Thanks to the great folks from Kaweco we had the opportunity to test drive this Kaweco Liliput Fireblue pocket fountain pen (available via Jetpens) that they loaned to us. Its a great little pocket fountain pen and it was really fun to test out, so lets take a closer look at it.
The first most noticeable thing about the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue pocket fountain pen is the amazing looking finish on the steel body. The entire body is made of steel, but its been flame torched to give it a very unique and one of a kind to each pen finish. The finish swirls and fades in and out from a deep purple, to copper, blue and yellow that compares a little bit to the rainbow you see in an oil slick.
In addition the one of a kind and very unique look of the pen, it also measures up to be a pretty small pen thats great to keep tucked in a pocket. The above photo shows all three components of the pen plus the standard international cartridge, which as you can see is about the same height as the each of the Liliput pen components.
When the pen is capped as shown above, it measures 3.8″ long. I figured the visual comparison to the ubiquitous Sharpie permanent marker would be a good one since I’m pretty sure there isn’t a person reading this blog that hasn’t had a Sharpie in their hands at some point.
Once you unscrew the cap of the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue and affix it to the top of the pens body, it ends up being much closer in length to the Sharpie. The Liliput measures 5″ with the cap posted like this. I would say that when writing with the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue you need to do so with the cap posted as shown above, or else it is a bit too short to get a comfortable experience with it.
Although it takes a few seconds longer to fineagle, the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue has a threaded cap that not only closes using those threading, but the cap is also posted by using the threaded end to securely twist the cap on up there. Its a very smooth and firm feeling which is great because there is nothing worse than a poorly posted cap. I feel like the poorly posted cap on a pen is the equivalent of the limp handshake, but the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue with its threaded design holds the cap securely in place while you are writing.
The picture above shows my only quibble with the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue pocket fountain pen. Its a minor quibble, but you can see where when the cap is fully closed, there is a slightly raised lip of the cap in comparison to the body of the pen. It would be great if these were flush and gave the pen a completely smooth and seam free transition between the end of the cap and the start of the barrel.
One other thing about the Liliput that I really like is how well the logo and branding are done on it. Its very subtle, but also very neat and clean. In the first picture of the review you can see the close up of the Kaweco name etched directly into the steel of the pen, and in this picture you see the logo etched into the top of the cap.
Kaweco Liliput Fireblue Writing Experience:
As I mentioned before, the Kaweco Liliput is a very short pocket size pen, so for any writing sessions with it, I would highly recommend doing so with the cap posted. Once you post the cap and start writing, the stainless steel nib of the pen puts forth an impressive performance. The pen we had on loan came with a medium nib and not only was it very smooth, but it also felt like it loved on that perfect Goldilocks range of not writing too wet or too dry. In the case of my particular writing with the pen I used it on the above DoanePaper and also on some Levenger Rhodia Circa paper. In both cases the pen was surprisingly smooth with no toothy feeling and a very consistent line with no sign of skipping.
The last thing I want to mention about the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue fountain pen is that although its great to slip in your pocket or bag because its so small and tough, you also need to take note to not forget its in your pocket. I actually came close to washing it once because it was in my jeans pocket and I hardly noticed it. I’ve never washed a fountain pen but my guess is that it would probably not end well so I leave you with that caution on this otherwise awesome pocket fountain pen from Kaweco. Check it out over on Jetpens, although its not exactly cheap it is definitely worth the money to have such a one of a kind, unique looking and great performing pen.