Many thanks to Nikki at Studio Pens for sending me these two stunners to review. As you are aware Kaweco is one of the oldest brands on the market and focuses on that thin line between tradition and innovation of which I am a devoted fan.
The new Kaweco Original series immediately catches the eye with elegant lines and that distinctive Kaweco look. The matte black and chrome finish is delicious. The classic design harmonises wonderfully with the solid aluminium body, chrome-plated elements and scratch-resistant anodisation.
There are two fountain pens available (see above) – one which is designed around a 250 nib (top image) which also features in the Kaweco Elite and Supra fountain pens and the other designed around the 060 nib (bottom image) as features in the Kaweco Steel Sport, Al Sport, AC Sport, Al Special, Elegance, Liliput, Dia, Student and Allrounder fountain pens.
The design inspiration for the Original comes from writing instruments of the late 50s (check out the pic backgrounds) and that classic unmistakable octagonal shape easily identifies the Original as a Kaweco. The grip section in particular is clearly distinguishable. The cap features a permanently mounted clip but doesn’t post onto the grip section – the Original is so well balanced it doesn’t need it.
The fusion of elegant design and sturdy, reliable mechanics embedded in a stable aluminium body all make for an excellent writing experience. Both pens fit nicely in the hand and allow you to write effortlessly.
Both pens are supplied with a steel nib. There is a choice of five nib sizes. While the extra-fine nib (EF) is particularly suitable for small and fine handwriting, the extra-width nib (BB) is often used for large and dramatic signatures. I opted for the fine (F).
The pen can be used with ink cartridges or be fitted with a standard converter for use with bottled ink. Of note, the pen doesn’t come with a converter but I would suggest investing in one. The pens are shipped in the iconic tin box with a couple of cartridges. Black leather pen pouches also available as a separate and are perfectly tailored to suit.
As you’ll see from the pics I’ve taken of the pens superimposed on vintage Kaweco postcards, they are packed full of timeless style, elegance and that all important Kaweco look. In a market absolutely awash with pens, Kaweco is one of those brands that for me, just oozes design credibility. And as a designer myself, these really do appeal. And for all Kaweco enthusiasts these really are a must have!
The 250 is just slightly heavier than the 060 and if forced to choose between the two…well, there you are. The Original is currently retailing at circa £115.00 for the 250 and £95.00 for the 060. Available now from most reputable stationers.
Just as an aside, for people who prefer gold nibs to steel nibs, both the 250 and 060 are available as gold nibs and will fit the Original. So, as someone into aesthetics, a gold nib in a black pen with a chrome finish doesn’t quite work does it? So, for gold nibbers looking for the complete aesthete, I think it would be lovely to see an alternative Original option with gold trim would it not? Even if it was just an alternative cap? A gentle nudge and a wink there Kaweco!
And HEY! If you’re interested to know more about how to use fountain pen inks in more creative ways – whether it’s simply to observe their chromatic behaviours, or, to recreate one of my swatch cards, or, to learn how to use them in watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy, why not check out my online course or, even better, sign up for a workshop?