I’ve used wide variety of pens with the majority of that variety having been explored in the last several years, and I’ve come to have certain expectations for pens. Given my background in book design, I actually DO judge books by their covers and I can usually tell within a few minutes whether or not a pen is really worth exploring. In the case of the Kaweco Brass Sport, I was initially disappointed and then pleasantly surprised.
This ain’t my first rodeo with Kaweco. I’ve used a few of their Sport models and I have a fairly positive review of the Blue AL Sport up on YouTube. But I’m a sucker for pocket pens and especially ones made out of different materials like brass, copper, stainless, etc. So when the awesome folks over at Appelboom Pens offered to send me the Kaweco Brass Sport, I took it and ran with it. Because, well because brass, y’all.
The Kaweco Brass Sport takes a small, compact, lightweight pocket pen and packs on a few ounces of weight with a heavyweight brass body, section and cap. It’s a looker, too with its warm, golden finish, chromed finial (oddly, mine is slightly crooked when the pen is sitting on one of its flats) and oversized cap. One design element that really bothers me is the writing on the pen barrel. I’d much rather they do something more subtle. Instead, they use three or four different fonts and it’s a bit gaudy. One redeeming factor of this is that after the pen patinas a bit (which it does quickly), the lettering is much harder to read. So, unless you plan on polishing your pen all the time, you’ll likely not see it after a while.
The Sport pens from Kaweco are pocket pens. They’re meant to be small, daily-carry pens. And, as with the standard AL model, I find the Brass model to be unusable unposted. However, the cap posts deeply and securely making this pen a very comfortable size. And it balances very well thanks to an interesting design choice from Kaweco… The inner cap.
The inner cap of the Brass Sport is black plastic. At first, I found this odd and I wasn’t sure why they didn’t just make the whole thing out of brass since the body and section are completely brass (except for the nib unit), but the weight of the pen would likely be significantly higher with a solid brass cap. And the heavier cap would also likely create an imbalance when posted, causing the pen to be back-heavy. The black plastic insert makes the pen post smoothly and securely without scratching the body of the pen or giving you that “metal-on-metal” grit that comes with similar pens when posted. I really, really like the way this pen posts. It’s such a common feature that it’s easy to overlook, but Kaweco thought this out.
I find the size of the pen to be good for me, although that’s subjective from person to person. It’s a bit thin, but it doesn’t bother me. I probably wouldn’t use it to write a novel, but as a pocket pen — something I pull out to jot down notes at work or in a meeting — it’s quite nice and I’ve used it to write as much as several pages in my notebook at work on a given day with no complaints. If you’re not a fan of thinner or smaller pens, you may want to consider trying one of these before buying. But you can’t have a pocket pen that’s also gigantic because, well, because then you don’t have a pocket pen at all, do you?
Initially, I didn’t like this pen. It looked good. It felt good. And it came in that fun, vintage-inspired tin packaging that Kaweco is sort of known for, but the Broad nib was atrocious. It was skippy, slow starting, dry, mushy… It was just bad. After my initial writing, I sort of just tucked the pen away as I was going to get in touch with Kaweco to get a replacement nib.
Then, one day, I decided to give it a second chance. I played with the nib a little (spread the tines slightly by gently pushing down on some paper), flossed the tines and hit it with just a few strokes on some micromesh and it’s been great ever since. I do find that it writes better with other brands of ink than it does with the supplied Kaweco blue cartridge (I swapped in a partially-used cartridge of Private Reserve Ebony Blue from another pen and it wrote much better so maybe part of the problem is that Kaweco’s blue ink is just a bit drier than I prefer. Your mileage may vary depending on your ink preferences, paper, writing pressure, etc.
I will say that the extra-fine nib in my AL Sport was perfect in every way, although it, too, took a little “adjusting” on my part to get it there. I'm still not totally sold on the broad nib in this pen, but it's perfectly usable. And as far as the width goes, I’d really classify it more as a medium. By western standards, it’s pretty narrow, roughly equal to my Lamy 2000’s medium nib. And the Lamy is far wetter with a significantly smoother flow (granted, it’s gold).
All-in-all, I’m pleased with this pen. Kaweco saw an Instagram post of mine where I complained about the nib and offered a replacement, which I declined as I eventually got this one writing, but it’s nice to know they stand behind their products and are willing to offer repair or replacement should the need arise. Bravo, Kaweco. The near-perfect balance paired with the weighty brass makes for a unique, heavyweight writing experience that’s sure to please even the most discerning pocket’s palette.
If you love the Kaweco Sport lineup, but want something a little heavier and that will take on patina and character over time, look no further than this awesome little Kaweco Brass Sport. It’ll be right at home in your khakis pocket at work or paired up with your favorite boots and backpack for some fireside journaling at the campground.
Definitely check out Appelboom Pen and see what they have to offer. They’re a great supporter of the site and they offer absolutely stunning customer service and a great selection of pens, inks and notebooks. And they’re family-owned and operated, which is super cool.
Thanks for reading,