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  1. Ever since I was (very kindly) given a Kaweco Sport I've had nothing but problems: the pen regurgitates big blobs of inks out of the blue, the gold plating was gone after the first swiping with tissue paper, but mostly the converters have been terrible: tried Kaweco's original, sad squeeze type, Monteverde's alternative, finally got Kaweco's new mini converter, and... You get ink bubbles outside the converter and ink on the stalk as you turn or pull it up to suck ink in. The whole thing is so tiny you need to almost put your fingers inside the ink bottle. I give up, I've learned to have patience with fountain pens but this is officially my nightmare pen. I hope everyone that likes Kaweco keeps enjoying them, anyone else looking for a pen... Caveat emptor.
  2. Hi FPN, A little while ago, I managed a great deal on a vintage Kaweco V12 and 619 set from around 1965. It was a bit of a risk, bought it on eBay with only one picture so didn't really know what condition it was in. Fortunately, it arrived and when I started to clean it and take it apart it turned out to be in VERY good condition and needing nothing other than a cleaning and some silicon grease. I've done a review of the pens here. However, between winning the auction and getting the pen, I was looking online on how to restore them, I was worried it had a cork piston seal, I couldn't find much. When I couldn't find one, I thought I would take some pictures of the steps as I did it to my new pen, so here's a quite guide on how to take apart a Kaweco V12 and what the parts look like. To start things off, here's a picture of the pens and the case as they arrived. The first thing I did was soak the pen in some deionized water for a few hours, pulling it out of the water to let the water inside the pen drain out and then refill the pen. This washed out virtually all of the ink, which turned the water blue likely meaning it was a washable blue ink that was in it. After the water coming out of the pen stayed clear, I used some nylon pliers to pull out the nib and feed from the pen, which come out as shown below. They just pull straight out, if they don't come out easily, I'd suggest soaking in some soapy water maybe then applying a little dry heat (not too much, the pen is celluloid). The nib may come out by itself without the feed, if that happens just pull the feed out with some rubber tipped pliers. Once removed, this is what the nib and feed look like. They can/should be soaked by themselves in clean water just to make sure everything comes off them, could even give them a gentle brush with a toothbrush to make sure. While I was soaking the nib unit, I started on the piston. On the pen, the seal and piston had come loose from the nob and twisting the nob at the back didn't do anything to the piston, which had me a little worried. When I was looking at the threads, i thought they looked a lot like the threads on a Parker Vacuumatic, which I have the tools to remove. So I grabbed that and it was a match. However, as soon as the unit started to unscrew, I realized that using section pliers are a better option. You can see from the photo below, that the piston unscrews from the barrel of the pen at the metal o-ring rather than at the nob. This means that the piston forms part of the barrel at the top of the pen. This makes using section pliers on the back end of the pen the best option for removing it. My pen didn't have any shellac, but I can see some pens might, so not a bad idea to apply a little dry heat, again, not too much. (this photo is actually from putting the pen back together, that's why the piston isn't sitting in the ink window). Once out, I could see why the piston had come loose from the nob. It's different from the TWSBI piston units as there's a screw that's attached to the nob which fits into a threaded hole inside the piston. There is a square hole in the nob piece which the piston fits into to stop it from rotating and the nob turns a screw which extends or retracts the piston. The below shows the pen fully disassembled. To reassemble the pen, I started with the piston. I put silicon grease on the seal to fill the notch and all along the sides of the seal. I also put grease into the hole in the nob unit, on the outside of the piston shaft, and on the threads that screw into the barrel. I then put the piston into the nob unit and fully retracted the piston. I then screwed the piston unit into the barrel of the pen. I only finger tightened the piston unit as I didn't want to crack the barrel of the pen and was confident it wasn't going to come loose. I wouldn't recommend using section pliers to screw it in as you might over tighten and crack the barrel. You could apply some shellac to the threads to keep it in place, but I didn't want to and the fit is good enough on my pen that I wasn't too worried. The pen is much easier to thoroughly clean if I can remove the piston. It was then just a matter of putting the nib back onto the feed and sliding it into the pen. It goes in smoothly and there is a final little bump you can feel