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Kaweco Sport Ice FP, as a dropper filler
Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:42
1. First Impressions (8/10) –
When closed, this is a short chunky feeling pen with a really nice clip that can be removed.
What drew me to it was the price (about $15), the vivid color of the cap (perfect for Noodler's Apache Sunset), and the clear barrel.
It came with a couple of cartridges (which I've never used).
I usually clip my carry around pen to the neck of my dress, so the generous clip was a big plus.
2. Appearance & Design (8/10) –
It's quite a snazzy looking little pen, the orange one appears almost a dayglow orange--it glows.
When the cap is posted (put on the back of the pen, it has nice balance.
I use a little scuba grease on the barrel threads and fill it with ink, so the liquid ink shows through the barrel, something I like--I know exactly how much ink it contains.
It has a silver jewel on the cap that says Kaweco.
The cap threads on with nice solid smooth threads and the inner cap seals well.
The threads on the Barrel are just right for sealing with a little scuba grease to turn this into a dropper filler. I've never had it leak in a year--no O ring needed.
The cap is octagonal, so it doesn't roll too, which is nice.
It is a petite pen, even with the cap posted.
The threads are impeccably done and as a dropper filler, it's brilliant.
This will never look like an "expensive" pen, but it IS a sporty looking and attracts quite a bit of attention.
3. Weight & Dimensions (7/10) –
Closed, the pen is exactly 10.5cm long (just over 4 in.),
Open, with the cap posted, it's 133mm (5.25 in.)--a very comfortable length,
Without the cap posted, it's only 10cm long, which is really too short to comfortably use.
It's pretty lightweight, but it feels solid and comfortable. The area just above the nib has a nice comfortable feel. Filled, with the cap posted, it writes like a middle weight pen. (I tried the metal Sport in the store and it was cap heavy, this one is NOT cap heavy and has a nice balance.)
4. Nib & Performance (7/10) – It writes quite nicely, the line width is narrower than a medium, wider than most fines. It lays down the ink very smoothely, though I did take a little 1000 grit japanese sandpaper to the nib for about 4 strokes when I first got it--because it didn't seem to like my writing angle. That worked a treat, though and it's smooth as silk now. It's a fairly juicy, fast writer. Even when making lots of sweeping smiley faces and check marks . . . I don't out write the nib.
5. Filling System (10/10 as a dropper filler) -
I have never used it with a cartridge.
I put some scuba thread grease (silicone) on the threads, filled the barrel with Noodler's Apache Sunset, and it's been my paper grading pen ever since. It holds a LOT of ink too and never leaks. For re-filling on the go, or for travel, I just load up a visine bottle (handy that they are Nalgene) with ink. I do wipe the threads and apply a new tiny bead of scuba grease with each filling, for that, I have a tiny tube of it in my bag along with a toothpick and a piece of gauze for cleaning the threads.
It came with a teeny little push pull MonteVerde converter which was TOTALLY inadequate for my needs. (I'll discuss that filler with the pen I really used it on). Even though it takes a standard international cartridge, most converters won't work because they are too long.
6. Cost & Value (9/10) –
You can get the pen readily for about $15 without the converter, that was an added bonus from the Ebay seller I bought it from. (I bought it with several bottles of ink and he did combine shipping and threw in the clip when I asked for it, GreenMan508)
If you buy it in a pen store, it may (or may not) come with the clip? I didn't buy from my local store because they didn't have orange.
A really good value.
7. Conclusion (Final score, 5/6) - I use it almost daily, I also have red, blue, and green now. I like matching my ink to the pen color. I'm quite happy with this little pen. It holds enough ink that at a conference, taking 10s of pages on notes every day, I didn't fill it in 4 days! Now that's really holding ink!
Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:57
I use one as a travel pen (so cartridges only). The tines on my nib were slightly misaligned when I got mine, but a bit of a tweak got it writing nice and smoothly.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 13:06
Now, to find scuba grease in Manhattan...
Edited by tmenyc, 25 March 2009 - 13:19.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 16:45
Posted 25 March 2009 - 19:16
A great pen, great nib and awesome price. This is what all pens should be about!
Posted 25 March 2009 - 20:20
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 23:06
Well hello Mr. Bozo,
It's interesting that we both chose orange.
I filled the pen with ink and layed it on top of a paper towel in a saucer, periodically picking it up and writing with it. The ink worked its way up about halfway into the threads, but it didn't leak in over a couple of weeks. So . . . I figured that the threads must be done quite well. That's why I didn't use an O ring.
An O ring would keep the pen from nesting those threads that last turn or so. I just sweep a teeny bit of the grease all the way around the threads with a toothpick and close the pen. The ink doesn't work its way up into the threads at all, even with carrying it around in my pocket.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 00:15
It was interesting to know that the metal Alum Sport can be cap heavy. This is quite the valuable review.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 04:21
1 is a (Potty Mouth) nib that breaks or dries out even when capped.
2 is a nib that just won't do its job at all, I've dealt with my share of these.
3 is a nib that is unacceptable in some way. A stub nib that won't wet the width of the tip, a nib that builds up ink on the back, a nib that won't re-wet itself without dipping . . . The new new bastardized osmiroid nibs qualify for this . . . they make me crazy. I just WANT them to work like the old ones.
4 is a nib that is generally ok, useable, but leaves me unhappy. I can think of quite a few nibs that get a 4. Unmodified Recife medium (way too juicy, Too much of a "ball" o the nib, smears the ink. Another one is the hero school pen. Flow is Ok but the nib is too small and the least bit of pressure and it leaves a blob of ink. A four is not something I'm going to hang on to, it's either swapped or modified into something I can use.
5 is a serviceable nib, wet enough not to skip and useable. Classic example is the Platinum Preppy fountain pen. It flows OK, is kind of scratcy, doesn't have a nice ball on the tip so it can catch fibers on watercolor paper, or even cut it. The feed is not overly juicy; it's actually a little bit stingy.
6 is a slightly better nib, better feel, but still doesn't give me that "aaah" feeling. A classic example is an Esterbrook 9555. The nib is stiff, a little scratchy, but the flow is good, not just adequate.
7 smoother more pleasant to write with. Flow is good, writing is smooth, would write pretty well even on watercolor paper. No real complaints, but it's not a dream nib either. Definitely a keeper.
8 nice nib. pleasurable writing. Flow matches the nib and I can't outwrite it in normal use. I could sketch with it. won't cut paper fibers . . . nice all around nib. Quite a few of the esterbrooks fall in this category. A lot of "expensive" pens do too. Most Mont Blancs I've tried, The old Osmiroids, Sailor Fude.
9. excellent nib in almost every way. Most of my Sailors, my Manga nibbed Ackerman, My old osmiroid sketch nib, my Visconti that I had modified at a pen show (while people stood around and told me how nuts I was), and my super sweet. Sailor Zoom.
10. practically perfect in every way . . . my Sailor Cross Emperor, My Sailor Saibi Togi--the finest nib that I've ever used and I can do tiny detailed drawings with it. My dad's Swan.
As I said, I'm really really picky.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:27
Thanks for the tip!
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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:15
Nice review. I just converted my pen as well. It's drying up on me a little, but a few shakes gets it going again.