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KrazyIvan
June 10th, 2012, 08:46 PM
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KawecoSportBallpointReview (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivan_romero/7174768929/) by IvanRomero (http://www.flickr.com/people/ivan_romero/), on Flickr

The pen is available at Jetpens.com for $21 without the clip (as of this posting). (http://www.jetpens.com/Kaweco-Classic-Sport-Ballpoint-Pen-1.0-mm-Black-Body/pd/8183)

and the photos:

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Bogon07
June 11th, 2012, 05:59 PM
KI, the Kaweco Sport Ballpoint is a very chunky pen, reminds me of the Koh-I-Noor Mechanical Pencil with its 5.6mm lead. The diamonds and stripes on alternating barrel panels gives it a old art-deco style look. Good to hear you can use alternative refills. Unfortunately rather expensive for a ball point.

thanks for the review. Great pictures as usual.

KrazyIvan
June 11th, 2012, 07:34 PM
Thanks Bogon.

Pinkys.Brain
June 11th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Nice review!

I still prefer the ink roller pen even though it is not the best pen for left handers (the ball does not run very smooth). The main reason is that I miss a cap to post on the ballpoint while you get one with the ink roller pen...

KrazyIvan
June 11th, 2012, 09:29 PM
Nice review!

I still prefer the ink roller pen even though it is not the best pen for left handers (the ball does not run very smooth). The main reason is that I miss a cap to post on the ballpoint while you get one with the ink roller pen...

Does it use the same style of refills?

Pinkys.Brain
June 11th, 2012, 10:24 PM
Does it use the same style of refills?

It uses standard ink cartridges...:

http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=88179

You probably thought I meant the "Capless Roller". Bad naming on Kaweco's part. The Capless Roller uses refills that are different from the ballpoint. It looks more like a gel ink cartridge. And I think it is called "capless", because it looks like a fountain pen with the cap being posted, but it seems like it cannot be taken off (it's a part of the knock mechanism).

KrazyIvan
June 11th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Huh. Had not seen that one before. Thanks for showing it to me. I think I will stick with the FP for now though. :D I do wish Kaweco would just include the clip. I had the gold one laying around from when I replaced my Classic Sport clip with the nickel plated version. I also wish I could take the nickel Kaweco finial from the ballpoint and put it on my FP.

Pinkys.Brain
June 11th, 2012, 11:27 PM
As far as I know you can also use Schmidt refills. They shouldn't be very expensive:

http://www.ipenstore.com/servlet/the-5053/Schmidt-D1-MultiPen-Mini/Detail
http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Schmidt-S635-Mini-Ballpoint-Refill-Medium.html#a16277

=> Schmidt S620
=> Schmidt S630
=> Schmidt S635

So basically you should look for "D1 international refills" I guess...

KrazyIvan
June 11th, 2012, 11:44 PM
I just want something that is gel. I know I had some around here at one point. D1, okay, that is a start. :thumb:

Pinkys.Brain
June 12th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Zebra Sharbo X Gel Ink Multi Pen Refills....they should be D1 size

KrazyIvan
June 12th, 2012, 12:08 AM
Thank you sir, you have been most helpful!

Pinkys.Brain
June 12th, 2012, 12:38 AM
But I cannot guarantee that they really work.

John the Monkey
June 12th, 2012, 05:08 AM
A decent gel refill makes most ballpoints much nicer (ime) - I've heard good things about those Schmidt refills though.

I like the diamond pattern too!

KrazyIvan
June 12th, 2012, 10:32 AM
I am wondering about the diamond pattern. It looks to be an older design? The Kaweco site only shows the smooth and chess board design.:noidea:

KrazyIvan
June 12th, 2012, 03:41 PM
But I cannot guarantee that they really work.

I checked on Jetpens.com and they are not specifically listed but they just confirmed that the Zebra Sharbo X Gel refills are indeed workable with the Kaweco. :bounce:

Pinkys.Brain
July 24th, 2012, 08:47 PM
I checked on Jetpens.com and they are not specifically listed but they just confirmed that the Zebra Sharbo X Gel refills are indeed workable with the Kaweco. :bounce:

How are the Zebra refills performing?

KrazyIvan
July 24th, 2012, 09:06 PM
Actually, I am using the Platinum refill with it.

Maja
July 26th, 2012, 02:45 AM
I am wondering about the diamond pattern. It looks to be an older design? The Kaweco site only shows the smooth and chess board design.:noidea:

Not sure, Ivan...but there is a "Guilloch 1930" one in black with horizontal lines punctuated with // // as shown at the 1:01 mark of this GouletPens video: http://www.inknouveau.com/2011/11/kaweco-classic-sport-guilloch-1930.html
I own that particular model (in ballpoint form) and I like using it because of its 'chunky' size.

P.S. Late edit---thanks for the review and (as always) nice photos! :)

KrazyIvan
July 26th, 2012, 09:29 AM
Thank you Maja. :)