Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Red/Gray, Medium
Kakuno is a delightful, new fountain pen that is ideal for both first time fountain pen users and experienced writers. Everyone can enjoy writing with a Kakuno fountain pen. "Kakuno" means "to write" in Japanese, and that's just what this pen helps users to do by featuring an appealing smiley face on the nib, when oriented upward, ensures perfect nib orientation. The red capped gray barrel pen features a medium steel nib with a smiley face. Indentations in the cap make it easy to grasp when uncapping the pen. The cap and body are hexagonal, similar to the classic wooden pencil, so that the pen is comfortable to hold and doesn't roll away. Novices will soon be on their way to becoming seasoned fountain pen users, and seasoned users will enjoy the fun, exuberant writing the Kakuno fountain pen delivers.
A black Pilot ink cartridge is included; the Kakuno also accepts a Pilot CON-40 converter (sold separately), as well as any of the other Pilot converters (Con-20/50/70).
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Bottled inks, Proprietary ink cartridges
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Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pen - Red/Gray, Medium is rated out of 5 by 1.
Rated 3 out of 5 by RMKerwin from Just OK... I'm a fan of the Pilot Metro and have one inked at all times, but the one thing about the Metro I don't care for is the slender grip. From the pictures, this was not a problem with the Kakuno, so I decided to give it a try. What the pictures didn't show well is the fact that the section is triangular, which forces one to hold the pen a certain way. Good for some, not for me--my grip tends to put the points of the triangle on the pads of my fingers. I was able to remove and re-insert the nib/feed rotated a little, which helped, but even so, I just prefer round grips. But for me, the deal-breaker was the surprising wetness of the nib. While some may prefer wet nibs, I found that even well-behaved inks and papers feathered and bled like crazy and the pen bordered on being unusable. Since this is an inexpensive pen and I'm a tinkerer, I didn't mind working with the nib and was able to tame the flow so it was at least usable. On the plus side, the nib is very smooth and seems to be consistently sized to other Pilot medium nibs I have used. I was pleasantly surprised to find this pen will take the big CON-70 converter, with room to spare! The pen is also extremely lightweight. I think this pen will appeal to many, especially those new to fountain pens. It's inexpensive, the nib is supremely smooth and the design is well-thought out. The wetness and the triangular grip just didn't work for me, unfortunately.
Date published: 2016-10-20