In 1883, the Heidelberg Dip Pen Factory began making wooden dip and fountain pens. Shortly after Henrich Koch and Rudoph Weber took over the factory and production line in 1889, the company name changed to Kaweco. The name came from combining the first letters of Koch, Weber, and Company. Kaweco quickly became known throughout Germany and other European countries for their fountain pens, which could be bought in numerous styles and filling systems.
In 1911, the catalog introduced the Kaweco Sport line. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of World War II, this line did not become widely popular until the 20th Olympic Games in Munich. This pen was licensed as the official writing instrument for the games. These early successes set the company up with a respectable reputation that they still hold today.
Quality and Style
Kaweco pens, still manufactured in Germany today, are known for their vintage style. They are known for their quality and precision. They are committed to providing customers with a comfortable experience of the highest quality. When you buy a Kaweco pen, you can expect it to work when you need it without the fuss and mess you may encounter with lower quality pens.
Kaweco’s Sport line of pens is distinctive in their octagonal appearance and oversized cap. This shape keeps your pen from rolling off the table and getting left behind. The lightweight and compact design make them very portable. However, with the cap posted, the pen becomes a full-length implement that is comfortable to use. You can add a clip to carry it in a suit jacket pocket or slip it into your handbag without one.
As with all Kaweco pen lines, the Sport comes in various body styles to match your unique taste. From the outside, the pen can be very unassuming. You can choose anything from a clear or frosted plastic body to aluminum or carbon fiber. The varying body materials give each pen a unique feel in your hand as well. Add a silver or gold nib to the body of your choice, and you have one classy looking pen. You can further customize your pen with the ink of your choice and a pen sleeve or carrying case.
While Kaweco is known primarily for their fountain pens, they offer many other options for writing instruments. An overview of the popular Kaweco Sport line shows the breadth of options the company provides.
Mechanical Kaweco Pencil – While it operates very similarly to most other mechanical pencils on the market, it is made in the classic Kaweco style. The pencil’s barrel is wide and octagonal, making it a great compliment to the rest of your collection. It takes standard 0.7mm lead that advances with a click.
Ballpoint Pen With Stylus – With easy access to both a pen and a stylus, this product caters to those that frequently move back and forth between paper and touch screens. A quick twist of the barrel switches from one implement to the other. This pen is the only one to come equipped with a clip out of the box, allowing users to keep it within reach.
Rollerball Pen – This pen has the same body shape and style as Kaweco’s fountain pen line. It does not lay down as much ink when you write with it, leaving your writing somewhat drier than a fountain pen would. However, its smooth gel ink provides the user with a smooth, comfortable writing experience. These pens also sport caps similar to the fountain pens to keep the ink from drying out when the pen is not in use.
Ballpoint Pen – For those that don’t want to be bothered with removing and replacing the cap on their pen, a ballpoint is an excellent option. The tip of this pen retracts inside the barrel with a click. If you don’t like the ink preloaded in the pen, you can change it out to a different color or quality.
Calligraphy Pen – These calligraphy pens can be equipped with different handles and nibs, making these fountain pens ideal for achieving the strokes and effects need for decorative writing projects.
Kaweco pens are not new to the market. Though they had to shut down for a time in the 1940s, the company has stood the test of time. The technology, style, and manufacturing methods they employ in making and assembling pens have evolved over time as pens have changed. At the forefront of everything that Kaweco does is offering its customers a high-quality product for a superior writing experience. Your pen is a vehicle for the ideas in your head and the feelings in your heart to be expressed on paper. Buying a Kaweco pen is making a small investment in a pen that you can carry confidently by your side for years to come.