June 18, 2012
Yep, the Kaweco Sport (EF nib) is a winner, as far as I'm concerned, and I'll be
buying another in a different colour. I initially had two trepidations: a) There
DOESN'T seem to be a converter available for the Kaweco Sport, so you must use
Kaweco's own (or other "International Short") ink cartridges (no bottled ink)
and b) my usual concerns about what a particular manufacturer considers "Extra
Fine" compared to "Fine." OK, I heard that others have made an "eyedropper" out
of the Kaweco by "greasing up" the threads with silicone grease so you can fill
the BARREL with ink. I'm perfectly happy using J. Herbin cartridges--"Perle
Noire" for black and "Eclat de Saphir" for blue. Coupla my favorite "bottle"
inks that happen to also be available in short cartridges. My problem with nib
widths is a common one: that what one manufacturer calls "extra fine" is closer
to "fine" (or even "medium"). The EF nib that came with my Kaweco *IS* an
extra-fine. It writes smoothly (*not* dry, at least not with J. Herbin ink),
first time, every time. No skipping, no scratchiness. I did NO "preparation" of
the new pen. Snap in the cartridge, give it a couple of shakes, and start
I bought mine with a pocket clip (another $3), but this puppy is SO short,
you'll be tempted to just carry it in your pants pocket. The cap SCREWS ON, so
there's no danger of it coming off if you just throw this little guy into your
backpack or pocket. It's comfy writing without the cap posted, but WITH the cap
posted (so you won't misplace it), it's still shorter than your average FP.
Terrific pen, worth every bit of the price. Definitely want another.
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