Pilot Kaküno Fountain Pen Review

My husband went on a business trip to Tokyo and brought me back an assortment of Japanese papers and these absolutely adorable Pilot Kaküno M and F nibbed fountain pens! They come with black ink, and he got some red and green refills. Here's the Pilot Kaküno Medium pen out-of-the-box. The ink cartridge is inside the white envelope. This is the packaging. And yes, the nib has a smiley face:)

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Sketch #2: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the random stuff in front of me on the table.

Sketch #2: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the random stuff in front of me on the table.

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Sketch #3: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the kids playing in the pool.

Sketch #3: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched the kids playing in the pool.

Sketch #1b: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched breakfast.

Sketch #1b: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched breakfast.

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Sketch #4: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched DD12 while we played my favorite game of all time, Careers. 

Sketch #4: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. Sketched DD12 while we played my favorite game of all time, Careers. 

Sketch #5: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. 

Sketch #5: 3x5" index card, Pilot Kaküno. 

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3x5" lined Rhodia journal.

3x5" lined Rhodia journal.

Moleskine Journal. On right, the second test is the F, not the M.

Moleskine Journal. On right, the second test is the F, not the M.

So these were the only tiny journals I had on hand for doing comparison testing. They are like oranges and apples so I like seeing the difference. On the left, the 3x5" Rhodia Unlimited notebook which has smooth lined drawing paper. On the right, the 3x5" Moleskine journal with watercolor paper. Both great journals. The pen performed just fine on these very different papers. I found the lines more expressive on the Rhodia paper.

I took the first session of Sketchbook Skool called Beginnings. This is an online workshop devised by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene which included sessions by Danny, Koosje, Roz Stendahl, Jane LaFazio, Prashant Miranda and Tommy Kane. This workshop didn't teach drawing per se, but I don't take very many workshops so it was a lovely luxury and inspired me to do some sketching. Each of the sections provided a happy injection of inspiration targeted to people just starting to sketch and wishing for an injection of bravery and confidence {no affiliation}. 

So this is not any sort of formal review, folks, but I love these pens and they are part of my regular repertoire now! Do you write, sketch and/or doodle with Japanese fountain pens? What is your favorite?