The pen is far too wet....
October 8, 2015
The pen is far too wet. I use my fountain pens mostly in a school setting,
meaning that I'm writing on sub-par paper, at best. Usually nothing heavier than
20 lb lined, graph or blank paper. I now own two other EF and F pens in addition
to the Kaweco, and they both outshine it in terms of performance. I've tried
manually adjusting the ink flow by gently pushing the top of the tines and
rolling the pen slightly, but no dice. The pen, while it may be an EF, still
writes a lot thicker than some of my Eastern Medium nibs, and even one of my
In addition, for a $30 pen (a bit more than $30, actually, if you want a
converter with it) you just don't get that much. The pen itself is a cheap, thin
plastic cylinder, and the cap is a slightly thicker cylinder. It's stylish when
folded up and feels good in your hands, but you definitely get a very cheapy and
not well-made feel. For half the price, my Metropolitan in Fine writes better
for my purposes, is fully metal and feels great in my hand, and isn't much less
versatile from a portability standpoint.
It might work for some who are willing to make a TON of sacrifices from a
quality standpoint purely for the portability, light weight and small size of
the pen, but it's definitely not one of my favorites.