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 sell one or two of them, but for now, I can’t decide which pens or nibs to keep. For now, I’ll put off the decision until I’ve further reduced my fountain pens and figure out which on fits into the reduced accumulation.

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Long Term Review: Kaweco Brass Sport

Kaweco Brass Sport in pen loopThe 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 loopI 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 nibThe 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.

This Just In: Kaweco Brass Sport

Kaweco Brass Sport in pen loop The Kaweco Brass Sport may be my last new fountain pen this year as it was the last one on my wanted list. I ordered it from JetPens about the same time as I ordered the Sailor Pro Gear, the day before I think. While JetPens shipped it promptly, the USPS gave it a tour of the US, including leaving the continent to tour Puerto Rico, and returning to the continent for delivery to me, so it didn’t arrive until last Thursday.

It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that I’d be getting one as soon as it was available. I considered taking advantage of the exchange rate and ordering from overseas. It would have been about the same cost, even with shipping, but I decided to be patient and wait for it to come to the US. JetPens had it in stock first, at least from what I could see. It was slightly cheaper than I expected, so I probably would have paid a bit more if I ordered from overseas. These metal versions are the same design as the plastic Classic Sport and have the same nibs so the additional cost, four times the cost in some cases, is not insignificant. But I find it nearly impossible to resist raw metal or machined fountain pens.

The brass is significantly heavier than the raw aluminum. According to the JetPens website it’s twice as heavy, 1.6 oz. for the brass compared to 0.8 ounces for the raw aluminum. The plastic Classic Sports are 25% the weight, at 0.4 oz. The weight is obvious and since the pen body is so short I’ll be posting it for everything except a quick note. This does make the Brass Sport one of the heaviest pens in my hand. I don’t post my KarasKustoms ink so even the heaviest of those pens is less than 1.3 oz.

Upon arrival I inked it up with the included blue cartridge. I didn’t flush it out first. I was anxious and I’m not a fan of blue ink so flushing it out for a cleaning wouldn’t have bothered me. It wrote well. I didn’t do a lot of writing with it, maybe a little over a page spread across several sessions. The extra fine nib felt smooth and the flow was good.

This was the third Kaweco Sport I had inked up which was at least one too many. I decided to move the red cartridge from my Black Stonewashed. I didn’t flush out the pen fist so I got a blue-red mix for the first few pages. It’s still not a pure red yet.

I did some longer writing sessions with this new ink. Such as the drafts for the previous ink & pen notes (Black Stonewash Sport) and this article. I did feel some fatigue after 15 minutes or so. I don’t typically use a Kaweco Sport for long writing sessions because the pen isn’t the most comfortable for me. It’s not what I’d call uncomfortable, but it’s not perfect for my hand such as the Pilot Custom 823 or Pelikan M805. Another problem is that it’s been slightly humid and I dislike air conditioning so my hand is sweating a bit, which means I have to grip the brass section tighter than usual. The weight may contribute to the fatigue but I do typically prefer more weight in a smaller pen.

In these longer sessions I began to have the vary occasional skip. I took a close look at the nib and the tines are misaligned just a bit. I’ll get around to straightening them out since this is a pen I want to keep and will probably have it inked more often than not. But it’s not so annoying than it frustrates me. Yet.

There is a converter available, and some other possible options. It’s a small converter (not standard) and I decided not to deal with the hassle. I’ve been sticking to cartridges in all my Kaweco Sports. Any short international cartridge will fit. I also don’t bother to refill cartridges either. I have plenty of cartridges to chose from at this point and I pretty much stick with a couple color families in them.

I’ve only had the pen a few days and it’s already begun to develop a patina. Plus, it’s shiny so it shows off oils from my hand. The photos were taken right after using the pen without bothering to wipe it down. So if a little grime bothers you this isn’t the pen for you.

The Desk of Lori has real review of this pen which includes many more photos and writing samples (for a fine nib).

My first impression of the Kaweco Brass Sport is positive and I don’t regret the purchase. I will need to smooth the nib which is a bummer for a pen of this price. My nib wasn’t as bad as Lori’s and it’s useable. I would have hoped (but know better) that the increased cost wasn’t just because of the material.

Kaweco Brass Sport on leather