Kaweco Brass Sport
- Description: A brass version of everyone’s favorite pocket pen
- Refills: International short cartridges / Kaweco Converter
- Body: Raw Brass
- Measurements: 5.270″ long, 0.360″ diameter
- Weight: 45g
- Color Options: Raw Brass
Handwritten Review Scans:
Upon seeing the announcement of an all-brass Sport, my excitement started to build. Usually they hit Europe first and then make their way over here. The day it became available on JetPens, I jumped at it. I already have several Sports in my collection in various colors and materials, but none with a broad nib. I added the pen to my shopping cart, and a few days later it was at my door. Read on to see how this weighty version of my favorite pocket pen holds up!
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Appearance and Packaging:
The Brass Sport comes in the standard Kaweco gift tin. It’s nicely decorated and has a cool vintage look. It’s small in size, simple, and gets the job done. It’s definitely in line with how a $100 pen should be packaged. Upon first picking it up, the weight and build quality immediately stood out (in a good way). The pen is precisely machined and has no visual flaws. I have always held Kaweco’s build quality in high regard. The raw brass will age and patina as the pen is used, as there is no finish to protect the surface. Since getting the pen, it has dulled down a bit and has taken on a wonderful vintage look. The steel nib is perfectly sized for the pen – not too big and not too small. It’s nicely decorated and stamped with the Kaweco logo.
Filling System / Nib Performance:
Kaweco Sports are most easily filled via international short cartridges. The pen includes a single blue cartridge to get you started writing immediately. While Kaweco does offer a converter, I’ve found it to perform poorly. It’s hard to get a good fill and it doesn’t hold so much ink – I’d rather refill an empty cartridge with a syringe than use the converter. Several ink manufacturers make international short cartridges, so it’s easy to find an ink brand and color that you like. Personally, I’m a big fan of Kaweco’s Summer Blue (used in the review).
I opted to get the Sport in a broad steel nib. The second I put pen to page, I knew the broad nib wasn’t for me. It’s smooth, but it’s more stubby than round – producing a slightly variable stroke. If you prefer a stubby broad nib, then definitely check it out. If not, take note. After a few pages with the broad, I swapped in a 14k gold medium nib. Kaweco’s nib units easily unscrew and swap out in seconds.
The brass Sport feels great in hand. It’s hefty, but not heavy (does that make sense?). The metal is precisely machined and the finishing on the pen is excellent. All of the surfaces are smooth, the grip is comfortable, and the cap threads are smooth. Kaweco has added a thin plastic sleeve to the inside of the cap that improves the feel of the threads when opening and closing the pen. This sleeve also protects the body from being scratched when posting the cap. The brass Sport is the ideal weight – it feels like a full-sized pen. I love the easy pocketability as well. In my opinion, brass is an excellent material for the Sport line.
- Great weight
- Looks awesome
- Easy to use
- A+ fit and finish
- B nib was stubbier than I’d like
- Not for those who like to keep things shiny
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Sport line. I have posted several reviews of this line of pens, enjoying all of them. Kaweco consistently puts out a solid pen – great fit/finish, looks, writing performance, and overall value. I think that the brass Sport does a great job of representing Kaweco’s heritage very well. It’s definitely worth the $100 (about $75 more than the plastic version). I have no doubt that this pen will last a lifetime. While the broad nib wasn’t my thing, some may appreciate the stubby nature of its writing.
Thanks again to JetPens for sending this over to review, check out their site for more info on the pen!
Disclaimer: This pen was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by JetPens. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!
15 thoughts on “Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Review”
Couldn’t agree more except that I loved the broad nib, too.
It’s by no means a broad nib, just outside of my preference!
First of all, a big bold BRAVO for your very useful reviews and for your informative website. I’m an avid reader and you helped me a lot choosing some of my finest pens.
I had the opportunity to get one of the very first units in Europe last june.
I made a world premiere review of the Kaweco Brass Sport and this pen is defintely a must have for Kaweco lovers.
I can only agree with you : it’s built to last and is a great addition to your faves especially if you travel a lot.
You can read my review on my blog : http://jamais-sans-ma-plume.blogspot.fr/2015/06/premiere-mondiale-le-kaweco-brass-sport.html
Enjoy and keep up your great work.
Thank you for taking the time to read them!
I checked out your article, great photos.
Jealous that you got it a whole year before I did.
I’ve one en route now, cannot wait.
Slightly OT, what pen pouch is that in the photos?
Nice! You won’t be disappointed.
That is a leather pouch made by One Star Leather Goods specifically for the Kaweco Sports.
And now I have a pouch en route too… thank you 😀
Hi, first of all, great review! I know this is a while after you posted this, however, I was wondering where I can get the 14k gold nib for this specific pen. I have seen a few, but I think they only fit the other kaweco pens, could you send me a link? Thank you.
You can pick up one of the gold nibs here from Jetpens: http://www.jetpens.com/Kaweco-Fountain-Pen-Nibs/ct/1494?sa=price&so=-1
Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but they are quite expensive!
Can you provide some details regarding that beautiful leather pen sleeve? Where can one get such a sleeve?
You can snag one from One Star Leather Goods. His store is based on Etsy. I love both of the sleeves I have from him.
Hey Ed! Just wanted to thank you for all your great reviews. Your photography, handwritten samples, and thoughts on fountains pens and inks are all really nice and helpful. I’m currently in the process of becoming a total fountain pen addict and absolutely love it. Having sites likes yours to go to is such a pleasure!
You’re very welcome! I’m glad I could be of help, that makes it all worth it. Enjoy your fountain pen journey!
Hi, what leather cover is that?
It’s made by One Star Leather Goods!