it go over telling you it's in there securely. Because of how the nib fits onto the section, it's very difficult for it to be misaligned, but always worth a check as once on the pen it's difficult. After putting it all back together I tested the piston with some water and it worked great, so inked it up and gave it a test and been very happy ever since. For the 619 ballpoint, the pen came with a refill in it, fortunately, but it had long dried out. I was able to find out that the Schneider 75M refills fit the pen and ordered one black and one blue. To remove the refill, the front of the pen simply unscrews. As you might be able to tell in that photo, the Schneider refills are a little too long for the pen and need to be cut down slightly. I used the refill that came in the pen to get the correct size, unfortunately I don't know the length of what I cut off, but it's around a half inch I think. There was a bit of foam in the piece of the refill that I had to cut off, so I pushed it out and put it back into the back end of the refill to stop it from drying out. I then rounded off the corners a bit and put it into the pen. Worked great and writes very well. The click mechanism is a bit unique. To extend the pen, you push the button down halfway and it will stay there with the pen extended for use. To retract it, push the button the rest of the way and it will go back in. This means if you push the button all the way down in one go, it will extend then retract the pen in one push. This took me a couple of tries to figure out and I think would catch your typical ballpoint user off guard, they are likely to think it broken so if you let someone borrow the pen, best to explain. You can see in the below, the pen extended and the button half pushed. Hope that was useful to someone and if you get a chance to get one of these pens, I'd highly recommend it, they look to be very low maintenance and rather easy to restore if there aren't any broken pieces. Again, you can read my review of the two pens here.
  3. Pen Pit Stop : Kaweco Brass Sport Welcome to the Pen Pit Stop. Here you will find reviews of pens that already have some mileage on them. More specifically, these reviews are of pens that are in my personal collection, and that have been in use for at least a year. I thought it would be fun to do it this way - no new & shiny pens here, but battered vehicles that have been put to work for at least a year. Let's find out how they have withstood the ravages of time. The fountain pen that arrives at the pit stop today is the "Kaweco Brass Sport". Kaweco is a well-known German pen company, whose history dates back to 1883 with the foundation of the Heidelberger Federhalterfabrik (Heidelberg dip pen company). The brand is best known for its pocket pens of the Sport and Liliput range. As early as 1905 Kaweco had already manufactured the first writing instruments made out of metal. This particular incarnation of the Sport range is constructed from brass, making it a heavyweight pocket pen. I bought this pen in January 2015, and it has been in rotation as an EDC (Every Day Carry) pen since that time. This is one of my older pens, which has been in use for over 3 years now. Let's have a closer look at it. Pen Look & Feel Like all Kaweco Sport models, this is a great EDC pen with an industrial look: no ornaments for this pen except for the Kaweco logo on the cap's finial. Etched on the side of the cap is the pen's designation "Kaweco Brass Sport". The pen is small enough to easily fit in your pocket (about 10cm capped). Because it's a workhorse pen, you don't have to worry about it getting scratched or dented. This pen is meant to take a serious beating, and gets its character from the scratches and patina it accumulates during its lifetime. When you're ready to use the pen, just unscrew the cap and post it. You then get a full-sized fountain pen that is very comfortable in the hand. The cap has an octagonal design, which means that the pen easily stays on your desk, without fear of it rolling away. Kaweco does sell separate pen clips if you absolutely want one, but I never used them - in my opinion they don't match with the industrial look of this pen. The nib on this pen is the same as that of the Liliput - and on this Sport model it looks a bit small. I would have preferred a slightly bigger nib, like the one on the Kaweco Supra. Being an all-metal pen constructed from brass, this is a real heavyweight. Despite its small size, this is one of the heaviest pens that I own. The pen is still well-balanced though, and comfortable to write with. It's weight didn't bother me in the least. The pictures above illustrate the size of the Brass Sport in comparison with a standard Lamy AL-star. Capped, the Kaweco is indeed a very small pen. In actual use though, the capped Brass Sport is almost exactly the size of an uncapped Lamy pen - i.e. a real full-sized fountain pen. Pen Characteristics Build Quality : a very sturdy pen, that is virtually indestructible. I typically carry it around in my pocket together with my keys. As such, the pen accumulates lots of scratches, but