Brass Kaweco Liliput 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 is often 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!
This extra-compact model, the Liliput - named for the island nation of miniature humans visited in Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift, 1726) - was first issued in 1910, but went through several changes before being re-released in 2011. It is the smallest Kaweco model available; indeed, when closed, this fountain pen is a mere 9.6cm, with a diameter of only 0.95cm! It remains one of the smallest models, across brands, to take the international short standard ink cartridge. The Liliput is available in five finishes: brass (in smooth or wavy), copper, aluminium (in silver or black), stainless steel, and fireblue torched stainless steel. Matching retractable and capped ballpoints are also available.
The brass can be left to tarnish and oxidise for a beautiful aged patina. Alternatively, it can be kept looking jewel-like by simply giving it a polish once in a while. For this purpose, we recommend 'Autosol Metal Polish'.
We recommend posting the cap on the back for extra length, balance, and comfort.
Slip-on clip is optional and can be purchased separately here.
Body material: Polished brass
Nib type: Medium*
Nib material: Stainless steel chrome-plated nib, manufactured by Boch of Heidelberg
Cap type: Threaded screw-on cap
Refill type: Takes standard small international cartridges; sold with one blue washable cartridge in the barrel.
Dimensions: closed 9.6cm, posted 12.5cm, diameter 0.95cm
Included: presentation box, one blue ink cartridge
Made in Germany
*Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a different nib size - in addition to the standard Medium, we stock nibs in Extra Fine, Fine, Broad, and Extra Broad.
Read our interview with Kaweco CEO Michael Gutberlet on the topic of pen collecting.