Kaweco have been manufacturing pens and pencils in Germany since 1883. This year is the Foundation of the Heidelberger Federhalterfabrik (Heidelberg dip pen factory) in the city of Heidelberg. In 1889, Heinrich Koch and Rudolph Weber take over the Heidelberg dip pen factory and set-up a new production facility in Handschuhsheim, right outside of Heidelberg. The products are marked with the brand names Perkeo, Omega and Kaweco.
By 1921, Kaweco employs 600 people and produces about 130,000 fountain pens annually. In the 1930s Kaweco created the Sport line of chunky hexagonal pens which became an enduring classic. During World War II production is stopped almost completely. Several months after the End of the war, the company receives permission to resume business on October 30th, 1945. In 1994, Michael Gutberlet – a lifelong pen and, in particular, Kaweco pen enthusiast – bought the Kaweco brand and tooling. Since then, Michael has painstakingly resurrected the Kaweco brand using a combination of Kaweco’s historical designs and innovative, modern materials. Michael has since been joined in the business by other members of his family, and Kaweco has gone from strength to strength; combining its classic 1930s style and precision German engineering with modern twists. The results are a stunning range of pens, pencils and accessories. By the beginning of the new millennium Kaweco begins building a world-wide sales network. Currently, Kaweco writing instruments are available in over 40 countries.