Kaweco Skyline Sport Mint Review
What a fun fountain pen! The Kaweco Skyline Sport in Mint is an extension of the sport series pens from Kaweco. These are pocket-sized fountain pens at a cheap price, easily carried anywhere.
Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Design
The octagonal shaped cap is super fun.
I love it because I write with the cap posted on the back and the 8-distinct sides keep it from rolling off the table and onto the floor.
You can’t beat the Kaweco sport line for its size.
Capped, it fits in the palm of your hand. With the cap posted, it’s just a bit longer a supremely comfortable size to write with.
The Skyline series has a stainless steel nib and comes in:
The Sport Series has a gold-plated stainless steel nib and comes in:
- Chess Blue (checkerboard pattern)
Nib Width:7 mm
Nib Length:16 mm
Piston Cartridge/Converter Fill: Cartridge or Squeeze Converter
Pull/Screw Cap: Screw
Capped Length:102 mm
Posted Length: 129mm
Uncapped Length: 97 mm
Mid-Grip Width: 6 mm
Cap Band Width:10 mm
This fountain pen is cute. I mean mint is cute. I could’ve had it in black, grey, pink or white but none would be as unique as mint. And it’s almost the chalky green-white of an Altoid mint too.
As soon as you pull it out of the cardboard gift box, you notice a lightweight, compact fountain pen that you can shove in your pants pocket without hesitation.
If you want to carry it in your shirt pocket, it may be a little wide and unless you buy the add-on accessory clip, it would fall over sideways in your pocket.
This pen just screams FUN!
The nib comes in stainless steel without any gold plating, so it’s silver toned. The nib I’m reviewing is a Fine nib, but it comes in the standard variety of nib sizes. Interestingly, I didn’t find much difference between the fine and a medium nib line-width.
The feed under the nib keeps up well in inkflow delivery and appears to be a standard plastic feed.
What’s interesting, well aside from the mint color, is that the section (the part you hold) has an hourglass shape and this makes it EXTREMELY comfortable to write with. Many sections are just as wide as the pen body without contouring, this one thins out in the middle for easier grip. Love it.
How Does The Nib Perform On Different Papers?
Well, this is where this specific pen disappointed me. Now, I own MANY Kaweco fountain pens and all of their nibs are interchangeable.
So I know this is an easy fix, but I promised you I would review them as they come, right out of the box. Without tinkering.
I flushed this one and reset the cartridge, reinked it, I tried everything BUT switching out the nib and it still skips.
This particular nib came to me with baby’s bottom.
What is baby’s bottom?
Baby’s bottom is when the ink sits back behind the end of the tines on either side of it, causing you to have to press firmly to get the ink to make contact with the paper.
You have to press much more firmly than you would if the pen didn’t have it, which wears out your grip and eventually you let up on the pressure, and the pen skips again. Frustrating.
The pen isn’t scratchy, it just skips and hard starts.
When it’s writing, this fine nib is a medium-dry writer. It’s not blobbing ink onto the paper uncontrollably, it’s on the drier side of medium inkflow when I used Kaweco brown ink cartridges.
I used Clairefontaine graph paper, well known for being fountain pen friendly. So it wasn’t the paper!
This is FOR SURE an EDC or every day carry pen. You can use it anywhere, on anything and it fits so comfortably in a pants pocket, you’ll find yourself gravitating to this one for years.
The aluminum AL sport is my favorite of the sport series and it’s a beater pen. The finish has taken a beating from being tossed around in the bottom of my bag, but I love that pen.
The Kaweco Skyline’s cap screws on and off instead of pulling on and off. It’s only about one-and-a-half rotations to remove the cap, a huge thumbs up from me for that!
It’s so lightweight and well balanced, even with the cap posted on the back, you can write for hours without hand fatigue. What’s great is I’m a poster. I like to write with my caps on the back of my pens and this one sits tight and won’t fall off or chatter even when you turn it upside down and shake it. Awesome.
Who is the Kaweco Skyline Good For?
This pen is good for anyone who wants a cheap, fun fountain pen with a stainless steel nib. You can check out the Sport Classic series if you’d prefer a gold-plated nib but want all of the same size and comfort of the Skyline model.
I’m really bummed (pun-intended) that this particular pen came with baby’s bottom.
But I’ve reviewed enough Kawecos and three more that are almost exactly the same pen (Classic Sport, Ice Sport, and AL Sport) and didn’t have any problems with any of those nibs, and they’re the exact same size nib. Yes, I could easily swap out the nib with any of those and have it write wonderfully. So I’m chalking this one up to bad quality control at the factory on this one nib.
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