May 11, 2013
My other pens are all incredibly valuable vintage Waterman and Parker, so I know
what an exceptional pen feels like. However I was horrified by the toll that
light everyday usage was taking on them, all the little bumps, drops, and
scratches were adding up quickly. So when I saw this music print Kaweco Sport
on sale, I thought I would take a chance.
This pen is a great everyday carry!! It is very very small, and I love that
there is no clip. You just pop it in a pocket, and it disappears. Also it seems
to weigh about as much as a staple, even with a full ink cartridge and the cap
posted. And yet the construction is rock-solid, and the nib section seems
strong enough to open a beer or two. I prefer to write with the cap posted
because it becomes that familiar full size once the cap is on. But for extra
fine detail unposted is equally comfortable, I'll probably use both equally
since I actually got this to write and arrange music!
As for performance, again this Kaweco is great. I have yet to finish my first
full cartridge, so I don't know how much it will eventually break in. But from
the first stroke it writes very well. I got the FINE nib, which perhaps in
German pens is much much finer than others, I'm not sure this is my first
Kaweco. It is even finer than my Parker Arrow extra fine. So if you are looking
for a wetter stroke, or perhaps a fast writer, get the Medium or even Broad.
This pen is very very fine and needle-like, although I am hoping it will loosen
up a little over time. I should mention here that I'm using Kaweco sepia ink,
which seems to be a little on the thick side. So a wetter ink may make a big
So, I'm not sure how much this one differs from the standard Kaweco Sport, if at
all. But I do love this pen. And not to mention the beautiful music print and
wonderfully engraved, bright gold nib, which gets me just as many compliments
and conversations as a pen costing 15 times as much!
SUMMARY: solid A grade - I bought this for the cute looks and sale price, but
I'm so thrilled with the feel and performance that my $200+ "dream pens" can go
back in the box where they belong. Now I see why nobody seems to have just one
of these little guys, I can't wait to collect more colors and nibs!
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