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What do you think of the Kaweco Sport?

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#21 lecky


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 18:57

I have one Sport and a Luxe, which is nicer plastic (acrylic) and had a clip built in. Both excellent, reliable pens. They don't feel too small for my big hands, and their light weight make them comfortable to write for extended time. I prefer them to the AL models which are heavier and from my point of view, aren't as nicely balanced in the hand. The advantage of the AL, Art and Luxe models apart from more expensive materials is that the nib units are changeable, although the nibs themselves are the same as the standard Sports'.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 19:38

I have four different Kaweco Sports, different colors and different nibs, and love to use them. The only pocket pen I like better is a Stipula Passaporto, and the Stipula steel 1.1 nib is amazing. That being said, for value I don't think the Kaweco can be beat, as it retails for $25 or so and the Passaporto is usually three times that.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 20:05

I have been carrying Kaweco sport FP's for several years in jeans and other trouser pockets and I love them. Light weight, inexpensive, good nibs, and did I mention nearly cheap! I have a Passaporto but it is the FPN LE and I don't carry it around in my pocket.
For the money, the standard Sport is very hard to beat.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:22

I have an EF and an F and like 'em both. One thing I particularly appreciate is that they seem pretty resistant to drying out.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:39

I love love love my Kaweco Sport Ice pens. I have them in EF, F, M, and B. All are very reliable, smoother, never skipping. I use them all as eyedroppers with just a bit of silicone grease - I've never added an o-ring.

I did notice that one of my M nibs appears finer than one of my F nibs. I did a comparison on the same paper, but with different inks. I don't know if the nibs vary or if they have over time (the F-looking M was 2-4 years older than my new pens), or if the ink made that much difference.

The only "trouble" I've had is that I had to wet the nib of the older pen to get it to start - but it had been sitting neglected for 6 months or more. All it needed was a quick dip in a glass of water and it was back to its old self. Not bad!

I used to recommend Stipula Passaportos. Then I got two in a row that didn't write, and a third which wasn't threaded for posting and the cap wobbled and bobbled and rattled and flew off as I used it. VERY ANNOYING. That coupled with the two which wouldn't write may have soured me for good on that little gem. My older one is still wonderful, tho.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:27

I also just recently bought a AL Sport, and was wondering how exactly is the cap supposed to be properly posted? I've let it just sit at the end of the pen loose, and that gets annoying sometimes when it flops around writing at funny angles. Other times, I push a little harder, and the cap seems to stick at the end of the pen. I don't know if I'm supposed to push it on that far, as I'm afraid of doing some damage to it, not sure what kind of damage, scratches or damaging the thread on the inside of the cap, but I've done damage to a Pelikano Jr. by posting the cap, causing it to crack. Was wondering what you did with your AL sport?

I have the AL sport and I believe it is flawed. It does not post properly. That pen is small so you have to post it. Since it does not post properly is is pretty useless as a pen. I have the plastic Sport and I love it. I recommend it highly, but not the AL version.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:04

You should buy the Kaweco and … no second thoughts about that. You can carry it with you any time and don’t forget that you will discover a remarkable writer. Trust me !!!


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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:44

Wow, a five year old thread comes back to life. I do hope the OP hasn't been waiting this long to purchase his pen! :rolleyes:

I have a Kaweco Sport and it is a fantastic little pen, but I have one question about this specific eyedropper conversion:

Basically, Nathan seals the feed on the rollerball (not sure how he does this, and the FPN discussion never mentioned it being necessary), and adds two very small o-rings to the threads on the section. He then puts a little pure silicon grease on the threads to make sure there is a seal there (the owner needs to replenish the silicon grease every refill or so).

Swisher also sells Kaweco Sport fountain pens modified for eyedropper filling. The modification process seems to be the same....

Where, pray tell, does the second O-ring go (I assume the first O-ring slips over the cartridge end of the section and gets compressed when the section is screwed into the body). This is the second time I've seen a reference to using two O-rings, but I can't figure out where a second O-ring would go, or why it would be needed.

