I am supposed to be under a self imposed pen purchasing moratorium and attempting to thin the herd, (due to a couple of large pen purchases, more about that in future posts) but have allowed myself two additions outside of the splurge.
Total count right now is about 65 - not counting the 16 that I am planning on trying to rehome *SIGH* - they are like unwanted puppies and kittens. So cute, but you just can keep them all. Ok, enough of that.
This is supposed to be a review, so let's get to it.
I purchased this Kaweco AC Sport from JetPens about a week ago and have been using it daily since I acquired it. Now, the difference is, I'm not using this pen for writing, but for drawing. You can see my drawings over on my other blog, In Pursuit of a Hidden Artist.
First a history lesson. All of the following information is from the Kaweco homepage.
Kaweco has a long history dating back to 1883 and the launch of the Heidelberger Federhalterfabrik (dip pen factory) by the gentlemen Luce and Enßlen. The name "Kaweco" does not appear until 1889.
In 1908, the first safety fountain pen is patented by Kaweco.
In 1912, the Kaweco catalog first mentions the pocket fountain pen for ladies, officers and sportsmen. This is the date of the founding of the Kaweco Sport.
You can read all about the history of the Sport in a 33 page pdf which shows all models of the pens and pencils going back to 1912.
I had no idea that this company had such a long history, all the details are available in the History section of the website.
The AC Sport is made of solid matte finished aluminum comined with genuine carbon and is available in 3 colors. Red, which is a limited edition; black and silver.
I have owned a Sport Classic White mechanical pencil for a number of years. I don't use it a lot because it is a little bulky, but because it is also small and comes in a nifty little plastic case it is perfect for carrying in my purse. My new pen fits perfectly in the case beside that pencil.
I purchased this pen based upon two things. First, a wonderful blog post by Brian Goulet over at Ink Nouveau. If only he carried the AC Sport, I would have purchased it from him. Second, fellow blogger Gentian, has highly praised her Kaweco Lilliput, so I dove in and am very please that I did.
This pen is extremely well constructed. It measures just under 4-1/4" long capped and just under 5-1/4" long posted. I purchased this pen with an EF nib, since I planned to use it for drawing. If I have one complaint about the pen, it is that is will only accept cartridges. Even the little Monteverde converter will not fit this pen. But that's ok, I just refill the cartridges with ink.
Just in case, you didn't visit my other blog, here is a drawing done with the Kaweco. Oh, the ink above and below is Platinum Carbon Black.