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Kaweco Sport Deluxe Clip - A Mini Review

The Kaweco Skyline Sport is a true pocket pen. I reviewed the mint version a few weeks ago and am still in love with the pen's design and performance. The pen is full-sized when posted but tiny when capped. The threaded cap ensures that the pen is leak free as it tumbles around in a pocket or bag. I usually throw my pen into my Timbuk2 Messenger Bag, which is full of cavernous pockets and pen slots. It's easy to lose the pen amidst the chaos of my bag, and there's no way to secure the pen for easy reach, since the Kaweco doesn't come with a clip.

I found a Kaweco clip while browsing JetPens, but the reviews mentioned that it slides around on the pen cap and is too loose to be trustworthy. The clip is also pretty plain looking, considering the beauty of the pen, and I wasn't prepared to pay for shipping for a three dollar item.

I searched around the net and found that there is a pen store in downtown Cincinnati that just happens to carry the full Kaweco line. I ventured downtown and asked the friendly store owner about the clips. He pulled a small plastic bag from under the counter containing the clips that I saw online, but he also pulled out a deluxe version. I splurged and walked away with the deluxe version, which looked to be much sturdier than the basic version and matched the pen in level of design and attention to detail.

I slid the clip onto my mint Skyline Sport and was on my way. The clip hasn't budged since. It holds firmly in place, and the clip itself is incredibly sturdy. It takes some effort to clip the pen to anything thicker than a piece of paper, but this means that the pen won't slide off during travel. I typically clip the pen onto a bag pocket, but I wanted a more rigorous test, so I wore it clipped to my pants pocket for an entire day. Eight hours later and my pen was still firmly attached and hadn't leaked a drop.

At six dollars, the Kaweco Deluxe Clip is a no brainer. Its elegant design and etchings match well with the cap emblem on the Skyline Sport, and the clip looks like it was on the pen all along. Just be sure to buy the right color to match your pen's logo, since the clip comes in several colors. I am extremely satisfied with the deluxe clip and think that it's a must-have for any Sport owner.


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Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Review

Kaweco fountain pens have been on the market for more than 100 years, and the company has stayed true to the classic design of its earlier models. I've heard a lot about that AL Sport and Sport models, but it wasn't until I stumbled upon a few pictures of the mint version of the Kaweco Skyline Sport fountain pen that I knew I had to have one.

My giant man hands could easily crush the Kaweco Skyline Sport.

My giant man hands could easily crush the Kaweco Skyline Sport.

The subtle mint color of this Kaweco Skyline Sport reminds me of classic cars from the 50's and 60's. This pen looks like it was plucked from history, and the look is reinforced by the crisp chrome Kaweco body logo and circular cap logo.

It's hard to capture in a photo, but the mint color of the Kaweco is subtle.

It's hard to capture in a photo, but the mint color of the Kaweco is subtle.

The Kaweco Sport lines consist of various pens and pencils that are designed to fit in the pocket. I knew that the fountain pen would be small, but I wasn't prepared for just how tiny it is.

Mint Kaweco Skyline Sport compared to the Lamy Safari.

Mint Kaweco Skyline Sport compared to the Lamy Safari.

The Kaweco Skyline Sport is meant to be posted, for all but those with the tiniest of mouse hands. The pen cap is threaded, which ensures that the pen will stay securely capped and leak free while jingling around in a pocket or bag. The pen posts securely, without twisting or moving, thanks to the grip provided by the notched end of the pen body.

Although the pen is tiny, it nestles comfortably in the web between my thumb and index finger when posted. It's worth reiterating that I have massive hands, so I was surprised by just how comfortable the pen is, given its size. The pen grip is on the thin side, and I do notice some hand fatigue after long writing sessions.

The Mint Kaweco Skyline Sport is the first non-Lamy pen that I've owned, and the intricate designs etched in the nib blow the Lamy Safari nibs right out of the water.

I went with the fine nib version of the Kaweco, and it is on par with the Lamy nibs, in terms of line thickness and flow. The nib is a silky smooth writer, even more so than the fine Lamy nibs. I'm using Noodler's Bulletproof ink with my Kaweco, and I love the contrast between the black ink and the mint pen body.

This version of the Kaweco Skyline Sport comes with a Blue International Short Cartridge, but I picked up a squeeze converter as well, sold separately. I've seen a few complaints about how difficult the converter is to fill, but I haven't had any issues with filling it to capacity. It does take a few squeezes and taps to work out the air, but I am pleased with its performance.

The Mint Kaweco Skyline Sport fountain pen is an excellent pocket fountain pen, but it's also an excellent fountain pen period. It fits easily into my pocket, without fear of leaks. I find myself using this pen as my daily writer due to its looks and solid performance. At less than $30 for pen and converter, this pen is an instabuy. For those looking for a heavier alternative, Kaweco also makes a metal version of the pen, the AL Sport. While I have my eyes on the stonewash edition of the AL line, the Skyline Sport is easily my best looking and performing fountain pen so far. This pint-sized pen packs a punch.


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