Posts Tagged ‘Kaweco Classic Sport’


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.


The Kaweco Classic Sport, A Modern Pocket Pen


My pen hiatus ended last week with the arrival of a Kaweco Classic Sport courtesy of David at Jet Pens. With no new additions in over a year, it seemed odd to use a new pen but it also made clear the differences between the Sport and the fountain pens comprising my recent rotation. In the under $25 category, it is no wonder this model makes it on the value-for-money list of so many fountain pen aficionados.

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen

Fast take on the Classic Sport? It’s a well-designed fountain pen that more than meets expectations for its category. With a range of nibs that are easily swapped and the convenience of refilling with international cartridges, this pen would be an easy travel companion even if only to the local coffee shop.

Kaweco is a German manufacturer that can trace its lineage to 1883, impressive by any standards. The current lineup includes a number of models in a variety of styles and finishes. The Classic Sport has been around for decades and is the company’s bestseller. Any kinks in the design have long-since been eliminated and it shows in the fit and finish.

The Sport easily qualifies as a pocket pen at a mere 10.5 cm capped and 13.5 cm posted. Compare that to a 1970’s Pilot Pocket Pen at 11.8 cm capped and 14.7 cm posted. If size matters, this makes the Sport a clear winner in the modern arena.

Kaweco Classic Sport with Cap Posted

Kaweco Classic Sport with Cap Posted

Like a pocket pen, posting the cap on the end of the barrel will achieve enough length for balance and comfort though for a quick signature or a brief note, it might not be necessary. Writing of greater duration will require posting but you won’t notice a weight difference. It really just affects balance.

The pen body is plastic though solid and as light as air. The octagonal cap keeps it from rolling off a flat surface or out of slippery fingers. You can add an optional nickel or gold clip for a small price if that better suits your needs.

Kaweco Classic Sport Disassembled

Kaweco Classic Sport Disassembled

The Sport is a cartridge filler with no converter available. However, any international short cartridge will do including those from J. Herbin. For on-the-go use, this can make life very easy. Of course carts can be refilled with a syringe or narrow-necked pipette and that opens the door to any ink. If more ink per fill is better for your needs, the Classic Sport can be converted to an eye-dropper filler. I haven’t tried this but have heard good reports from several friends. Jet Pens has instructions if this appeals to you. The eye-dropper mod is not recommended for the aluminum Sport.

The nib is 23 KT gold-plated stainless steel with an iridium tip and comes in EF, F, M, and B. The Sport I received is a medium that wrote well without fiddling. It isn’t a rigid nail but has enough give to be easy on the hand. I’ve only used the included cart, but the pen writes smoothly and with average flow, just right for an all-purpose pen. If anything I would say the nib is slightly more narrow than the typical western medium but not in the league of a Japanese nib. Surprisingly, I like the nib better than those on some higher-priced pens but that’s a very subjective evaluation.

In addition to the usual nib sizes, Kaweco offers replacement nibs in BB and calligraphy sizes 1.1, 1.5, and 2.3 mm. Note that the short international cartridge holds a relatively small amount of ink and will empty rather quickly when using a wide nib. This is where the eye-dropper conversion will make a useful performance improvement.

My Classic Sport is black but it also comes in blue, white, green, burgundy, and a transparent demonstrator version. The latter would be fun converted to an eye-dropper for an unobstructed view of the ink. I don’t know if the plastic would stain but many blue or green inks are relatively safe in that regard. Fill at your own risk especially if you use a red-based color.

The single included cartridge contains Kaweco Royal Blue ink. According to Michael R on FPN, “…Kaweco inks are made by Dr. Pflug from Aratrum (who also makes the Caran d’Ache inks).” Colors include Black, Blue-black, Royal Blue, Aubergine, Green, Turquoise, Red, and Sepia. Royal Blue is a pale, unremarkable medium blue that produced clean outlines except on poor quality envelopes. The color won’t offend but neither will it make your writing memorable. Swap for a more saturated ink if you want a truly vivid blue.

There is a lot to be said for an easy to carry pen and the Kaweco Classic Sport fits that description handily. The screw top should keep it secure in purse or pocket while cartridges make refills fast and clean. Swapping nibs is simple and the nib range should provide something suitable for everyone.

Tempted? I am. A demo with a 1.1 nib converted to an eye-dropper and filled with turquoise ink would bring a splash of fun to a hot summer day. Hmmm. Maybe I could pretend my birthday is in July and put the Sport at the top of my wish list…


Kaweco Pen Company

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen

Kaweco Calligraphy Nibs

Kaweco Calligraphy Pen Set


Note: Images are from Jet Pens as is the pen reviewed. Most of the links are to Jet Pens as well. I have no affiliation with either Kaweco or Jet Pens though I did write one review two years ago of a product sent by the latter. My experience with the company is mainly as a satisfied customer. On that score they rate highly.

%d bloggers like this: