Remington 9: Slightly Noisier Noiseless 8, Still Pretty Great

My last Noiseless 8 post  got a lot wrong. Unbeknownst to me the machine I featured and used for that typecast was in fact a Remington 9. I will either delete or heavily re-work that Noiseless 8 post; in the meantime I thought I’d take this opportunity to write about the Remington 9, a somewhat…

Remington Pioneer 4A: Meet the Spartan

And now for something a little different: presenting the 1938 Rem Rand Pioneer 4A, one of Remington’s most stripped-down, bare-bones portable typewriters made for Depression-era America. It sold new for $15.95¹ and did not come with a case:   The Pioneer 4A is Remington’s second-most bare-bones machine of all time. First prize in no-frills typing…

Gojo Hand Cleaner

Against my better judgment I bought an incredibly filthy Royal KMG last November. KMGs are solid, reliable machines but they are also notorious magnets for dirt. Their battleship gray paint is porous and soaks up dirt and grime with a vengeance. Most of the keys were sticking on this one, and the mechanicals were coated…