Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Silver Body

At just 3.8 inches (9.7 cm) in length when capped, the Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen is one of the smallest fountain pens that accepts standard international short cartridges. A full aluminum body with stainless steel nib, the cap screws on the back of the pen to post when writing.
Model NumberKAWECO 10000152
Weight0.4 ounces
Body Color Silver
Body Material Metal (Aluminum)
Clippable No
Converter-Compatible No
Design Style Slim, Compact
Diameter - Grip 8.3 mm
Diameter - Max 9.3 mm
Grip Color Silver
Grip Material Metal (Aluminum)
Ink Refillable Yes
Length - Capped 9.7 cm
Length - Posted 12.6 cm
Length - Uncapped 8.7 cm
Mechanism Capped
Pre-Installed Ink Color Blue
Tip Length 16.3 mm
Tip Material Metal (Stainless Steel), Iridium Tip
Tip Size Medium

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The Kaweco Liliput series...
February 14, 2015
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The Kaweco Liliput series pens are not only my favorite pens, they are also some of my absolute favorite objects. Most of what you read about them, both good and bad, is correct. They are indeed very small; however, they fit the hand perfectly well with the cap posted. Posting the cap is not an instantaneous action; yet unless you are about to play some Boggle™, you probably won't mind the short time it takes to screw and unscrew the cap. In fact, most of its downsides are intentional features (this pen is virtually incapable of ever leaking in your pocket), and if it sounds like a good pen for you it really probably is.

That said, not all materials are created equal. I own the silver (aluminum), enamel black, and brass versions. The brass is significantly heavier than the other two, and once I'd used it, I found it very difficult to go back to the others (as a main pen, that is, I still use the other two often). This is possibly why I'd failed to notice the ink cartridge inside the silver pen had come loose and some ink had spilled inside the barrel. Everyone knows that ink is harmful to certain metals, but it utterly ate my silver Liliput. The outside of the barrel had already become fairly visibly marred from being in my pocket (both some scratching to the aluminum and some wearing away of the clear laminate coating thereupon), but the threading of the interior pieces is now very jagged and there is substantial pitting on the piece that joins the nib apparatus and the cartridge. I wouldn't say that it is utterly ruined, but it seems a bit like an old metal tool that has spent an unfortunate winter in a damp, dank and dark basement, but without any of the charm implied. Unscrewing the cap now creates a small drift of white powder which I assume is aluminum oxide.

Similar incidents have occurred with the other two pens with different results. The black enamel pen suffered less internal pitting and thread damage from inky mishap; and the exterior remains very handsome with only the most respectable evidence of use. The brass pen- used every day now for about nine months, always kept in a jeans pocket with other metal objects, occasionally subject to ink cartridge misadventures- looks like the day I bought it, save for the hard-earned patina created by my hand (easily removable with Brass-o, should it fall into the hands of a tasteless philistine).

All of this to say: Don't get the silver pen. It was my first purchase in the series and I fell madly in love with it until I got the black one, and then the brass one. Each succeeded the previous in my heart; and the silver, while still on my desk, doesn't rate keeping in an ink cartridge, and usually only comes out when I'm in need of several colors of ink and several nibs. If I ever get my hands on the copper and/or the stainless steel (and good gosh, when I saw the stainless steel I realized how good this silver pen should have been), then this one will likely get put away for long term storage. Or I'll remove the nib apparatus, clean it out, and use it to carry baby aspirins (the barrel's just a bit too narrow for most full-size pills).

Don't get me wrong: I do love this pen, and if this was the only Liliput available I'd buy five and either be a lot more careful (my wife claims I can and will find a way to break anything), or I'd swab out the interior of stray ink hourly. Fortunately, this isn't the only choice. Don't buy this one, but get the brass version instead.