Body Material: Piano lacquer acrylic
Length (capped): 5.4"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.2"
Length (posted): 6.9"
Barrel Diameter: 13.1 mm
Section Diameter: 9.9 mm
Nib material: Steel
Weight: 33 g/1.2 oz
Fill type: Cartridge
Where to buy: JetPens
The Kaweco Elite fountain pen is something different to me - I'm familiar with Kaweco's pocket sized pens like the Ice Sport, the AC Sport, and the Al Liliput. the cap is chrome with a matching chrome clip. The barrel and top of the cap are a lovely black piano lacquer acrylic. Both ends of the pen carry the Kaweco metal logo. The clip has Kaweco flair and flourishes.
The nib on the Kaweco Elite is larger than on the other Kawecos I am familiar with. Alas, it is a larger pen! I love the nib. It is a larger version of the nibs found on the pocket-sized pens. I think it's gorgeous on this pen.
This is a lovely pen. It is very comfortable to hold. It does not post deeply and is a little top heavy but I was able to find a comfortable writing position. Nevertheless, I chose to write unposted because of the length of the pen when posted. I love the design of the barrel where it meets the section - the threads are not noticeable at all. The nib performs so well that this pen is such a pleasure to write with.
- Attractive colour scheme.
- Nib performs very well.
- Feels great in hand.
- Interchangeable nib units.
- Clip is snug and designed to slide into pockets and on to papers easily. Very practical.
- Nice detailing.
- Top heavy when posted. (On the other hand, it's a decent size so it doesn't have to be posted.)
- Double broad/extra fine nib not available.
At $150.00USD, the price range of this fountain pen is amongst other standard priced pens (think production line Edisons, Sailor 1911S, Waterman, or Pilot Vanishing Points). The Kaweco Elite is a great contender - great design, feels good in hand, looks good. No obvious cons - even being top heavy, that affects my hands because they're not large. But I'm totally in love with broad nibs though, so that's what I would pick. If you like precise, finer nibs, the fine or medium would be an excellent choice.
This pen was provided by Kaweco for review. I was not compensated monetarily for this review. This pen will be returned to Kaweco.