Ton, Miguel, Nick, and Richard all shared their staplers and this is mine. Actually, it's a type of fastener.
This beauty crimps paper together with a fluted "weld." It is in the same vein as Richard's tab thingamajig, but with more mid-century chrome. The ever-interesting American Stationer blog has a very lengthy article about the different models of the Paper Welder.
One benefit to a crimper like this is you can feed pages that have been crimped though a typewriter with ease. Staples do not always play nicely with a platen.
Count yourself lucky if you own a Hermes 3000 and your knobs are in good shape I have two of these typewriters that are in fantastic shape and all knobs, levers, and buttons are extant and operable. However, I do have one Hermes that is missing both knobs.
It's a lovely mid-body Hermes. You know the ones; pale green and white key tops. They have all the feel of the original Hermes with the extra brittle knobs. Bonus! I haven't put it out into the rotation because of the knobs. As a typer it's completely useable, but the knoblesness makes loading paper too dependent on the line spacing mechanism. So, I set out to make a new knob.
Rob made some out of wood. Very nice. I support hand-crafted lovliness. Wood would be good, but plastic...well the future is in plastics. I, however, do not have a plastics factory. Or do I?
Enter Instamorph. You may have seen it as Shapelock or (as the boffins in labs know it) Polycaprolactone; PCL. This plastic is amazing. It melts in 60 degree…