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Kaweco Sport Sunset Fountain Pen Giveaway

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Image via Fontoplumo

What, did you think I forgot this week’s giveaway? Just running a bit behind, but hopefully this pen makes up for the delay.

I recently ordered a few pens from Fontoplumo, and made sure to add something just for you fine readers of this blog. The Kaweco Sport Sunset is a Fontoplumo exclusive, and I have one of these beauties to give away. Read below and get to entering!

Posted on June 5, 2018 and filed under Kaweco, Giveaways.

Kaweco Steel Sport Fountain Pen Review

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Kaweco makes my favorite pocket fountain pens, bar none. I think I’ve tried just about all of them at this point, and even so, I’m always ready to get the latest model in my hands. The Kaweco Steel Sport is the latest model, and my current favorite. At least until the next one.

What I like so much about the Kaweco Sport lineup overall is they are rock solid in my pocket. It doesn’t matter if it is the plastic barrel Classic or something as strong as this stainless steel model. My pocket is where I carry the Sport most of the time, and despite all of the jostling around the cap stays secure and the ink never leaks from the nib.

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Prior to the Steel model, the stock gray AL Sport was my favorite to use, and the Brass Sport was the best looking. The Steel sport is the best of both world for me.

For all of the Kaweco Sports I have used, I am experiencing something different with this one that I have with any other. When unscrewing the cap, I find the grip section gets loose - about 1/16th of a turn - on occasion. When the pen was brand new, I noticed at a higher rate than I do now. I think it’s just one of those metal on metal things that now I’ve started to break it in is getting better. It’s a minor thing, but I thought I’d point it out because I’ve used a lot of these pens and have never seen this.

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This doesn’t affect the performance of the pen or my thoughts of this pen, but one thing with Kaweco sometimes can: The nib. The brand is known for sketchy quality control on their steel nibs, especially with what is referred to as a Baby’s Bottom. This causes skipping and poor line performance, and has plagued Kaweco for years. I almost never have a problem with my Kaweco nibs because I generally order them with extra fine nibs. You hear more reports of this issue with medium or broad nibs.

I’m happy to report the extra fine nib on my Steel Sport is perfect, but again, your mileage may vary.

To fill the Steel Sport, I used the Diamine 1864 Blue Black ink cartridges. I find Kaweco’s inks to be a little washed out, and there are a ton of short international cartridges on the market that I prefer.

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Picking a Kaweco Sport comes down to personal preference. I find the experience of using one plus the portability of it keeps it at the top of my most used pens list. Plus, there are so many choices you are certain to find one in your price range that suits your style.

So, what’s next in the Sport lineup Kaweco? I’ll be anxiously waiting.

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


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Posted on November 6, 2017 and filed under Kaweco, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

Kaweco Special Fountain Pen in Brass: A Review

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(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

The Kaweco Special Fountain Pen in brass is indeed special—a definite step up from the usual plastic and aluminum offerings by the company. This pen is made of solid machined brass in the octagonal shape favored by the brand. The words “Kaweco Special FP Germany” are etched on one side.

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The pen comes in a Kaweco tin and includes one blue cartridge.

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The screw-on cap has a silver finial embedded in the dome-like top. There’s a grooved ring beneath this. These details give the pen a steampunk look that keeps it from being boring.

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The bottom of the barrel has threads for posting the cap. However, I found that posting the cap made the pen too unwieldy. It is a nice detail for those who like to post their pens, and threaded posting means the cap will remain secure.

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This pen came with a steel EF nib. It writes smoothly with no scratchiness at all, and the ink flows well.

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I’ve bought several Kawecos, and all but two had absolutely horrible nibs. So, I was pleased to get one with a great nib.

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The grip unscrews to allow access to the cartridge or converter.

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There’s also a rubber ring at the base of the threads to insure that the cap seals well so the nib won’t dry out.

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Although this pen is brass, it isn’t too heavy (the body weighs 20 grams). That’s because it is so thin. The grip is only 8.2mm wide and 15mm long, so there’s not much room for your fingers. The threads hit right where I normally position my fingers, and that is uncomfortable. I’ve been holding the pen by the barrel rather than the grip, but writing this way feels a bit awkward.

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When you first open up the Kaweco Special, it is gloriously shiny, and the facets gleam in the light. But it doesn’t take much handling for the brass to show fingerprints. And, it only took a few days of use for a patina to form. That’s to be expected with a brass pen, and many people like the way brass looks with a patina. If you don’t, plan to polish your pen frequently.

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Although I like the octagonal shape and the brass finish on the Kaweco Special, this is not the pen for me. It is much too thin. My hand starts cramping almost immediately, and long writing sessions are painful. Now that I’m in my 50s, I’ve found that I do better with larger pens. But that’s just me. I know many people prefer thinner pens and this is certainly a nice one.

You can purchase the Kaweco Special Fountain Pen from JetPens for $89.50.

Pros

  • The Kaweco Special is a gorgeous brass fountain pen with Kaweco’s unique octagonal shape.
  • The pen is balanced (unless you post it) and is not too heavy even though it is made of metal.
  • The nib on this pen works well, but I’ve found Kaweco nib quality to vary from pen to pen.
  • The rubber ring creates an airtight seal between the cap and the barrel when the pen is closed.

Cons

  • The Kaweco Special comes with only one blue cartridge, so plan on buying more cartridges or a converter if you buy this pen.
  • The pen is way too thin for my comfort, but as I said in the review, many people prefer slender pens.
  • The brass doesn’t stay shiny for long, so you’ll either need to love patina or be willing to do a lot of polishing.

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


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Posted on October 27, 2017 and filed under Kaweco, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.