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Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Giveaway

Kaweco Perkeo

The Kaweco Perkeo is a fun addition to Kaweco’s lineup, offering a full-sized, entry-level fountain pen that is less expensive than their already popular Kaweco Classic lineup. It comes in fun colors too, like this new red and blue Retro Block model that I picked up from Vanness Pens at the Atlanta Pen Show. I have one of these to give away, so read the rules below and get to entering!

Posted on June 18, 2019 and filed under Kaweco, Giveaways.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Soft Mandarine Ballpoint Pen Review

Kaweco Frosted Sport Soft Mandarine Ballpoint Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

The new collection of Frosted colors from Kaweco this year has been a fantastic edition that probably has many people scrambling to collect them all. The semi-translucent pastel body colors are perfect for spring and summer, and I doubt they'll be around long.

The particular model I have is the Soft Mandarine ballpoint, which is also available in five other colors. The Kaweco Sport ballpoint has been around for quite a while in all the regular colors and materials that you expect, but the soft pastel colors are refreshing. If you haven't used or seen one of these before, they're about the same size as a closed Kaweco Sport fountain pen, and feature a soft click mechanism at the top of the pen. The overall diameter is the same as the cap of a Sport fountain pen, but it's the same diameter for nearly the entire length of the pen, save the click button and cone. As you can imagine, writing with a chunky pen like this can take some getting used to. For the most part, it's a really comfortable writing experience, but I did find it to be slightly uncomfortable after a little while due to the short length. I like a bit more material on the pen to rest on my hand while I write, but this will vary from hand to hand.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Ballpoint Pen Review

The pen is very light, which makes it comfortable for short writing sprints, and I found it fairly easy to control even with the short body. Even though this pen is comparable in size to its fountain pen cousin, you have to factor in the cap on the fountain pen variant. Posting the cap gives you a good amount of extra length that makes it more comfortable to use and easier to control when writing. That's not to say that the ballpoint is difficult or uncomfortable, but they are much different writing experiences.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Ballpoint Pen

The included refill with this pen is a decent 1.0mm ballpoint with blue ink. It does skip a little and the lines aren't as crisp as I like, but it flows smoothly and always starts writing quickly after being unused for a while. As far as traditional ballpoints go, it's great. But, let's say you aren't a fan of ballpoints. That's okay, because I'm not either. Luckily, the Kaweco Sport ballpoint line uses a common refill format: the D1. This opens up your refill options by a lot, with over 60 choices on JetPens as of this writing. With that amount of variety, you can find a good combination of tip size and color to fit your writing needs.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Ballpoint Pen Refill

Replacing the refill is an easy process, and I really enjoyed discovering the unique refill mount system on this pen. Instead of the traditional method of a spring in the tip of the pen that works directly against the refill to provide resistance, the spring is built into the nock mechanism. This means that there isn't a spring in the nose of the pen that is either stuck to the refill or can fall out when you remove the refill. I've never had good luck finding a lost spring on a carpet floor. The D1 refill is friction-fit into the nock mechanism, and requires a good amount of force to remove and replace. This is good because it means the refill won't fall out by accident in your pocket or bag.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Ballpoint Pen Size Comparison Review

Overall, I've really enjoyed using the Kaweco Ballpoint. It's a solid little pen that fits in a lot of small spaces, but is just big enough to be comfortable and usable. It's not something I'd use for long writing sessions, but it's a fun pen to use every now and then. On top of the that, the Frosted color options are so much fun. The translucent pastels are pretty and the price is very fair. And, the addition of using the popular D1 system means you have lots of color and size options!

The Kaweco Frosted Sport Ballpoint is available in Blush Pitaya, Light Blueberry, Natural Coconut, Soft Mandarine, Sweet Banana, and Fine Lime, and each one costs about $22. These make great gifts and personal treats, but once you have one, you'll want all six colors!

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Kaweco Frosted Sport Ballpoint Pen Writing
Posted on June 12, 2019 and filed under Kaweco, Ballpoint, Pen Reviews.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco Frosted Sport Fountain Pen Review

The Kaweco Sport breaks the mold of what a pocket fountain pen should be. I'm a big fan of this product, and as a fan, I'm spoiled. So spoiled, that I almost take the Kaweco Sport for granted.

This is a great pen for me. I like small, pocketable, portable pens, and the bonus of it being a fountain pen is fantastic. It's lightweight, making it vanish into my pocket when I carry it, and durable, as it bangs up against other pocket accessories and keeps on trucking.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Fountain Pen

For as small as it is, the Kaweco Sport is a full-sized writer. The cap is designed to cover the majority of the pen barrel for a compact closure, but when writing, it adds length to the barrel when posted for a more comfortable experience. The standard section diameter helps with that too. This is not a skinny pocket pen.

Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen

My most recent pickup is the Frosted Sport in Light Blueberry, although it was a tough choice. Just look at all of the bright colors for 2019! Kaweco did a bang-up job with this series of Sport pens for sure. Anytime they bring bright colors to the table AND silver trim you can bet I'll pick one up - like the Sport Sunrise I bought from Fontoplumo last year.

Kaweco Sport vs Lamy Safari

I almost exclusively order steel EF nibs for my Kaweco pens, and this one was no different. It was fantastic right out of the box and continues to be. Nibs have always been a question mark around the brand, but they seem to have corrected most of the QC issues that have plagued them in the past. (Myke and I discuss this on the most recent Pen Addict Podcast.) It is firm, smooth, and leaves a clean, consistent line.

Kaweco Sport Lamy Safari comparison

In a stroke of pure luck, I found the perfect ink match for this pen right out the gate. I bought a big batch of short international ink cartridges to play around with recently, and in there was this Waterman Radiant Pink. Any time I can get a cotton candy or 3-D look from my pen and ink combinations I am going to do it. This one turned out wonderfully.

Kaweco Frosted Sport Waterman Ink

For all of the praise I heap on the Kaweco Sport, it is not a pen I recommend very often. It rarely lands on any beginner pen list because it doesn't fit the traditional mold of pens like the Pilot Metropolitan or Lamy Safari. For a pocket pen, the plastic barrels are too light for some, and the metal barrels may not be at a price point consumers are comfortable with. But if this pen hits on the specifics you require, you won't find anything better. Heck, you may not find anything at all, which means that Kaweco is doing something right with this product.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

Waterman Radiant Pink

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Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen Review
Posted on May 27, 2019 and filed under Kaweco, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.