Posted on September 5, 2014
I get the feeling this very common Silver Reed 1980s plastic typewriter ($10) has been overlooked, if not under-rated, by many typewriter collectors.
This solid performer has an attractive Pica font and a surprisingly snappy typing action.
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.
Nakajima ALL something or other pale imitation …
The only dating evidence I could find was a reference to 1984 in this U.K. online ad …
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.
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.
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. 🙂