I got this pen as a Christmas...
I got this pen as a Christmas present several years ago. My requirement was for
an attractive, robust pocket pen with waterproof ink that could write on copy
paper, and this pen suits nicely. The aluminum body is sturdy and resilient, the
pen is short enough to comfortably carry in a jeans pocket, and with the cap
posted, it has a very nice balance in the hand. Kaweco's EF tip is the
equivalent of a Japanese Medium,and ink flow is generous. I like to use
Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng ink, which is pretty goopy. I do dilute my ink a bit,
but this pen writes very well with it on everything from copy paper to my
Mnemosyne notebooks. It also disassembles for cleaning, so when the pen does get
crusty I can get it refreshed pretty quickly. I will say that the finish, while
tough and durable, does wear after a while when rattling around with keys and
pocket knives and such. The good news is that it now looks like the premium
stonewash finish Kaweco also offers, but without the price tag.
The reason I'm only giving this pen four stars is this - the cap doesn't stay
on. The cap threads onto the body for a secure fit, but there is no friction
device to secure it. Half an hour in a pants pocket and it rattles loose. It's a
deep cap so it's never come off completely, but then the pen starts to dry out.
It's a little thing, but I feel that the addition of a silicone seal inside the
cap would fix this - just a little friction to keep things from rattling loose.
Given the price point of this pen, it seems like Kaweco could do just a little
That being said, I plan to keep using this pen for many years yet. The
distinctive styling gets noticed, and I get complimented on my pen surprisingly
often. Besides, it just feels great in the hand, a real joy to write with. The
aluminum body has a satisfying heft, it feels substantial and solid in my hand.
And with the cap posted, it balances beautifully. This is a pen that's fun to
play with, fun to look at, and fun to use.