Compact, effective and affordable, the Blickensderfer 8 continued with the great success of the previous ‘Blick’ typewriters, the model 5, 6, and 7. The model 8 is distinguished from these other models with its impressive tabulator keys.
The Blickensderfer has no type bars and instead uses a cylindrical type element (shown below). The type element is interchangeable, allowing for numerous font styles. A small felt roller attached to a spring-loaded arm, positioned under the type element, does the inking.
A staccato strike is required on the keys to have the complex mechanism transfer enough force to type properly.