Monday, 7 March 2011

Oil bodkin

Here's an oil can which arrived in the lid of a Corona 4. The oil in it has a fragrant eucalyptus scent. Over-oiling was the curse of many a typewriter. It congeals to a sticky mess over the decades. The flat-ended applicator bodkin is meant to administer the smallest of drops. Looks like a mini-dipstick.
Length: 90mm


  1. Beautiful in its simplicity.

  2. Hi Richard, it really is. I'd taken a tip from (possibly your) website for oiling sparingly with the point of a darning needle, and then I found this tube with a crimped end and a dip-stick.

  3. I think the knurled top is perfect.