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my son of 9 asked for a mechanical typewriter as a birthday present. I want to re-ink the ribbon. What ink should I use? Or should I just add a solvent (presumably the ribbon is dried out, not worn out)?


Anyways: my FP hobby was the start of a series of experiments with obsolete writing techniques in my family. By now we got crown pen with Indian ink, stemps and cushion, slate and stylus (both digital and stone ;) ), papyrus, and there are plans for galnoteninkt (what is that in English???)/

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Typewriters and dot matrix printers use an oil-based, non-drying ink. I used to have a computer printer re-inker called a Mac Inker (nothing to do with Macs). Re-inking is messy, though. The ink has to be transferred in small amounts to a felt roller that then rolls across the ribbon many times, depositing small amounts of ink to the ribbon.


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The inks for re-inking the self-inking stampers has worked well for me.

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