Matte Black Aluminium Kaweco AL Sport Rollerball
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!
The Classic Sport range, introduced to market in 1934, broke new ground in modern design for its unique octagonal barrel and handy portable size intended for use by ‘ladies, officers and sportspeople’. Kaweco were covering all bases with their marketing of this hugely successful pen, now synonymous with the brand itself.
Originally Classic Sport pens were made from ebonite (a very hard rubber), in black and then burgundy, featuring a fine engraved pattern known as a guilloche. Today, the design remains largely unchanged - measuring 10cm when capped, for optimal writing comfort and using a modern cartridge system for practicality - now in a wide range of exciting colours and finishes. Hard wearing ABS moulded plastics, clear plastics, hand turned acrylics, stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminium, and patinated finishes are all à la carte for you to choose from. This aluminium finish is a slick take on the original plastic model and heavier in hand.
Since 1953 the range has included a fountain pen, a rollerball, a ballpoint and a chunky 0.7mm mechanical pencil. They can be mixed and matched as a duo of writing implements and held together in an attractive leather pouch, just as they were traditionally advertised back in the day.
For best comfort we recommend posting the cap on the back of the pen, as intended by the manufacturer.
Slip-on clip is optional and can be purchased separately here.
Body material: Anodised black aluminium with ultra matte finish
Cap type: Threaded screw-on cap
Refill type: takes any G2 "Parker Style" refill, available for repurchase here
Dimensions: open 13.3cm, closed 10.5cm
Included: presentation box, one black medium water-based cartridge
Made in Germany
Read our interview with Kaweco CEO Michael Gutberlet on the topic of pen collecting.