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PEN REVIEW: Kaweco AL Sport Grey
I’m usually not into the weights and measures of my fountain pens, but I can’t help it this time. Capped, this great-looking pen measures right around four inches – the perfect size for pockets or smaller bags. When posted, the Kaweco gains over an inch to just about 5.25 inches. Perfect.
The AL Sport weighs in at a solid 22g. For comparison, the Kaweco Ice Sport weighs just 10g.
I love the look of this pen – classic Kaweco design, sleek, simple, smart.
The color of is simply called grey. It’s a very warm grey – leaning well into red. Lot of depth of color for what is basically a flat finish. I can’t help but think that if you wanted to match this pen to an ink, you should try Pilot Iroshizuku’s Kiri-same.
Unfortunately, this pen only accepts short international cartridges. Fortunately, some short international converters may work with the pen. Unfortunately, I don’t know which those are – I am hoping someone will post with suggestions.
But how does it write?
I loaded up my medium-nibbed AL Sport with a Private Reserve Spearmint cartridge and got to writing . . . .
My early (and only) concern was that the section (grip area) is quite short and my thumb was hitting (and rubbing against) it oddly. Honestly, I wasn’t sure it was going to work out.
After writing with it for awhile, putting it down for a day or two, and then going back to it, there were no issues with the section/grip. Whew. Perfectly comfortable, but something to be aware of because that section does seem short.
My bottom line . . . At around $80 (I got mine from Goulet Pens with my own saved pennies), it’s a bit more expensive than some of the other Kaweco fountain pens, but the quality is there. Definitely recommended. In fact, I’m already looking for the Stonewashed version of this same pen – stay tuned!