The new Kaweco Perkeo came into my possession from the very kind folks over at Pocket Notebooks out of the blue one hectic weekday morning. Whilst this item was sent to me, this review contains my honest opinions and thoughts on this fountain pen.
The design of the Perkeo mirrors elements of the Kaweco Sport range. The pen lid is instantly recognisable with its angular shape, the only difference being its larger size.
The Perkeo lid clicks onto the barrel rather than screwing on like the pocket fountain pens. I presume this makes the pen friendly to younger audiences. Like the Sport ranges you don’t get a pen clip but then I don’t think it’s needed.
The barrel on the Perkeo is angular with lots and lots of flat surfaces running the full length. I really like this design move as I feel like it adds a satisfying texture to the pen.
The grip section has three ridged sections to aid and guide the users grip. This is very like the grip design on the Lamy Safari but I think the Perkeos grip is less intrusive.
The nib on the Perkeo is marginally bigger than the Kaweco pocket pens. However when comparing it to the Pilot Kakuno and the Lamy Safari it’s far smaller and looks a little measly. Personally I feel like the Perkeo would have benefitted from a larger nib to balance out the proportions of the pen.
Generally I’m a fan of Kaweco fountain pens and own several of their pocket fountain pens. The Perkeo feels very similar with its fun colour schemes and recognisable design. It’s a great entry level fountain pen and it makes sense for Kaweco to have a product offering that can compete with the Kakunos and Safaris. Whilst I like this pen I am not sure it would be the pen I would recommend over the Lamy Safari for people starting out, but it’s a very welcome addition to the enthusiasts toolkit.