This is the first fountain...
March 7, 2014
This is the first fountain pen I’ve ever used that writes well on a normal
post-it note. It’s also my first time using cartridges in a couple of years,
and it’s my first time using kaweco ink.
I have no idea if it’s the pen or the ink or the combo, but this pen WRITES ON
POST-IT NOTES. All my other fountain pens have problems with post-it note paper
(ink won’t come out of the pen, the ink pools funny, the ink takes too long to
dry, etc. I need to look into a bottle of kaweco ink (if it exists) and switch
out my ink in some other work pens!
It’s an adorable little pen. It’s ridiculously light weight, but the
plastic doesn’t look cheap or seem flimsy. I’m guessing the plastic has the
same level of durability as my Lamy Vista (which I think is the demonstrator
version of the Lamy Safari… same price, same size, etc.) This Kaweco is
sharp. I’m going to buy two more of these, but I’m concerned that they
won’t look as good or be as sturdy as this music one. The pictures on the
website of the other Kaweco sport pens in the same price range look pretty cheap
and flimsy (except for the black and white ones).
When I say it’s a cute little pen, I mean it. I wear a size small women’s
glove, and when I close my fist around then capped pen (across my palm), my fist
completely covers the white cap and goes a bit into the black body of the pen.
When the pen is open and posted, the pen is the perfect size and balance for
Posted, my new Kaweco Sport is the same length as my unposted Lamy Vista and
Lamy Safari pens.
Posted, my new Kaweco is a nib length longer than my Esterbrook.
The body is a touch wider than the Esterbrook and the cap is a touch wider than
my Lamy Vista.
I bought the fine point nib and was disappointed that the fine point nib is just
as thick as the fine point nib on my Lamys. But since the thicker link is well
controlled and even, I’ll live with it.
STARTING TO WRITE
I don’t generally use cartridges, so I’m not sure if what I’m about to say
is about cartridge use in general, if it’s specific to this pen, or if it’s
about the kaweco cartridge ink. I also forgot to flush it before use. The pen
took a full day before it wrote properly.
Interesting note – I dipped the nib into my Waterman’s South Sea ink (aqua
color) because even though the pen wasn’t writing from the cartridge, I wanted
to try it out. I have never dipped a nib in a bottle and had the ink last so
long. I wrote 1.5 pages (8.5x11) before the ink started skipping and running
I didn’t use the cartridge that came with the pen. I purchased a box of
Kaweco blue/black cartridges and used that instead. The color is a nice denim
color, but I was hoping for a slightly blacker ink. I’ll have to look and see
what other colors I can get cartridges in. I don’t see a reason to buy other
brands of cartridges unless I find myself really hankering for a color kaweco
doesn’t sell because, dude, it writes on post-its!
There is definite show through and it’s just about to bleed through anywhere
that the pen wasn’t moving for even a second (mostly on periods, the start of
a line, or the end of a line). However, I’m using it on office paper (cheap
copy paper and Office Depot brand white “legal” pads). I haven’t brought
it home to try in my good notebooks, but I’m hoping for less bleed through.
If the show through doesn’t decrease on the better quality paper, I’ll
probably stock one of the new ones in a lighter colored ink (oohhhh… like the
new J. Herbin Gris Nuage I just got for my new, and disappointingly cheap with
so-so writing J. Herbin rollerball pen).
Great pen at this price range. I prefer it to my two Lamys because it’s
smaller and lighter. I am going to get two more (two in different colored inks
and one to keep in my bag). I am going to investigate a converter and some
kaweco bottled ink for one or two of the new ones. This one will continue to be
a cartridge pen.