Fountain Pen Review: Kaweco Liliput EF

Awhile back I won this little jewel from a generous contest hosted by Ivan (@Ivan_Ro_).  It caught me off-guard because it has been on my wanted list for sometime now. One reason that I hesitated from acquiring one long before the contest is the size of this pen, as seen from the picture below:

I feel stealthy, just like 007.
It looks like a little silver bullet!  Though I do write small and have relatively small hands, I was afraid that I would not be accustomed to a thinner barrel, and it would feel as substantial as regular-sized pens.  Needless to say, my assumption and fear are proven erroneous.  It might be petit in size, but it writes just as well as a full-size fountain pen.

From a design point of view, Liliput conveys minimalist spirit and simple elegance.  It does not have any bell or whistle attached to it; anything less or more would disturb the overall beauty of this fountain pen.  When capped, Liliput measures 9.7cm (approximately 3.8 inches), so can easily fit in anyone’s pocket and purse.  The downside of its daintiness is the potential for misplacement and leaping out of pencil cases unexpectedly.  It has happened several times to me since I become the proud owner, so I constantly keep an eye on it.  Additionally, because there is no en clip on the cap, Liliput can really go rolling and rolling like an Energizer bunny.  I was fortunate that I manage to stop the fountain pen from rolling every time so far; to prevent bowling accident, I usually put it right next to some forms of obstacle.  

It will roll infinitely… just like the Big O.

007 writing utensil posted.
The branding of Liliput is pretty discrete as well.  Kaweco is both laser engraved onto the side of the cap, as well as the top of the cap.

Similar to Kaweco Ice Sport, Liliput has a screw on cap and twisting is also required when you post it, as you see the thread at the end of the pen.  
Threads at the end of the pen.
Liliput’s nib looks comparable to IceSport’s, only a tad smaller in size.  
Kaweco IceSport v. Liliput nib.
The stainless steel nib is durable and adapts to individual writer’s habits easily.  

The front:  same engraving as regular Kaweco IceSport

The side

The back is different.  If you look closely, there is a Kaweco insignia in the middle.

The particular one I have has an EF nib.  The line produced is comparable to the one made with Japanese fine.  You can see comparison of the two below:

Liliput and Maki-e has about the same thickness of lines.
Kaweco’s fine nib is definitely comparable to a Japanese medium.
Comparison done on Fabriano EcoQua

For those who seek precision and finesse in writing, EF would be suitable; however, it is important to bear in mind, because how fine the nib there will be an adjustment period, since slight initial scratchiness may be experienced.

Another feature that I absolutely adore about Liliput is that you can easily pull the nib and the feed out for a thorough cleaning each time, which is a dream come true for pen addicts with cleaning OCD.  It is also easy to put them back together post cleaning.


The break-in period for Liliput is shorter than the one for Maki-e.  After using it constantly for a day, it becomes quite smooth, but not to the extent that the user cannot control the flow.  It writes once it is in contact with the surface of the paper, thus render the overall writing experience effortless.  Here is a short writing sample:

Yes, a silly haiku-like passage on Black and Red paper.
Liliput takes international short cartridge and to my knowledge, there is no converter that fits it which also affects ink capacity.  That could be one of the few drawbacks of this adorable pen.The alternative is to save empty cartridges and use a syringe to refill them to enable maximum flexibility in ink choices. If you are unsure how, check out this tutorial.  When installing the cartridge, be sure to twist it to secure, or you will be like me who spill a cartridge on the first day.  
Thumbelina and its vintage box.

Other fabulous review on the same pen:

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