8 thoughts on “Typing Everest (1960)”

  1. The Everest is a good find — pretty scarce in the US, and I like the looks too!

    My K2 just doesn’t have “snap” — the typebars seem not to accelerate as you push the key down. But your results may vary.

  2. Rob:
    The second day of use on my Everest produced much better results than the first. I believe there is still room for growth in its capability. I’m finding it is a much better machine than I thought it would be. Could be I just got lucky and found a wonder. I am happy with it.

  3. It’s interesting, and nice, to see someone who likes the Everest portable. My impression of the Everest is that the touch is not unlike that experienced when one takes a large, dead fish by the tail and whacks it on a wooden table. One of the least inspring machines I’ve ever typed on.

    Now.. the real question of course is this: “Were I presented with this machine as a gift, which I would need in college or for other work, could I produce workable copy in volume on the machine?” The answer is yes, absolutely.

    “Is the machine well manufactured?” I have two of these, different, and both display the same fit and finish and are well made. Well DESIGNED is a different matter — and that leads to the poor touch response. And a couple of other clumsy features. But, very much like the old blind-writer standards, it’s better than nothing —– and it isn’t a complete total piece of crap in the way that, say, the Allen portable is.

    Very interesting thought exercise, isn’t it?

  4. Will:
    I like your comment: “…when one takes a large, dead fish by the tail and whacks it on a wooden table” I believe this will stay in my mind forever or at least until the next time I use the Everest.

  5. I’d probably settle for ‘languid’ which, with the right frame of mind, can make for a refreshing change to the ultra-crisp snap of, say, a lettera’s key response. An excellent typewriter for a sunny Sunday afernoon, after a fishing trip perhaps.

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