it is designed for this, and this abuse gives the pen its character. As the pictures of my pen show, it has accumulated lots of scratches and has developed a definite patina, clearly showing a pen that's been in use for some years. I like the battered look of this pen that is really due to the patina, and have never polished it to shiny new brassness. Weight & Dimensions : about 10cm when capped – and as such a small pen to carry around, perfect for an EDC pen. Being made from brass, this is also a real heavyweight. This didn't bother me - the pen is still very comfortable to write with. Filling System : this is a cartridge convertor pen, that fits small-size international cartridges. Kaweco sells a mini-convertor, but I have never used it. I find it much more convenient to just syringe-fill small cartridges. Nib & Performance : I find the steel nib a tad too small for this pen, and would have preferred a slightly larger nib. A big plus is that the nib units are user-changeable. Kaweco sells nib units in the sizes EF-F-M-B-BB and even calligraphic nibs. I really appreciate that you can easily replace the nib unit. You don't have to fear damaging your nib, since you can easily replace it. You can also experiment with different nib sizes. Nib units cost about 10 EUR - not expensive. Price : about 75 EUR, including taxes. Great value for money. Conclusion The Kaweco Brass Sport is a great pocket pen, with a really nice industrial look. This is a very sturdy pen, that's meant to take a beating. My pen has scratches all over it and has developed a nice patina, giving it a battered look that I quite like. This brass pocket pen is about indestructible, and will last for decades. I love it, and would buy it again without hesitation.
  4. I have a problem with Kaweco Sport: I love their design (both in terms of looks and functionality - size, weight, robustness, etc.) but I hate their nibs. I bought one whose nib was just unusable, then I got a replacement nib and it works fine - but still, its feel is just not very good. I have looked at some posts about the possibility of finding compatible nibs from different brands ( https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/325830-kaweco-sport-alternative-nib/ ) but there doesn't seem to be any option that one can just plug in as if it were a Kaweco nib, without being somewhat versed in DIY. I'm not good at DIY at all, and it's not something I want to devote time to. Then I found out that the Kaweco Sport is a very old design, and that Kaweco used to be a different company - so I assume the nibs in vintage models are different. And I suppose they are better, because honestly, I don't think I have tried worse nibs than the current Kaweco ones (even €5 Chinese pens seem to be better in this respect). So I am hatching the plan to buy a vintage model, to see if I can obtain the design I like with a better nib. My question is: am I right in assuming that vintage Kawecos have better nibs, without the problems of the current models? And, since I have observed that they get more expensive the oldest they are, what time period should I aim at to get a decent nib? When exactly did they change from their previous nibs to their current, unreliable ones?
  5. Lazarus like, I appear on the board to ask the question... ...Have we got a thread like the one I started for the Lamy Safari (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/22180-lamy-safari-colours/page-1) that similarly catalogues and brings together all of the known variants of the Kaweco Sport? I have previously owned and enjoyed a vintage (since lost on a trip to HMS Belfast) variant called the 'Ranger' which was a sort of 'Army Green' colour. I was inspired to ask the question having seen this on my Instagram feed: https://milligram.com/milligram-kaweco-collaboration-skyline-fine-sage I will add some pics of my own (rather vanilla) collection of Kaweco Sports later (when I can work out how to do it again). But in the meantime, please add away below if you have interesting colours to show off... With warm regards to my old friends, Chris p.s. Mods - if such a thread already exists and I have missed it, please feel free to take this down.
  6. Red Pinstripe Sport Handmade Carbon Fiber and Red Glass Fiber composite over 2-toned Titanium. Fountain pen with colored Titanium nib. This is a Limited Edition with only 8 Fountain pens and 8 Rollerball Pens being created in each style. $2100 for the fountain pen and $2000 for the rollerball if you are interested email us at orders@airlineintl.com
  7. This is a handmade Hybrid Carbon Fiber and Glass Fiber composite that is machined from solid block with Diamond tools over Titanium and Stainless Steel. The cap is complimented with luminescent engraving. Limited to 3 pieces worldwide. https://www.airlineintl.com/product/grayson-tighe-composite-redline-sport-fountain-pen
  8. Got their newsletter announcing the availability of 14k gold nibs for the AL-Sport, Brass-Sport, AC-Sport and Lilliput pens. I would love to fit one such nib to my AL-Sport but wonder how they feel like. Anyone's got the chance to test them?
