Kaweco Sport: A Comprehensive Guide

With its sleek, attractive body, and brilliant performance, we wouldn’t be surprised if you thought the Kaweco Sport was a sports car. Born from rigorous German engineering and design in 1935 as an unassuming plastic fountain pen, it has since gained roller ball pen, ballpoint pen, and even mechanical pencil siblings.

What distinguishes the Sport line from other Kaweco product lines is its iconic octagonal shape and oversized cap. This unique design allows the pen to keep its compact, pocket shape, while acting as a full size pen when the cap is posted. The Sport is often considered a gateway pen into the fountain pen world with its approachable plastic body while including options within the line to upgrade. To see all the different iterations within the Sport line, read on.

Characteristics

Materials

The Kaweco Sport comes in several different body materials, including plastic, aluminum, and carbon fiber.

Plastic

The plastic body is lightweight, but sturdy, and is a great choice for an everyday pen.

Aluminum

The aluminum body has a lot more heft to it, so those who prefer weightier pens may prefer this material.

Carbon Fiber

Kaweco also offers an aluminum body with a genuine carbon fiber inlay for a sportier, cool look.

Body

The fountain pens and roller ball pens share the same cylindrical body with a long octagonal cap that screws on and covers most of the pen. To use the pen, unscrew the cap and post it on the back of the pen. The ballpoint pens and mechanical pencils have a similar octagonal shape and width as the cap, but are retractable rather than capped. This octagonal shape keeps the writing instrument from rolling off the table, so you can rest it on your desk securely.

Pen Type

Fountain Pen

The original Kaweco Sport was a fountain pen, and Kaweco has perfected it in both form and performance. Depending on the model, it features either a gold or silver nib. Both nibs dispense ink boldly and smoothly without skipping or bleeding, once you find the nib’s sweet spot.

Roller Ball Pen

The roller ball pen has the same body as the fountain pen, making it a good alternative to those who don’t want to deal with the finickiness of a fountain pen, but still want a nice ink flow. While not as wet as fountain pen ink, the roller ball pen features a smooth gel ink that’s vibrant and pigmented.

Ballpoint Pen

The ballpoint pen is retractable, which is excellent for people who don’t want to be bothered with a cap! The pre-installed ink is a mid-tone blue color with cool indigo hues. We recommend substituting the included refill with a higher quality D1 size refill from Japan (for example, the Sharbo X).

Mechanical Pencil

The mechanical pencil has the same retractable body as the ballpoint pen, and the clicker at the top advances the lead. All pencils use a 0.7 mm lead, which is a medium tip size that matches the wide barrel of the pencil body.

Ballpoint Pen + Stylus

The body of this ballpoint pen + stylus combo differs the most from the other Kaweco Sports. It comes with a clip (a clip is available for the other Sport pens separately), and you twist the body to rotate between the pen and the stylus. People who are constantly using their touch-screen devices will appreciate this duo.

Product Lines

Classic

The Classic is aptly named–it’s followed the same design since 1935. The original fountain pen’s distinctive shiny body and beautiful gold nib have been well loved by many fountain pen enthusiasts. Now with offerings in different pen types, mechancial pencils, colors, and patterns, including the popular Chess design, the Classic is a nice pick for a lightweight, everyday writing instrument.

Pen Type Black Blue Bordeaux Clear Green White Red Chess
Black
Chess
Blue
Fountain Pen Classic Sport Fountain Pen Black Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen Blue Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen Bordeaux Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen Clear Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen Green Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen White Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen Red Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen Chess Black Body Classic Sport Fountain Pen Chess Blue Body
Roller Ball Pen Classic Sport Roller Ball Pen Black Body Classic Sport Roller Ball Pen Blue Body Classic Sport Roller Ball Pen Bordeaux Body Classic Sport Roller Ball Pen Clear Body Classic Sport Roller Ball Pen Green Body Classic Sport Roller Ball Pen White Body
Ballpoint Pen Classic Sport Ballpoint Pen Black Body Classic Sport Ballpoint Pen Blue Body Classic Sport Ballpoint Pen Bordeaux Body Classic Sport Ballpoint Pen Clear Body Classic Sport Ballpoint Pen Green Body Classic Sport Ballpoint Pen White Body
Mechanical Pencil Classic Sport Mechanical Pencil Blue Body Classic Sport Mechanical Pencil Bordeaux Body Classic Sport Mechanical Pencil Green Body Classic Sport Mechanical Pencil White Body

