Posts Tagged ‘Kaweco Classic Sport’


Fountain Pens Are Cool


Last week, shared a link to a Bloomberg article about fountain pen ink that stated, “Worldwide, fountain pen sales are forecast to total $1.15 billion this year, up 3 percent from 2017 and almost 31 percent from a decade ago, according to market-research company Euromonitor International.” Yes, fountain pens are cool and so is ink.

An inkophile needs a stable of pens to test and compare several colors at the same time. A five-pen rotation works well for me and for a reasonable investment, these are some of my favorite models.

  • Pilot Metropolitan – My three are good writers, but might seem slender in a large hand.
  • Pilot Kakuno – Mine has a good nib and adds virtually no weight to my kit.
  • Platinum Plaisir – Good nibs and attractive colors. Slightly larger than the Metropolitan.
  • Kaweco Sport – Modern pocket pen works well in small spaces. Nibs can be swapped.
  • TWSBI Eco – Small nib and simple design, but folks swear by the Eco. The Diamond 580 is my preferred model.
  • Lamy Safari – Sturdy build, but the grip is awkward for some users. Nibs can be good if finicky about ink. The Studio is my preferred model for an everyday pen.
  • Nemosine Singularity – Good build for the price. My italics work best with well-lubricated inks.
  • Conklin Duragraph – The stub nibs are smooth and juicy. I liked the design and performance well enough to purchase two.

Although I have owned a few inexpensive Chinese pens that wrote well enough, most brands have been too inconsistent to recommend. However, for the modest investment, they could be worth the gamble. Amazon and eBay offer quite a few, but you might have better luck at His Nibs.

The Pilot Metropolitan has emerged as my favorite fountain pen for ink testing because it cleans easily and flows well with every ink. The Duragraph with its wide nib is good for general writing so it will often get filled with an ink I would use for a journal or correspondence. The Kakuno or the Singularity come out to play when aqua ink is on the menu. The Nova Orange Plaisir is happy with orange ink or sometimes a fill of Noodler’s Lexington Gray. Either way, it makes my desk look cheerful.

My current pen rotation for testing ink includes

  • Silver Pilot Metropolitan – green ink
  • Aqua Pilot Metropolitan, Kakuno, or Nemosine Singularity – blue/aqua ink
  • Plaisir – red/orange ink
  • TWSBI – purple/burgundy ink
  • Duragraph – black/brown ink

That makes five pens for under $150. Or a mix of Metropolitans and Plasirs could be put together for less than $75. Add a selection of ink samples and you are on your way to being a collector. Now wasn’t that easy!

Though I have never needed to make a return, do purchase where that would be easy. Low-end pens can be imperfect by some accounts though I suspect that is less common with the pens on my list.

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Sunday Reads: Oodles Of Pen, Paper And Ink Links


That’s a first. I’ve never used “oodles” in a post, but for this bunch, it seemed just right.


A Double Review: Sailor Ultramarine Purple And A Kaweco Converter


Sailor Gentle Ink in Ultramarine Purple

Sailor Ultramarine Purple

Last week Jet Pens offered a bottle of Sailor ink to review. That’s not something an inkophile can refuse. Along with it came a converter for the Kaweco Classic Sport reviewed last year. I might have tested the ink in a wide nib or one of my Sailor pens, but putting the converter straight to use was too tempting. As the sample shows, the medium nib proved a good match for the ink.

Sailor Ultramarine Purple Written Sample

Ultramarine Purple fits in the same saturation range as Diamine Violet and Amazing Amethyst – not strong but not pale either. The color is more blue than the two Diamine inks and becomes even more so once dry. For Sailor ink fans, Ultramarine Purple could be used as a substitute for blue and might even be acceptable in a conservative business environment. Only you would know it started as purple.

Other properties include good flow, moderate lubrication, and intermittent shading. It dries faster than many inks and might work for a leftie in a fine nib. It has that typical Sailor ink odor that I associate with biocides and a reduced chance of cultivating mold. I wish all inks were so endowed.

My other purples are red slanted, so there was an opening for a blue slanted one and Ultra Purple is certainly that. Sailor inks are consistent performers and my ink collection reflects my appreciation for them. Actually, the only new additions in the past six months other than samples have been bottles of Sailor ink. Now doesn’t that say something!

Kaweco Sport Converter

The Kaweco aerometric squeeze-style converter has been on my wish list since it was first released. Refilling a cartridge works with a syringe or pipette, but a converter is so much easier. Unfortunately, mine would not seat properly. After several tries and some wasted ink, I began to wonder if it was the wrong converter for the Sport. So I located it on the Jet Pens site and discovered the pen I own is the old model even though I’ve had it just a year. The converter doesn’t work with the early model, so it’s back to refilling my lone cartridge.

If you are considering the converter, read the review written by Red. The whole situation is explained along with how to determine whether your pen will accept the converter. Good for you if it does.

Aerometric converters are quick to fill and simple to clean. The Kaweco has a transparent sac that is visible behind the press bar which makes it easy to see whether it needs a refill. Flow is usually good with aeros so that should not be an issue. The volume appears comparable to that of an international cartridge – adequate for a decent amount of writing with a fine nib but more limited for a wide, calligraphy nib.

If you are torn between a Kaweco and a Lamy for a low-end pen calligraphy pen, the Kaweco Sport has two advantages: a standard grip and a better converter. One of these days I’ll try a Kaweco 1.1 mm nib for comparison. Wouldn’t that make a good review?

Sailor Gentle Ink in Ultramarine Purple is available at Jet Pens as is the Kaweco converter.

Another Sailor Gentle Ultramarine Purple review with some lovely writing samples.


Kaweco Ink Now Comes In Bottles


Kaweco ink now comes in a small, simple bottle that holds 30 ml but with a premium price of 10,90 EUR or $14.24 U.S. For comparison a 30 ml bottle of Diamine costs $6 U.S. The colors appear to be the same as those offered in cartridges and bottle ink makes sense with the recently released Kaweco Sport converter. The sepia and lavender have a special appeal to many users. Expect Kaweco at your local retailer later this year, hopefully with a more reasonable price tag.


The Kaweco Sport Converter!


Finally, it’s here. The Kaweco Sport Converter! Yea! If you aren’t familiar with the Kaweco Sport series, here is my review. It’s a great entry level fountain pen with an impressive variety of nibs. With a converter, it’s even better.

Update: The converter does not work will all Kaweco Sport pens. Read the review by Red at Jet Pens for the details.


A Bunch Of Links Including Your Favorites And My Lists


By number of page views, these posts were voted favorites for 2012:

Note that my favorite inks, fountain pens, stationery, and matches lists were updated today.

According to WordPress,

Crunchy numbers

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2012, there were 119 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 506 posts.

The busiest day of the year was December 15th with 838 views. The most popular post that day was Best Fountain Pen Product You Don’t Own.

The top referring sites were

  1. Google Reader

Most active commenters were

A huge thank you to all who visited, linked to, or commented at An Inkophile’s Blog. You are THE BEST!


DIY Kaweco Sport Converter


For the Kaweco Sport fountain pen fan who must have a converter, there is a thread at Fountain Pen Network that has a promising homemade option. I haven’t tried this but it does look like a viable alternative to cartridges.

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