  9. Hello, I recently got back in to fountain pens and have been conflicted as to my next fountain pen. My first pen was a crappy jinhao, which was quickly followed by some other unknown Chinese knockoff of a lamy, and then shortly by a borrowed blue-gold waterman expert (it's my mom's. I love writing with it but want my own pen because she'll get mad at me if I damage it because it was really expensive at the time and is no longer available). and before anyone says anything, I personally don't like the more inexpensive Lamys, I don't find them to be comfortable. More recently I have also tried out a rOtring 600 (currently discontinued) which I like, however the lack of a knurled grip on the model I have, the cap, and terrible balance when posted are huge put-offs. I have come down to a somewhat wide list and can't decide on what to get: The Noodler's Konrad (probably one of the ebonite or acrylic ones) The Kaweco Sport (basically any of them, but most likely one of the non-metal ones as they cost less) Any of TWSBI's pens (basically all of TWSBI's pens fit my criteria, however I can't pick one over the other) As you can clearly tell these are relatively inexpensive pens. I am a student right now, which is why these pens are all pretty inexpensive. I want to bring the pen around with me to my classes. I walk between all my classes up and down a 3-story building and it's pretty long. I store my pens more diagonally or horizontally when not in use (when they are in my bag, as my backpack rests at a diagonal angle across my back). I like to be able to post my pens, as it means I don't need to keep track of the cap as I don't like holding the cap in my other hand, however most times I post my fountain pens or someone else's I find it to be either unbalanced or just uncomfortable as the edge of the cap irritates the side of my hand (this is especially the case on the Waterman, where when I post it the edge of the cap digs into my hand slightly). in case it matters, I use purple/violet ink, currently I am using the J. Herbin scented Violet ink (I love this stuff), however I am considering switching to something like Waterman's Tender Purple or some other purple/violet ink (suggestions?) I really like the look and design of the Kaweco, but the use of a converter is a bit of a put-off as I would prefer I be able to fill it once and have it last me a while. I like the look and design of the Noodler's a lot too however I worry it may require fidgeting with which is something I really would rather not do (and if I don't like the flex nib I could always replace it with some other nib, but then I need to do that... Again with the fidgeting). And on the topic of the TWSBI pens, they basically all fit my criteria, they appear to be a safe bet but I can't pick one in particular (580 vs classic vs mini vs maybe the vac700 or vac mini) I just can't decide. Help would be very greatly appreciated.
  10. (Someone's likely raised this before for comment but I couldn't find it) I'm looking for recommendations as to which Kaweco Sport model to purchase. It's my first pocket pen and the goal is everyday carry as I have other pens at my desk. Classic or Skyline (plastic), Aluminum, Brass, or Carbon Fibre. Price ascends in this list but does the joy? Where's the sweetspot? Yes, I like heavy pens and light pens - that's what makes this hard! Durability will count. (I own lots of carbon fibre in non-writing applications. Warp, weft, bias, fibre weight fractions, nanotubes, Toray,... I'm picking up what you're laying down)
  11. Since getting going with my fountain pen addiction I've bought various pens(Ahab, TWSBI Mini, Kawecos & vintage etc), most are used to draw and I've tried lots of nib types and use different pens/nibs depending on how I feel. My ideal nib has flex as it allows line variation and greater expression in my drawings, as yet no pen met my needs, a couple of vintage pen came close though. My latest acquisition was a Platinum #3776 Century with an SF nib, at best the nib is semi flex but it's a nice pen with a nice nib and great to draw with. After using the #3776 I started thinking about flex again, a while ago I tried fitting the FPR flex nib to my TWSBI Mini with some success, sadly the feed couldn't keep up with the nib so I scrapped the idea. I recently bought an ICE Sport with a BB nib which puts down lovely thick, wet lines but it's not a flex nib, so I wondered if the feed would cope with a flex nib. I dug out the FPR nib again to see if maybe it would fit the Kaweco feed..it didn't but with a little tweaking it might After 15-20 minutes with a small file I took 3-5mm off the back of the nib, the FPR nib is slightly square and the Kaweco is round so I had to bend the FPR nib to make it sit snugly on the feed, fitting to the section is a tad tighter but not too bad. Initially the pen wouldn't write but after trying a couple of inks I got it to write a little. Some more tweaking and pushing the nib & feed further into the section and I was amazed at the results. The pen lays a VERY wet line and doesn't miss a beat unless I move fast while fully flexing, the picture shows just how much line variation I can get Behold the pen itself, I might change the white section to the ICE orange one once I'm happy that the flex nib is working ok. I've still got to fine tune the tines with my loupe to smooth out the nib but that'll only take a couple of minutes, for around 30 minutes of tinkering I'm now the proud owner of a new Kaweco flex pen There's no reason why the nib and feed can't be fit into my other Kaweco pens so I'll probably try it in my AL Raw which would be my ideal pen. The FPR flex nibs are really cheap and with a dremmel the modification would take seconds to do, so any Kaweco pen and flex lovers get going
  12. Hello, I found this on the local "fleabay": http://i.imgur.com/wiKg00n.jpg Does anyone know details about this particular model? I've searched the forum, but could not find this variant with 2 rings at the top of the cap. Cheers!
