Perkins Brailler

Heavy-Duty Braille Typerwriter, Built Like a Tank

Item Number: 1088

Price: $789.95
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Product Features

Superb and robust design.
All-metal construction, produced by Howe Press.
Durable, long-lasting, perfect for experienced Braille-writers.
Produce page after page of Braille easily and quickly.
Comprised of 6 keys, plus Space-bar, Backspace, and Line-space.
Can emboss Braille onto paper from 20 to 200-pound, and write up to 42 cells per line.
Suitable for up to 14" long paper; adjustable margin stops for narrow sheets.
Bell provided to indicate end of line.
Included are leather dust cover, Braille eraser, and manual.
Weighs 16 lb.
; measures 13" X 9" X 5.
Recommended for use with paper between 80 and 100-pound thickness.
An absolute must-have for anyone who writes Braille frequently.

Product Description:

For anyone who uses Braille on a day-to-day bases, this nearly-indestructible machine has been the number-one choice for decades. Designed by Howe Press for the Perkins School back in the 50's, this manual Braille typewriter is built to last. The body is made entirely of metal, and the unit itself weighs about sixteen pounds. It's easy to use, and it's fast, too.

Once you've rolled paper into the machine, you can use the six keys on the front to quickly emboss Braille characters onto the page. With a bit of practice, anyone can punch out line after line of Braille without growing tired because it's much easier to press down on the keys than a stylus. A Brailler is much simpler to use than a slate, because you don't need to learn to position the stylus ... and there are no little pieces to lose. The Brailler is also a lot faster to use, because each time you press down the keys, you Braille a whole character ... not just a single dot. Hit the Space-bar in the middle of the six keys to go to a new word, the Backspace key (on the right) to back up and make a correction, and the Line-space key (on the left) to go to a new line.

This unit can emboss Braille onto paper stock from 20 to 200-pound, though typically you'll want to use paper between 80 and 100-pound thickness. The Brailler can write up to 42 cells per line, accommodates paper up to fourteen inches long, and has adjustable margin stops if you like to use narrower sheets. A bell will sound when you're nearing the end of a line, so you can finish your word and go to a new line. To cap it all off, it comes with a leather dust cover, a large Braille eraser, and a manual in both print and Braille.

Here's the thing. Though this heavy-duty, desktop Brailler is superb for banging out page after page of Braille, it is rather pricey - and not particularly portable. If you need to quietly take notes while you're on the go, or want to give your friend something so he can write Braille too, you should pick up a slate and stylus instead. If you're doing a lot of Brailling at a desk, however, and are looking for a Braille typewriter that could last a lifetime, there's no better option than the Perkins Brailler. The choice is yours.

Since the first Perkins Brailler was rolled out nearly sixty years ago, Howe Press has made very few modifications to their original superb and robust design. Now, with over four hundred thousand units in circulation, it's easy to see why this machine is used almost exclusively in homes, schools, and offices across North America ... and around the world. The unit is tried and true, and no blind person who knows Braille should be without this indispensable writing tool.

Measures about 13 in. by 9 in. by 5-3/4 in.

Package Weight: about 12.3 pounds.

(From the Writing Braille shelf.)

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