2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
I LOVE THIS PEN!! First...
, March 12, 2014
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.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent...
, March 29, 2014
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.