This is a fabulous burnt orange colour with some subtle shading and good dry times.
Here I am doodling the Inkling.
The Schneider Breeze is an ergonomically shaped refillable rollerball pen. The standard version is available in four different colours (orange, pink, green and blue) and comes with two blue cartridges. Replacement cartridges are available in a range of different colours. There is also a snazzy Breeze Neon range with some different barrel and ink colours.
Ergonomic, of course, means triangular, whether that’s comfortable or not. I do find the Breeze comfortable to hold but you may not! The grip is quite chunky which suits my fat fingers. I can imagine it being a good size and shape for young children, too.
The grip has these little raised ridges all over it. I haven’t been able to work out if it’s the pattern or the plastic but it has a tacky (as in grippy not tasteless) feel which is strange.
The barrel holds two cartridges, the one in use and a spare. The cartridge includes the tip which means it’s clean and easy to swap out. It also means there’s no way of using your own ink. Do not throw the cartridge away when you finish it! You will need it to hold the new cartridge in place.
The cap is a funny little thing that screws closed. It doesn’t even remotely post, which I find strange for a pen that seems to be aimed towards children. Children with a small cap that doesn’t post, what could possibly go wrong?
Fortunately this blue ink is quite a nice colour. It’s also smudge resistent when highlighting (apparently) and quick to dry. The tip is quite broad and there aren’t any finer alternatives.
I like the Schneider Breeze. It isn’t perfect and there aren’t a lot of options but I happen to like the options that it gives me and it has a lot of character. It’s quirky. I find the grip comfortable and I like the colour of the ink. I don’t mind a broad writing pen now and then. More than anything, I enjoy writing with this pen.
The Kaweco Elite is the top of the range Kaweco fountain pen.
It’s a largish pen and is made from black acrylic resin (posh plastic), with a chrome plated cap. The barrel has the octagonal cross-section that makes the Sport line so distinctive. It’s well made, with a nice weight to it.
The cap is very shiny! It’s marked with “Kaweco Elite, Germany”. Kaweco do this with all their pens. I think it works on the Sport line very well but on this pen it cheapens the look. If you have to stamp “Elite” on something then perhaps it isn’t…
The clip is firm and clips onto things, which is always a plus. The cap does post but only just and it unbalances the pen.
The steel nib is larger than the usual Kaweco nib. It suits this pen very well. It’s smooth to write with and maintains a consistent line. Fine and broad versions are available in addition to this medium size. It’s a good nib and it adds some extra class to the pen.
This is a cartridge/converter filling pen. The included converter is a standard Kaweco one and is perfectly fine. Interestingly the Elite comes with a little spring that holds the converter in place to stop it rattling in the barrel. There is perhaps an argument that this shouldn’t be necessary but I have no end of pens, at all prices, that have rattly converters so I’m glad of something to stop it. Any international standard cartridge should fit if you’d prefer.
I’ve thought long and hard about this pen. It’s a good pen. It looks good – very Kaweco-classy-retro – and it writes well. It just doesn’t quite feel like Kaweco’s elite pen. It ought to be the best pen Kaweco produce but it doesn’t have the beautiful engineering of the Sports (AC or AL) and it doesn’t have the charm of the Dia. It’s a good pen, not a special pen.
Many thanks to Kaweco for loaning me this pen for the purposes of the review. I’ve done my best not to let their generosity influence my opinions.