The Kaweco AL Sport isn’t quite new to the fountain pen market. The first AL Sport was produced in 1911, and it stayed with us for over 100 years. Personally I’m really enthusiastic about this fountain pen. For less than 20 euros you can buy a Kaweco Sport Classic, which is the plastic edition of the AL. This fountain pen is not only a classic, but when you own one you have a highly trustworthy fountain pen in your possession. Whenever I leave the house, my Kaweco AL Sport is the first choice to bring. I understand this might sound like a commercial, but it’s the truth.
Kaweco Sport versions
Because this fountain pen is relatively small it fits in almost every pocket. You don’t have to be afraid for any ink stains, because I never had problems with the multiple Kaweco Sports I own. The AL sport gets really close to the perfect fountain pen for me. Of course the perfect fountain pen has to write extraordinary, and that’s what the Kaweco’s do best. The more expensive aluminium versions write a little better than the cheaper plastic ones because the aluminium version has a more flexible nib. Compared to the plastic ones the price of the aluminium AL sport is quite steep. The aluminium Kawecos are indestructible and much more attractive looking, so definitely worth the extra money.
The cap of the Kaweco AL Sport
The AL Sport has an octagonal shaped cap. When writing it’s best to put the cap on the back of the fountain pen. With the cap attached the fountain pen is 13 centimeters long, if you remove the cap you are left with a small pen of just 10 centimeters. It’s possible to write without the cap, but the pen is better in hand with the cap attached to the back. The holder of the nib has a hourglass figure, which makes a nice grip to hold this pen gently. The aluminium AL Sport is a little heavier than the plastic version, but is still relatively light due to the use of this metal instead of steel.
filling system and clip of the AL Sport
The Kaweco’s use the international cartridge filling system which also allows you to use a converter. The converter in the Kaweco AL Sport is of course quite small and is more of a rubber bag that you squeeze to suck up the ink. There are separate clips available that you can slide on the cap of the pen. These clips function well, but I prefer the pen without a clip. You can carry this pen with you in any way you like without any problems.
Kaweco AL sport specifications
|Length closed||10.67 centimeters|
|Length posted||13.21 centimeters|
|Length (with. Cap)||9.91 centimeters|
|Filling system||Cartridge or converter|
|Clip available?||Seperately available clip|