  13. I am looking at buying a pocket pen and Kaweko has the Sport and Lilliput that look pretty good. I have a Parker Sonnet gold tipped medium nib which I love writing with (I write lightly). I am rather liking the look of the Liliput but I have a duple of questions: Do Kaweko use the same nibs for both the Sports and the Liliput? How do the gold-plated Sonnet and Kaweko nibs compare? Do the Kaweko broad nibs write any smoother than the medium nibs? Are the medium and broad nibs on the Sonnet and the Kaweko the same?
  14. I am in the market for an every day carry pocket fountain pen to be carried in the pants pocket with keys. I read a quote many years ago in Popular Photography magazine something to the effect of: "What is the best camera?....the one you have with you." In that same spirit, I don't always have my work bag, pen case, or desk with me. I want a pen to keep on my person at all times without worries. After researching, the Kaweco Sport seems to be what I am looking for. I LOVE the look of the aluminum AL Sports (especially after earning pocket-worn status), but I cant justify the triple price over the plastic version, at least not yet since I've never owned a Kaweco. I'm just curious how the plastic versions in various colors earn a patina over time when carried with keys, etc. Also curious if anyone has attempted a satin finish on a plastic sport using sandpaper, scotchbrite pad, etc.? Pictures of your beater pens please! If anyone has a well used Sport they want to part with, I'm in the market...prefer manly colors, chrome trims, and extrafine nibs.
  15. Before I start off, a bit of an intro. This is my first review posted on FPN. I have found the reviews here to be so helpful in learning about all sorts of different pens that I wanted to help out and contribute in the same manner. This is a review of my first "nice" fountain pen. I had a Varsity beforehand, and still do, but this is the pen that helped me to really explore the hobby. With that out of the way, on to the review! First Impressions: 4/5 The pen came in a Kaweco tin, with sort of a vintage feel to it. Given the long history of the model it made sense, and is a fun way to present the pen. Getting to the pen... wow. When I first took it out of the box it was flawless. Not a scratch on it. With the super-polished aluminum it looked incredible. I remember being struck by how small the pen was. In pictures it somehow looked larger, even though I knew it was a pocket-sized pen. Altogether, a unique, great first impression. 2. Appearance and Design: 5/5 The pen is made from solid, hyper-polished aluminum. While this is a small pen, in feels, if not heavy for it's weight, solid. After handling the pen, that's what people's impression is. Solid. It backs up that impression by being a durable little sucker; I can't count all the times this thing has been dropped, and, but for some ink in the cap and on the nib, it doesn't care what you do to it. I truly believe I couldn't hurt it if I ran over it. Oh sure, you would see marks from your efforts: This pen, being made from untreated, hyper-polished aluminum will show every scrape, every scratch, and every dent you put into it. And it will wear each mark with pride. I like the hypersensitivity to scratches. It removes the need to baby it to try and keep a more durable finish intact. This pen will scratch. There is nothing to be done about it. Get over it. Scratches tell a tale. "This pen has been places" and it shows! Like many pocket pens this one uses the short body/long cap design to be short capped, usable when posted. I like it. It fits in my jeans pocket without a problem. Getting back to the finish, the attention to detail is high. While this is a small, simple pen, everything fits together so tightly, the threads working so smoothly, that it feels high quality. It is high quality, without a doubt. 