I can't believe that I've being writing this blog for going on three years without ever having properly reviewed the Kaweco Classic Sport. It's not as bad as it sounds - I've reviewed many variations on Kaweco's popular pocket pen, including the aluminum AL Sport, the aluminum/carbon fiber AC Sport, and the Brass Sport, not to mention countless other Kaweco pens. The classic Sport, however, is considered Kaweco's flagship, and probably the pen that first comes to mind when I'm asked for a recommendation on a pocket fountain pen.
The Kaweco Classic Sport isn't fancy - it's a plastic, cartridge-only fountain pen with a steel nib that retails for around $25. The low price point and general ease of use makes the Sport a great fountain pen for beginners, and even experienced fountain pen enthusiasts like myself regularly rely on the sport as an everyday carry-type pocket pen. The wide range of colors also makes the pens fun to collect, and Kaweco typically updates the line annually and collaborates with retailers around the world on special editions.
The two pens pictured here are colors that were introduced in 2016: red (always a personal favorite) and a mocha-color "macchiato" version. The macchiato pen is from the "Skyline" series, which features more muted colors with silver trim.
Side Note: Kaweco does make converters for the Sport, but you're probably better off refilling your cartridges with a syringe if you want to use bottled ink. Cartridges hold more ink than a Kaweco Sport converter, and they're much less temperamental.
Takeaways/Where to Buy
I've been using Kaweco pens for years, and I always have some version of the Sport in my collection. They see regular use as pocket pens, and the Kaweco steel medium nib remains a favorite for everyday writing. The Kaweco Classic Sport is widely available from most pen retailers, but availability may vary depending on which color you're looking for. The red version pictured here is relatively easy to find, but the "Macchiato" Skyline version is in high demand and somewhat difficult to locate right now. Vanness Pens currently has both in stock, but no guarantees on how long supplies will last.
Disclaimer: Kaweco sent me these two pens free of charge for review purposes.