Monday, December 5, 2011

Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen

Kaweco might be one of those companies that even some real pen people don't know that much about.  I have been a huge fan of their stuff for years and I really like what they do.

In 1883 Kaweco started making pens.  1883!  What's interesting is that they are still in business and that's the same year that Louis Waterman began doing experiments to create the fountain pen.   I love when companies appreciate their history and do a decent job in presenting it. Kaweco does that here with a nice little wrap up.  If you do not feel like clicking, the short story is around 1908 they starting making the Sport Pen (or Ladies Pens, or Pocket Pens) after a run of nice dip pens. They really haven't changed that much since they kicked it off.

The Sport is a style of pen that I really like: a nice, small form when capped and then suddenly large enough for my hand when the cap is posted.  It's tricky... "it's tricky, tricky, tricky"...and yes... somehow I managed to go through 104 years of History.  The start of a wonderful pen company straight in 1883 to RUN DMC's 1987 hit. Sing it together:  "to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on's tricky."
If you haven't met is the Kaweco Sport.  A wonderful little cartridge filled fountain pen that has landed a special spot in my rotation.  At first blush you might question the gold end piece and the silver clip.  That's completely my doing.  It doesn't come with a clip,  you have to order them separately and I picked the silver over the gold. Yes, the nib is gold also. It's just my preference.  More on that later.
The cap is beveled to keep it from rolling around your desk if you opt out of the clip and here is how it stretches out. Nice lines.
I cheated a little here for impact.  The Sheaffer Lifetime is a slightly larger fountain but here you see them side by side. Notice how the caps are really similar in length.  It has to be for the Kaweco to give it a little extra room in your hand.     
As always, click for better images. Here's how the world comes together in odd little bursts...I swear that I simply Googled "small quotes" and this was one of the ones that  I liked...When I hit Mr. Hill's Wiki Page to find out who he was- the first thing I noticed was his birth year.  You got it. 1883.  I just blew my mind a little.  I know not everyone loves blue ink...I just need to burn through this cartridge and then I can trade it out.  This EF is a little thicker than I am used to for EF's but it doesn't bother me. Even from the first time it hit paper this one was smooth and crisp.  I can't wait to throw some nice ink in here.  Someday I will write a full review in the pen I am reviewing and not have any typing...some day. 
                      Here's the breakdown.  Nothing unusual here. Just good, solid German manufacturing. 
Nice touch on the end cap here.  If you are an iPad user I really recommend a little app called Flipboard.  Once you are in there search the feeds for Good Pens.  It looks pretty decent on the page. (Thanks JR.) 

I bought this one at JetPens,  I went with the EF nib and the Silver Clip.  There's a ton of options depending on your needs and style.  There is also a demonstrator if you feel lucky.  Bottom line...even if you do have large hands, don't be afraid to give these pens a try.  

Good Pens.


Yochanan said...

Sweet pen, I'm there!

Peninkcillin said...

It's a great little pen. Too bad 1) it doesn't come with the clip and 2) they raised the prices. Here's my review of the Kaweco Classic Sport, if you are interested.

Riley said...

Kaweco seems really cool. 1883 is crazy ... to survive for that long is just awesome.

How much are they?

Derrick said...

I just received mine today. This is my first fountain pen. Never written with one before and LOVE IT. I am using the blue ink that came in it. I must say that I prefer black ink though. Any suggestions.. I hate to waste anything. Might wait till the cart runs out.

Between you, Scription, Notebook stories and Pocket Blonde.. I'm going broke here :)

Seth said...

Derrick- get a cheap syringe from Amazon. Out with the old... in with the new. Eyedroppers can work if the point is REALLY fine. Congrats on the new pen!

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Rory Fugerson said...

This is one great pen. I just wonder if cross pen refills would also fit in this pen. I like this pen. Sweet!

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Paul Leach said...

I love Kaweco Pens, the Classic Sport is a great pen but for my money nothing compares to the AL Sport.

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