I’ve been seeing a lot of mentions and reviews for the Kaweco pens of late, so I decided to try one out for myself. Lot’s of folks are singing the praises of this little German pen as a converted eye dropper (more on that later), so, even though I’m not sure I even want to do that, I chose one of the demonstrator models so I could see the current ink supply. First some notes about the company. I bought my pent through Goldspot Pens (via their eBay auctions); Here is some info from their site:
KAWECO belongs to one of the oldest brands on the market. For more than 125 years Kaweco pens are an integral part of the High-Class assortments. Kaweco insistently focuses on the thin line between tradition and innovation and therewith since 1883 secures the favor of those, who would like to impress their values and esteems on paper. Not without reason, the expert is talking about the unique octagonal shape. The clear-cut shaping stands for individual freedom and maximum precision regarding design and execution.
Kaweco makes several different lines of pens; mine is the “Ice Sport” model, basically the company’s line of translucent demonstrator pens. The Ice Sports come in blue, orange, red, green, pink and yellow. First, this is a small pen. Capped it’s 4″ long and posted, 5 1/8″ . Second – and this is really unique in my opinion – there’s no clip. Well there is a clip you can buy for the pen, separately. It doesn’t come with by default. Third, the cap is faceted (octagon, I think) so that when attached to the body, either posted or capped, it won’t roll around. I have no idea if it was the company’s intention, but this is the first pen I’ve come across that seems made to ride in your pants pocket. Sure it will ride fine in a shirt pocket, but since there’s no included clip, it seems destined for my pants. Because of it’s shortness and the fact that the cap screws onto the body (not a friction fit cap), this has worked well.
Well, the important part, how does it write? Good. Not great, but good. I read a review by Tyler Dahl (very good, by the way: http://tylerdahlpens.blogspot.com/2012/02/pen-review-kaweco-classic-sport.html); my pen didn’t suffer from the same problems writing that his did, but it has skipped a few times, though not consistently. It’s relatively smooth, with just a slight bit of “tooth” or feedback when writing. My nib is a medium and I would call it a true medium (that’s a whole other discussion – fine, medium, broad, etc, I think, are very subjective…).
This is what I think of as a working man’s pen. One big reason for it’s popularity is that it’s easily converted to an eye dropper fill pen, giving more ink capacity than almost anything else you could carry. Out of the box, this pen takes only international size cartridges. It’s too small to allow for an ink converter. But just apply some clear silicon grease to the thread set that connects the pen body to the section, and viola, you have an eye dropper filler. You can see videa instructions for this here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMLIIzsXgiI
I like this pen. For the money ($24 for me), I really like this pen. It has been somewhat of an adjustment for me to not carry a pen in my pocket. But it works. I’m thinking now of getting one from the regular sport line (solid colors) and trying this one out as an eye dropper. If you’ve got one of these pens, leave your thoughts on it in the comments section!