Kaweco has done it again! As I previously remarked in my review of the Kaweco Sport Black Crystal Fountain Pen (see it here), Kaweco limited editions are highly sought after. The Black Crystal, released literally one month ago as a U.S. exclusive, was a huge hit. Now, we get to enjoy another U.S. exclusive just in time for the holiday season. The Kaweco Al-Sport Golden Espresso Fountain Pen is limited to only 700 pieces. I definitely made good on my word and snagged one right away.
First, with the clip and converter coming separately from the pen, it’s a tough decision as to which color clip to buy. Which do you think will match best? The choices in the deluxe clip are: chrome, black, bronze, and gold. I think the gold color clip matches best with the gold color/plated nib. As for the nib, you have the usual choices of: extra fine, fine, medium, broad, and double broad.
True to its name, the Kaweco Al-Sport Golden Espresso Fountain Pen is a darker brown – just like a nice, piping-hot cup of espresso. And since the Al-Sport is made of aluminum, the brown color takes on a very complimentary tone. I feel like this just wouldn’t have shown up as nicely in a resin. Importantly, the aluminum body gives this pen a very substantial feel without being too heavy. It’s so comfortable in the hand as is the case with Kaweco’s other Al-Sport and AC-Sport (carbon fiber with aluminum) finishes.
Also, since the Kaweco slide converter is optimal for my use, I’m enjoying the Monteverde Brown Sugar bottled ink. After all, who doesn’t like a little sugar with their espresso? The colors match so nicely! Lastly, speaking of matching, the imprint saying “Golden Espresso” is back-filled with a gold tone to match the nib and gold plated coin on the cap with “Kaweco” engraved in it. The engraving of “Kaweco Al-Sport Germany” muted in the same color as the surrounding brown aluminum.
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