Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Review And Giveaway

The Perkeo is being pitched as Kaweco’s entry-level pen. It comes in some unusual colours. Is it any good, though?

Price: £15
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

Kaweco Perkeo sitting on a bench

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.

Kaweco Perkeo uncapped

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.

Kaweco Perkeo cap

The cap is Sport-esque with an octagonal cross-section, ‘Kaweco Germany’ embossed along one side and the Kaweco logo on the end.

Kaweco Perkeo branding

It pushes securely onto the faceted barrel to post.

You can use standard international cartridges or converters.

Kaweco Perkeo undone

The black medium steel nib on my pen writes smoothly and has good flow.

Kaweco Perkeo nib

The pen’s a good length, posted or not, and is very light in weight.

Kaweco Perkeo in hand

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
Good writer


Highly original colours
Grip section might not suit everyone

Kaweco Perkeo handwritten review


This pen was given to me by Kaweco to review and so in keeping with my usual policy I’m giving it away.

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.


  1. I don’t dislike the Indian Summer, and I sort of admire the gumption of labeling one of the color schemes Bad Taste! It could have been badder. I’d go for a dark blue body and an orange cap and accents.

  2. The Indian Summer is an interesting color, it’s definitely mustard-y. I like pink, so I think the pink and grey would be lovely, and turquoise and grey or black would also be pretty cool.

  3. Garnet and black! A nice looking combination but also those of several sports teams so that it should sell good. Man, I would love a great garnet & black pen…

  4. I would like a Perkeo in psychedelic colours to commemorate the Summer of Love. I would write some groovy letters to my Canadian girlfriend while listening to Jimi Hendrix.

  5. Indian Summer looks great to me so I’d perhaps go with the same as that but make the grip black too.

  6. Well, this is really a quite distinctive range of colours, as you said… In order to go with the flow, I would like to suggest an orange and yellow pen, bright and sunny as a summer day! In other hand, something more discreet is more in line with my taste, so I would prefer to use one in deep burgundy and matte black!

  7. I like the bumble bee color combo here, but my favorite color combination that I would do would be brown and teal.

  8. It would have to be ‘Neo-politan Twist’ which is Fluorescent Pink body, Fluorescent Yellow cap & accents with a Dark-Brown (Black) nib! Comes with fluorescent green ink cartridge, complimentary sunglasses and a LARGE health-warning notice! :o)

  9. I would like it best with a dark gray body and black cap, although an all-blacked out stealth one like someone else suggested would look pretty stellar too.

  10. I have this thing about demos but that would not work so translucent pastel purple with hot pink cap. Your sample will not be lonely in my collection

  11. I think Kaweco could do a sports-themed release where they have a color scheme for each major franchise. But for me, I’m partial to a cardinal and gold combo.

  12. I like the cotton candy shade of pink, but in my opinion the gray doesn’t go that well with it. It would look way better if it was replaced with white

  13. I’d love this in a clear plastic for the mustard part and black (or any color, really) opaque plastic for the accent color. Or two shades of blue for an ocean theme.

  14. I’m thinking a dark copper color with black. Or, entirely different, a matte terra-cotta barrel with a burnt umber cap.

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