Note, I know there are lots of folks who do the conversion with no O-rings, and just use silicone grease on the threads. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method.

Edited by pokermind, 12 May 2012 - 07:21.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:02

I like the Kaweco AL Sport for pants pocket use ... sturdier than the plastic Sport, may stay capped better too. Best pants pocket fountain pen I have used is the Kaweco Liliput, however. Almost identical in size to the bullet Space Pen that's always in my pocket.

In general, I think a pants pocket probably is the worst place to carry any fountain pen and so I don't do that a lot. Hence the everyday pants-pocket Space Pen, the only ballpoint I own. Actually I have two Space Pens. The other lives in my shoulder bag, along with a couple fountain pens kept in leather cases to prevent random uncapping.

I love all the Kaweco Sport variations. I own one AL and a half dozen plastic ones. Along with the Hero 100 and the Lamy Safari/AL Star, these are my idea of great cheap pens. The model selection reflects my fine-nib preference.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:43

The Kaweco Sport is awesome I have 2, one in white and one in demonstrator. I normally carry it in the clear plastic 2 pen case Kaweco use to make.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 20:00

The Kaweco Sport is my carry FP, using a clip in my shirt pocket, it's pretty much bomb proof. I prefer it to my AL Sport in that the plastic version is lighter and needs under a turn and a half to secure the cap, whereas the AL Sport needs over three turns. Another small carry pen is the all metal Ohto Tasche, slightly shorter than the Sport and much thinner.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 10:19

When I tried the Kaweco at my local pen retailer I didn't like the lightness of the entry-level pens, but the carbon was very satisfying in the hand owing to its greater weight and writes extremely well - the only other pen in the place that wrote as nicely as that was the Delta dolce vita at several hundred pounds more!

The nibs are great, the design of the pen is intelligent, allowing you a posted length much longer than the capped length of the pen. I'm now collecting the specials (lapis, amethyst etc) and wouldn't put those in a pocket or handbag, they are too nice, but the AL and carbon Sports are sturdy enough to take the knocks.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 22:18

It's a great, fun little pen. It writes very well and is so easy just to drop in my pocket. I don't notice that it's there until I need to us it and there it is.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 14:53

Kaweko pens are wonderful. They are little treasures, especially the little ice sport ones!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 00:41

While I love the design of the Sport, I have to say I've been very disappointed with them. I own two--and ICE Sport, and an Al Sport. Both skip while writing, and are tough starters. They are, aesthetically, my favorite pens, but are otherwise my most disappointing. I quite regret buying them. YMMV, though.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:37

i'm sure by now you've read all the wonderful things about the K Sport. i just wanna say: it is my for ever "jean pocket" pen.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 13:00

I,too really like the Kaweko Sport. I bought an FP with F nib first. Then when I saw that they made a rollerball that also took International cartridges I was hooked. I got one of those(different colour) and the inexpensive 2-pen case. They are in my pocket at all times. Jet Pens has the complete line with free shipping.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 15:44

While I love the design of the Sport, I have to say I've been very disappointed with them. I own two--and ICE Sport, and an Al Sport. Both skip while writing, and are tough starters. They are, aesthetically, my favorite pens, but are otherwise my most disappointing. I quite regret buying them. YMMV, though.

Why don't you look up Ron L. Here on FPN and see if he can't adjust your nibs for you so that they write correctly and then you'll be a happy camper again with your Kaweco's.


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Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:46

I have two Kaweco Sports: an EF and an F and both are the most flawless pens I've owned that cost less than $25. They do require a bit of priming if they've been sitting for awhile but they write smoothly on every paper stock I've put in front of them. For a portable, small pen they really can't be beat.

I use an eyedropper to refill empty cartridges so that I can take full advantage of all the inks I've collected. Just rinse out an old cartridge!

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:52

I just got mine and think I am going to order a different nib ... I really like it now for inking ...

Thanks to all for the feedback ...

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