|Another Pelikan silk ribbon|
|Should be moistened both sides.....|
|This is the finished ribbon|
The mineral oil did wet the ribbon more than the WD-40. I think the dilution could have been more. The ribbon works and I did not want too much mineral spirits since it is a solvent and I did not want it to wash away any ink left in the ribbon.
I see no reason why the WD-40 or my mineral oil solution must be sprayed. It seems that it could be dabbed onto the ribbon just as well as sprayed. Dabbing may be less messy also.
Gathering all the things to do this as well as mixing the solution and treating the ribbon took about an hour while I was out in the sun being entertained by the screaming of the neighborhood hawks. One of the nice things about our city is the abundant wild life. Our city has hundreds of acres of woods and plenty of deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, armadillo, hawks, cranes and many many other birds, even a bobcat or 2. Oh, plenty of snakes also. And alligators.
The Hermes noted at the end are all part of my collection. I designate them with a .n to identify them. Hermes 3000.2 is an on line purchase that was the cost of postage. It is a rounded case machine made the same year as my 3000.1 machine. From my on line inquiries it seems I have one of each of the machine styles from the year the change to the square body machine was made. It is an elite typeface. The machine was posted quite a while as a parts machine. It was dropped and except for a scratch and small dent looks & smells new. I have not straightened its frame yet. When I get to it I'll post using it.
3000.3 is the Techno Pica machine I used for this post.