Matte Black Aluminium Kaweco AL Sport 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 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 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, 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 0.7 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 gold clip is optional and can be purchased separately here
Material: Anodized black aluminium with ultra matte finish
Nib type: stainless steel chrome plated nib manufactured by Boch of Heidelberg, standard Medium width size
Cartridge type: takes standard small international cartridges; sold with one washable blue cartridge in the barrel.
Dimensions: closed, 10.5cm, open 13.3cm