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Saturday 12 November 2011

Everest K3 portable typewriter

This bright red Everest K3 portable typewriter was imported into Australia by Tom of Elgin Street, North Carlton, Melbourne, and its serial number is 1053154.
Alan Seaver, on his Machines of Loving Grace website, says of the Everest K3: “It's been pointed out on the Yahoo Portable Typewriter Forum that this model isn't supposed to exist. One of four known specimens [now there's at least five, Alan].
"Serial number records hint that this machine was only produced from 1960-1962, with the last serial number being 1112000, so this one is truly from the end of the line.
"It's likely a last-gasp effort by Erika to penetrate the "ultralight" portables market. Either that or they bought out a foundering typewriter company and sold the leftover machines under the Everest brand until the remaining parts petered out. It's suspected that the K3 might be a Tippa variant.”
In July last year, Will Davis on his Davis Typewriters Work blog reported that at Richard Polt’s collectors' convention in Cincinnati the previous month, Will had met Alan, who offered Will his K3.
Will described the K3 as “a compact if not flat machine which surprisingly incorporates segment shift.
“The … serial number 1101320, which according to the British OMEF Typewriter Age Guide means that the machine was made in 1962 - the last of three years in which the K3 was made.
Everest had at that time been bought out by Olivetti and production was running down; the standards and the larger desk-model K2 portable ended at this same time.
“The K3 is a fairly well made machine, with metal body and interesting plastic (lucite?) paper support. The segment shift action is positive in feel and in point of fact the machine is superior to a few contemporary flat machines, as for example the flat Royals from Holland, in touch.
"Clearly, if an Italian-made small portable were to compete with the Olivetti Lettera 22, it would have to be solid and segment shifted. The machine does occupy about the same footprint as the desk model K2, incidentally.”
Will rates the machines as “acceptable" but superior to the K2 “which is universally disliked for its dead feel”. “Seeing further that the K3 is the final new overall design from Everest, I'm inclined more to view the K3 as a collectible machine and not as a workhorse.”


Richard P said...

That is indeed a nice typeface, and the machine is a good find for a portables specialist, to be sure!

Rob Bowker said...

That's a really interesting, if not pretty, machine. Dislike of the K2 is not quite universal. I quite like using mine :-)

maschinengeschrieben said...

For a machine that isn't supposed to exist, that sounds amazingly good!

rn said...

I got a K3 (SN 1115338) in the mail yesterday. It's got some slight design differences from yours (for instance, it's got a little plastic thing glued on the right front, right above the keyboard, that says 'made in Italy', in addition to the inscription in the moulded back panel.)

It's OK to type with. But it just doesn't compare to the Olivettis. My early 50s Lettera 22 is far snappier, even though its keys need to travel almost a half inch further to get the typeslug to contact the paper. And my Mexican-made 70s Lettera 32, which requires much less force on the keys than the 22, surpasses the K3 in every way. Both Olivettis boast trimmer profiles than the K3. And they're lighter. Let's see: less weight, easier to tote, and more fun to type with. Now there's an unflattering comparison.

Rob Neuwirth

PS: Congrats all all the great machines you will be displaying in Canberra. And thanks for creating this great blog.

Anonymous said...

Hello just purchased a K3 the other day serial number 1005563 good working order.Came with the original receipt for 25 pounds in 1962. Seems to work OK small marks on body but generally clean unit. Thought i would share with you Thanks.

Anonymous said...

i have a baby blue everest k3 just wondered how much they are worth ???

Unknown said...

I believe I have a K3 with cursive type; I can send you pictures if you wish

Unknown said...

I have a K3 with cursive type, from 1962. Light blue