Ice

The Ice model has a transparent plastic body that lets you see the inner workings of the pen! Engineers, artists, and researchers alike would appreciate this cool feature. What’s more, the Ice fountain pen makes a great eye-dropper converter fountain pen, because you can see the amount of ink inside. It comes in a variety of bright colors, giving it a fun, contemporary look. This model is available in fountain pen, ballpoint pen, roller ball pen, and mechanical pencil types.

Pen Type Black Blue Green Orange Pink Red Yellow
Fountain Pen Ice Sport Fountain Pen Black Body Ice Sport Fountain Pen Blue Body Ice Sport Fountain Pen Green Body Ice Sport Fountain Pen Orange Body Ice Sport Fountain Pen Pink Body Ice Sport Fountain Pen Red Body Ice Sport Fountain Pen Yellow Body
Roller Ball Pen Ice Sport Roller Ball Pen Blue Body Ice Sport Roller Ball Pen Green Body Ice Sport Roller Ball Pen Orange Body Ice Sport Roller Ball Pen Pink Body Ice Sport Roller Ball Pen Red Body Ice Sport Roller Ball Pen Yellow Body
Ballpoint Pen Ice Sport Ballpoint Pen Blue Body Ice Sport Ballpoint Pen Green Body Ice Sport Ballpoint Pen Orange Body Ice Sport Ballpoint Pen Pink Body Ice Sport Ballpoint Pen Red Body Ice Sport Ballpoint Pen Yellow Body
Mechanical Pencil Ice Sport Mechanical Pencil Blue Body Ice Sport Mechanical Pencil Green Body Ice Sport Mechanical Pencil Orange Body Ice Sport Mechanical Pencil Pink Body Ice Sport Mechanical Pencil Red Body Ice Sport Mechanical Pencil Yellow Body

AL

The AL pen is made of a sturdy aluminum that is polished with a matte finish, giving it a substantial weight and luxurious feel. It comes in classy, neutral colors, which fits perfectly in a professional setting. The AL Sport fountain pen also uses a silver nib rather than the brassy gold nib of the Classic Sport. In addition to the different pen and pencil types, this is the only line that offers the Touch Ballpoint + Stylus pen.

Pen Type Black Gray Matte Blue Raw Aluminum Silver
Fountain Pen Al Sport Fountain Pen Black Body Al Sport Fountain Pen Gray Body Al Sport Fountain Pen Matte Blue Body Al Sport Fountain Pen Raw Aluminum Body Al Sport Fountain Pen Silver Body
Roller Ball Pen Al Sport Roller Ball Pen Raw Aluminum Body
Ballpoint Pen Al Sport Ballpoint Pen Black Body Al Sport Ballpoint Pen Gray Body Al Sport Ballpoint Pen Matte Blue Body Al Sport Ballpoint Pen Raw Aluminum Body Al Sport Ballpoint Pen Silver Body
Mechanical Pencil Al Sport Mechanical Pencil Black Body Al Sport Mechanical Pencil Gray Body Al Sport Mechanical Pencil Matte Blue Body Al Sport Mechanical Pencil Raw Aluminum Body Al Sport Mechanical Pencil Silver Body
Ballpoint Pen + Stylus Al Sport Touch Ballpoint Pen + Stylus Black Body Al Sport Touch Ballpoint Pen + Stylus Silver Body

AL Stonewashed

Kaweco was inspired by the look of worn-in jeans when they designed the AL Stonewashed. Using the AL aluminum as a base, they then treat the pens in a special procedure that gives them a vintage, distressed look. They even come in different “washes,” just like jeans. They add personality to your pen collection, and make for great conversation starters!

