Those are nice looking typewriters as yours too. I never had one. I do like my Skyriters over all the small portables I have used. Olivetti Lettera 22 and 32 have tabulators, which I wish the Skyriters had, but all the ones I used have a stiff touch to them. I also like my Hermes Rocket (Baby) from 1966. My old Montana that looks like my old Baby will out perform my old Baby even though many Typospherians love their old Baby.
Probably due to people's experiences with individual examples of the machine. I'm among the SF haters, but then I've experienced only a couple, and both felt "dead" to the touch to me. I've also typed on many Lettera 22's that felt dead to me, but also many Lettera 22's that felt light, snappy and alive. Prolly the only difference is that I've experienced *enough* L22's to know that some are good and some are bad, where with SFs I just haven't met the right ones. (:
I liked my SF and my Solialite until I got my hands on a Traveler DeLuxe; one of the ones made in Germany. That ultra-portable blew both of them out of the water. It felt more like a large portable and was more to my liking. I, also, like the stiff feeling some Olympias have, and this one just felt better to me. That's a very nice SF and does great work. It's nice to find good machines can also be very small.
You're right, this model is very divisive. I fall on the love side of the divide: I have an older, rounded, black SF that's very enjoyable for me. One thing about the SF (at least in some versions) is that it has very strong touch regulator under the hood: if you crank it up, the keyboard becomes very resistant. I'll add that, unlike Ken, I don't like the Travellers I've tried. Maybe it's the boxy design with plastic parts, but somehow they feel different to use, too. Typewriters and humans — what a combination.
I didn't like them at first but they grew on me and now I do like them. They take some getting used to, and can get out of adjustment however. I find the Traveller is really no different from the older ones, and I like the looks of them. I have written several novels with these and I can type on them as fast and accurately as on any other machine I own.