|Model Number||PILOT FKA-1SR-RF|
|Shipping Weight||1.41 oz|
|Diameter - Grip||11.6 mm|
|Diameter - Max||13.3 mm|
|Length - Capped||13.1 cm|
|Length - Posted||15.7 cm|
|Length - Uncapped||12.2 cm|
|Pre-Installed Ink Color||Black|
|Tip Length||18 mm|
March 12, 2014
I LOVE THIS PEN!! First...
I LOVE THIS PEN!! First off, I should note that I'm an adult, not a child. I love fountain pens. I have a Waterman Expert F, a Lamy Safari EF, A Kaweco Sport F, and a Pilot Metropolitan M. The Kakuno F nib is the best of the bunch. The wide grip of the Kakuno is far superior to the narrow, pinched grip of the Safari. The Safari has a great nib, but it never feels right in my hand. The Kakuno does. It caps and uncaps with a nice snap, and the nib is always smiling at you, which is a happy feature. There's good feedback from the nib, better than the medium nib Metropolitan, which feels smooth but somewhat mushy. The Kakuno nib makes a nice sound and lays down a sharp line. I'm using the included cartridge for now and it's a true black. The pen started writing right away. The Kakuno is seriously a joy to write with. I want another! It's probably great for kids, but adults, get yourself a cheap and cheerful pen that makes writing fun.
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March 29, 2014
This is an excellent...
This is an excellent fountain pen for just about anyone, whether you are a student, a fountain pen novice or just someone who wants an inexpensive workhorse fountain pen.
The nib is pretty much the same as on the much more expensive Pilot Prera, only with a very cute happy-face etching. I have two Preras and they write as well or better than any of my more expensive pens. Trying out the Kakuno felt very similar to writing with the Prera.
I really like the grip. It is triangulated, as is the Lamy Safari, but in a much more relaxed way. A grip can make or break a fountain pen since if you are not comfortable holding and writing with the pen you probably are not going to write much with it. The Kakuno really succeeds here.
The pen posts adequately and adds some heft to a fairly light pen (13 grams). However, you can easily write with it unposted since the body is fairly long. I do wish this came with a clip but maybe that wouldn't work well for school children? My suggestion would be to make an add on clip, just as Kaweco does for their Sport series.
I'd say for the price, you are not going to find a much better pen in this range. Adults may want to consider the Pilot Metropolitan and kids the Pelikan Pelikano Jr. as alternatives but the Kakuno is a big winner in my book.
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