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.”