3. Size and Weight: 4.5/5 As said before, this is a small pen. When posted it makes for a good enough size that it can be used comfortably, at least in my experience. The pen isn't too thin, and fits in my hand very nicely. I have used it for note sessions in college and it has held up well it terms of creating little hand fatigue. I don't know if I could write an essay with it, but for around an hour of notes it holds up well. Again, it is a descent weight for its size, and while it isn't heavy per-say, it is solid. 4. Nib and Performance: 4.5/5 It is a fantastic nib. It wrote well right out of the box. When I first touched it to paper I knew it was a keeper. This pen really made me really love fountain pens, and it really comes down to the nib. Very smooth, with a hint of feedback. I use this on cheap spiral notebook paper, and writing is great. It handles it so well. It's maybe a tad wet, but then again I use spiral paper, and pretty much every fountain pen bleeds through on it. Mine is a medium, and it writes a nice line, with a width usable for writing with college-ruled paper. Being a steel nib it is very stiff, so no real variation, but it was never marketed as having any. Drawbacks? Well, if I'm to be picky it can sometimes hard start after long periods uncapped, but it's hard to find a pen that doesn't. Really, I love the nib. For me who was just getting into the hobby, it was amazing, and it still is. 5. Filling System: 3/5 This is a cartridge/converter system, though a small one. It takes short international cartridges, or the Kaweco squeeze converter, which works like a pipette. It works, though getting a full fill is difficult to begin with and inky fingers may be inevitable. But hey! Using your own ink in a pen this small is a privilege! If Kaweco didn't make a converter especially for this pen it would be hard to find an alternate (as I hear mixed reports about the Monteverde mini converter). 6. Cost and Value: 5/5 This is quite a bit more expensive than the standard sport, but from what I hear about it (great little writer, but feels cheap), this is worth the extra. This feels far from cheap. This feels like the opposite of cheap. It's solid, and the more durable has proved its worth many times, being dropped onto all sorts of unforgiving surfaces. The nib is fantastic, the material is great, the size rocks... what isn't to like? 7. Conclusion: 26.5/30-4.4/5 I love this pen. I've had it for six months, and it's been a small dependable little thing. I drop it and abuse it and it never stops working well. Though it's not perfect and shiny anymore the surface shows its travels, it shows that it's been places, and it shows its wear proudly. It is a pen I carry every day, without fail. If you are looking for a durable, small, pocket-sized pen you really can't go wrong with this one.
  16. FrankvK

    Kaweco Art Sport

    If you really 'need' a new Kaweco and you're looking for some really nice colors, these may be something for you. The Kaweco Art is made out of acrylic bars and hand polished. The same size as the classic or AL sports and available in 8 different colors.
  17. Hi all. The nib on my Kaweco Skyline Sport isn't great - it's the standard broad nib issues - hard starting etc, probably due to baby bottom. I can't seem to find a replacement nib unit in my colour (mint), so my question is this - can I just buy an Ice Sport nib unit (I'll keep my chrome stylings thanks) and swap the nib over? The feed and nib are just friction fit and come out very easily. There's no possibility of an exchange as I've just tried my hand at nib grinding...
