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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kaweco at GouletPens.com



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We announced last week that we were getting in Kaweco pens and ink (cartridges) to GouletPens.com, and they arrived yesterday. I shot a quick video for you to introduce you to the line.




There are two pens we're starting out with, the Classic Sport and the Ice Sport. The dimensions are the same on both pen styles, it's purely a color difference between the two Sports.

Kaweco Classic Sport


There are 4 colors: Black, (dark) Blue, White, and Clear. All accents are gold (plated over steel), and the color of the pen is consistent throughout the pen body, grip, and cap. Clips are offered separately from the pen and are removable, so you can use either the gold or silver colored one, the gold will match better. The clip isn't entirely necessary though, because the caps are faceted. That will keep them from rolling off your desk, which is a major reason for having a pen clip!

Kaweco Ice Sport


There are 4 colors: Orange, Red, Green, and Blue. These colors are semi-transparent, and only colored in the grip and cap. The bodies are all clear. All accents are silver-colored, so that's the clip that matches, but like I just mentioned, you can put whichever you want on it.

Dimensions

These pens are quite short, only measuring 4" long closed. It's short, but it extends to a useable 5 1/8" posted. The grip section's diameter is only 3/8", so it's probably not going to be too comfortable for long periods for us large-handed folks, but my wife absolutely loves the size. I like it for quick notes and jotting, but much more than that and I'm grabbing my m800 or 1911 (I know, not a fair comparison!).

All of these pens take standard international cartridges, but because they are so short, no converter will fit them. This means that the only option for inking these pens is either using new cartridges, refilling your cartridges with an ink syringe (like I do here), or converting to an eyedropper pen (like I do here). The eyedropper conversion is quite popular with these little guys!

Nibs

As it is right now, only medium nibs are available for these pens in the US. The mediums are a good, usable size, but I know you all want more options! We've already special ordered more pens from Germany in sizes EF-B, we're just waiting on them to come in. For the time being, it'll be mediums only :(

All the nibs are steel, and write surprisingly smooth for a pen in this price range. I quite enjoy them, myself.

These pens were all the rage a couple of years ago, but a change in distributors dried up the supply of them, and you haven't seen them much recently. We've chased down the distributor and plan to offer these in the best selection we can. They're great pens for the money ($21 each) and we know they'll be a big hit. So now we're pleased to announce that the Kaweco Classic Sport, Ice Sport, and cartridges are now available at the Goulet Pen Company.

What's your impression?

17 comments:

  1. These are awesome pens!!! Think I have six of them now in all different colors and nib sizes. And, they are SO easy to convert to dropper filled pens that don't leak!!!!! AJ

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  2. These are awesome little pens. They're sort of like Preppy's and Safari's, they're solid pens for not a lot of money....good for anyone starting out in fountain pens, but not something you'll feel you 'graduate' from later on. I still use mine even among my nicer pens :)

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  3. Cesar Tonatiuh Garcia RamirezJuly 12, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    I'm planning to get one of these for my sister on my next order, but I do have some questions.

    She's a student and she's more then likely to toss it into her backpack or pocket, so what kind of plastic are the bodies made of? Are they like the Preppies or is ABS? Also, will the O-Rings you guys sell fit these pens if I turn it into an eyedropper?

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  4. I don't know the exact type of plastic used for these, but it's different than the Preppy's. The Kaweco plastic seems a little less brittle, like it can take more of a beating than the Preppys (and the Preppys are pretty durable as they are). The o-rings we have won't fit the Kawecos, because there is no place for the o-rings to set on the Kaweco like it does on the Preppy. The threads fit pretty tight on the Kaweco though, so I don't think leaking should be a problem there. If your sister wants to convert it to an eyedropper and toss it around, I'd just recommend putting it in a plastic snack baggie...juuust in case there is a leak, the mess will stay in the bag!

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  5. These Are oh so tempting! They are in my price range too ;)

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  6. My white classic F nib was my first "obsession" pen, in the fact that I HAD to write with it daily just because I love it so much. Its still the same, nothing beats the feel of the Kawecos. The plastic seems way ahead of any other plastic pen I've ever handled, and the pen just seem to have this way of fitting together and feeling so solid yet comfortable and smooth at the same time. This is truely an awesome pen for the price, so much so that I think everyone should have one just to know what it feels like. 

    To the Goulet's- Is it possible we could get swabs? I know that means loosing a pack of cartriges, but you could put the remaining 5 pack in the bottom shelf section of the Goulet Outlet :)

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  7. They're in everyone's price range, that's what's dangerous! ;)

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  8. Thanks for sharing your love of Kaweco's, I think a lot of others feel the same way! They have a cult following much in the way of Lamy pens.

    As for the swabs, this is something we've considered, not just for Kaweco inks but for all the inks out there that are only available in cartridge form (Pelikan Pink, anyone?). It's definitely doable, and I think Kaweco might be the catalyst for that project. *sigh* my to-do list never ends! ;)

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  9. If you're going to do it Brian, could you also test waterproofness? It'll affect what I get as gifts for others. I don't want to give them a pen and then say don't use it to write a check.

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  10. The Kaweco rollerball pens which refill with international cartridges or convert to eyedropper are fantastic pens also. They are very hard to find now. It would be great if you could carry them too!

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  11. If I do that project, I can water test it, sure. Don't get your hopes up though, I imagine they might be somewhat water resistant at best. If you want something for writing checks, go with a Noodler's bulletproof/eternal/Warden's ink. Of course, Noodler's doesn't offer cartridges, though.

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  12. I'll have to check, but I don't know that these are regularly offered in the US, they may require a special order from Germany. I've heard mixed things about them, though, so I don't know.

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  13. Thanks for doing this, Brian.  I really enjoy your intro videos to pens with which I'm unfamiliar.

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  14. Living in germany it is quite easy to get them, I gave two of them as gifts to friends and the result was mixed. The pens are nice, but Private Reserve cartridges of Spearmint simply resulted in a mess.
    So I don' t know, if you culd use any ink you like in these.

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  15. I have the Kaweco rollerball and I LOVE it. Was never a big fan of rollerballs until I got the Kaweco. I JUST ordered the Kaweco fountain pen from Goulet Pens and cannot wait to get it.  :) 

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  16. I've got a sport AL with an EF nib and Noodler's bulletproof ink as my everyday carry pen that stays in my bag or in my pocket. It seems to have a series of rubble rings in the cap that keeps it firmly posted and probably prevents leaking. I love it. The first time I've gotten an EF nib- I'm usually a M sort of person- but even the F on this pen just seemed a bit too wide to me.

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