Moving Head


Braille machines with a Moving Embossing Head


The most common Braille writing machine is the Perkins.

You will find quite a few variations of these machines in a range of colours.


A Perkins Printer Attachment

After removing the base plate of a Perkins the Perkins would then sit on this device connecting it to a standard printer. This would enable both print and Braille documents to be produced.

Pic of a Perkins Printer Attachment;

A Perkins Dymo Tape Adapter

This is a metal plate that feeds into the Perkins just like a sheet of paper. It holds a length of Dymo tape for you to write on.

Pic of a Perkins Dymo Tape Adapter;

An electrically powered Perkins

This machine requires a mains power supply, this modification makes the keys easier to press.

Pic of an electrically powered Perkins;

A Perkins with extension keys

Extension keys come in a range of options, some for added leveridge and others to adjust finger spacing dependant of your needs.

Pic of a Perkins with extension keys;


A Traditional Perkins Brailler designed by David Abraham in the 1950’s produced by the Howe Press of Perkins School for the blind in Massachusetts. This machine has approximately 500 parts. The paper is contained inside making the machine easier to transport. This is the traditional grey, however other colours such as red, blue and green are available today.


A Pyke Glauser Braille Writer

1920’s. Developed by the RNIB. This machine has no paper roller the paper passes through the machine the only moving part is the embossing head and linkage from the keys. The keys are situated¬†with dots 1 2 and 3 on the left front corner and dots 4 5 and 6 on the front right corner with a long space bar between them. To proceed to the next new line the operator has to manually move the paper clamp to the next position. It has a folding paper clamp guide to the rear. Grey in colour.

Pic of a Pyke Glauser Braille Writer;

A Large Stainsby Braille Writer

The Stainsby Braille Writers are known as crab writers produced by V.L. Martin Co. Ltd. England. The carriage moves from right to left when writing producing down facing dots just as they are produced by a hand frame. Also available with reversed keys. The original Stainsby dates from the 1890’s. This is the full sized rigid version.

Pic of a Large Stainsby Braille Writer;

A Small Folding Stainsby

Just like above, however this one has a folding backing board making it easier to transport. Only uses half a sheet of paper.

Pic of a Small Folding Stainsby;


Machines still being sourced.


A St Dunstons Brailler


A Lavender Brailler