Black Aluminium Kaweco Special Fountain Pen
Choosing Keeping holds the largest range of Kaweco pens in the UK - indeed we have built a long lasting friendship with the beloved Gutberlet family who run the company with so much brains and gusto. Kaweco often is mistaken for a Japanese brand - not so! - it is 100% German. Originally established in 1899 in Heidelberg (also home of Lamy), the company was eventually renamed Kaweco as its owners namesake, Henrich Koch and Rudolph Weber - KOch, WEber and COmpany. Here pictured, an advertisement from 1911 which declares: 'stocked in every best stationery store' - still the case!
The Special range is in fact one of Kaweco's earliest design shapes which can broadly be dated back to 1927 under the Colleg Extra range. In 1931 Kaweco made concerted changes to refine and enhance the pens branding; a "streamlined shape, a cone-shaped cap, an angular clip" are all details which would define the new Kaweco-Special to this day. Today this classic design maintains the streamlined shape of its predecessors while receiving a fresh updated finish. Indeed no longer made of plastic, all writing tools in the special range (long and short pencils, ballpoints and fountain pens) are milled from aluminium for a very well balanced and satisfyingly weighted writing experience. This is our preferred recommendation for architects, designers, artists and professionals.
A nice detail is in the posting of its cap which can be threaded flush to the back of the pen for a long and slim silhouette, adding extra length and weight as needed.
Slip-on clip is optional and can be purchased separately here
Material: Anodized black aluminium matte finish
Nib type: stainless steel chrome plated nib manufactured by Boch of Heidelberg, standard Medium width size
Cartridge type: takes standard small international cartridges