"An ink ribbon. Required when using a Typewriter."
— Inventory description
— Inventory description - Japanese
The Ink Ribbon is a key item in Resident Evil 2.
It's used on Typewriters so the player can save their progress.
This item only spawns in the Hardcore difficulty, and in most areas it will replace items that appear in other difficulties such as ammo, sub-weapons, or even Hip Pouches.