In June of last year, I stumbled across the new Kaweco Perkeo fountain pen, in Paperchase in St Peter Port, Guernsey. I bought one in each of the two available colours. My subsequent blog posts about them (A peek at the Perkeo and Kaweco Perkeo, a brief update.) attracted more views than any of my other posts, (after being mentioned on FPN) and so there has evidently been much interest in this model.
For almost a year, it seemed that only those two colours (Old Chambray and Cotton Candy) were stocked in the shops, although two more colour combinations were available online. But in May 2018 I first spotted the “Indian Summer” version, again at a branch of Paperchase (this time, in London’s Brent Cross shopping centre) and bought one on the spot. This is the mustard coloured barrel with the black cap. However it also differed from my previous two models, in having a black nib (or rather a stealthy gun-metal blue-black) in a Fine.
I have heard it said that Kaweco’s nibs are not always correctly aligned out of the box, but mine was perfect with an ideal flow and I really enjoy its smooth, fine line. Admittedly, the mustard colour is unusual but actually I rather like it. I have been using it with black ink cartridges, of the sort that you buy in a bag of thirty and the pen loves them!
And then just a month ago, I found the fourth colour also in a Paperchase, (Swiss Cottage, London branch), the aptly named “Bad Taste” which has a black barrel and a bubble-gum pink cap. Again, this came with a black nib in a Fine. This one seems to write a little broader than the Indian Summer nib but again, flow was good and it needed no adjustment.
Quality wise, there was some issue with my Perkeo Bad Taste, in that the inner cap has a slight obstruction. It will still snap on and off, but there is a distinct resistance to overcome, before you reach the second ridge for the cap to click onto. I pondered whether to exchange it but haven’t bothered and it might improve with use.
Looking back at my previous Perkeo posts, I mentioned the three facets on the grip section. In fact they no longer bother me at all as I always grip the pen around the coloured ring, with the section resting on my second finger. I hold my pens quite high up from the nib, which I suppose is why I like longer pens, or pens that can be used with caps posted. In the case of the Perkeo, it is about 128mm long unposted and long enough to use that way, although the cap will post securely if you want extra length and weight.
I also mentioned that the nib and feed can be pulled out (they are friction fit) from the section. However, I since learned that whilst there is no obvious flat edge requiring you to realign them when replacing them in the section, I believe that there is a flat step right at the far end once you have pushed the feed almost all the way back, so that it may not be possible to push the feed in fully unless the feed is aligned symmetrically with the grip facets. Sorry about that.
I have been lucky that all four of my Perkeos write very nicely. They are great for not drying out. The inner cap does a good job at avoiding hard starts. My first two Perkeos have remained inked pretty much constantly since I bought them in June 2017. I have kept one of them at work and it is an easy pen to grab for a quick signature or for making notes. For blue ink, I mostly used it with Kaweco’s own royal blue cartridges which are excellent.
The fact that I have now acquired all four colour options is the best testament I can provide of my enjoyment of this pen. It is great value and a good alternative to the similarly priced Lamy Safari.
7 thoughts on “A year with the Kaweco Perkeo.”
Mersea Island – know it well. Friday evening walks along the seafront with the family, and Fudge the chocolate Labrador after work. Pastel-coloured beach huts, and fish & chips in the car because the rain suddenly came lashing down… the dog always had a sausage.
I may be tempted to pick up a back-to-school Perkeo for my daughter from the nostalgia alone.
Happy days! It was while sitting outside one of those beach huts, that I got my cousin to try my pen. She has beautiful handwriting.
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We could be shadowing each other! Next time you’re up there, make sure you try…
unless, of course, you already know it, many do!
Yes, I do know it!
I can’t match your collection, only having the Old Chambray with a medium nib, but it writes ridiculously well for a budget pen. I’m not entirely sold on the colour combinations of any of them, but I can forgive that for the writing experience. I use it with a converter, which allows me to match it up with Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo.
Yes, the Old Chambray is the least abnormal of their colours. Tsuki-yo sounds a good pairing for that one. I have a bottle and my Pilot Custom Heritage 92 is inked with it currently. The Indian Summer with its Fine nib is a great writer too with a really nice feedback.
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I was given a Cotton Candy Perkeo, and I’m immensely impressed with it. An excellent pen for the price.