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Manufactured in Japon from 1953 until after 1953.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 7949

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Ricoh Hanken

The Hanken is a special version of the Ricoh Steky III created to meet the Japanese police's demand for a discreet device.
The name Hanken would mean "criminal investigation"

The modifications compared to the original model are numerous:

Gray / dark brown color.
Adding a vertical viewfinder
Modification of the film receiving cartridge.
Large diameter wheel for moving the film in one motion
Coupling the shutter arming with the film advance
Protection against multiple exposures.
Shutter release on the top of the device

The supply film cartridge is still the "Steky" standard cartridge loaded with 16 mm film.
The lens also remains the Steky Stekinar 25 mm fix-focus, but the color is the same as the camera.

There are very few copies of Hanken

Ricoh Hanken
Steky III vs Hanken - Right side
Ricoh Hanken
Steky III vs Hanken - Internal view