Sep 10, 20171717 views

Kaweco time!

Hello my fellow Massdrop friends, thank you for taking the time to read my very first Massdrop post! I thought I'd like to ask you all a question. How often do you re-try pens that you have used in the past but did not particularly enjoy?
I ask because I have never been 100% sold on the Kaweco nib from their "sport" line (or any nib of that variety) since I reviewed it back in February of 2016, however I have found myself open to the idea of trying it again. Like anything, tastes change over time and now I find myself wanting to re-try all my old pens that I have cast off. Have any of you had this experience before?
I have been lucky enough to get to try another Kaweco pen (no spoilers, but a review will be coming shortly) and have found my opinions have slightly changed. I have posted a link to my old review of the Kaweco Sport for reference.
Until I see you again,
mknoblauch, Cometo, and 9 others

Thanks for the post! I got my first Kaweco from a drop last year and love it!

I use 4 Kaweco Sports on a daily basis, each loaded with a different color, each for a different purpose. Three came with Bock nibs. The most recent addition came with a JoWo nib. Most of the pens were purchased via MassDrop. I would like to buy JoWo nibs in each size (except the italic nibs), because the EF I received on the latest pen is more in keeping with what I would expect for an EF. I don't see much of a difference between the Bock F and EF nibs in line weight, but the JoWo nib was very different. I experienced "baby's bottom" for the first time with one of the italic nibs from the Calligraphy set, but was able to fix it myself. It is now used daily, for underlining and highlighting (and the occasional, super bright and bold word). Kaweco AL Sport is my favorite pen, for several reasons, including the ease of taking it apart for cleaning (the feed unit is entirely friction fit in the plastic pens, and can sometimes be difficult/impossible to remove, where it is threaded into the AL and easily removed with a few turns). The only pen I've used so far that I didn't care for was a Lamy Al Star. I loved the color, which it the main reason I bought it, but it is very finicky and I don't like the feel of it in my hand. My general rule of thumb on pens has been not to keep any that aren't being used regularly (unless they're "art supplies" vs writing tools, like dip pens and technical pens). So, when I buy one, I typically get rid of one. I use 3 or 4 fills of different brands of inks (on various papers) before passing judgement on a new pen. After that, if I don't like it enough to replace one I already have, I'll clean it out well, put it out where I can see it for a few weeks, then try it again. If the problem is the nib, I may replace the nib or do a simple adjustment myself. If I still don't like it as much as what I already have, it gets "re-homed." Once I've purchased a pen, I owe it to myself to give the pen a chance. After that, though, I'm unlikely to buy another of a pen model that didn't make the cut.
i have both the kaweco liliput and sport in brass, and i noticed even with the same EF nib, the heft of the sport naturally makes me write heavier than with the liliput; i end up using the latter far more than the former because of this, rotating with a vanishing point, lamy 2000 and rotring 600.
I have never been tempted by a Kaweco Sport mainly because I like bigger pens and nibs but Monteverde mas! Nibs were never good, consistent writers for me.
Have several sports and they spend a lot of time in my pocket, they are compact, lightweight and reliable starters with good flow. I love these little pens which are great value
Good blog regarding the Kaweco sport fountain pen. I as well have a Kaweco Raw Aluminum fountain pen with a medium nib. Out of the box it was a troubled writer, dry, skipped, poor ink flow. Out of frustration, and not knowledgable on howto adjust, I sent it to a pen purveyor to have it adjusted. They did adjust for better flow but it now writes almost like a normal broad point, laying down too much ink. As a result, I don't use it at all, and am skeptical to even order a replacement nib as I may experience similar problems. Its unfortunate since it is a nice, solide everyday pocket fountain pen.
I have a Kaweco Sport that I bought before a long vacation 10 days) a couple of years ago, and I didn't want to bring a nicer pen and get it messed up. The Sport handle hiking and sightseeing perfectly, and I even got a compliment on it. To buy it again I would have gotten a medium nib, though. I do have a couple of pens that are not my favorite, but I keep them in my rotation anyway. As I rotate through them I do find one or two that I think I will sell or gift to someone at a later time. Yes, our styles and preferences change so first impressions are not always the most accurate.
