I get the feeling this very common Silver Reed 1980s plastic typewriter ($10) has been overlooked, if not under-rated, by many typewriter collectors.

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This solid performer has an attractive Pica font and a surprisingly snappy typing action.

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It’s a good typewriter. So good, I’m confident it will type better than any Nakajima of the same era, and will at least be on a par with any comparable Brother.

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Nakajima ALL something or other pale imitation

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The only dating evidence I could find was a reference to 1984 in this U.K. online ad …

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In a mirrored and now defunct blog post on Japanese typewriters, Will Davis described this typewriter as a later,  larger variant of Silver Reed 500 typewriter.

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It’s interesting to note that variants of these larger Silver Reed 500 portables were made in Korea. See Rob Messenger’s post about The Alpha Portable Typewriter for more information.

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If this were a green colour, with a case and a narrow carriage (one that has not been defaced on the rear by some idiot with a marker pen and a knife), I’d seriously think about keeping it around. 🙂

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