I bout two Kwaweco Sport pens for "jetpens.com" they came very quickly. They were each in a little black carboard box, making these the first pens that came in boxes I've ever used. What am I used to? Well this:
The Pilot Precise V5 Stick Rolling Ball Pen Micro Point 0.5 mm is a favorite among many of my friends, it's wet, and the black really stands out without being sloppy. Now as much as I love these to death, I have to say, there are many things superior about the Kwaweco Sport. The V5 can have some bleed and feather issues, and there is no way to get an ultra fine line but turning the pen upside down. These along with the environmental impact of not throwing so many plastic pens away made me want to move to a FP. The Kwaweco Sport, came to the top of the heap in my research so I bought TWO!
Why is it good? Well, First of all when it's going smoothly it's much smoother than the V5. Now I'm new to fountain pens so I had some issues at first. I think there was a large air bubble in my cartridge since it wrote very smoothly at first ...then started to skip. I replaced it and it started working again, no trouble since. I also found out that some papers I have are *too smooth* for the pen. For example the Quattero pads:
which have very thick paper that works perfectly with the V5 are hell to write on with the Kwaweco Sport. I thought they would be good FP papers since they are quite thick, smooth, yet with a little tug, but it seems it's not quite enough tug to get the ink out of the Kwaweco Sport. I'm impressed with the compact size of these pens when closed, they fit my hands perfectly. I do wish they weighed a bit more, but I suppose I'd need to spend more for that (or fill them with lead pellets? hmmmm...)
In any case once I had the right paper I was very happy. My writing has never looked better. I did a tutoring session and wrote on white copier paper as in my custom with my students clustered around. One said "everything looks so bright and neat! you make it seem easy!"
Bold crisp lines *do* make mathematics easier!
So, these are keepers and will act as my daily pens from here on out. Next I want to try some new inks. I do not know if I can change the nibs on the KS, but if possible, I may want to play with that as well. I think FP are going to work just fine for me. I'll bid a (fond) farewell to the V5 (except on my quattero pads!)
Edited by futurebird, 26 July 2011 - 23:22.