Kaweco Ebonite Eyedropper 1910 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 discreet special edition fountain pen made of ebonite (a hard, vulcanised rubber), hence its dark brown colour, was reissued in homage to Kaweco's first writing tools and its long-standing history. Originally called an 'eyedropper', this model would have been refilled by directly pouring the ink in the pen body with a pipette, or 'eyedropper'.
Today, thankfully, this pen was created with a modern cartridge system, eluding the messiness and inconvenience of the traditional method. The exterior, however, is faithful to its original Art Deco design, featuring a fine guilloché engraved pattern along the barrel as well as its unique edition number.
Body material: Ebonite
Nib material: 14k gold
Cap type: Slip cap
Refill type: Takes standard small and large international cartridges
Dimensions: 14.5cm closed, 19.8cm posted
Sold in a hard case, with a soft leather travel case, a converter refillable cartridge, and 6 boxes of coloured cartridges.
Made in Germany; first designed 1910
Limited special edition of 800 pieces