Same here. My first Kaweco is an Allrounder with fine steel nib. Had a bad case of baby's bottom that did not get better with micro-mesh or flossing. Maybe was an issue with the feed? Anyway, I was perplexed and frustrated given the price I paid ($74). However, luck would have it that I ended up tossing a Kaweco sport in fine into a Jetpens order and was supremely surprised at how much different this supposedly "identical" nib was. Went ahead, ordered a replacement in fine (felt stupid for doing so, but hey we're all pen collectors) and lo and behold the pen works great and the Allrounder is one of my favorite pens. Now only if they'd make the cap threads brass instead of plastic...
Yes, I quite often rediscover a pen that I may have not taken a liking to at first. In particular, pens that I have considered selling or giving away, and then I start using them again and decide to keep them, at least a little bit longer. As for Kaweco, I recently acquired 3 completely different models, the DIA 1, the Special FP, and the Sport (plastic with gold nib) - and I love them all! I have found no problems with nib dryness or writing angles so far. I have never had a pen like the Sport model, that I can simply carry every day in my pant pocket, without fear of bending it out of shape, or having it leak in my clothes - and I'm loving it! p.s. I'm also originally from Ontario, and I also love a good cup of tea.
Update- got a kaweco ALSport yesterday with stainless steel EF nib- it started writing slow, but today the (monteverde cartridge) ink is flowing nicely
Hi Pens_and_Tea,
This is not directly responsive to your question, but I would say that I have found Kaweco nibs (like those on the Lamy Safari) to suffer from inconsistency, with some dry and scratchy out of the box and some in really good condition. It is unfortunate, but a reality I have accepted about the brand. Replacement nibs are cheap, however, and I like the two models I have (Sport and Dia2) enough that I find the extra investment worthwhile.
P.S. I was watching your Platinum 3776 video last night, which convinced me to get the broad.
First, welcome!
Wow you're not kidding about the tea bit, are you? 😈 Bravo!
When I first started collecting pens, I had no idea what to look for in fountain pens since I was brought up in the ballpoint pen generation. These first pens were purchased mostly on their design aesthetics but I also was lucky (Lamy 2K, Rotring 600, Waterman Carêne and some Recife's). They do go back into rotation though not as frequent as my new ones.
I find that I can get all my pens to write smoothly, but I do have to adjust my writing style somewhat to accommodate the pen's character. E.g. See my post under Lamy Studio Platinum comparing it to the Lamy 2K. Some folks may insist that the pen must suit their writing style, which is valid. I, however, take the approach from driving interesting cars. Depending on the power, weight and handling characteristics of a vehicle, you must change the way you apply the throttle and time your turns, etc. to get the best enjoyment out of the machine. I see fountain pens the same way - the paper, weight, ink and nib characteristics will give you a very varied response when you write.
I do have a Kaweco Sport Steel, and while the nib is the same, I prefer this model over the acrylic and aluminum versions in handling. For me I experienced none of the negative issues that you reported in the video (nice macro work, BTW) but I do notice that when I tried the nibs out, the difference between medium and broad is not that perceptible. As for baby's bottom, while I didn't experience it, I do notice that the angle range by which I hold the pen that gives a smooth feel is more narrow than other pens. There isn't much where this pen excels over others either, but I do find it to 'disappear', and gets out of the way, which is a good thing.
TL, DR I apologize for the lengthy post but by all means go back and try them again!
One more thing, I don't know the proper pronunciation of Kaweco either, but I do know that Germans pronounce W like a V.
I have heard Brian Goulet pronounce it as kuh-WECK-oh. It is one of my favorite brands and luckily both of mine write nicely (EF and F) but I don't enjoy the italic nib unit that I got. However it was a fantasticly inexpensive way to try an italic nib (it's not smoothed like a stub nib) and I really appreciate the easiness and inexpensiveness of getting multiple nib units. I dearly wanted one of the Art Sports, but the cost deterred me. Instead I have gotten two Delike Alpha pens - one in brown tortoise with fine fude nib, and one in brass with medium fude nib. I love them both! They write so smoothly and the bodies are really well made; and they don't cost much.