A few years ago, I fell down the fountain pen well and can’t get out. I’ve always collected pens. I couldn’t wait to buy my first Pilot Precise when I was in high school. The Pilot Precise is a fan-favorite of educators everywhere, thus, I’m not surprised it was the first pen I bought. In college, I fell in love with the Pilot G2. I love blue ink and the Pilot G2 has the most vibrant blue ink in the pen game. The salmon pink G2 is today’s favorite gel pen. My Staedtler and Sarasa pens were last week’s favorite pens. I also like ballpoint pens. In fact, my rose gold XL Parker Jotter and Sensa are this week’s ballpoint favorites. Collecting pens is a silly hobby, but it’s a relatively inexpensive hobby for sure. Well, it was until I discovered fountain pens.
I found my first fountain pen at Tuesday Morning retail store in Olive Branch. It cost $3.99 and wrote as if it cost $3.99. But it didn’t matter because it was love at first write. Since my first pen was scratchy, I purchased a second jane davenport fountain pen on Amazon. Same cost. Same result. But, the third purchase was a winner. I still own it because writes smoothly for a cheap pen.
I decided to do a little pen research for my next fountain pen. By that, I mean I simply Googled, “What are the best fountain pens for beginners?” That’s where I discovered Kaweco, Pilot Metropolitan, and Lamy Safari pens. Yep, down the well, I fell. The Pilot Metropolitan is my favorite of the three, but I’ll blog on that beauty another day. Today, I want to talk about a compact pen made in Germany.
The Kaweco Perkeo is adorable, so I purchased one in peony blossom and jungle green. I don’t remember the exact price, but I think each pen cost a little under $20.00. The green pen writes beautifully. It’s so smooth and is currently inked with Pelikan brilliant black. The pink pen writes poorly, and it’s very scratchy. It also skips. I often have to go back to connect letters when I write cursive. Fine nibs in both, and both pens are attractive. I typically post the caps for weight and length.
The verdict. I’m not sure I will purchase another Kaweco Perkeo. Honestly, my $3.99 pen writes better than the pink Kaweco Perkeo. Go figure. I might buy a replacement nib soon, and I do have my eye on the Kaweco Sport. The jungle green pen is an excellent writer, and I use it all the time. As I said, it’s compact, and a great carry pen. It’s not very expensive, so I do not mind tossing it in my work tote. The body of the pen is a hard plastic that handles travel well. I purchased these pens nearly two years ago, and both still look new. I recently had to wrestle Waffles for the green Kaweco, I won. The pen didn’t suffer any damage, but I did ground my fur baby. Bad dog.