An eBay purchase that came from Bulgaria, currently the Review Index is down so I don’t know if there is already a review of the V11. I have checked the internet and cannot find much direct information about the pen, so any extra information would be gratefully received.
I understand the pen was made in West Germany during the 1960’s and joins my small but growing German piston filling collection.
I like black and gold pens, and this one does not disappoint. It is in better condition than suggested by the seller, it seems only to have had light use. So my first impression was very positive
• Appearance & Design
I assume it is made of plastic with gold coloured fittings. It is a simple, workmanlike design; a pen designed or writing and not for show. The barrel is marked Kaweco V11 OM. The top of the cap has the Kaweco logo. The cap has a well made screw thread that takes 1 ¼ turns to remove. It does not seem to work loose.
The V11 is a little thinner and a little shorter than many of my medium sized pens.
It is well made and solid. After 40 years nothing is loose or damaged. I guess that speaks volumes for the standard of construction
Measuring it with an old school ruler shows the V11 to be 128 mm capped, 152 mm posted with a barrel diameter of 10 mm.
It is a light pen. Capped it feels well balanced and comfortable for extended use.
• Nib & Performance
The nib is stamped both with 14CT and 585. I am not sure of the correct term for the nib style – imbedded?
This V11 has an OM nib. I am not the best person to get the most from an oblique nib, but when I find the sweet spot it is a wonderful nib to use. Buttery smooth, almost silent on the page and semi flexible. In the right hand this would produce excellent script.
My Pelikan 400NN also has an OM nib but the oblique angle at the tip of the nib is not quite so sharp and the nib is slightly wider. I assume this is why I find it easier to find the sweet spot on the Pelikan. The nib is on the fine side of medium.
• Filling System
Piston filler, just twist the end of the barrel. For a smallish pen it seems to hold a reasonable quantity of ink. It works faultlessly with a smooth action.
• Cost & Value
It cost less than £20.00 including shipping. Bearing in mind the standard of construction, the quality of the nib and general condition I feel this is excellent value for money
In summary, this is a good quality, reliable and cheap pen. The nib is excellent; I just wish I had the skill to use it to its full potential. If you don’t mind the smaller size the Kaweco V11 is a great pen for daily use. I will certainly keep and eye open for other Kaweco pens.
Compared to three other piston filers, Geha Student Pen a Pelikan 400MM and an Aurora 88P.
I have just found this on the martiniauctions site
"Kaweco V11 fountain pen from the 1960ties. KAWECO is one of the oldest fountain pen companies in Germany and started the pen production around 1892. This model was started to be produced in the twenties as a safety filler and was produced until 1974. In the mid seventies this factory was closed."
Edited by vans4444, 05 February 2010 - 22:04.