Founded in Heidelberg in 1883, as Heidelberger Federhalterfabrik, the company started by producing a modest range of wooden dip pens. The Kaweco brand name, originally developed as a model name and coined after Koch, Weber & Company, the owners, was adopted as the company name in the early 1900’s. By the 1930’s over 600 staff were producing a huge array of fountain pens and pencils, including the popular Sport range of pocket pens. The company’s survived almost one hundred years but in 1980 its operations were closed.
Happily that wasn’t the end of the brand. Horst Gutberlet – owner of H&M Gutberlet GmbH and pen enthusiast and his son Michael were able to but the brand name in 1994. They started working on reviving the brand. It took many years of dedicated work. The brand was initially distributed by Diplomat however over the years their line-up has extended and they were able to create their own international network of distributors.
As with most big dreams the realisation took many years of dedicated work. The Kaweco brand was initially distributed by Diplomat. Over the years, the model line-up has expanded and Kaweco has created their own international network of distributors.
Today Kaweco offers wide variety of fountain pens and accessories. They have eight inks in their line-up. I don’t know makes their inks, however I’ve read somewhere it was Dr. Pflug from Aratrum (creator of Caran d’Ache inks). If anyone has some data on this topic, I’d like to learn it
Anyway the inks are sold in generic glass bottles (30 ml) and their price is steep. The inks are rather good but other premium inks offer interesting bottles. Here the bottle is boring, the price is high. But let’s take a look at the colors:
- Karamel Braun (Caramel Brown)
- Konigsblau (Royal Blue)
- Mittertnachtsblau (Midnight Blue)
- Palmen Grun (Palm Green)
- Paradies Blau (Paradise Blue)
- Perlen Schwarz (Pearl Black)
- Rubinrot (Ruby Red)
- Sommer Lila (Summer Burple)
First, I’ll take a look at Sommerlila (a question for german speakers – I’ve found the names written together – Sommerlila or separateluy – Sommer Lila, which one is correct?). I enjoy the color – it’s dusty and muted. Rather complex shade of purple that flows well and has reasonable drying time.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Oxford Recycled, Kaweco Sport Classic, B
Copy Paper, Waterman Hemisphere, F
Calendar, Waterman Hemisphere, F