Copper 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 capped ballpoint is also available - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This copper model will quickly oxidise with handling, turning to a dark brown and black patina, with metallic hues of blue and green. It can be polished to return it to its original pink colour. For this purpose, we recommend 'Autosol Metal Polish'. Also available in a capped ballpoint - please email email@example.com for more information.
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 copper
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The second image show the pen after roughly 6 months of use and age. When first delivered, the pen will have not been touched by human hands, and will be perfectly freshly milled in a light rose gold colour (as seen in the main image).
Read our interview with Kaweco CEO Michael Gutberlet on the topic of pen collecting.