Kaweco contacted me last summer to enquire whether I would be interested in reviewing some of their products on the blog. At the time the Supra was newly released and I thought that it would be interesting to see how their latest offering compared to some of their other pocket pens. I took them up on their offer to purchase the pen, at what I assume is the wholesale price, and I have been using it on and off for nearly half a year now.
As you can see, my good friend Tim gave me the keys to Jony Ive's white world and I was able to shoot a video of the pen showing the aesthetic differences between the steel and gold nibs, as well as the size differences between the Supra and Liliput.
So what are my thoughts? Over all, this is a good pen; it fits well in a pocket and the build quality is excellent. While its size is compact, the pen's section diameter is decent, actually girthier than sections of either the Karas Kustom's Ink or the Tactile Turn Gist, other machined EDC type fountain pens that I own. Since the pen is all brass, it weighs about 40g when configured to write. 40g isn't ridiculous for a pen but it is heavier than I prefer.
Considering the MSRP for this pen, I think that it is downright miserly of Kaweco to not include a converter. Instead of a converter, Kaweco includes two cartridges, one of which is empty and serves as a spacer when the additional barrel section is installed. I wouldn't gripe about the converter if they had provided a six pack of cartridges but one full and one empty... really?
The pen ships with a steel 250 size nib (No. 6). Having a nib of this size looks great on a pen. I opted for Kaweco's after market 14K medium nib which is quite a looker but you pay a significant premium for this perk. The nib is smooth and writes wet but it didn't really like the combination of the Schmidt K5 converter and Montblanc ink that I used in the video. Once I installed the supplied Kaweco cartridge the nib was much happier and its performance became much more consistent. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to gold nibs, it is likely that the stock steel nib would meet most peoples requirements and I can't recommend the upgrade based upon a performance difference between the stock and 14K nibs that I now own. The 14K nib cost twice what the pen did, its purchase price on the net being closer to a Pelikan M800 series nib unit than one manufactured by Bock. The Kaweco nib is a nice nib, but not Pelikan nice. A Bock No. 6 nib unit is a 100% match for the Kaweco one. My 14K nib units are freely able to be swapped between my Tactile Turn Gist and the Kaweco Supra so if inconsistent branding doesn't bother you, you can save a boatload of money by purchasing a 14K Bock nib after market.
I purchased this pen for what I assume was its wholesale cost and for that price I feel that the pen pulls its weight in my collection. If I had to pay full MSRP for the nib I simply couldn't justify its price to performance ratio. Now fitting this pen with an after market Bock nib unit and switching this nib unit between other compatible pens in your collection makes for a much more compelling use case. If you own a second generation Karas Kustoms Ink or a Tactile Turn Gist this option is open to you.
This is a really good pocket pen and is enjoyable to have in the rotation.