The Subtle, Practical Beauty of Kaweco Perkeo All Black Fountain Pen

In the beginning, there was a degree of uncertainty…and a dose of curiosity. A popular saying cautions that curiosity killed the cat. But sometimes, curiosity leads to happy discoveries.

Most new fountain pen enthusiasts will be pointed towards the direction of Pilot Metropolitans or Lamy Safaris to begin their foray into the dangerous world of Fountain Pens (and inks). But since the arrival of the revived Kaweco Perkeo (it was originally released as a dip pen in the 1900), I believe the Lamy Safari and the Pilot Metropolitan now have a new competitor for the title Most Popular and Affordable Beginner Fountain Pen.

Unlike the Kaweco Sport, Kaweco Perkeo is a full-sized pen, with a hexadecagonal body made of black resin and an octagonal cap. The length is close to the Lamy Safari when closed, but the Lamy Safari is a bit longer than the Kaweco Perkeo when posted (Kaweco Perkeo is at 6.22 inches versus Lamy Safari at 6.5 inches). The cap finish feels a bit more matte compared to the body. It’s a plus that the body is not a smudge-magnet.

This pen is clipless, though.

I like clips on fountain pens simply because I want my pens to be accessible when I am on duty and doing hospital rounds. Also, I don’t want to lose my pen caps by rolling off the table onto the floor and then rolling off into a black hole in the floor (yes, it happens and not just with pens or pen caps. Then after some time, maybe after months or years, the lost things will turn up and one would be left wondering if it ever time-travelled and just decided to come back). So, one reason why I am liking the Kaweco Perkeo is that the cap and body are faceted; the pen will stay where you put it. I still wish, however, that it has a clip. And no, the Kaweco Sports removable clips cannot be placed on the Perkeo cap because its diameter is larger.

Kaweco Perkeo’s triangular grip is reminiscent of the Lamy Safari, although the Lamy’s grip section is a bit longer, the diameter smaller, and the groove for the grip deeper and more pronounced. Between the two, with my particular way of gripping pens, I am more comfortable using the Lamy Safari but the difference is just very small.

I don’t have any Kaweco Sport nib to compare it with. But looking at this bluish black Kaweco Perkeo nib and comparing it with the Kaweco Sport nibs at the Scribe store, the Perkeo nib seems a bit wider. It writes smoothly out of the box. The nib in the photo above is a Fine nib.

Kaweco Perkeo comes with a blue ink cartridge and a cartridge spacer. But the Scribe lady (I’m so sorry if I forgot her name, though) suggested that I fit it with a Faber-Castell converter, which fits perfectly fine. A standard long international cartridge would fit perfectly fine too, if I’m not mistaken. So it’s good that one has a lot of options when it comes to ink storage.

(By the way, this is my Elias pen and ink journal which I bought from Everything Calligraphy. One of these days, I’ll be able to post my review of it.)

I apologize for the small handwriting. All of my handwriting fonts are small and no matter what I do, I just can’t seem to vary the font size, even with broader nibs. You can, however, click on the image so that you can see a large-sized version.

I like the Kaweco Perkeo, especially this All Black version that recently came out. It is perfect for beginners and perfect as an EDC pen. It is lightweight and the resin body should be able to withstand the rigors of daily writing and handling. You don’t need to worry if you’re a little bit rough and careless with it. You will not worry much when it slips from your hand (unless it falls down nib down first on the ground). It writes smoothly out of the box. The potentially negative things that I can see about this pen is that, for some people, the grip and the lightweight body might turn them off, especially those who would like to have a bit of weight on their pens. The pen would still be lightweight even after posting the cap. It could be a deal-breaker for some but then, it just all boils down to preferences. At Php 995, it may not exactly be the least expensive, but it still is within that affordable price range that will not make you lose your savings. But then again, it will come down to preferences and value placement.

For me, though, I think I have made a happy, surprising discovery. Right now, I’m thinking of including the Kaweco Perkeo All Black fountain pen in my Duty Pen group, lead by Mr. Wick, my Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Black. They’d definitely look good together.

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