My hands were ready on the wheel, I was ready to power the throttle, beads of perspiration evidencing the palpable tension that was in the air. The countdown began: 3…2…1… and we were off! Some minutes later I was enthroned once again as the house ‘Scalextric’ champion once again, much to the bemusement of my three-year old grandson (my worthy opponent) and the rest of my family (the audience) Why do I mention this most recent victory. Two reasons, first if I don’t mention it no-one else will. Second the pen I have in hand would be in no way out-of-place in a Formula 1 garage… either that or on TV in the famous if rather tasteless “Pimp my Ride’ car enthusiast series…
Description: This red Kaweco AC sport comes in the very nice smaller version of Kaweco tin. I love this packaging, it is has something of a retro look to it and in my opinion is very cool. Inside the tin is a moulded plastic sleeve covered in a black felt like material. There is space in the tin for another pen or pencil, or both for as with the whole Sport series this particular marque includes mechanical pencil and ballpoint options. The pen itself is a pocket fountain pen machined from solid aluminium, polished then finished in a full-blooded matte red colour with an inlay of glossy carbon fibre weave that covers most of the pen’s barrel and is also inset into alternate panels of the Sport’s characteristic octagonal cap. This pen retails at anything from £92 in the UK so it is not cheap!
Dimensions: This is the epitome of a pocket-sized pen. It is 108 mm long when capped and 101mm uncapped. It weighs in at 21g which is roughly double the weight of the Classic sport. The concave grip section varies from 8-11 mm wide and the barrel section is also 11mm. The cap itself is branded with the title ‘Kaweco AC Sport Germany’ in white on one of the panels and the end of the cap has the Kaweco logo in a stylish black.
On Test: In principle I’m a big fan of the Kaweco Sport series. I think I have about four of them in various editions including a blue AL sport which is part of my daily carry and a stunning ‘Aksehir’ ART Sport which is delightful. The one I have on test came with a ‘BB’ nib, which would not be my nib of choice as I much prefer an ‘F’ or even an ‘EF’ nib fo my own writing purposes. Nevertheless I inked up this racy beast with Kaweco Royal Blue ink and set forth. This range of pens takes international cartridges ans also a proprietary squeeze filled converter, I went for the converter, as is my custom 🙂
In truth there’s a lot to commend this pen and indeed the nib if a double broad is to your taste. As with all Sports the pen sits wonderfully in the hand when capped. I carry my AL sport in my pocket all the time it is just so utilitarian that I wouldn’t think of going out without it, so in general this pen style is one I really like, even if to be honest this particular variant is not to my personal style. On the positive side the addition of the carbon fibre gives a novel look to this pen. The glossy weave has an almost 3D look which contrasts to the matte finish of the aluminium sections of the pen. conversely I would say that if something isn’t broken why try to fix it? The aluminium barrels themselves has a look and feel that to me needs no further adornment.
I have to say that in use the nib is smooth, as smooth as many much bigger and more expensive nibs that I’ve tried. It’s simply not to my taste and if I were keeping this pen (which I’m not as it needs to be returned to Kaweco) it would be swappped out immediately to something that better suits me.
Summary: Sadly the looks of this pen are a little too ‘pimped’ for my liking. The more understated black AC Sport would perhaps be a different kettle of fish but I much prefer the cheaper, more subtle and in my view elegant AL Sport. Having said that the pen and nib perform well, as all the Sport series do, it is just a horses for courses thing with me. If you like the particular look of this pen, and you can justify the cost, then you won’t be disappointed…