Kaweco Student - Black (F)
Length capped: 129mm/5"
Length posted: 161mm/6.3"
Length unposted: 120mm/4.7"
Weight with cartridge: 24.9g
Pros: Nice weight, very cool design, sturdiness, smooth nib
Cons: Blemish on the finish, section is a little thin and slick
When I ran the giveaway on the blog a week or so ago, I was surprised to notice that a lot of people had listed their favorite pen as the Kaweco Student. I was most familiar with the Sport line of Kaweco pens, and hadn't really heard of the Student before then. I headed over to Pen Chalet to check it out and was immediately drawn to the cool vintage look. It was nice to see a full-sized pen in the Kaweco lineup as well. There were several colors to choose from, but I ultimately chose the black.
I received the pen a couple of days later and I was happy to see the pen shipped with a large size Kaweco tin - I really love the vintage look and feel of those tins. Pro tip: they make a great storage box for extra ink cartridges, ink samples or even extra pens! The pen came with a Kaweco blue standard international short cartridge, or can take the Kaweco standard international converter.
I ordered my pen with the Fine nib and it was very smooth. I have noticed that it does have some occasional starting issues, which I think will easily be remedied with a few passes on some micro mesh. I've had other Kaweco nibs that have been perfect out of the box, so I think this specific one may have been a one-off. The pen has some weight to it, but isn't too heavy which I like. The section is a slick aluminum and is tapered and then flares back out. I find it to be a little thin for long writing sessions, especially if you tend to grip your pen tightly like I do. For short writing sessions, it actually feels really nice. I know a lot of folks have issues with metal grip sections because they can tend to be slick, so that is worth noting if that's a concern for you; for me, it didn't seem to be a problem.
One flaw that I did notice with the pen was that there was a pretty clear blemish on the cap just above the center band. I attempted to scrape it off with my nail because I thought it might have just been something sticky, but it stayed put. This may not bother most folks, but for a new pen I'd want it to be flawless.
I was very impressed with the Kaweco Student. I expected it to be very lightweight, but it really feels like a nice expensive pen. For $60 at Pen Chalet, I would definitely recommend it; especially if the smaller Kaweco pens don't suit you. Readers of The Desk can use promo code DESKOFLORI for an additional 10% off any purchase!