In the last five or six months, I've reviewed a massive amount of Kaweco pens, thanks to the great people over at Kaweco. Many of these pens were very good, but I might have saved the very best for the last... the Kaweco Elite fountain pen! After reviewing so many pens of the same brand, it might seem hard to come up with something different, but believe me, this one is unlike any other Kaweco I've reviewed so far...
The Elite -as its name suggests- is a more luxurious pen within the Kaweco collection. Which is easily noticeably, even before you open the box! The box itself is already a bit different from the usual tin, and it looks really nice: it's a clamshell-type box with a nice faux-leather look. I actually quite like this box, it's really well made, and it gives a good first impression, great as a gift (to yourself)!
The moment you take the pen out of the box, the pen itself also gives a solid first impression. In fact, after using it for a few minutes, I immediatly mailed Kaweco to ask them if I could buy it, I just didn't want to sent it back! (Because of the higher value, I was supposed to send it back after I made the review.)
As I probably mentioned before in some of my reviews, I really like acrylic pens. It's a pleasant material to hold, and it feels warm to the touch!
As with most Kaweco pens, Kaweco tries to create vintage-looking, classic pens with a modern touch. I really like this mix of classic and modern elements, it's combined surprisingly well in the design of this pen.
Like the DIAII fountain pen, you can find a metal Kaweco logo both on top of the cap and on the bottom of the pen, which is something I still find a bit strange, but it is quite unique and it looks good. The clip is the same as on the DIAII, Student and Allrounder pens. In fact, Kaweco only has one clip design for all their pens (There's even a detachable version available for Sport and Special pens now!).
The grip section is large enough to be held comfortably, it has a comfortable shape and it also looks good, decorated by two chrome rings. However there's a noticeable stepdown from barrel to section, which might be a slight drawback for people who grip their pen above the section.
The writing experience with the Elite was very satisfying, the bigger #6 nib performed well. It writes very smooth, without skipping or hard starts. It has a very consistent, though surprisingly dry flow. Unlike Kaweco's smaller nibs that write much wetter. But as I said, it didn't give any trouble with the flow, so it didn't really bother me.
Another peculiar thing, is the fact that -even though it is a German Bock nib the medium nib writes a bit finer, more like a Japanese medium (European Fine). But in a way, this was also quite pleasing, as I tend to prefer finer nibs lately.
As it suggests with its name 'Elite', the price category is slightly more elite as well, being a bit more expensive than most other Kaweco pens. It will set you back about 110 Euros, or 150 USDollars, which is a relatively steep price for a steel nibbed pen. In this price range you'd expect nothing less than perfection, and in my eyes, this Kaweco Elite certainly delivers, both aesthetics and performance are very good!
Note: this pen was sent to me by Kaweco, free of charge, so I could write this review. I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, nor was I monetarily compensated. The opinions shared in this review are completely my own!.