|Item Weight||0.32 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.2 x 0.6 x 0.6 inches|
|Item model number||FKA-1SR-SPF|
|Color||White Body Soft Pink Cap Body|
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|Manufacturer Part Number||FKA-1SR-SPF|
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Pilot Kakuno Fine-Nib Fountain Pen, White Body Soft Pink Cap (FKA-1SR-SPF)
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|Color||White Body Soft Pink Cap Body||White Body Soft Blue Cap Body||White Body Soft Violet Cap Body||Black||Gray||White Body Soft Yellow Cap Body|
|Item Dimensions||5.16 x 0.63 x 0.63 in||5.16 x 0.63 x 0.63 in||5.16 x 0.63 x 0.63 in||1.2 x 2.3 x 7 in||5.16 x 0.63 x 0.63 in||5.16 x 0.63 x 0.63 in|
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1) I wasn't sure how practical it would be for my plans for it.
2) I'm on a starving artist budget.
3) I'm particular in that I like what I like to write with, but I'm not a pen connoisseur by any stretch.
The other reviews described this as a good "beginner" pen, and that's a valid assessment. You just pop the cartridge in, give it a little squeeze to get the ink flowing, and you're off. It comes with one cartridge, which can be replaced when it's empty (Pilot Namiki IC100 Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge, Black, 12 Cartridges per Pack (69100), or you can use a converter so that you can refill with bottled ink (Pilot Fountain Pen Converter (CON-50) Set of 3). So that's a plus. And it's also kind of adorable.
Here are the other points:
1) Good ink flow (especially for an inexpensive pen; I think better than the disposable Varsity pens).
2) Very light weight, but when you post the cap on the back, the length is good and it balances surprisingly well.
3) The hexagon barrel means it doesn't roll off the desk (neither does the cap).
4) The grip is also slightly hexagonal. Not obnoxiously so. It puts the nib at the correct angle and makes the smooth plastic easy to manipulate. (Another review said this pen is made for children in Japan, and that makes sense.) I'm not sure how comfortable that would be for really long stretches of writing.
5) The nib is a bit scratchy. Not enough to keep me from using it, but enough that this will be my purse pen after I upgrade to Fine-Nib Fountain Pen 2.0. (I also block print in my diary, so it's less of an issue.)
6) There is no clip. So, there's that.
7) There's no bleed through or even show-through on note paper or printer paper. With finer paper, your mileage may vary. There was show through in one book (ruled paper) and none in the other (grid paper). Both are Moleskines. Go figure. (Maybe it's their vintage? The ruled one is much older.)
8) I didn't notice until I looked at the close up of my handwriting, but there's a little bit of feathering. (2nd picture)
To sum up, as pens go, the Kakuno is a pretty safe bet. The price point is low, there's far more that's good about it than bad, as long as you're looking for, say, a Honda and not a Cadillac.
I had a Pilot Metro before this and I was one of the unlucky ones that had nib creep. For most nib creep isn't a problem, for me it's flat annoying it. I also found the Metro felt a little awkward in my hand. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to hold it without putting too much pressure. I saw recommendations on the Kakuno for small hand so I bought this. It is perfect! No strain, no more trying to find the perfect hold spot. Uncap and write!
I also experimented with swapping nibs. I also bought two Pilot Penmanship's and I swap the extra fine nib on to this Kakuno. It was a bad decision. The Penmanship's nib also had nib creep. I use the standard cartridge the Kakuno came with. I then cleaned the pen, swap the smiley face back, used CON-50 and J. Herbin Perle Noire. This time perfection! No nib creep, smooth writing.
Both Kakuno and Metro were fine nibs. But I find the Kakuno seem to be finer than the Metro. That may just be me since I don't have the Metro anymore to do an actual comparison.
Lastly is that the pen came to me used. The grip has obvious scratches on it. That is the only unfortunate part. I asked Amazon if there is anything they can do, and I'm grateful that they were able to compensate me. Other than that, I highly recommend this pen!
It also arrived super quick even with my amazon prime (like a day sooner). It writes super smooth and easy to put in the ink cartridge. I plan to buy a couple more to add different color ink cartridge. Highly recommend if you love thin, precise lines!
Just a fantastic pen. Came in adorable, clean, and very concise packaging that was a breeze to open (just slice the sticker saying "open" open. I used an X-ACTO knife, but I'm sure a regular knife would do the trick). The instructions were in Japanese but I am quite sure a non-Japanese-speaking person would be able to figure out how to install it from the pictures alone. As it's meant for children, everything about this is very simple and easy to get going, which is a good thing for a beginner's pen indeed! It writes smoothly and flawlessly, and as others have noted, you can tell you're writing correctly when the smiley face points at you. The ink flows quite well, and the pen handles nicely. There's a childish aesthetic to the pen and it may be a bit small for someone with larger hands, but it sits pretty comfortably in my hand posted and unposted (though posted provides a heavier feel to the pen, which can provide some stability).
Would absolutely recommend.