Kaweco time!
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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,
Pens_and_Tea
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merckywaters
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Feb 15, 2019
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Thanks for the post! I got my first Kaweco from a drop last year and love it!
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Feb 15, 2019
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Feb 15, 2019
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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.
Feb 15, 2019
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Feb 15, 2019
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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.
Feb 15, 2019
ArkadyN
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Feb 15, 2019
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I have never been tempted by a Kaweco Sport mainly because I like bigger pens and nibs but Monteverde pens...no mas! Nibs were never good, consistent writers for me.
Feb 15, 2019
monkeyc
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Feb 10, 2019
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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
Feb 10, 2019
Hpbody
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Sep 21, 2017
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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.
Sep 21, 2017
opulentscribe
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Sep 14, 2017
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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.
Sep 14, 2017
AtlantaTom
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Sep 14, 2017
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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...
Sep 14, 2017
bluesologist
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Sep 14, 2017
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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.
Sep 14, 2017
elimarcus
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Sep 16, 2017
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Update- got a kaweco ALSport yesterday with stainless steel EF nib- it started writing slow, but today the (monteverde cartridge) ink is flowing nicely
Sep 16, 2017
F_P_Pennypincher
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Sep 14, 2017
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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.
Sep 14, 2017
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