Brass Wave 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. A matching retractable ballpoint is also available.
We are told the wave pattern is a feat of drilling machinery, making this pen industrially impressive - if such a detail is good criteria for pen design! 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: Drilled 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 email@example.com 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.