Review: Kaweco Perkeo

I got a Kaweco Perkeo from Tudos in the same package as I got the pencil stuff I purchased.

This is the first Kaweco pen I have used. And I really like it. The nib is very firm, with soft.

I’m not sure how I should describe the pen. Because it is basically a competitor to the Pilot Metropolitan or the Lamy Safari. But it is much lighter, and much more fun. It looks more like something a kid would use, than the boring design of the Metro. or Safari. It also comes with a moulded grip section, but it s not like the one of the Safari. It is much less prominent and I did not find it uncomfortable to use in any way.

One thing though. I keep unscrewing the pen instead of uncapping it. I’m not sure why. Probably because I’m so used to pens you have to unscrew when you uncap them.

I think this pen is better than both the Safari and the Metropolitan because the grip section should work for everyone, and it doesn’t have a uncomfortable edge like the Metropolitan does. And I think this will be my new recommendation as the first fountain pen.

Serious considering going back to Iroshizuku

I’m seriously considering going to back to Pilot Iroshizuku inks. There is just something about them that I loved.

  • The shorter dry time
  • How smooth the inks are
  • How awesome the bottles are.

There are nothing wrong with Diamine or the other inks I have used lately. But they are not up there with Iroshizuku. Not as smooth, takes a little bit longer to dry. It really adds up over time.

Where does different writing instruments fit in?

I use pens and I use pencils.

This is a very interesting question. In general I use a pencil if I’m just going to write down a few sentences. And then I go for a fountain pen if I am going to write a few pages. And I go for a very specific fountain pen if I’m going to write a lot (my Lamy 2000).

I also prefer a pencil when I’m going to write on the train or somewhere I don’t have a flat surface.

Pencils are fun, but you have to sharpen them way too often for them to be something I can write page up and down with. Kind of the same reason I preferred my Lamy 2000 while studying. Because it had enough ink to last me a full day. Something my Pilot Metropolitan never had.

On the pens I like

Different people like different writing instruments. Some like smooth pens, while others like pens with a little bit more resistance.

I like smooth nibs. The less the friction the better it is.

I do in general also prefer broader nibs. I think they look better on the page. And I just gravitate against writing instruments that feels good to be, and look good one the page. In other words, the more ink on the page the better. Some people like a lot of ink on the page, while others don’t.

When it comes down to ink capacity I have some very strong opinions. I think pens with larger ink capacity always are more useful than those with a lower one. This is because if you write a lot with pens, you either need to have a piston filler, refill them all the time or have a lot of them. Back when I was a full time student, I loved my Lamy 2000. I filled it in the morning and I never – not once – ran out of ink during a single day. The story is another with the Pilot Metropolitan. That one never lasted more than a couple of hours.

If I’m just writing a few lines here or there then I often use my Falcon or VP. But I always go for either my Lamy 2000 or ink up one of my TWSBI Eco’s if I’m going to write a lot. Or if I need a lot of ink capacity away from home and don’t want to bring a bottle of ink.

Finding out what I enjoy to use

The Ink Smudge from day one have been about finding the stuff I enjoy to use. I have not always succeeded at that, but that have been the goal.

I’m not a collector, I just want to have some good inks, some good notebooks and some good pens and pencils that works for me. And just use it.

It all started with Moleskine and Pilot G2’s. Then I got into the Retro 51, and then the Pilot Metropolitan and Lamy Safari. And then I started to use Leuchtturm1917 and expensive fountain pens.

But at the end of the day the only thing I care about is finding what works the best for me.

Fountain pens works the best for me, if it is long form. And pencils works the best for shorter stuff. Leuchtturm1917 is the thing I like the best for larger notebook, and Nock.co’s pocket sized notebooks are awesome. Pilot Iroshizuku inks are the thing that works the best for me. And I guess I just started my journey into pencils, but I really feel like after five years I have landed on where I want to be with fountain pens.