  18. So ever since I found out that there were vintage Kaweco Sport pens that had 14k nibs that are piston fillers, I was on a mission to get one. I really like the modern Kaweco Sports, but really wanted one with a 14k nib (use Iron Gall inks) and wanted a self filling one. Long story short, about 10 years later I finally got myself a V12 and 619 (ballpoint) set after moving to the UK (easier to get in EU than in North America). The following is the review of these pens and to show how amazingly lucky I got with the pens. I got the pens off eBay after doing one of my regular checks for the pen and filtering through all (yes, ALL) of the results from a search of Kaweco on eBay that are in the EU. I found a set of the V12 and 619 with a red pouch that was unrestored for a low price of £40 (including shipping). The set was unrestored and there was only one picture with not much description, but it showed the nib and I could see the piston inside the ink window, so I took the plunge. The pen was shipped the next day and arrived from Germany three days later (REALLY impressed by that). I very anxiously opened the parcel up and pulled the pens out and was VERY impressed. The first thing that struck me is that the pens are smaller than modern ones and have 12 sides rather than 8. This meant two things, they wouldn't fit modern pouches or clips, which was a little disappointing, but I thought I could get past that. The second thing that hit me was how much nicer these pens are than the modern ones. The modern Sport Luxe I think might compare, but the pens have a more refined look and feel to them. I took the cap and blind cap off and did a quick inspection before soaking the pen to clean it. Fortunately, the water went blue, that was a VERY good sign as most blue inks are very gentle. After only a few hours of soaking I pulled it all out and started to take it apart and restore it (have another post which I will link to once it's up on how to do that with full pictures). I was really amazed at the condition, a little silicon grease and a little more cleaning and it was good to go (I did do a little nib alignment real quick too). First here's a photo of the two pens in the pouch they came in with the coin. Here's the pens next to the pouch: The fountain pen uncapped then posted. You can see the oblique nib here. I was a little confused at first as I couldn't see a second letter next to the O on the barrel showing what size of oblique nib, but I think it's a medium. It has lots of tipping material left and has a little bit of flex to it, but because the tines are so small it's not much and I don't want to push it. Here's the pen compared to a modern Kaweco Sport Al-Raw, capped then posted. You can see the difference in the size of the pen, both length and girth, but also how it looks a little more refined. Here's the 619 ballpoint (great to have for carrying around, really don't expect to use it much). The ballpoint takes Schneider 75M refills, but you need to cut a portion off the back end to get them to fit. The ballpoint had the original refill so I was able to use that as a comparison for how much to cut off. It also had the original spring in it, which was really great. And finally, a writing sample. This is with J Herbin Cacao du Bresil ink on Rhodia paper. The nib is really smooth if used at the correct angle for the oblique nib, I'm used to normal nibs so I have to pay attention until I get used to it. One thing you'll notice (which made me REALLY REALLY REALLY happy) is that vintage oblique nibs are not only oblique, but italic. This made me so happy because my handwriting looks MUCH better with an italic nib than it does with a round one, so this made me over the moon happy. Writing with the pen is a little dry, but I might have a look at making it wetter, though I'm nervous about taking it too far so might not push it, or find a wetter ink to use. I have a number of inks that I know are on the wet side, so I will certainly try those before adjusting the nib. The size of the pen for writing is really great for me. As I said, it's a little smaller than modern Kaweco pens, so some people might find it a little too small, but I really like it. The pens in the pouch are really awesome for carrying around in the pocket. The pouch is small enough that it will fit in almost any pocket without filling it up fully so can carry other things in it and gives me the confidence that nothing will really happen to the pens. The coin pocket that some dress pants for men have in them are perfect for these pens, they fit just perfectly. I really think that these pens will be my daily use pens from this point forward. The pen really has everything I was looking for in a pen: Easy to carry 14k nib Italic nib Piston fill Blind cap to avoid twisting piston knob Easily taken apart for thorough cleaning (see other post) Doesn't burp ink into the cap when carrying around (have carried it in my pocket almost every day since I got it) Hooded nib so can have it uncapped for a bit if not writing a lot without ink dryingI would really highly recommend anyone that is looking for a great carry around pen to give the vintage Kaweco pens a shot, I don't think you will be disappointed, I most certainly was blown away at how much I like it. Hope you found this useful, sorry for the picture heavy post, but I really like this pen and there are not many reviews on it so wanted to do it justice.
  19. Inkysloth

    Kaweco Ice Sport Nibs

    Hi all, I have a Kaweco Ice Sport with a medium nib. I find this far too broad for my tastes, so wanted to order an extra fine. I've found an excellent price online at Tiger Pens - £7.99 for the nib & section but it states it fits: Kaweco AL Sport Kaweco AC Sport Kaweco Art Sport Kaweco Sport Luxe Kaweco Lilliput Kaweco Student and not the Ice Sport or Classic. Is this simply because they have transparent sections, and this replacement is black? Or is there a size difference? I was thinking of just taking the nib itself from the section and swapping that over, which means the colour difference ceases to be an issue, but are the nibs themselves the same dimensions? Best wishes & thanks in advance Robin





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