Stylistically the Kaweco Sports Fountain Pen is iconic; it is also wonderful to use. Its outline has a modernist functionality that makes one hope Gropius used one in 1919 to rough out drafts for the Bauhaus. Handsome and masculine, in the words of their motto, this pen provides a ‘licence to write’.
This sturdy pen is like no other. Extremely tactile, the cap, barrel and nib are made of solid, machined brass. Designed to be extremely compact, when closed it looks and feels more like a precision tool than a pen. Once the hexgonal cap is unscrewed to open, it then clips into place on the barrel, extending the length to the same as a traditional pen.
German industry is known for its sedulous machines with famous labels. The pens produced by Kaweco echo this purity of design and function, but strangely the name is only familiar to pen aficionados. Kaweco has been making pens since 1883 (the curious name a conflation of the original founder members). In 1911 it promoted pens for ‘ladies, officers and sportsmen’ and the Sports pen was born.
Try the reassuring weight and balance of Kaweco’s industry in the Reading Room at Burford Garden Company, where we have a collection of their cult pens.
Please note this pen is supplied with one unfixed cartridge in the barrel. Additional boxes of Kaweco Fountain Pen Cartridges in three colours may be ordered separately.
Material: Solid, untreated machined brass, minor plastic parts to stainless steel nib
Dimensions: 105mm closed, 130mm with cap clipped on barrel
Care: Occasionally take the pen apart and flush out the nib with warm water. If left unpolished, brass will develop a unique patination.
Supplied in attractive Koweco presentation tin