The Perkeo is being pitched as Kaweco’s entry-level pen. It comes in some unusual colours. Is it any good, though?
Filling method: standard international cartridge/converter
Barrel options: oh my goodness: ‘cotton candy’ (pink and grey); ‘old chambray’ (blue and ivory); ‘bad taste’ (pink and black, with a black nib); ‘Indian summer’ (mustard and black, with a black nib)
Nib options: stainless steel, fine or medium
I’d like to go for a drink with the person who came up with these colours. It would be quite an experience. I mean, crikey. They are certainly different. I picked the Indian Summer version because it wasn’t as offensive to my eyes as the Cotton Candy and the Bad Taste but had more going for it than the Old Chambray. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look here and filter out the Perkeo range.
In real life, though, it’s okay. I suspect these are pens you need to see in person. The Indian Summer Perkeo works, somehow. That said, maybe it’s my age, but I hope Kaweco realise some more pleasant colour combinations soon.
Now I’ve got the colour schemes out of the way, let’s look at the construction. The Perkeo is made from what is obviously cheap plastic and the moulding lines are visible. However, the cap closes with a satisfying click and everything fits together well. It’s been made to Kaweco’s usual high standards.
The cap is Sport-esque with an octagonal cross-section, ‘Kaweco Germany’ embossed along one side and the Kaweco logo on the end.
It pushes securely onto the faceted barrel to post.
You can use standard international cartridges or converters.
The black medium steel nib on my pen writes smoothly and has good flow.
The pen’s a good length, posted or not, and is very light in weight.
The Perkeo has a shaped grip section which dictates where you fingers should go, like the Safari. If you like to hold you pen in a different way it can be uncomfortable. The Safari works for me, the Perkeo less so, perhaps because it’s a little narrower.
There are quite a few options at this price point, the Lamy Safari, Pilot MR/Metropolitan (if you’re in the US – it’s a lot more expensive in the UK) and even Kaweco’s. As I’ve used the Perkeo more, it’s grown on me. It’s full of fun but it’s also a good pen. It’s comfortable to hold, it feels like a proper pen and it has a great nib.
Highly original colours
Highly original colours
Grip section might not suit everyone
All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is leave a comment here suggesting a colour combination for your own version of a Perkeo. (Just to be clear, you’ll be getting this Indian Summer pen, no matter how much more lovely your suggestion might be.)
I’ll use random.org to pick a winner. You may enter only once. The giveaway is open worldwide and will close at 9am GMT on Sunday 18th March 2018.