Core Pen Review: Kaweco Brass Sport

Kaweco Brass Sport in pen loop

While slimming my fountain pen accumulation, I ended up with 14 core pens (recently increased to 15). Core pens are the fountain pens that stood the test of time and earned a regular place in the rotation. Some pens were picked because they fill a role perfectly, despite other deficiencies. While other pens where selected because they are the complete package, perfect for my hand and great aesthetically. The Kaweco Brass Sport falls somewhere in between.

The Brass Sport is the perfect pocket pen while also developing a character that I like aesthetically. The pen lives in my trouser pocket, along with my keys and the occasional loose change. The pen holds up well to the abuse of the metal objects in the same pocket. Those dings give the Brass Sport some character along with the patina that develops on the brass.

photo of my Kaweco Brass Sport
current photo of the Kaweco Brass Sport

I ended up keeping the Aluminum Sport too, although it may never get used again. The Patina on the Kaweco Brass Sport can develop into outright crud if I put the pen in a pen case for storage. I don’t like polishing my pens, so this provides an excuse to keep the pen always inked up. Between the occasional use and abuse from keys and coins sharing the pocket, the patina is kept under control. I already owned the Aluminum model, so I kept it as a spare in case the Brass Sport goes missing. If the Brass model was to go missing, I would use the Aluminum Sport, rather than buy a new Brass model.

I bought the kaweco Brass Sport in July 2015 and wrote a long-term review less than a year ago.

The pen remains a pocket carry exclusively. It mainly gets used when I don’t have another pen handy or left home without any fountain pens. It moves from pocket to pocket with my keys, so I always have it with me.

photo of my Kaweco Brass Sport (posted)
current photo of my Kaweco Brass Sport (posted)

It just doesn’t get used very often. Even though it is usually in my pockets, literally within arms reach, I usually forget about it. Attested to by the fact it’s missing from several currently inked pictures since it was out of mind when I took the photo. It usually gets used after a “crap, I forgot my fountain pens” moment, which is then followed by an “oh yeah” moment, and I pull out the Brass Sport. Despite the neglect, the pen never fails to write. Possibly because it’s bouncing around in my pocket, although that doesn’t result in a lot of ink in the cap. When posted, the Sport is a regular length. The weight of the Brass doesn’t bother me, and I can use it for long writing sessions. There’s no reason to skip over it, I never think of it.

Some people complain about the smell of the brass, although I never noticed it, so I was never bothered by it.

I’ve had a couple other Kaweco Sports over the years. I found the plastic models too light for my tastes. The aesthetics of the Brass Sport won out over the different metal versions that I had.

The converters available for the Sport, at least the ones I’ve tried, were impractical at best and unusable at worst. I’ve never been one to refill cartridges, so I always used short international cartridges. My ink choice is typically black or red, with red being the must more common choice.

The Kaweco Brass Sport is a core pen primarily because of its functionality as a pocket pen. All Sports have the same functionality, but I like the added weight of the Brass. If a pen is too light, I find myself gripping it tightly, which fatigues my hand rather quickly. So, the Kaweco Brass Sport made the cut as a core pen.

Photos from the archives

Saying Goodbye: Sometimes It’s Not That Hard

Franklin-Christoph Model 20 medium nib Tiger Red body

On Wednesdays in March I’ve been posting Goodbye articles about pens that I sold off the week before. Usually, it’s been a pen that I felt I should like, or did like at one time, but its history of non-use made it evident that it wouldn’t find a place in my regular rotation. I had to force the logical side of my brain to take control and let the pen go..

No such problem with the four pens sold last week. The three Franklin-Christophs were long-unused, but unlike some other Franklin-Christophe I didn’t feel the slightest urge to ink them up. The same with the Kaweco Sport, although that was more because it was one of three Sports, and I liked the other two more.

The three F-C pens had a combined 16 1/2 years in my accumulation, yet had only been used a total of 8 times. It’s no surprise that most of those uses were when the pens were new(ish).

I had two Model 20 pens and decided to keep one. But that was mainly because it has a history of some leaking, I didn’t want to troubleshoot the leaks, or use the pen enough to confirm it no longer leaked, so it stayed, and the other one went. I certainly don’t need both pens.

The Model 19 (my review)was another failed attempt at exploring nibs outside my comfort zone. The nib was too wide to get any regular use by me. While a new nib or a nib grind was certainly an option, the pen didn’t excite me.

The Model 29 had the distinction of kicking off what became a F-C addiction. Unfortunately, the newer Franklin-Christoph pens pushed it far out of the rotation.

While it was easy to say goodbye to these three Franklin-Christoph pens, I have a bunch of Model 02 and Model 03 pens (they are similar). I inked one up to test it, before selling, and decided I didn’t want to sell it. Eventually I’ll sell one or two of them, but for now, I can’t decide which pens or nibs to keep. I’ll put off the decision until I’ve further reduced my fountain pens and figure out which on fits into the reduced accumulation.

