This is the Kaweco AL-Sport in Grey. I reviewed the AL-Sport in raw aluminum last year. I totally fell for that one, and I had to buy it.
Though it took me years to try my first AL-Sport, it took only a few months to add another. The truth is that the AL-Sport and the AL-Sport Stonewashed were among my favorite pen purchases last year. I just think they are beautiful to look at, and great to write with.
And now I have the Grey to compare to the raw aluminum. The raw aluminum is a high gloss finish that develops wear marks with time, while the other AL-Sport finishes, including the Grey, are matte. Here is the raw aluminum next to the Grey.
I actually bought the Grey by mistake — I had meant to get the Silver, which is lighter in color. This would only happen to me. Which is why I’m usually a go-with-the-flow person. No choice. But just think of all the surprises I get to enjoy.
Anyway, the Grey turned out to be a good surprise. It’s nice. The quality of the Grey finish reminds me of my Macbook Pro laptop cover, except that the AL-Sport in Grey is darker and not as sparkly. Here is the Grey on the laptop.
The Grey is a warm color, almost brownish in tone. In fact, it is like a matte version of Honda’s Urban Titanium Metallic paint color. The Grey looks just as nice as the shiny raw aluminum, but in a different way. The Grey is sophisticated where the raw aluminum is fun. I really like them both.
I wonder if the Silver will make its way here eventually. Maybe I’ll set out to order a micromesh stick or something small, and end up with the Silver AL-Sport in my cart by mistake. That probably could happen.