Via a e-mail exchange from Kaweco, I was pointed in the direction of Ian from Pen Shed. Ian was super and sent me a very detailed and helpful e-mail around the various Kaweco Fountain Pens. This helped me to become the proud owner of my first Kaweco fountain pen. I went for a model I hadn’t seen before and it is called the Kaweco Sports Luxe.
Design and Quality
After some research via the Pen Shed website I found that the Luxe is based on a Kaweco design from 1935. The main material used is a deep black acrylic that has a shiny finish. The fix clip and accents are 23 carat gold plated. This combination works really well and makes the Luxe look a high end fountain pen. On the side the name is printed in a faint dark grey.
What makes the Luxe different from the other sports range is that the clip is fixed to the body. This is a big plus for me as it is the one thing that has put me off in the past from buying a Kaweco Sports fountain pen. The clip is strong but not so strong that it makes it difficult to clip into a pocket. It does clip securely though.
The main section of this pen is a hexagon shape whereas the the second part which has the nib and ink is a smooth barrel finish. This means when you have the pen on a desk it doesn't roll but when you are writing it is very comfortable to hold. To open the Luxe it unscrews then the writing section posts into place.
Weight and Dimensions
The Luxe feels light but very capable of withstanding everyday use. It does feel a tad top heavy though. by that I mean the area that has the fixed clip. For me though it doesn’t effect the writing experience.
- Closed it comes in at 10.7cm in length.
- Posted it comes in at 13.2cm in length.
You can use either standard international cartridges or the official Kaweco converter. I have tried to use this converter a number of times and each time I get a different result with regards to how much ink I get in the converter. I’m really not a fan of the converter and I plan to once I have a empty cartridge to syringe fill it.
Nib and Performance
This is a Bock nib which is 23 carat gold plated that is iridium pointed. I went for the Extra-Fine which produces a nice thin line. If you do apply a little pressure you can flex it a tad.
The overall writing experience has been very enjoyable. The nib has not skipped once and is very smooth while in use.
The Cost and is it worth it?
I really like this pen and I use it as one of my everyday fountain pens. It is a tad bit expensive at £79 but I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for a small fountain pen.
An alternative that is cheaper would be the Cult Pens Mini which is also made by Kaweco.
This has been a very enjoyable experience from starting as a person who knew nothing about any Kaweco models to having a better understanding of there range.