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Kaweco Sport Aluminum Fountain Pen
Octagonal body with a threaded, screw-on cap that won't fall of. Built sturdy, and at 4.1 inches long, will fit comfortably in your pocket. Steel and iridium nib. Refillable. Assembled in Germany. (
Sharper than a fresh phonograph needle and smoother than the hull of a racing yacht, this is a writing instrument defined by grace. The octagonal shape and balanced weight carries nicely on your fingers. It’s built to fit comfortably in your pocket, purse or briefcase and tuned to sign your name, scribble a note or write a letter with a seamless, timeless stroke. The barrel and cap of the pen are made from solid aluminum, so it's hefty but not heavy. The cap screws on, so no matter how much the pen jostles in your bag or pocket, the cap will never fall off and leave the nib to leak a puddle of ink.
The spade-shaped tip (or nib) of the fountain pen is of critical importance. How the nib interacts with the ink and the paper determines how smoothly air will flow in while ink flows out, allowing clean, skip-less strokes to glide across the page.
To get this clean, smooth line Kaweco made the nib from steel and iridium — a very strong metal in the platinum family. The nibs are hand crafted and tuned in Heidelberg, Germany, where steel work is held to exacting standards. The metal parts make for a writing instrument that is as lustrous and attractive on the outside as it is precise inside.
The Kaweco Sport fountain pen comes with a blue ink cartridge; refills are available in six packs of black or blue.
Terse but positive. Review from Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, the German Count who
founded the Zeppelin Airship company: "I'm happy to inform you, in regards to your request
about the Kaweco fountain pen, that it is still working to my full satisfaction."
Use & Care
A fountain pen works by letting ink to come out from the nib in what amounts to a highly controlled leak.
If you haven't used a fountain pen before, here's the trick: hold it lightly with the tips of your fingers and don't press down. Unlike ballpoint pens, which need a little pressure to get the ink flowing, a fountain pen will drop ink the instant nib touches paper.
The Kaweco Sport fountain pen takes standard international cartridges. To replace the cartridge, unscrew the nib component of the pen from the body (threading is towards the middle of the pen). Drop the cartridge into the nib component narrow end first. Press down a bit until you feel the back of the nib puncture the end of the cartridge. Screw the pieces back together and cap the pen. Put the pen, nib-side down into a pen cup to let the ink soak into the nib. This should take 2-3 minutes. Start writing.
The threaded cap is air tight so the ink won't dry up and the pen won't open until you unscrew the cap, protecting from unintended use.
Production & Design
In 1883, Heidelberger Federhalterfabrik (a dip pen factory) was launched by a pair of gentlemen known as Luce and Ensslen in Heidelberg, Germany. For their first fountain pens, they looked to the vanguard of pen technology, importing gold nibs from New York, where the capillary fountain pen (the same system we use today) had just been invented. Their company would come to be known as Kaweco, a company that's know for high quality instruments based on their century of expertise and technological development.
Vintage Kaweco Polar Expedition ad: "Dr. Cook's only witness was a Kaweco."
– Threaded, screw-on cap
– Medium-point nib
– Refillable ink cartridges
– Gold or silver pocket clip available as an add-on
Body: black aluminum
Nib: steel & iridium
Length: 4.25 inches (10.8 cm)
Diameter: 0.5 inches (1.27 cm)
Weight: 0.37 ounces (10.49 g)
Black or blue
*One blue ink cartridge comes with the pen.