Well Thomas, I will have to Bookmark all this for future reference. Thank you. Great stuff.
Occasionally a Canadian pen enthusiast friend & I meet to look at, to write with & to talk about our pens. I prefer modern pens & my game is getting the best custom ground edged nib (Usually a stub or CI) from one of three renowned favourite nib-techs in the USA. So, I've got less pens in my stable but more nice nibs.
My good friend on the other hand enjoys buying mostly vintage pens, with nibs that are able to accommodate his left handed writing. It is he who's got me started on my present modern Kaweco Dia project. My friend showed me his first generation modern Gutberet Dia2, released just before my current Dia2 must have been.
I remember going over his pen with a strong magnifier. I was very impressed with the build quality of this relatively inexpensive mid/full size pen. Brass female threads inside the barrel, chromed metal male threads with an O-ring for the section, gear-cut four-start cap threads on the barrel, close tolerances, engraved writing on the cap filled in with contrasting paint, possible 14K nibs. (A bit disappointing, but now the "Kaweco Dia Germany" inscription seems to be only printed onto the cap's surface.)
What's surprising is that, I'd expect some of these details on a 750.00 CAD Nakaya Poccolo, but not on a 119.00 CAD Kaweco Dia2. (About 350.00 CAD with a custom 14K nib.)
There seemed to be an aura of quality & dependability about the Dia, a pen that could easily be my cartridge-only EDC pen.
This got me interested in Kaweco pens in general, even though my nib & feed experiences on two modern cartridge-only Sports models were less than positive.
During our informal pen meetings I was fortunate to be able to handle some fine vintage Kaweco pens that had excellent nibs & a great writing ability.
Thomas, I guess I know how to pick them. I could see that the (fat) pen's material may be celluloid & those chevron patters are beautiful, quite Deco (maybe, pre-war).
Are all the pens you've put before us in good working order? I would love to see writing samples with as many of these vintage Kawecos as you can. Others would enjoy it too.
Edited by tinta, 01 July 2016 - 20:52.