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:
- Gray body - with smoke grip and medium nib smiley face
(Choice of either Blue, Lime or Red cap)
- White body - with clear grip and fine nib winky face
(Choice of either Pink, Purple, or Turquoise cap)
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.
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.
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.
Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions about the Pilot Kakuno!