The “Charming?” Yet awful Typecast Typewriter
A couple of years ago, the Michaels craft store began to sell a machine made by “We Are Memory Keepers.” It is the Typecast Typewriter, and it costs about $170.
Let me cut to the chase: this machine is awful. The construction is flimsy and cheap, the action is stiff, and the alignment is the worst ever. This machine is a total waste of money, and I was so stunned at the lack of manufacturing integrity that I wrote a rather sour review on their website.
I am not alone in my views, as many other enthusiasts share my view. This machine gives the typewriter a bad reputation among many people, especially craft people, who enjoy bearing the name “key chopper” for cutting the keys off of machines a hundred years old just to make a piece of jewelry. When they are done, the rest of the machine is thrown away. I really truly despise the lack of respect given to these historical artifacts, and the Typecast only seems to mock them, by perpetuating the inaccurate stereotype of the inconvenient, blotchy, uneven, and cumbersome typewriter.
There are plenty of machines out there from the 50s through the 70s that work amazingly well, and can be found anywhere from $1 to $100. Much more affordable, not to mention the fact that they’ll last way longer, and type way nicer. Not enough can be said about the sheer disappointment of this newly manufactured typewriter. 150 years of engineering, and they throw it away to create a machine that shames typography, mechanical engineering, and history.
Below is a type sample, courtesy of Snapping Monsters here on blogger. I didn’t read their article, as I was afraid it might be a crafty person praising the machine, but in reality, they’re probably just as upset as I am, and wrote a blog post to vent it all out to an unsuspecting, undeserving, and slightly confused (and possibly indifferent) audience.
As for my review, I was forced to give it at least one star, and I said:
“Don’t buy this machine
I’ve collected and restored vintage typewriters, and have been doing so for several years now. I must say that the Typecast typewriter is a piece of junk. The action is too stiff, the print quality is sub-par, the alignment is way off, and mechanics are cheap. This machine is not worth the price. I have a typewriter I use daily and it’s nearly 100 years old, and it has never let me down. I can type at around eighty words per minute, slightly above average, yet never once had an issue. The alignment is perfect, the letters are clear and crisp, and the touch is feather light. Granted, these old machines need work and can be quite expensive, but there are newer machines from the 60s through the 80s that are fully functional and available for as little as $10. Most resale and antique shops sell them and allow you to verify their functionality. Any one of these older machines will work way better, and often times look way nicer as well. Don’t waste your money, instead spend it on a machine that works, and will last you a lifetime.”