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The most widely used brailler in the world.

The Perkins Brailler has been the most widely used mechanical braille writer in the world since its invention in 1951. With over 70 years of craftsmanship, the brailler stands the test of time with a resilient metal casing and a closed body architecture that limits dust accumulation. 

Whether you’re learning to read braille or working on a complex math equation, the Perkins Brailler was built to accommodate a range of uses. The wide paper length, full margin adjustment and fast response time between typing and output allows for versatile, lifelong use. 

Aqua marine color Perkins brailler.

Brailler features

student types on brailler next to teacher
Braille typing class

Ease of use

Round paper-feed knobs enable easy paper loading and unloading and an audible bell provides an end of line warning, while key design allows for ease of typing. 

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Metal casing, closed body architecture (limiting dust accumulation), and over 66 years of craftsmanship, resulting in a resilient product.

A young individual with their hands on braille.

Conforms to braille standards

Produces braille that conforms to the American National Library Service for the Blind Size and Spacing Standard.  

Brailler sits on a table


Full right and left margin adjustments to accommodate any paper size and line centering enables the user to braille varying size documents, such as letters, reports, school work, complex math output, note cards and recipes.

Perkins brailler with handle

Convenient storage

Includes a metal carrying handle for easy transportation, as well as a leather dust cover for protection when not in use.

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Reliable support

Includes a user manual in both print and braille along with a one-year warranty. Repair training and service centers throughout the world ensure that any problem with your product is resolved quickly.

Brailler models & support

Electric, large cell & unimanual brailler models

A variety of Brailler models provide additional features.

Product support

Download user manuals and locate repair specialists.

Cleaning video and basic maintenance guides

Step-by-step instructions for doing your own basic cleaning, oiling and general maintenance to keep your Brailler in top shape.

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What our users are saying

Dr. William Rowland Former President, World Blind Union

“The Perkins Brailler is the best machine ever invented to teach students braille.”

Perkins Brailler stories & resources

Key information

395,000Perkins Braillers sold worldwide. 

200Countries and territories that buy the Perkins Brailler.

70Years in business.


We’re here to answer all of your brailler questions.

There are currently four variations of the Perkins Brailler available:

It is important to load the paper properly into the brailler. Otherwise, it will appear to be jammed and will not work.

  • Move the carriage lever to the left-hand side of the brailler (starting position)
  • Depress the line spacer until it will not depress anymore
  • Pull the pressure roller levers towards you to open the drum
  • Insert the paper from the back into the rounded roller drum and ensure that the paper is aligned to the left-hand side of the brailler
  • Push the pressure roller levers away from you to secure the paper
  • Roll the paper all the way in till the feed knobs stop turning
  • Hit the line spacer once
  • Begin to braille

We have everything you need!

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