It’s almost sacrilege to say it, because the Kaweco Sport is a true icon, but the Supra I have in front of me here is in many respects a better pen, and in my opinion probably the best competitor to the Schon P6 if you’re looking for a metal pocket pen.
Where the Supra shines is first in its #6 steel nib, which on my example at least arrived beautifully tuned and gloriously smooth. No out-of-the-box fettling required. That’s a draw with the Schon, and in my eyes definitely a step up from the tiny Bock 060 on the Sport.
Capped, the Supra is a tiny, chunky little thing, in the mould of Kaweco’s Liliput, but a much more usable diameter. It’s close enough to the Schon P6 to be a true size rival, and meaningfully smaller than the Sport.
Uncap it and of course it’s unusably small.
But, by design, the Supra lets you screw the cap on the back to post and add usable writing length.
In this respect it’s like the Schon, but unlike the Schon the Supra is actually a convertable, extendable pen, too.
Screw in a middle section tube and the Supra is suddenly not a pocket pen, but full-sized, including the ability to use a converter.
In this form it’s definitely longer than the Sport when capped, but much more usable, without the faff of posting the cap to write.
Of course you can still do that, and create a really long pen!
Capped, the Supra makes for a near-featureless form. It has rounded ends and no facets or other adornment, so unlike the Sport it will certainly roll off a table. But it goes easy into a pocket and looks sharp.
Sharp is a good word to use, actually, because there are a few edges to catch the finger. With the extension tube inserted, there’s a step midway down the barrel, and the step up from the section is a bit edgy too.
Remove the extension tube and instead there’s a step between cap and barrel.
The cap threads are good, and take a 3.5 turns to remove, tolerable because they spin freely. They too are a little sharp, and the section (while perhaps broader than that on the Sport) is not long enough to keep your fingers clear of them.
Nonetheless, I found comfort to be OK, and I was happy using the Supra as part of my normal pen rotation rather than reserving it for emergency or backup use.
Branding is minimal — just a laser-etched logo in the domed steel of the pen end, and a little more round the barrel.
But anyone who has heard of Kaweco’s ‘fireblue’ range before will immediately recognise this pen. Legend has it that the Kaweco CEO personally blowtorches the steel body of these pens to bring out the subtle blues and greys — and occasional oranges — of the fireblue finish.
It may wear off in time, but for now it is rather pretty. I was certainly happy to pay the premium.
The finishing and construction overall feels great, a precision product. All the sections fit together well, seamless joins are really seamless, weight and balance are good (if you like metal pens).
And you should hope so too, because this is not a cheap pen. I ordered mine with a fine nib from Andy’s Pens for £142. A lot of this price is the Fireblue finish, and the standard Steel Supra is about £105. That’s still an uplift from the brass, steel or aluminium Sports, but given the larger nib and extension section I think the price is fair. Incidentally the Schon P6 also retails in the UK for about £105, but bear in mind Schon too charges a premium for special finishes. The faceted Schons shown in one of the photos above are $260 each.
I like the Supra. It’s a better pen than the Sport. It’s versatile, and the Fireblue finish is lovely. Simple as that.