Swiss Patria

The evening started out pretty good. After some labor, I was able to reattach the draw band on my Swiss Patria. I also covered the stripped roller on the paper bail with some fairly convincing electrical tape. So far, so good. Then I tried tighten the shift lock mechanism which wouldn’t hold. It broke clear…

Repairs to a Swiss Patria Typewriter.

After a few weeks of travel from the Czech Republic to Florida, this Swiss Patria arrived at my doorstep. It has some issues I need to address. The carriage experiences the occasional hiccup, catching upon return. The paper does not catch in the platen unless the rollers are nudged closer. (Someone inserted some rubber wedges…