Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Fine Nib - Blue

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Your first encounter with a fountain pen is important. That's why Pilot designed the Kakuno pen, a simple fountain pen that is great for beginners. Thanks to its many features that help ease beginners into the world of fountain pens, kids and adults can experience the joy of writing with these delightful instruments. "Kakuno" means "to write" in Japanese, and that's just what this pen helps you do!

Features include the cute smiley face on the nib that always faces up when writing, ensuring correct nib orientation. The "Soft" color pens have a winking smiley face, while the other colors have a regular smiley face. Indentations in the cap make it easy to grasp when uncapping the pen. The cap and body are hexagonal, similar to the classic wooden pencil, so that the pen is comfortable to hold and doesn't roll away. The grip is made in a triangular shape so that fingers naturally sit in the correct position. Novices will soon be on their way to becoming seasoned fountain pen users!

One black ink cartridge is included. This pen is compatible with Pilot ink cartridges and converters, as listed under Recommended Refills/Parts.

This is the Fine Nib Blue pen. Photos of a pen without its packaging feature the Medium Nib Light Green pen.

Model NumberPILOT FKA-1SR-LF
Weight1.4 ounces
Body Color Gray
Body Material Plastic
Clippable No
Converter-Compatible Yes
Design Style Beginner-Friendly
Diameter - Grip 11.6 mm
Diameter - Max 13.3 mm
Grip Color Gray
Grip Material Plastic
Ink Refillable Yes
Length - Capped 13.1 cm
Length - Posted 15.7 cm
Length - Uncapped 12.2 cm
Mechanism Capped
Pre-Installed Ink Color Black
Tip Length 18 mm
Tip Material Metal
Tip Replaceable No
Tip Size Fine

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I read a very favorable...
January 19, 2014
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I read a very favorable review of this pen on another site, and so when I saw it here, I decided to order it. Yes, it is marketed as a beginner or child's pen (it has a cute smiling face on the nib). But it lays down a fantastic fine line. It does have a large barrel, but that's not so much of a problem. It's nice to handle. You can use a converter with it, and it takes Namiki cartridges (I put a purple one in mine). I like it better than the Pilot Penmanship.
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I've never left a review...
April 21, 2014
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I've never left a review on this site, but this little pen compelled me.

This is going to sound crazy, but this may be my favorite nib of all time. I bought one on a whim on a trip to Tokyo, and didn't even open/ink it until months later, and was blown away. My normal daily carry pens are Pilot/Namiki vanishing points (mostly previous model, but a new one as well) in everything from EF to B, Lamy safari's (mostly EF and F), and a couple of TWSBIs. This pen is FAR superior to any of my Safaris (and I love those pens) and I honestly like the nib better than the VP EF that I got from Richard Binder. It just goes down perfectly, with great feedback, and absolutely no skipping or starting issues. Even the Platinum Balance I bought recently (and also like a great deal) can't claim the same consistency in performance.

I bought two more within 24hours of inking up the first (this time from JetPens), another Fine and a Medium. The second Fine is every bit as great as the first. The Medium is also a very nice pen, but it does have a few starting hiccups, and may need to be tuned a touch.

The absence of a clip doesn't bother me at all, I usually keep them either on my desk or in a roll, and I just pretend I'm using a $700 Nakaya instead of a $20 Pilot. I would be happy to trade almost any of my steel nibbed pens for one of these, I really don't have a single complaint, and will definitely be buying more.
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