Aluminium Black Kaweco Special Short Mechanical Pencil


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.

Available in 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 or 2mm lead sizes; select from drop down menu above as you like. Each pencil is sold with two HB graphite leads.

Slip-on clip is optional and can be purchased separately here

Material: Anodised black aluminium with matte finish
Dimensions: 109mm long, 10mm diameter
Mechanism: Push button retract

Lead size guide:
0.5mm - for drafting and precision drawing
0.7mm - most versatile for general writing and drawing (much less 'snappy' than 0.5mm)
0.9mm - general writing, good for heavier handed persons
(all above are self-sharpening and feature an eraser under the button)
2mm - the classic drafting architect size
(Best used with a lead pointer available here)