Pen Type Black Blue
Fountain Pen Al Sport Stonewashed Fountain Pen Black Body Al Sport Stonewashed Fountain Pen Blue Body
Roller Ball Pen Al Sport Stonewashed Roller Ball Pen Black Body Al Sport Stonewashed Roller Ball Pen Blue Body

AC

The AC line takes the Sport name to the next level. With real carbon fiber inlays in its aluminum body, it is the sportiest looking pen in the Sport lineup. The inlays have a three dimensional feel to them that is reminiscent of the interior of a car, adding to the pen’s cool, modern vibe. Only available as a fountain pen, the AC Sport is an excellent pick if you want some edge in your fountain pen.

Pen Type Black Champagne Red Silver
Fountain Pen AC Sport Carbon Fountain Pen Black Body AC Sport Carbon Fountain Pen Champagne Body AC Sport Carbon Fountain Pen Red Body AC Sport Carbon Fountain Pen Silver Body

Skyline

The Skyline is a modified version of the Classic Sport. In the fountain pens, instead of the traditional gold nibs, the Skyline features silver nibs. It’s available in cooler shades, such as a lovely mint, light taupe, steel gray, stark white, and hot pink. This is a great choice for those who prefer the more understated silver nib to the bolder gold nib.

Pen Type Black Gray Mint White Pink Macchiato
Fountain Pen Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Black Body Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Gray Body Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Mint Body Skyline Sport Fountain Pen White Body Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Pink Body Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Macchiato Body

Accessories and Other Nibs

There are quite a few accessories you can use to spruce up your Sport. From clips to leather pouches, fountain pen nibs to calligraphy nibs, here are some things that pair well with the Sport.

Pouches and Cases

These pouches and cases are made with high quality leather or denim, ideal for storing any Kaweco Sport.

Pen Clips

Clips add visual interest and function to your pen. Choose from different sizes and colors that suit your style.

Calligraphy Nibs

The nibs on the Kaweco Sport fountain pens can be swapped for calligraphy nibs. You can practice your calligraphy using your Kaweco Sport fountain pen!

Converter

Making it even more versatile, you can fill your Sport fountain pen with the ink of your choice using this converter.

Finishing Up

The Kaweco Sport is a true classic that has stood the test of time and will continue to make its mark on future generations. If you’re interested in seeing other Kaweco fountain pen lines, you can browse through them here. For further reading, check out our interview with Kaweco founder, Michael Gutberlet here. Have you tried a Sport before? Let us know your favorite in the comments below!

Fountain Pen Lines
Model Length (cm)* Diameter (mm) Weight (oz.) Material Tip Size
Classic 10.6 11.1 0.4 Plastic Extra Fine, Fine, Medium Broad
Ice 11 11.2 0.4 Plastic Extra Fine, Fine, Medium Broad, Double Broad
AL 10.7 10.9 0.8 Aluminum Extra Fine, Fine, Medium Broad
AL Stonewashed 10.7 10.9 0.8 Aluminum Extra Fine, Fine, Medium Broad
AC 10.8 10.9 0.8 Carbon Fiber, Aluminum Extra Fine, Fine, Medium Broad
Skyline 10.6 11.1 0.4 Plastic Extra Fine, Fine, Medium Broad
Roller Ball Pen Lines
Model Length (cm)* Diameter (mm) Weight (oz.) Material Tip Size
Classic 10.6 11.1 0.5 Plastic Medium
Ice 10.6 11.1 0.5 Plastic Medium
AL 10.7 11 0.8 Aluminum Medium
AL Stonewashed 10.7 11 0.8 Aluminum Medium
Ballpoint Pen Lines
Model Length (cm)* Diameter (mm) Weight (oz.) Material Tip Size (mm)
Classic 10.4 14 0.4 Plastic 1.0
Ice 10.5 14 0.4 Plastic 1.0
AL 10.5 13 0.9 Aluminum 1.0
Mechanical Pencil Lines
Model Length (cm)* Diameter (mm) Weight (oz.) Material Tip Size (mm)
Classic 10.9 13.6 0.6 Plastic 0.7
Ice 10.9 14.4 0.6 Plastic 0.7
AL 10.9 14 1 Aluminum 0.7
Ballpoint Pen + Stylus Lines
Model Length (cm)* Diameter (mm) Weight (oz.) Material Tip Size (mm)
AL 11.3 13 1.5 Aluminum 1.0

* Length refers to capped or retracted length.


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