This is the second Kaweco...
January 27, 2016
This is the second Kaweco Sport I've bought, and it is the second one to be a
very hard starter—two for two. Once it gets writing it's pleasant enough, but
the hard start issue is pretty bad, with a small pause between sentences enough
time to disrupt the ink flow. I've read online that the issue may be "baby's
bottom" but I'm not inclined to try and sandpaper the nib, which is how one
would fix "baby's bottom" (apparently).
I've had better luck even with JinHao, the cheap Chinese manufacturer; I had a
nib from them that had a bit of realigning required (gently pressing a tine up
or down slightly while looking at it through a loupe), but never anything that
would require drastic, obviously-warranty-voiding conditioning.
Honestly, I thought about giving the pen one star, because the hard start issue
is so pronounced and annoying. Actually, I gave the pen away as a Christmas
present; if you're just jotting down a quick note the start issue isn't as
frustrating to work with (I gifted it with an A6 notebook). For as much as I
paid for the Kaweco, though, I would really expect to have a good, everyday,
workhorse pen. Lamy Safari, Pilot Prera, and Ohto Dude are all in this price
range, and they all typically work well out of the box, and serve well as
everyday pens. I will say, though, that I have a real soft spot in my heart for
the Kaweco Sport design; it's understated, and both retro and sophisticated.
I've read lots complaints from more than one person online about their recently
purchased Kaweco nib lately; if Kaweco can ever turn their worsening reputation
around, I might one day give them another chance. As it stands today, though,
there are too many excellent options in the market at this price point to
settle; unless you absolutely MUST have the neo-Bauhaus design of the Sport, I'd
get a different pen.