Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Light Green

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4.8 (4 reviews)
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.

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 Medium

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An absolutely fun and...
January 22, 2014
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An absolutely fun and great pen for the price. Perfect for a first timer to fountain pens or a seasoned writer/artist looking for an expensive daily writer/sketcher. I have been writing and drawing and I am quite pleased with how smooth the nib is. It is what I expected from Pilot based on my past experience with their other pens. The nib is smooth with little to no tooth. Their is no flex to speak of either. If you're looking for line variation, look elsewhere. No problems with skipping or start up to speak of. If you have other Pilots, like the Prera, Penmanship, Plumix, etc, you can swap the nib and/or feeds to get the writing style/size that you want. Kudos to Pilot for the cross compatibility. The only thing that may bug some folks is the lack of a clip. The cap only has a small raised piece of plastic to keep it from rolling away. I personally don't mind since I'll mostly be using it for sketching. This is yet another example from Pilot of a solid writer without the price tag. I have more expensive pens that don't write as smooth as this one does out of the box. Solid construction, feels good in the hand, writes smooth, cheap!
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This is my third Pilot...
May 6, 2014
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This is my third Pilot Kakuno, and something tells me it won't be my last. These pens are excellent. I have two fine nibs (one red cap, one orange cap) and this medium nib one. All have smooth nibs, and I find myself really liking the way ink flows from this one. I bought a Con20 converter and filled it with Diamine Apple Glory ink, and it's a match made in heaven. I was wondering what the real shade of the cap would be, and it's brighter than the pictures and looks cheery and fresh.
I don't have any cons. If you like the look of this pen, don't hesitate to buy one. I like it better than Lamy Safari. I like the grip better than Pilot Metropolitan (despite having small hands, there's not enough room for my fingers on the Metropolitan, and they bump into the sharp ridge where the cap snaps on) . The Kakuno is nice and light and easy to hold. I like mine so much, they all have names!
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Background: I've been...
June 14, 2014
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Background: I've been writing with fountain pens since I was a child, as I come from a culture in which fountain pens are required in school. My primary every day fountain pen is a Parker Vector; I also have a Parker Sonnet at home. I am also left handed.

I bought this pen, mostly attracted by the pretty color and its playful distinct Japan-ness (the smile on the nib is adorable). I used it with a Pilot CON-50 [0] and Iroshizuku Sin-kai [1] ink.

The pen is fairly thick, and holds nicely in the hand. The hexagonal shape is pretty comfortable. The cap clips on nicely and firmly. Very solid overall. The cap has no clip on it, which might disappoint the people who do use it. That being said, a little notch prevents the cap from rolling around, and the hexagonal shape does the same.

The nib is surprisingly pleasant for a fountain pen that cheap, especially targeted at beginners. Very smooth and supple, with a consistent ink flow, even with fast motions or sharp turns and loops (eg. a signature). As a left handed person, some nibs take a decent amount of break in for them to be comfortable to me- absolutely not the case here.

And the smile on the nib is really, really cute. Highly recommended.

[0]: http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Fountain-Pen-CON-50-Converter/pd/1531
[1]: http://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Iroshizuku-Ink-50-ml-Shin-kai-Deep-Sea-Blue-Gra y/pd/9974
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This pen writes smoothly...
February 12, 2014
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This pen writes smoothly and the green cap adds a bit of additional fun. Unfortunately, without a clip on the cap, I lost mine at work on day two out of the box. Knew this was a possibility, in spite of being careful, it slipped out of my pocket. Thus five points for a nice nib, easy cartridge installation, ink flow and aesthetics minus a point for omitting a clip on the cap.
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