Anyway, I have three Pilot Kakuno fountain pens (all with a fine nib) and that kind of speaks volumes about how much I love this pen. And I'll explain why in this blog post...
As you can see, I chose two with a white barrel (one with a pink cap and the other with a blue one) and one with a grey barrel and hot pink cap. I'm on a mission to collect the purple and yellow capped ones too, just to complete the white barrel set. And with their low price and my want to try the medium nib out too, I think I can justify this after the new year. The main difference between the white and grey barrels is that the face on the nib is a wink and a smile respectively.
Ok, so let's start with the fickle things - I'm very easy persuaded by a good-looking pen or notebook and the Pilot Kakuno is very easy on the eye. The colours used are cute and suit the more playful side of my personality to the tee (minimalistic with a little bit of cuteness!). It get a thumbs up from me!
Quality and Price
The Pilot Kakuno is made of hard plastic with a steel nib and so, it isn't the sturdiest pen on the planet. However, having had it for six months now (and with at least one constantly inked and in use), no cracks have appeared yet and it is great value for the price. You can get one for less than £10 including postage on Amazon or just over £10 from other UK retailers.
The grip is also made of hard plastic but I've never had issues with it. It is six-sided but in a subtle non-hexagonic way (if that even makes sense!).
I opted for the fine nib and it writes perfectly. Smooth, no skipping and consistent, it is a dream to use. For such a cheap fountain pen, it writes like it is worth ten times more. The fine nib is a true fine - and it writes more than half as thin as my Lamy Safari Extra Fine nib!
Overall, I think the Kakuno adds an element of fun to note-taking and writing things by hand in general. It's always a pleasure to use and it's a pen I turn to when I want something different to my other, heavier, fountain pens as it is extremely light.
It definitely makes my list of 'top five pens ever' and I genuinely think for its price, it'd be foolish not to have at least one in your pen collection. It's not going to break the bank and is a reliable pen that will do what it says on the tin.
FYI, I've not been paid to write this review and I bought all three with my own hard-earned cash.