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What do you think of the Kaweco Sport?
Posted 11 May 2012 - 18:57
Posted 11 May 2012 - 19:38
How small of all that human hearts endure,
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
— Samuel Johnson
Posted 11 May 2012 - 20:05
For the money, the standard Sport is very hard to beat.
Good luck your search.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:22
Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:39
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.
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.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:04
Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:44
I have a Kaweco Sport and it is a fantastic little pen, but I have one question about this specific eyedropper conversion:
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.
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....
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.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:02
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.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:43
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 10:19
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.
Too many pens, too little time!
Posted 20 May 2012 - 22:18
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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 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!
Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:52
Thanks to all for the feedback ...