Posted on January 18, 2014
Oh thank you Gumtree for offering up this handsome 1960 Rheinmetall KsT.
And thank you good people of Perth for not being interested so that the price came tumbling down and I was eventually able to snaffle it for $40.
I like the spoon-like carriage return lever…
… and the bosomy ribbon cover.
According to the manual the entire carriage (and hence the type bars) can be easily removed. The manual advises however: “Although removal and replacement of the carriage involves no difficulties, removal of same is not advisable unless there is reason to do so.” I won’t be tinkering unnecessarily.
As far as its function goes, I agree with Retro Tech Geneva‘s assertion that it’s “more of a collector’s typewriter than a writer’s typewriter”. Compared with My Lettera 22 the KsT is nowhere near as nice to type on, but it’s not bad.
The KsT is a similar colour to my ’22 and size-wise I was surprised how compact it is. It’s not that much bigger than the ’22 and only a little heavier.
For more information about Rheinmetall typewriters, Robert Messenger’s OzTypewriter blog has it covered. Thanks Robert.
My small contribution, this manual…