Brass Kaweco Special 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 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 Special range is in fact one of Kaweco's earliest design shapes, which can be broadly dated back to 1927 under the Colleg Extra range. In 1931, Kaweco made concerted efforts to refine and enhance the pen's branding; a 'streamlined shape, a cone-shaped cap, an angular clip' are all details which would define the new Kaweco Special to this day. This particular design pays homage to one of Kaweco’s models from the 1940s - now in a heavy brass finish for an industrial-chic look. We recommend this model without reservations. Various grade and coloured leads available.

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

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

Body material: Polished brass
Mechanism: Retractable push button
Dimensions: 14.8cm long, 1cm diameter
Included: presentation box, two HB graphite leads

Lead size guide
The following sizes are self-sharpening and feature an eraser under the button:
0.5mm - for drafting and precision drawing
0.7mm - most versatile for general writing and drawing (far less 'snappy' than 0.5mm)
0.9mm - general writing; good for heavier handed users
2mm - the classic architect's drafting size. This size is best used with a lead pointer to sharpen, available here.

Part of a matching suite of fountain pen, mechanical pencil in long size only in the brass finish (0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm and 2mm) and ballpoint pen in long barrel only - all also highly recommended. 

Made in Germany

Read our interview with Kaweco CEO Michael Gutberlet on the topic of pen collecting.