This Kaweco Liliput Fireball Fountain Pen is so named on two counts. Like the diminutive Lilliputians from Jonathan Swift’s 18th- Century satirical novel Gulliver’s Travels, the pen is small but remarkable. The Fireball element refers to the way the outer steel casing is strengthened by being tempered. Due to being put through the fire, each pen has unique patination in deep blue, grey and brown.
The pen is robust but sleek and highly compact; the size and rounded curves of the closed pen (97mm long) mean it can be tucked easily into a pocket. By screwing the cap onto the end of the barrel the pen is extended to 125mm, perfect for writing. Despite its size, the pen has a satisfying weight and is highly tactile.
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), their products have now achieved cult status.
Try the reassuring weight and balance of Kaweco’s industry in the Reading Room at Burford Garden Company, where we have a collection of Koweco pens.
Colour: Tempered steel
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: Tempered steel, minor plastic parts to stainless steel nib
Dimensions: 96mm closed, 125mm with cap screwed on barrel
Care: Occasionally take the pen apart and flush out the nib with warm water
Supplied in attractive Koweco presentation tin