Pilot Kakuno: Quick Look

Pilot Kakuno - Overview

The Pilot Kakuno is a fun little pen that I’ve been looking forward to being able to offer for well over a year! Pilot USA just recently brought it into the US, and it’s definitely worth looking into if you want a low-priced workhorse fountain pen that writes well and has some personality to it.

The Kakuno is great for kids, new fountain pen enthusiasts, or anyone who just wants a playful pen. It’s really lightweight, and is incredibly comfortable to hold. Check out the video for a quick feature on the pen, below are some of the highlights:

Colors/finishes available:


In hand, the grip is fairly thin and comfortable. It does have very slight triangular facets, similar to the Lamy Safari grip, but is thicker. The step is subtle and there are no threads as it’s a snap cap pen. Overall, my first impression is that it’s a very comfortable pen to hold.

It’s also an incredibly light pen at 12g overall, and only 8.5g in the body. Because it’s so light, it feels very balanced whether posted or unposted. It’s a bit too short for me when unposted, but should be fine for those with smaller hands.

Pilot Kakuno - Nibs

The nib on the Pilot Kakuno is stainless steel and identical to the Pilot Metropolitan nibs. The nibs are actually friction fit and swappable with the Pilot Metropolitan, Prera, and Plumix. The flow is smooth and consistent. Both the fine and medium nibs are on the thin side which should work well for those who write on absorbent paper, like students.

The Kakuno has a snap cap that’s push to post and is very secure when posted. It doesn’t have a clip but has a roll stop on the cap. It’s also a hexagonal body, so it doesn’t tend to roll anyways.

Pilot Kakuno - In Hand

It fills with a Pilot/Namiki cartridge or converter. The converter is not included unfortunately, so if you want to use bottled ink, you’ll need to purchase one separately. It fits all of the Pilot converters including the largest Con-70. It’s not easily eyedropper convertible because the Kakuno has holes in the back. All pens marketed to children have holes as a safety feature to help prevent choking.

I think this could be a great pen for you if you want something fun, reliable, and very portable. At only $13.50, it’s a really affordable option. For more details and up-to-date specs on the Pilot Kakuno be sure to check it out on GouletPens.com.


Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions about the Pilot Kakuno!

Write On,
Brian Goulet
2017-10-11T13:48:48+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Pen Reviews|15 Comments
  • zolivia

    Love the Kakuno! It’s indeed a very lightweight pen and a very comfortable writer. The triangular grip isn’t as pronounced as the Lamy Safari’s grip, so (IME) it makes writing fast and comfortable. The M nib is quite smooth; can’t speak to the F nib. I’ve heard tell that the CON-70 _will_ fit in the Kakuno if you file down a (presumably nonessential) plastic protrusion at the bottom of the pen barrel. I’ve also heard tell that the Kakuno can be eyedroppered if you stop up the barrel holes with epoxy or similar. The single disadvantage to the Kakuno is that it’s not as close to airtight when capped as other pens. The first few sentences will be noticeably darker in color if you don’t write with it for a few days. Other than that, this is a great pen to have kicking around for fun colors like Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin (the lime Kakuno) and De Atramentis Pearl Violet (the pastel purple Kakuno). It would also make a great gift for children.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hi, zolivia. We did find upon closer inspection today that you can in fact fit the CON-70 in the Kakuno (the US versions at least).

    • Danise

      I had also noticed that the first few lines appeared slightly darker at times, but hadn’t realized why — this makes sense ! I have the gray w/ lime green cap in a F nib and am working my way through Goulet’s green ink sample package.

  • Melissa Hogan

    It’s so cute!

  • Esme Vos

    I bought the Kakuno for the first time in Japan in 2014 and I bought another in 2015. It’s a cheap fountain pen which has a fine nib and writes well in the beginning. If, however, you don’t use the Kakuno for a month or more, it clogs up. No ink comes out. This does not happen with my more expensive pens (Namiki, Pilot maki-e).

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that, Esme. Have you tried soaking your Kakuno to make sure there is no dried up ink gunking up the feed or nib?

      • Esme Vos

        I have not tried soaking the Kakuno. Thanks so much for the tip.

  • Uniotter

    That looks like a fun starter pen. Maybe time to get my niece hooked on fountain pens….. 😉

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Great starter pen! I bet your niece would love it!

  • DT

    I wish you guys offered the yellow capped pen!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I’m sorry, DT! There are so many great Kakuno colors!

  • Audrey Paquin

    I love my little Kakuno. Be very careful posting it though. I was very delicate with mine and quickly got cracks in the cap from posting it (guess). I taped it and still use it because I love it so 🙂

  • Fernanda Beraldo

    Bummer about the non included converter, but such a cute pen! I have a small collection os Fps by now and I really love my two Metro the most, to be quite sincere. I also love my Vanishing Point, but the grip section is not as pleasant as the Metro’s. I think I might have to check out the Kakuno… you know, for review purposes. lol Great video and post! 🙂

    • Ivan Chong

      I know, right!
      Even having inherited 20+ pens from my dad, I seem to write best with my Pilot Metro M nib

  • I love this pen. Never heard of it until I watched one of your little YouTube videos (which I love, btw). I ordered the white pen with the blue cap. It writes beautifully, smoothly with no skipping. It’s a really fun pen – for kids or adults. Happy to write with.