Long Term Review: Kaweco Brass Sport

Kaweco Brass Sport in pen loop

The Kaweco Brass Sport joined my accumulation in July 2015. My first impressions are here. There are numerous editions of the Kaweco Sport, they all have the same design and nibs, the only variation is the material used and the aesthetic design. It’s the one that’s become my “go to” pocket pen, leaving the other Kaweco Sports sitting in a pen case.

In my This Just In post, I mentioned that there was a slight misalignment in the extra fine nib that caused some skipping. I did align the tines which did eliminate the skipping. The pen has been a problem free writer since then. Somewhere along the line I picket up a converter that would fit the Sport, but I never used it. I seemed like way top much trouble for way too little ink, so the pens has been used exclusively with cartridges. I don’t refill cartridges with bottles ink since I basically lazy and find cartridge ink perfectly acceptable.

As the name announces, the pen is made of brass. This makes the Brass Sport is one of the heavier models, certainly the heaviest of any Sport that’s found its way into my hands.

The Brass Sport spent most of its life with me as a pocket pen, although it did spend some time in the pen loop of my Roterfgaden Taschenbegleiter,. The brass complemented the leather perfectly, and it was small enough to stay out of the way. I didn’t spend too much time in this roll. It wasn’t replaced by another pen, it was just easier to carry it in my pocket. Other than that short diversion, the pen is exclusively a pocket carry. It travels in the same pants pocket as my keys, pocket knife, and occasionally some coins. The other side is for my phone, so nothing hard or metal goes in that pocket. The Brass Sport is made for abuse, so the keys don’t damage the pen, they add character and make it unique.

The keys, along with regular use keeps the patina from turning in to outright crud. I did let the pen sit in a pen case for a couple months at the end of which the patina had turned the pen a consistent gray. That was the only time I polished the pen. I used Simchrome to polish the pen.

As a pocket pen, it can go unused for days, or even weeks. It never fails to write immediately when I pull it from my pocket. It’s bouncing around all the time which may help keep the ink at the nib. But, there’s never much ink in the cap. I have had one or two instances of the cap unscrewing from the body when in my pocket. Since the cap is so deep, it stayed on until I pulled the pen out of my pocket, so no ink accidents.

I do occasionally pull the pen out for a more extended writing session. The pen is very comfortable for me when I use it posted. Long writing sessions are never a problem even though the pen is on the heavier side. For shorter notes, I can use the pen unposted. It’s not comfortable, but certainly useable.

As I already mentioned, I use cartridges exclusively Kaweco Sports. Other than the included blue cartridge, I’ve been drawn to using red and black inks with the pen.

The Brass Sport has risen to the top of my Kaweco Sport favorites list. I’m down to three Sports, one of which will be moving on soon. The Raw Aluminum Sport is the only other one I’ll keep. Like the Brass, its looks improve with age an abuse. But, since I rarely need two pocket pens, the Raw Aluminum rarely gets any use (only once since 2015).

The Kaweco Brass Sport was $92 when I got it. It’s not the most expensive Sport, but it’s certainly more than the standard models while having the exact same nibs. I’m happy with the pen and have no regrets.

Ink & Pen Notes: Kaweco Brass Sport and Kaweco Red

Kaweco Brass Sport in pen loop

I put the Kaweco Red ink cartridge in my Kaweco Brass Sport way back on July 25th, so it took about 3 1/2 months to write dry. This is only the second ink for the pen since I got it.

I like the Kaweco Sport design in general. I really like the Brass Sport. The extra weight and the patina the brass is developing only serve to enhance the pen in my opinion.

The pen doesn’t get much use, even if it is in my pocket every day. Red ink seemed suitable for this pen. I usually have at least one full size pen with me so this gives me an easy to carry pen suitable for marking up other documents. It does mean the ink leaves the pen slowly.

There was a surprising lack of ink in the cap despite all the time spent bouncing around in my pocket and computer bag. I also like carrying it with my Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter.

The Kaweco Brass Sport performed well, no hard starts or skipping even when it was unused for over a week. Cleaning was quick and easy, even after nearly four months with red ink in it.

The Kaweco Brass Sport will be returned to the pen case. Of my three Kaweco Sports it will probably be used the most, but it’s time for a little break.

Ink & Pen Notes: Kaweco AL Sport with Kaweco Black ink

Kaweco AL Sport extra fine nib

The Kaweco AL Sport (Raw Aluminum) is showing the effects of being in my pocket with keys and other metal objects. I like it. That’s one reason it’s been inked up for nearly three months. I like carrying it, but it got very little use. I end up using it more at home than actually pulling it from my pocket when I’m out an about. So rather than go into the fourth month I decided to flush it out with about a quarter of the ink still in the cartridge.

I don’t have much to say. It’s a work horse pen and ink combination that work well. It’s just I find myself needing a pocket pen less and less these days. Plus, I recently added the Kaweco Brass Sport and I’ve been carrying that around. I don’t need two sports inked up.

The ink was easy to flush out. It was immensely easier to flush this pen, inked for nearly three months, than it was to clean the Akkerman IG ink of two weeks.

For now the Kaweco AL Sport goes back into the pen case.