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Arithmometer Felix M review


Russian version

I was putting things in order in a garage, when I found an arithmometer Felix M. It is old school iron gadget, there are no electronics inside.

Ages ago, my father used to work as an engineer. He had used a student slide rule & a piece of sheet for calculating, so, he bought an arithmometer Felix M in 1978 for increasing calculation speed. It was the decline of the arithmometers. On one hand, it was possible to buy an Elektronika B3-18A, but on the other hand, a price was stratospheric, The price was 220rub, but an engineer salary was about 120-140rub. However, an arithmometer price was 15rub. An arithmometer price was winning argument & my father bought it. Interesting fact: the Felix M is a great traveller. It was bought in Cherepovets, moved to from Vladivostok to Baikonur, stayed in Chelyabinsk and finally moved to Saint Petersburg.


The arithmometer weight is about 5kg. It was stored in a garage about 20-25 years. As a result, doesn’t look really good, however, it works fine.

Front view:


  1. Adding/subtraction handle.
  2. Per digit key for setup number.
  3. Blocker.
  4. Counter reset handler.
  5. Counter.
  6. Result.
  7. Shift handle.
  8. Result reset handler.

Rear view:


Top view:


Inside view: felix


How does it work? I’ve prepared the video. Let’s multiply 11 by 321:

  1. Select 11.
  2. The 1st turn — multiple by 1.
  3. Right shit by 1.
  4. The 2nd turn — multiple by 20 and increase the previous result.
  5. Right shit by 1.
  6. The 3rd turn — multiple by 300 and increase the previous result.
  7. The result is 3531.