As a member of the United Inkdom I have been tasked with taking a very quick look at the Kaweco Perkeo Calligraphy set.
Retailing at circa £22.00, this set comprises: 3 x nib units (1.1mm, 1.5mm and 1.9mm), a grey plastic barrel, lid and three cartridges of ink.
I have reviewed the Kaweco Sport Calligraphy set nib units previously and if you want to see that review click here. So, you may be wondering what the difference is here apart from the quantities in each set? If you look carefully, although the nib widths may be the same, the style of nib in the Perkeo set is far more rounded at the outer edges.
So what does this mean? Well, from the way I see it, I think these have been designed for a more modern calligraphic handwriting approach as opposed to the more traditional, where the nibs have a sharper edge. Certainly, the nibs move across the paper surface with considerable ease allowing more freedom for speed, movement and expression. And this makes sense as the Perkeo is a fairly recent contemporary pen design from Kaweco which exudes youthfulness and enthusiasm.
When creating the abstract alphabets I experienced no resistance from the paper whatsoever – which I would normally – using a sharper nib.
So what’s the verdict? As with all Kaweco products these are manufactured to a high standard and come well presented. I think that if you want to experiment more with lettering as opposed to just traditional calligraphy these are a nice idea and probably worth having a look at. And to add, the Perkeo takes a full size Kaweco converter – if you have bottles of ink already.
And just to show how they can work I’ve used all three nibs – sometimes together to show the width contrast – with shimmer inks on Tomoe River and Cosmo Air Light papers. Very easy to use for expressive handwriting and calligraphy and visually effective.
Thanks to United Inkdom for sending to me. If pens, inks and paper are your thing, why not go visit the website? http://unitedinkdom.uk
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