Pen Review: Kaweco Elite

The second of two Kaweco pens loaned to me for review purposes is this Kaweco Elite, with a broad nib.  This review will be brief because I can be short and to-the-point on this one:  there's nothing wrong with this pen, but it's not for me, and certainly not at the $150+ price point where Kaweco has it listed. 

This is a nice-looking pen, albeit a bit clunky when posted.  It's a multifaceted resin body, with a metal/chrome cap.

The broad nib is much larger than the nib on the more common "sport" line of pens.  In fact, it looks nearly identical to the nib on the TWSBI 580, and writes very similarly as well.  I believe the TWSBI nibs are made by Bock or Jowo, two of the major German nib manufacturers, so it very well could be the same nib.   

A nice, high quality, stainless steel German broad nib.

This pen is very heavy due to the metal cap, and as a result was difficult for me to use posted.  I found no major flaws on either the body or the cap--it's a very nicely made pen.  I don't understand, however, where Kaweco thinks this pen fits in today's market.  This is a cartridge-converter steel-nibbed plastic/metal pen priced at $150, while TWSBI is currently selling a piston-filler that uses the same (or similar) nib for $55.  No matter how good a writer this pen is, that's a considerable delta on the price, and I'm not sure what the consumer is getting for that additional $95. 

In fairness to Kaweco, I only used this pen for the morning before I had to return it, so it's possible it would have grown on me.  I suspect, though, that the Elite is simply not a pen for me, and I'll continue to hold out until I get to try my Dia2 or an Allrounder with a larger nib.

Handwritten review of Kaweco Elite fountain pen.  You may recognize the mini-review of the Kaweco Blue-Black Ink at the bottom.

Ink Review: Kaweco Blue-Black

My apologies in advance for not having a photograph of the bottle, but this ink was given to me in single-cartridge form by a friend kind enough to loan me a couple pens for review.  Kaweco's expanded line of inks are fairly new (at least in their current bottle form), so there's not many reviews out there of the various colors.  In the brief time I spent with this ink, I really enjoyed it.  It's a blue-black ink that leans more towards the "steel blue" or "blue-grey" end of the spectrum, at least in a drier nib.  As you can see from my photographs, the more ink you lay on the paper, the more pure "blue" color you get in the writing sample. The ink shades nicely and is well- behaved.  The next time I'm in the market for a blue-black ink in this specific shade, Kaweco presents a very valid option!    

I tried this in two pens:  a Kaweco Elite with a broad nib, and a Jinhao x450 with a 1.1mm Goulet Stub.  The ink flowed well in both pens, although it tended to run a little dry in the stub after an extended period.  There was never any skipping or railroading, however.

Here you can see a close up of the shading, and compare the Kaweco ink with the Pilot Blue Black ink Cartridge and the Pilot Hi-Tec-C in Blue-Black, two of my favorite daily writers.

Here's the stub writing sample in close-up, using the previously reviewed Jinhao X-450.